Before I get started, here's a first listen To "Walk Away From Me", the third track from my new album, Slow Down Ego:
Many have remarked that there's too much on this page for the average human to digest! I hear you! I'm longwinded...So here's the abridged version of what I'm doing.
- I wrote some songs and made a record with my friends Mike Noyce (Bon Iver, The Tallest Man On Earth, Aero Flynn) and Liam O'Brien (Holy Sheboygan, Liam O'Brien's Faithless Followers)
- It took a long time, lots of hard work, and lots of money to make.
- I have more expenses (mostly publicity related) in the last leg of releasing this record.
- Please donate to my campaign in exchange for cool music, merchandise, and services (see all the stuff on the right-hand side of the page) related to my music project/life.
- You can pre-order the record on vinyl through this page only.
- If you're going to contribute, I would particular love it if you buy the record on vinyl, get a ticket to the record listening party at Zion Coffee Bar, or get the moon/mountains embroidery hoop by LemonMade shop.
- That was literally as succinct as I could possibly be!
- Thank you!
Who I Am
My name is Jared Bartman, and I’m a songwriter and recording musician. I live in Peoria, IL with my wife Stephanie and our two sons, Henry and Ari. I’ve been writing and recording music since age 15, and in that time I've embarked on DIY tours around the US and have released a handful of full-length records, EP’s, and singles under my name.
After over a decade of recording and performing as Jared Bartman, I’m rebooting my musical identity under the name of Moon Ruin with the release of a new full-length record in 2018.
The Story So Far
In the summer of 2014, my friend Mike Noyce and I started throwing around the idea of making my next record together. Mike is a very talented vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and recording engineer, who plays in bands such as Aero Flynn, The Tallest Man On Earth, and Bon Iver.
In January 2015 Mike and I convened for demoing at Mike’s home in Eau Claire, WI. That week of work went extremely well, and we made plans to meet in Peoria and Eau Claire every few months throughout 2015 to demo and hone the song arrangements together.
We scheduled dates at Brian Joseph’s Hive studio in Eau Claire in January 2016 for drum tracking, and brought Mike’s friend Liam O’Brien on for a to-be-determined role in the record. Liam is a fantastic songwriter, recording engineer, the leader of Liam O’Brien’s Faithless Followers, and a member of the band Holy Sheboygan. Little were we to know that over the course of the following two years, Mike, Liam, and I would naturally fall into the role of producing and engineering the whole record together, cementing an amazing creative friendship.
Between January 2016 and August 2017, Mike, Liam, and I convened either at my house or Mike’s every couple months for a week or so at a time to record, arrange, and mix the album. When I ran out of vacation time and unpaid leave from work, I moved to the 3AM shift at the US Postal Service so that I could get my day job hours out of the way early, and then head back home to work with Mike and Liam in the studio all day, often breaking for naps on the studio couch.
During this time, Mike and Liam were essentially part of my family; hanging out with my sons, making meals for and with us, and living in our basement. Mike and Liam are like an extension of our family now, and I dearly miss having them here now that recording for this album is over.
In April 2017, we began a series of final mixing dates at Justin Vernon’s April Base studios in Eau Claire, WI. After numerous back-and-forths, 11th-hour changes, and final tweaks, the record was mixed and mastered at April Base in August 2017.
Slow Down Ego will be released in April 2018 in a limited vinyl pressing by the wonderful Dilated Time Records, as well as in a digital download via all your favorite download and streaming platforms.
While I am releasing vinyl on a label, this release is a very DIY affair, a partnership between very a small, blossoming artist and a fledgling indie label. Dilated Time is very kindly fronting costs for pressing the vinyl, but at this stage of the game it's up to me to come up with the money for the other missing puzzle pieces involved in releasing a record.
My lovely wife, Stephanie. and I have covered all expenses for this record so far. These include fees for recording engineers, performers, recording studios, mastering fees, per diems, and some recording gear that proved invaluable to the making of this record.
How You Can Help
I’m so honored to have worked with a lot of amazing people on this record and its upcoming release, all of whom worked with me to make this record much more affordable than it could have been. However, I don’t have any more funds to put towards this project while still being fiscally responsible to my family.
That being said, I don’t want to run out of steam at the finish line of bringing this record out into the world. I desperately want to release Slow Down Ego in a way that complements the love and care that went into making it, which is why I’m turning to you, my friends, family, and fans, for help.
The $8,000 I need to raise will be used for these purposes:
- to hire a publicist to launch a strong national pr campaign for the album
- to hire a marketing and radio support team to help get the word out about the record
- to cover the cost of manufacturing CD copies of the album for press promo purposes
- to pay for the commercial license for the photos I've chosen for the record cover and jacket packaging
- to cover design and printing costs for the very cool backer rewards I've created for this Kickstarter campaign
All of this money will be used for record-related costs, and there will be no money left over! I take your contribution to this campaign very seriously, and I'm fully committed to seeing the project through.
And remember, I have to raise the full $8,000 in the 30 days allotted for the campaign, or I don't get ANY of the money pledged.
By Supporting This Project, You Are Also Supporting The Work Of Other Creatives
I’ve always tried to collaborate with amazing people whose work I admire, and whose involvement in my work will bring the resulting collaboration to a much higher level. In the process of making SDE, I’ve worked with and have had help from a large number of amazing creative people, including: my amazing family, Stephanie, Henry, and Ari Bartman (they sang on the record, and were very patient with me during the whole record-making process), Jeff Arbisi (alto and baritone sax), Sean Carey (letting us use his grand piano), Jeffrey Edenberg (french horn), Per Ellingson (electric bass), Jaime Hansen (drum engineering), Zach Hanson (mastering), Andy Hofer (trombone), Ed Hong (trumpet and flugelhorn), Jessie Hinrichsen (voice), Brian Joseph (accommodating us at the Hive for drum tracking), Aaron Kavelman (tabla), Zachary Leachman (Volca Beats), Ben Lester (Prophet-6), Michy Maloof (voice), Chris Messina (accommodating us at April Base for mixing ), Mike Noyce (beats, electric guitar, engineering, production, synths, viola, voice), Liam O’Brien (alto saxophone, beats, engineering, production, synths), Scott O’Dell (drum set/percussion), Dave Power (drum set/percussion), Justin Vernon (accommodating us and making us feel at home at April Base), Feng Meng Vue (Octatrack), and Brian Wells (electric bass and synths).
At this last stage of the record, I’ve once again decided to work with various professionals who are amazing in their respective fields:
My lovely and talented wife, Stephanie Bartman, took my promo photos that will be part of my press package for this album cycle. My excellent publicist, Ever Kipp at Tiny Human, is launching a national press campaign for the record. The amazing St. Louis-based photographer, Jacob Loafman, photographed and edited the images that I’ve chosen for the record cover and sleeve. The phenomenal Milwaukee-based graphic design, Daniel Murphy, executed the layout and design work for the record cover and jacket packaging. The excellent Chicago-based graphic designer, Colin Miller, created new Moon Ruin logotype, marks, and illustrations, and designed the tee and pin backer rewards. The wonderful Austin, TX-based Celeste Johnston of LemonMade Shop created and will be stitching the fantastic moon/mountain embroidery hoop Kickstarter rewards. The indubitable Chicago-based graphic designer, Matthew Harlan, designed the totally rad screen-printed poster for the Kickstarter and some images for the lookbook backer reward. The prodigious Austin-TX-based graphic designer and screen-printer Tony Perez of Ramona Press is printing many of the rewards for this campaign. The masterly Victor Ramos and Zach Heredia filmed my upcoming music video for the record. The inimitable Tyler Rehm at TR Agency is booking my upcoming record release tour. Peoria, Illinois' own extraordinary Zion Coffee Co. is hosting the record listening party backer reward. Peoria's peerless Electronics Diversified is sponsoring the listening party by providing us with a beautiful vintage stereo system for the evening to listen to the record on! And finally, big shout out to the marvelous Indiana-based record label owner, Ethan Marosz, at Dilated Time Records, who has graciously given Slow Down Ego a home on his superb label.
About The Rewards
On the right-hand side of this page you’ll see a smorgasbord of possible monetary pledges you can make to this campaign, plus the rewards you will receive as a campaign backer.
This campaign is run as part record pre-order and part fundraiser to help cover the final steps (mentioned previously) to bring this project out into the world.
Most of the rewards will provide you with Slow Down Ego as a digital download or on vinyl (as specified in each reward) and will also include some very cool merch items I've created around this record release (see below). Think of these as small thank you’s for your monetary gift to the project. I’m hoping that the rewards I’ve put together are weird and delightful enough for you to keep for the long haul as one-of-a-kind mementos of your donation to this project.
No matter what level you are able to give at, I am thankful for any and all donations to this campaign.
SDE Vinyl Pre-Order
Dilated Time Records and I are running the Slow Down Ego vinyl pre-order through this Kickstarter page only! This vinyl pressing is limited to 270 copies (30 copies are already spoken for), and it will sell out, whether it be here or on the following record release tour. Help me boost my wavering self-esteem by selling it out on Kickstarter! This includes digital download of the full album. Don’t have a record player? Buy a copy on vinyl anyway for the download code, get a vinyl record frame, and voila!; beautiful art for your walls.
In the crazy event that my $8,000 goal can be met and furthered, I will pursue a campaign stretch goal to make other Moon Ruin-related things happen! Let's just see how the initial campaign goes though before I introduce that concept. Get excited, though. If we can meet and further the goal, I have some pretty cool ideas for backer rewards!
Thank you so much for your time and consideration of this project. Your assistance will help Moon Ruin and my new record Slow Down Ego reach a much larger number of people than it otherwise would have.
Risks and challenges
There is very little risk here! The record is mixed, mastered, and has been sent to press. The reward designs are almost all prepared, and once the Kickstarter goal is met, I just need to send them to print.
I will mail out all orders myself, except the vinyl, which Ethan from Dilated Time and I will double-team. I will be your personal contact for any and all questions and concerns. Email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Any of the rewards that are more service-based (recording days, music lessons, photo sessions) will also be coordinated directly though me. I'm glued to my phone 24/7, and I will make scheduling easy for you.
I try to be a no-BS kind of guy, and if there are any problems or hiccups along the way, I will do everything in my power to make it right!
There is an additional fee for shipping rewards, which you will see on the reward confirmation page. I'm shipping through USPS, and have tried to make shipping as cheap as possible. I do apologize for the extra shipping fee, but I just need to make sure I don't spend all my Kickstarter campaign money on said shipping fees!
Aside from the vinyl, which I am shipping internationally, reward shipping is limited to the US because of the great expense of international shipping. That being said, international friends, if any of you want to support the campaign, please email me (email@example.com), and we'll figured out a way to make it happen!
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