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The second EP for the Klingon Pop Warrior, songs to get your blood ready for battle...in the original Klingon.
The second EP for the Klingon Pop Warrior, songs to get your blood ready for battle...in the original Klingon.
131 backers pledged $3,790 to help bring this project to life.

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Back in 2014. . . 

2 years ago, a small Kickstarter achieved the goal of producing the first Klingon pop music CD in existence. After multiple convention performances and the recording of "Let It Go" making it into the Disney Archives, it's time to do it again!

jIchegh! (I return!)

I'M BACK! And this time I'm setting my sights on better Kickstarter rewards and a continued commitment to professional sounding music production. I want this CD experience to be as good, if not better than, the first album and I'm confident it's going to happen! 

I've assembled some of the same translators from my previous project as well as helped translate a song myself this time! Also, I've got a professional graphic designer on board, too, so that all the merch & rewards and album art look super sweet! And to top it all off I've been working with my guitar player for almost a year performing and he's ready to up our instrumentation game and get these songs recorded!

Translators: Michael Roney, Chris Lipscombe, Maevis Peterson, John Harness
Graphic Designer: Tiara Lynn Agresta - http://www.tiarala.com/
Musicians: Joe Mizzi (guitar), Dave Vazzano (percussion) - Check out their band, The Mizzerables!

This project wouldn't be possible without their support! 

That leads us to.... the bommey (songs)! 

The following songs are slated for the new EP:

  • Twisted Sister - We're Not Gonna Take It -- To get you pumped for the upcoming battles and fights! Translated by Michael Roney.
  • Ke$ha - Die Young -- Staying true to the pop music roots of the initial project. What could be more Klingon than singing "Let's make the most of the night cuz we're gonna die young!" Heghlu'meH QaQ jajvam, afterall! Translated by Michael Roney, Jr.
  • Danzig - Mother -- A rockin' tune for the SoSpu' & vavpu' out there trying to get their kids through this crazy, messed up world. (See the very 1st live performance of this song at the bottom of this campaign)  Translated by John Harness & Jen Usellis
  • Wizard of Oz - Somewhere Over The Rainbow -- Updated translation with a super new word to the Klingon dictionary by Dr. Okrand, Har'ey (rainbow). A ballad to soothe your warrior soul. (See a live performance of the original translation at the bottom of this campaign.)  Translated by Chris Lipscombe.
  • Journey - Don't Stop Believin' -- Every good warrior deserves an epic rock tune. Translated by Maevis Peterson.

Dochmey! (Things!)

Band merch & rewards... who doesn't love it? It was the one thing I lacked with the previous Kickstarter. So this time, along with CD's, I'm lining up:

  • T-Shirts
  • 11x17 Posters
  • Commemorative Plaques of the CD
  • An exclusive backer listening party
  • House Parties
  • Stretch Goals for buttons, enamel pins, & a music video!
Check out the awesome logo!
Check out the awesome logo!

Huch! (Money!)

Budgets are for Ferengi, qar'a'? It's true but this Kickstarter is bigger than the last one. You want to know your money is going to good use and I want to make sure it is, too! Think of it this way - you're my record label. I'm accountable to you!

  • Musicians - $400
  • Translators - $475
  • Graphic Designer - $250
  • Song Licensing - $420
  • Recording Studio (Vocals) - $200
  • CD Duplication/Jackets - $700
  • Shirts & Posters - $700
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                           $3,145

Add onto that Kickstarter fees ($250-320), shipping costs, and a few other odds & ends and this doesn't even cover all of it so there will be stretch goals for more stuff! Because who doesn't like stuff?

ngoQmey rey! (Stretch Goals!)

Because I want to give you guys more stuff for being so supportive over the last couple of years while also trying to cover some of those extra expenses.....

  • $3400 -- Stickers & Buttons! Every person that donates at the Qapla' $15 or more will get a sticker and a button added to their shipped rewards!
  • $4000 -- Enamel Pins! Every person that donates at the Qapla' $15 or more will get a custom Pop Warrior logo enamel pin added to their shipped rewards!
  • $5000 -- Music Video - I'll be producing a music video for one of the album songs in collaboration with VsTheUniverse (makers of The Geek Show!). AND when we film the video next year, backers will be invited to take part in the shoot! So get ready to bust out your best Trek cosplay! Let's make this happen!

    Every penny I make that doesn't go towards my listed budget, Kickstarter fees and rewards will go into the music video - costumes, location, filming & editing, and any other miscellaneous expenses that arise because doing a project like this is bound to have weird things crop up.

Let's make tlhIngan Hol magic....

It's a lot to ask that you spend your hard earned money on my crazy little project but I hope you have enjoyed the ride so far. One of the best ways to learn a language is to immerse yourself in it and I have learned so much over the last few years! Songs that you are familiar with are a great way to learn words and piece together structure.

Early on in my time with Star Trek & Klingon fandom, I was really intimidated by the knowledge gap I had. There's this tendency for fans of Trek & Klingons to be thought of as structured or overly serious but we have a great sense of humor. Continuing this project is so important to me because we've gone a long way towards breathing some fun & silly energy into it all. One of my favorite parts of attending conventions has been singing yIbuSQo' and seeing the faces of little girls light up with joy when they recognize Let It Go and they want to touch my costume or my hair. We're all in this fandom ride together and if I can spread joy in my fandom and inspire young fans to jump into the deep end of the pool with me, then this will have been a huge success.

I also want to note that this project would not be possible without the support of the incredible Klingon Language community and speakers. If you are interested in learning more about the language or actually learning the language, head over to the Klingon Language Institute's website to learn how and I hope I see you at a qep'a' in the future! 

I hope you'll continue to join me on the journey.

Qapla' batlh je!
Jen Usellis
(aka Lt. Commander jenbom vestai-toQqul of the IKV batlh qa')

 

 

Risks and challenges

As with any project, deadlines are everything and I am at the mercy of vendors and the schedules of the people helping me make this come alive. I delivered ahead of schedule on my last project and want to do the same this time. I am working with the same CD duplicating service and making sure that all my swag vendors have reasonable turnaround times so that I can ship everything out in a timely manner.
I'm also at the mercy of the post office. Overall, they were on the ball last time and had everything well in hand. It definitely makes me nervous though and with all the holidays, I cannot guarantee anything being done in time for Christmas (though don't think I won't try to get something out to you!).

International Fans - rising shipping/postage costs are unmanageable and services are too unreliable. After researching multiple methods, it is clear that the shipping of rewards will cost 2 to 3 times more than the actual rewards themselves & the paperwork required to guarantee things arrive properly is more than I can manage. This is one of the most disappointing realities of my project as a one-woman-producing show. I hope you will still support at the download level!

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