Stretch Goal #1 - $9000
The album will be professionally mixed by KRAMER from the ground up.
UPDATE: December 12, 2017 - A NEW AWARD FOR $20+
A new award has been added to $20 and up levels: Early and free access to a four-song EP pulled from the ideas generated during my Spire Studio 30-day song writing challenge. All of those songs are being posted on my Soundcloud in the following Playlist. At the end of the campaign, anyone who contributes $20 or more will get the chance to vote for one track from the 30-song playlist that should be included on the EP. I will choose my three favorites and you will help to choose the 4th track. I will then record each track from the ground up and release the EP this year and YOU will get first dibs on it, in digital form, for free.
What is Yellowgold?
That's easy, Yellowgold is me, Jason Howell. I also happen to be a full-time technology podcaster for twit.tv, not to mention a full-time dad and husband. So let's just say: LIFE IS BUSY. But somewhere around all of that other stuff, I find time to write and record music. I always have, and I enjoy it immensely.
Who was Yellowgold then?
I've written music as Yellowgold since I was a kid, and I have an insane collection of recorded music to show for it.
In 2011, I decided to release my new album The Mellower on Bandcamp, and I was surprised by the positive reaction of so many listeners.
Then, back in 2013, I ran a Kickstarter campaign for my new album, Ever One. I had hoped to raise enough money to get it professionally mastered, but it ended up going so much further than that. I was elated to see how much interest there was in the release of that album, and many of you made that possible, so once again, THANK YOU.
Where is Yellowgold now?
It's taken me around three years to write, record, and mix the material for my latest album, Fever Dreamer.
Let's just say that I am THRILLED to finally have something to share with you all. Because of my crazy busy life, I was somewhat limited in how and when I could work on this music and that resulted in many late nights, locked away in headphones while I toiled away. In a strange way, that influenced the vibe of the entire album. It's much more ethereal and effects-laden. This isn't an acoustically inspired album. This album walks further down the rock, shoegaze and indie pathway. It has a cohesive sound, and I'm super proud of it.
So why are we here?
With Ever One, I was able to fulfill a life long dream: To have my music professionally mastered to ensure the best possible representation of my mixed music. And I want to duplicate that with Fever Dreamer. But I thought this time, we'd crank it up to eleven. Another dream of mine is to have my music professionally mixed. Truthfully, I mix my music as I write and record, so there is no formal mixing stage. As a result, I have right now a fully mixed and ready to go version of the album. But I'm incredibly intrigued by what a professional mixer might do to enhance and further develop the vision I have for Fever Dreamer. What choices and educated decisions would a professional make to take this album to an entirely new level?
My overarching goal is to release this album to you no matter what. So we'll first shoot for the baseline of professional mastering and ultimately the release of what I've already mixed. But beyond that, we'll see if we can then stretch things out to afford a professional mix of the album. And of course, we have plenty more surprises and stretch goals to throw in there.
Who is on board?
I'm so fortunate to say we have some familiar faces who are returning for the release of Fever Dreamer.
Scott Johnson is on board once again to offer his amazing expertise to the album art like he did with Ever One.
I've also lined up my life long friend Ben Minter to offer his own art to the project, and I have some cool ideas on combining Scott and Ben's efforts into something truly unique.
All this means that you'll get some awesome sounding music, some incredible art that you can hang on your wall, some stickers for your laptop, and more that I'll go ahead and save for later.
As I do with all of my music, once the public release happens, Fever Dreamer will be available completely FREE with the option to pay what you want. It will also be on all of the major music streaming services. This is all to say that your help here is meant to fund the album in a way that will improve the final product. And for that, a HUGE thank you.
Risks and challenges
Thankfully, not many! The reality is that Fever Dreamer is already completed. I have it ready to go. IF this project funds, all that means is that with your help, I can take what I already have and improve upon it so the album you receive is as good as it can be. And I'd LOVE to give you the best Fever Dreamer there is. But if this doesn't fund, the album will still get its release for free as I always do. I'm just happy to share my passion of music with anyone who wishes to listen.
THANK YOU for your interest and time. And above all else, thank you for your support. So many of you have reached out to me with positive words about my music AND interest in more and I can't thank you enough for that. I'm elated to share it with you.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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