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OUT OF PLACE is the first full-length album from LA-based Singer/Songwriter John Bobek. You can help him make it the best it can be!

Hello, Interwebs.  John Bobek here.  I'm looking to record a full-length album of original music called OUT OF PLACE, a follow up to I WILL BE YOURS - THE EP, which I released last year (Available here on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, CD Baby, and perhaps even your heart), and it's going to be quite an endeavor. 

In fact, it reminds me of a quote.

"Life is so hard, Tommy.  Sometimes I think it's the hardest thing there is."

Amateur philosopher Chuckie Finster said that in a memorable episode of Nickelodeon's "Rugrats" many years ago.  And he couldn't be more right.  Sometimes life is tough.  And the only way we can deal with it is to ask for help.

So here I am asking for yours.  I have music that I need to get out of me and into ears, but need your help to do it.  Creating real music with real musicians is expensive, and getting it out there, supporting it, and putting it into the hands of people who can do more with it is even more so.  The money I'm looking to raise will cover recording costs, reproduction costs, costs to hire real musicians and technicians (I'm a job creator!), and marketing costs to get the music out there and into the hands of the kinds of people that can fund a career, not just a project.

Funds raised will supplement the budget for my new project "Out Of Place", a full-length album of original music.

I love writing songs.  I love performing them.  I want to do this for a very long time, and I think I've got an interesting way to get that love out there, in musical form.  Last year, on my own, I recorded a 4-song EP entitled "I Will Be Yours", and I was very happy with the results, but at the end of the day, the cost to get it out there to all the right people became an issue, and being a two man self-started business (my music manager Jake Schaefer with Emphatic Entertainment and I) wasn't enough to do all the things we wanted to do with it.  So we want to invite you to be a part of it.  I'd be ever grateful and, hey, you'd be helping me hire real, incredible musicians, and you'd help support independent music!

Also, it's my birthday, coming up on May 22.  It's a big one.  *cough30cough* I'll be 25 years old.  Again.   There would be no better gift than my friends and supporters coming together to help my project become a reality.  So if birthday guilt works, I'll do that, too.  :)

We're working through a heavy tracklist for "Out Of Place."  Considering an album usually calls for 10-12 songs, I've got plenty written and ready to go, they just need to be recorded properly.

This is a long winded way of saying that, in the end, your pledge would help make this all a reality, and I love the idea that friends, old and new, can help me make this dream a reality.  We've got 30 days to do it.  Thanks for reading, thanks for pledging, and thanks for being one of the hands pushes me over the wall to getting this thing done.

Cheers!

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    A shout out on the JB facebook my thanky-type vibes headed in your direction. Every dollar counts!

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    Digital roulette! I'll send you a download code of a random demo or song I've recorded in the past, and the previous reward, too. Who knows what you'll get?! I mean, I do. But you don't. :)

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    A Digital copy of the "I Will Be Yours" EP and both previous rewards!

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    A digital download of the "Out Of Place" LP and all previous rewards

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    Your very own physical copy of the new "Out Of Place" full-length album on CD, and all previous rewards.

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    A lyrics sheet from the "Out Of Place" LP, a physical copy of the "I Will Be Yours" EP, and all previous rewards.

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    The Early Backer gets the swag!! A SIGNED lyrics sheet from the "Out Of Place" LP, a physical copy of both the "Out Of Place" LP and the "I Will Be Yours" EP, Digital downloads of both of those, A Handmade CD with all of the Digital Demo Downloads, a download code for those, and a Facebook Shout out! Whew!

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    A Digital Download Bonanza! You'll get digital download codes for "I Will Be Yours - The EP", The entire collection of the "Demo Roulette" reward tier, and a digital download of the new "Out Of Place!"

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    A Hand-written thank you note, autographed Physical copies of the Out Of Place LP and I Will Be Yours EP, digital copies of both albums, the demo roulette digital download, and a shoutout on facebook!

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    Access to the Out Of Place album-release party in Los Angeles, location and time TBD (transportation and housing not provided.) Numbered and autographed copies of Out Of Place LP, I Will Be Yours EP, handed to you personally by me, along with a humble bow and a smile, most likely, as well as digital copies of both, a shout out in the special thanks section of the Out Of Place LP, and a super excited shout-out on Facebook.

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    The $50 tier reward, AND I will take a song of your choice and cover it for you, throw it up on youtube or vimeo, and dedicate it to you! Not only that, but you'll have your name in the "Special Thanks" section of the "Out Of Place" credits, because you're awesome.

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    $100 tier not enough for you? OK. I'll do that tier, but I'll hire my musician buddies and do a studio-quality recording of said cover for you, as well, throw it on a handmade one-of-a-kind CD, and send it to you. I'll throw in one of those signed lyrics sheets for "Out Of Place" too. Neat!

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    Everything from the $50 tier, plus, if you give me a subject, a story, or even just 10 words to inspire me, I will write you a song, record it, and send it to you. And, of course, the Special Thanks in the credits.

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    Everything from the $500 tier, and we'll make a skype date out of it. I'll meet up with you on Skype and I'll perform the songs from the new album for you, as well as the song inspired by you, and we can have a chat!

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    Everything from the $750 tier plus you get an Associate Producer credit on the Out Of Place LP! Take a step toward being the music mogul you've always wanted to be!

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    Everything from the $1000 tier, plus I'll fly myself out to wherever you are (in the continental 48 US states), and I'll give you and your friends an in-person acoustic set of all the new songs, some old ones, some covers, and the song inspired by you! I'll also draw you a picture. Which really is a rare thing. I'm not an artist. You'll be one of the only people in the world with a John Bobek original drawing. The question is...do you want one? :)

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    There can be only one. The whole kaboodle. You've funded my whole project. You get the credit of being the Executive Producer on the Out Of Place album, taking a full flying leap to music moguldom, An in-person (as long as you're in the continental 48 US states) or skype concert, a song inspired by you written for you, your studio-quality choice of a song covered by me on CD and digital download, an invite to the Album release party, where I'll hand you all sorts of goodies including the hand-numbered, autographed copies of the 2 cds, Digital downloads of said CDs, I WILL PAINT YOU A PAINTING (this, I've never done before. But I'll do it for you.) Of course, a GIANT shoutout on facebook, and, for Pete's sake, my undying love forever and ever Amen.

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