(Throw You Forward is an acoustic demo of one of the new songs! Take a listen and keep reading, por favor!)
I moved to Austin, Texas in 2006 to pursue a career in music. I started working on an intensive "folk music grad school" program with producer Daniel Barrett, and in 2007 we made a plan to make 3 EPs (5 song albums) as I worked on my writing, playing, and performing. They would track my growth and progress through my musical journey. The Early Year came out in 2008, and For & Against followed in 2010. I started working with Susan Gibson in 2008 and have logged many miles and shows as her tour manager and booking agent. I've played a lot of gigs as opener, headliner, and guitar player across Texas and the country and I am so grateful for the opportunities for growth in the music business that I've had. It is finally time to make the third EP, and I am so excited to put these new songs into the world. (I've been blogging the whole time, and you can check out any portion of my journey on my blog at www.janapochop.com).
Over the past 7 years in Texas I have been fortunate to be able to truly build a life in music. I've had the joy of working with many amazing artists like Susan Gibson, Elizabeth Wills, Michael O'Connor, and also working with Dan at Rubicon Artist Development (where we will be recording!). I've helped artists book their shows, sell their merchandise, make videos, design web sites, write bios, and do their social media. I have learned a million things from all these experiences, and through all these jobs and adventures I have never put down my guitar or my pen...my love of music and writing is what wakes me up in the morning! I'm excited to apply all of these lessons to recording and releasing this EP.
The Costs of Recording
I didn't arrive at the $7700 budget randomly. Making a well-recorded album with professional musicians and artists costs money! Costs include:
- Recording/mixing/mastering 5 songs. This pays Dan as producer, the mixer, and the mastering engineer so that everything sounds as good as it possibly can.
- The Musicians. I can't name any names because we haven't booked them yet, but we are going to have some amazing musicians guest on this album. Some of my heroes and heroines! Paying them is important!
- Artwork + Photos. Emily Shirley is amazing and has done the artwork for the first two EPs. I am so excited to work with her again!
- Duplication. Getting albums printed is a big part of the cost.
- Kickstarter and Amazon fees. These guys need to get paid. They take 8 - 10% of the funds raised off the top.
Your pre-order ensures that I can cover these costs up front so everyone is happy!
You can read about all the pre-order goodness over there on the right side, but a few notes.
I've been collecting one ceramic piggy bank from each state we've toured through...I have close to 35 from the last 5 years! I'll pick one up somewhere on our travels next year and mail it to you. It might be from Montana, New Mexico, South Carolina...who knows?
There's an option to get a voicemail recording or ringtone from me in my Booking Agent voice. This evolved out of a long drive in the van one summer, and I still bust out this voice when I need the mojo.
I am a New Mexican who is powerless under the spell of both green and red chile...so I am really excited to offer a box of goodness picked out by me straight from the mother land with the Chile Addict package. It'll burn but it'll feel really really good!
This is all or nothing!
I mentioned it before, but if I do not reach my funding goal in 30 days, no one gets charged and I don't get any of the pledged funds. Eeek!
So...thank you so much for your support, and please spread the word about this new album. The songs are ace. The musicians will be amazing. This is going to be the best EP yet, and I am so thrilled to be able to pursue this project.
Risks and challenges
Kickstarter is all or nothing with fundraising, so if I don't raise at least $7700, I get none of the money pledged and none of the folks who pre-ordered will get charged. Nerve-inducing? Yes. Determination-inducing? YES!
I will be recording with Dan in October and November of this year, and I'll be working with Emily on the artwork this winter as well. Once everything is done, duplication and printing takes about a month. I'm estimating that I'll have discs in my hands in February of 2014.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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