Hello, allow me to introduce myself to those who don't know me. I'm Johnny Hickman, guitarist, co-founder and co-songwriter of the band Cracker. I've been writing a batch of solo songs and am ready to take my scratchy little demos into the recording studio to begin making a new album.
Going in to record in the winter feels just about right for the music I'm making right now. This new, as yet untitled album will consist (mostly) of darkly retrospective and deeply personal songs. Cracker has recently scaled back to touring full-time in the summer yet only sporadically the rest of the year, giving me more time in the fall and winter for side projects and solo work. The extra time to be creative is great, but since music is solely what I do for a living, balancing the costs of making music with the realities of day-to-day living can be tricky, hence my Kickstarter campaign.
I released a first solo album about 6 years ago called Palmhenge. It was recorded, packaged and released by me (with the help of some talented friends) without a record label (= with grocery money). I'm proud to say that it was well received by fans, even getting great write ups in magazines like Blender and given "Voice's Choice" in The Village Voice. Like Palmhenge, this record will also be released independently, and that's where you come in.
The funds you help me raise will help me pay for:
1) Studio time at Backbone Studios here in Northern Colorado where I live.
2) Talented local musicians who often play on each other's projects for free and who I feel deserve some compensation for their hard work.
3) My fellow musician and good friend Jason Larson who will engineer, co produce and play on the album.
4) Album artwork.
5) Some very indie level promotion and distribution of the album.
The amount I am trying to raise will probably not cover manufacturing or mastering costs, but I would rather see the project fund and pay for the manufacturing out of pocket if need be. (Although if the project over-funds and can help with those things, great.)
Here's a quick description of how Kickstarter works:The artist (filmmaker, writer, musician etc) arrives at a figure that he or she determines will cover the cost of their project.The objective of course is to reach the funding goal or beyond. If this project does NOT fund in this allotted two week period, all bets are off and the project is "dead in the water" (apologies for my obsessively geekish Big Lebowski references).
Listed to the side are my proposed "Levels Of Coolness" rewards that YOU determine by the amount you wish to contribute. I want to thank you for any support you can give, and, don't forget, the other important thing you can do is share the link to this project on your Facebook, Twitter, email, etc. Thanks again! Johnny Hickman
- (14 days)