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Jana is making her 3rd EP with Daniel Barrett at Rubicon in Austin, and it will contain the best dang songs she's got.
Jana is making her 3rd EP with Daniel Barrett at Rubicon in Austin, and it will contain the best dang songs she's got.
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(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).

Dan and me back in the day!
Dan and me back in the day!

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!

The Packages!

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? 

Some of my pig collection
Some of my pig collection

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!

Heavy hitters.
Heavy hitters.

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.

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    Download of the new EP plus PDF liner notes of awesome. You can do things like listen to it in your house, your car, on top of a mountain, or in Japan*. (*Trip to Japan not included).

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    Download of all 3 EPs plus PDF liner notes, which is like watching all of the Jurassic Park movies at once but they won't disappoint you with a decline in acting or plot.

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    Signed physical copy of EP 3 and digital download of all 3 EPs and a JPO sticker! The sticker can be used for things like: sealing paper bags full of sweet corn, covering unsightly holes in your wall, pulling off your arm hair, or as entrance to any meeting of Yale's Skull and Bones Society*. (*Note: this sticker will not actually get you into the Skull and Bones Society).

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    The Trilogy: signed copies of all 3 EPs + digital downloads for all + sticker + making of video documentary full of hilarity and life lessons. The third installment of this Trilogy will be more satisfying than Jurassic Park III and not as long as the 3rd Lord of the Rings Movie.

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    The Booking Agent. Jana will record a voicemail message or ringtone for your phone (or anything you want, really) in her Booking Agent voice that makes her throat real scratchy but attracts hot people for MILES and MILES around. PLUS the Trilogy Package.

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    Be a Superhero: Get a laminated personalized caricature of your superhero drawn by Jana (customized for you after a phone chat) PLUS the Trilogy Package because YEAH! Who doesn't want to be immortalized as Maggoty Brisketman or perhaps The Violent Beancurd?

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    The Social Thinkery. The Trilogy Package PLUS a copy of Jana's forthcoming eBook full of stories about her life as a touring musician, booking agent, and social media nerd. Read her book about years of hard lessons learned so you have time to learn other lessons, like how to program your coffee pot! (Seriously, can someone program my coffee pot?)

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    The Ceramic Pig: Jana will specially select a ceramic pig bank with a far away state on it while on the road in 2014 and mail it to you in addition to sending the The Trilogy Package to your door. These are great for saving up: pennies, nickels, dimes, and even quarters!

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    The Pop Fiend. Pick your favorite pop song and Jana (and perhaps some of her musical buddies) will cover it and send you a video for all the world to see. 80's/90's/00's/10's decades preferred but you know, if you like The Platters we won't hate! Plus the Trilogy!

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    The Wordsmith: The Trilogy package plus an eBook with some of Jana's favorite photos of her travels and blog posts from her adventures on the road...AND, wait for it...HANDWRITTEN lyrics of a song of your choice! She'll do her best to make them legible so you can frame them, use them at the DMV to cut in line*, or maybe sell them on Ebay when the time is right. (Note: you cannot use these to cut in line at the DMV).

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    The Guitar Slinger: 2 one-hour guitar lessons from Jana (in Central Texas within 50 miles of Austin or San Antonio for in person - Skype lessons for other areas) PLUS The Trilogy Package PLUS a visit from the ghost of Jimi Hendrix himself*! (*Note: the ghost of Jimi Hendrix will not actually visit you. I mean maybe. I don't know).

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    The Chile Addict: A New Mexican care package full of Jana's favorite varieties of green and red (plus The Trilogy!) Jana takes chile very seriously so this is going to be good, and might burn your mouth off but in that pleasant way.

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    The Home Invasion (but in a nice, polite way): a house concert anywhere in Texas sometime in 2014 depending on both our schedules plus the Trilogy Package and a thank you in the liner notes for being that awesome about it. Jana will make soup. We'll pick a time that works for both of us - sometime in 2014!

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    Beyond Borders (no, not that weird Angelina Jolie movie): a house concert in any state that touches Texas plus the Trilogy Package and a thank you in the liner notes (which will totally get you into any club in Vegas you want*). *Note: it won't actually get you into a club in Vegas. We'll pick a time that works for both of us - sometime in 2014!

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    The Tina Fey (because I can't think of anything more awesome than Tina Fey so I named this one after her): a house concert anywhere in the country plus the Trilogy Package and a thank you in the liner notes and all my eBooks and probably Tina Fey's book hand delivered (but not by Tina Fey unless, hey Tina!) We'll pick a time that works for both of us - sometime in 2014!

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