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I'm making the best music of my life, with the help of some of Portland's finest musicians, engineers, and record producers.
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HELLO! Thank you for being here, thank you for taking the time to read a bit more about my project.

THE RECAP:

I'm Jake! A musician and music teacher living in Portland, OR. I currently play solo and with a full band around the Portland metro area, when I'm not teaching amazing students at the non-profit Ethos music center.

After two previous solo releases I'm ready to get back in the studio and make some magic. As mentioned in the video, the Goners EP (2016) did really well having gone into the studio with a bit more of a budget, and working with a producer to hone the tracks. The result: over a 100K plays across all streaming services and a handful of national blog and playlist features. However, my 2017 release, The Rodeo, did not do so hot; I made the whole thing for $400 in off hours when I wasn't working or in school. Though it did gain some local press, it didn't reach as far a its predecessor.

SO, I'm putting my pride on the shelf, and asking for help in making what I truly believe to be the best music of my life.

THE MUSIC:

I would not be doing this if I didn't really believe in these songs. It is my faith in these songs that has led me here: to spending every waking moment asking for help in bringing them to life.

As it stands I have chosen 5 songs to record. Yet, depending on total funding by the end of this campaign, the final product will be anywhere from 5 to 8 songs. 

The songs tell stories of love, self-love, existential dread, appreciation, resilience, and action. They range from quiet singer-songwriter, to feel-good indie-pop, to straight up rock n' roll.

THE TEAM:

No man is an island. I'll be working with an amazingly talented group to make sure that every part of this project is professionally crafted.

The project is being executive produced and guided by Dominik Schmidt of ROLA Music. I'll be tracking with three amazing musicians (drums, bass, keys) at one of Portland's finest, intimate studios: the Map Room

THE COSTS:

Though $6,000 may seem like a lot of money for a 5-8 song release, every dollar raised is going to paying the studio, the recording engineer, and the musicians during the recording process, as well as for mixing, mastering, and fulfilling rewards and kickstarter fees.

With every dollar raised over 6K, we get closer to being able to record more songs, potentially booking another day or two in the studio and hitting that 8 song mark.

THE TIMELINE:

May: Kickstartin'

June: Fulfilling lessons and experiential rewards. Rehearsing for studio.

July: Fulfilling lessons and some rewards, rehearsing, recording begins.

August: Recording, mixing, mastering.

September: Album is completed, physical production begins.

October: Physical album is completed. First music is released.

November: Album is released. Fulfillment of physical rewards begins.

December: Fulfillment of all rewards is complete. I take a deep breath.

**Note to self: everything always takes longer than expected; dates are subject to change and patience is key**

THE REWARDS:

This campaign isn't about asking for donations, its about asking for an exchange. It's about asking what I can do to earn your [financial] support. Maybe it's a copy of the finished product, maybe it's paying me back for listens on Spotify or Soundcloud, maybe it's a bundle of physical goods related to the album that showcase the journey - but it doesn't end there, I have much more to offer :)

Being a music teacher, I want to put my skill-set to use in raising money for this album, offering up my time and expertise in teaching guitar, songwriting, music theory, and piano. 

Additionally, in the age of music streaming and easy downloads, I'm offering many rewards that will offer a unique experience to those who support the music. From house shows and listening parties, to studio tours and philanthropic collaboration, there are many ways to engage with me and this project.
 

If you have an idea of something that would earn your support that isn't on this list, send me a message! I'd love to figure out a fair exchange in which everyone wins.

THE EXCITEMENT!

Most nights of the week I lose sleep thinking about how amazing this will be - music that I truly believe in, created by people that believe in me and my vision. 

I will leave you with an email I recently received to show you that this actually matters; that making music reaches people all over the world, and that my music has a positive impact on real people's lives.

THANK YOU! For your help, for your time, for your belief in me.

Jake

Hello, My name is Aaron O’Connell and I’m wondering if you could provide me with a tab for Goners. My fiancée and I are getting married in October and we have two of our friends playing the ceremonial music. We both fell in love with Goners when we heard it and now Tessa wants it to be playing while she’s walking down the isle. My friends and I have searched for the tab online, but haven’t had any luck. Hope you can help and hope to hear from you soon. Cheers! Aaron

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Risks and challenges

The biggest risk and challenge is that $6,000 might still not be enough. That is the bare minimum amount that needs to be raised in order for me to execute this project. Given that time and money always seem to go more quickly than one would like - I expect that I'll still have to go out of pocket when all is said and done.

IDEALLY, if I raised $8,000 I could more comfortably count on recording 6-8 songs and having a bit of dough left over for promotion and miscellany.

After recording, promotion and distribution remain a question, largely because that depends on the finished product.

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    To Have and to Hold

    Want the real deal? I've got you on that hard copy Compact Disc in all it's tangible glory.

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    Gimmie the GOODS

    Want actual stuff? You'll get the odds and ends, the behind the scenes, the extra goodies to flip through and read and stick and have.

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    • Physical booklet of song lyrics, and the stories behind the songs
    • "Be a Light" die-cut stickers
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    • Hand-picked, handwritten lyrics from one song
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    Full Discography, Lyrics, Stories

    Wanna hear and read the whole journey? You'll get physical copies of the full discography - Goners, The Rodeo, and the new release - as well as physical copies of all the lyrics and stories behind the songs.

    Includes:
    • Physical CD
    • Hard Copy of Goners EP
    • Hard Copy of The Rodeo
    • Song/ Story book for all three albums (digital and physical)
    • Digital download of all three albums
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    LESSON + Music Theory 101 Guide

    Need some one-on-one time? You'll get a one-hour lesson with me in guitar, piano, theory, or songwriting. Available in person, or over SKYPE, and supplemented by my "Music Theory 101" guide complete with songwriting tips and tricks.

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    • 1hr Lesson in guitar, piano, songwriting. In-person/ skype
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    • Digital download of the full album
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    Album STEMS

    All raw stems from the album for your sampling and re-mixing pleasure.

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    On the Record!

    Want to see the studio and be on the record? You'll get a two-hour studio tour to see the space, meet the team, hear some rough cuts, and lend your talents to background vocals and auxiliary percussion. August 2nd or 3rd 2018, Portland, OR.

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    • Studio tour and recording on the record
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    3 Lesson Bundle + Music Theory 101 Guide

    Want to keep learning, or write and finish a song? Three lessons in guitar, piano, theory, and/or songwriting. In-person or via skype, complete with my "Music Theory 101" guide and a copy of the album.

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    A Song for YOU!

    I will write and record a song from scratch, just for you, or as a gift to a loved one. I will take your ideas, suggestions, lyrics, and direction to create something special, for you to do with what you wish.

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    • Custom Song
    • Physical CD
    • Hand-picked, handwritten lyrics from one song
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    Jake performs at your house!

    Want the new music LIVE in person? We'll throw a house show at your home or preferred space. I'll play songs of the new record and talk about the process behind writing and recording the songs. I can suggest other songwriters to join me, and if you'd like to sell tickets to make some of your money back, that's fine with me!

    Portland any time. MA/ Boston June 7th - 15th 2018.

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    Pay it Forward

    I will donate my time toward putting on a performance or workshop for the charitable organization of your choice. You (or we) pick an organization and programming that would bring real good to the community. Includes physical goods from the album as well as a personal thank you and reflection after the event.

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    Jake's FULL BAND plays your space!

    Want the whole shootin'-match? Me and the band will come rock your home, studio, event space, etc. We'll play a full set complete with cuts off the new record and discussion of the writing and recording process.

    Want to invite other acts? Film it? Sell tickets to earn some of that money back? Plan a killer show at a secret awesome location? Let's do it all.

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    Benefactor Package

    Want to show your support as a patron of the arts? You'll receive an invite to the studio to meet the band and be on the record, as well as your choice of lessons, custom song, or solo performance from me. Additionally, you'll receive special copies of all physical rewards, a special physical thank you, and a big thank you in the album's liner notes.

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Funding period

- (30 days)