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About this project

       LQQK, The Way I Look, is my first visual EP featuring 6 original songs, choreographies, and concepts in a digital format.  With glam-electro pop sound, high quality filmmaking, performance art, and athletic dance, LQQK, The Way I Look celebrates queer thought, physicality, form, and function.  Think Beyoncé's  Lemonade - I will explore my history and most intimate experiences with sexual identity.

Image by Rebecca Hidalgo
Image by Rebecca Hidalgo

        LQQK is slated to be my most personal work yet; it is a declaration of my own queer presence and pride.  This is me - who I am, how I think, and where I am going.  Through the songwriting I cracked through my own inauthenticities and developed a fuller expression of myself.  At the end of the day, LQQK is the dream come true from a fearful youth to a multifaceted artist.  

Check out my work at the links below!

     By funding LQQK, you are supporting a team of diverse, hard working young artists. I am beyond grateful to have a committed and talented group who collaborate to help me execute my vision. I am young emerging artist in New York City making recorded music, and visual art using dance as my medium. I perform in on/off-Broadway shows, museum installations, and choreograph frequently throughout major U.S. cities.

    100% of your contributions will directly produce LQQK, The Way I Look.  Investing in LQQK couldn't be more timely as the arts need your support and solidarity right now. The current political climate is doing it's best to erase LGBTQIA+ stories - your support shows you believe and celebrate rebellious art and my rebellious spirit.  I refuse to hide or feel ashamed because of who I am. In fact, I choose to celebrate who I am, and believe you should too. 

By giving to this Kickstarter, you are directly funding: 

 - One full week of in-studio sessions at Studio G, a Latin Grammy Award-Winning location with incomparable musical equipment, instruments, and support staff to ensure the highest quality sound production. (+$8K)

 - On location at one NYC Soundstage, and four days oncampsite in Hudson Valley, NY (potentially Ashokan Arts, TBD post Studio, filming August 2017). (+$3K)

 - Artist Compensation for all contributing to the project:

  • Cesar Gonzalez (Music Production & Engineering, Berklee College of Music ‘11), LQQK’s Sound Engineer and Musical Producer 
  • Wayland Bell (School of Visual Art ‘14), Director of Photography
  • Charlie Purdom (School of Visual Art '14), Director
  • Rebecca Hidalgo, my choreographic assistant and muse 
  • Solid Goold Band - Albert Goold, Steve Conroy, Cory Metrick
  • All performers working on set, including Special Guest Appearances (re: Dior Vargas, Rify Royalty)

Thank you so incredibly much for taking the time to read this, and for potentially contribute to this really exciting work.  Please share with anyone you think might appreciate/have interest in my work!  

            José and the entire LQQK team

Risks and challenges

Raising $16K is a lot of money!
I couldn't be more grateful for the support from generous people like you - there is absolutely no way any of my work, past or present, could happen without you. Without your contributions, LQQK cannot be fully realized.

Time Constraints
I have a self-imposed deadline of releasing this visual EP in F/W 2017 so that I may create a full live show to tour throughout the early part of 2018. I do not foresee any setbacks to this, but not meeting my funding goal would severely delay this process.

Being openly LGBTQIA+ continues to be a radical political action with the current U.S. Administration.
I refuse to hide who I am or feel to be made worth less than someone else because of who I love, how I identify, or how I look. There is power in visibility, so I choose to celebrate - loudly and proudly - who I am and who I love without fear, shame, and hope my work empowers you to do so too.

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    Social Shoutout

    Receive a personalized thank you via tagged Instagram post (from @joseishere)

    (Every donation at this level = 1 hour of rehearsal space at Chez Bushwick)

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    LQQK Visual EP Download

    Digital download of my first visual EP 'LQQK' when it is released F/W 2017, + Social Shoutout

    (Every donation at this level = 1 creative team member train fare to Catskills)

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    Signed LQQK EP Cover

    Signed (4.724 sq. inch) image of the 'LQQK' EP cover by José + all previous rewards

    (Every donation at this level = 1 dancers costume in 1 video)

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    • Signed printed image of the 'LQQK' EP cover
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    Thank you video + all previous rewards

    José will create a personal video thanking you for your contribution. Includes LQQK Visual EP download + all previous rewards

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    • Personal thank you video from José
    • Digital Download of 'LQQK' F/W '17
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    Pre-Release LQQK EP Download

    Download your copy of 'LQQK' before the full visual EP is released in F/W 2017 + all previous rewards

    (Every donation at this level = compensation for 4-5 piece band for one 2-hour rehearsal)

    Includes:
    • Pre-release download of LQQK, The Way I Look
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    Line Producer

    Credit on all EP copy (digital booklet) as a Line Producer + all previous rewards

    (Every donation at this level = light kit rental for a long weekend)

    Includes:
    • Credit on all EP copy (digital book) as to your pledge name
    • Pre-release download of LQQK, The Way I Look
    • Behind the scenes content from Recording Studio & Set
    • Signed printed image of the 'LQQK' EP cover
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    Perform in an LQQK video!

    Join José and the LQQK team on-set as José writes you into the plot line one of the videos on the visual EP!
    - Must live in the greater NYC area or be willing to travel - I only host ;-)

    (Every donation at this level = NYC soundstage insurance fees)

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    Associate Producer

    José performs a song of your choice via webcam, credit on all EP copy (digital booklet) as an Associate Producer + all previous rewards

    (Every donation at this level = 5 dancers rehearsal fee's rehearsing 2X per week for 3 hours, 1 month)

    Includes:
    • Credit on all EP copy (digital book) as to your pledge name
    • Personal thank you video from José
    • Pre-release download of LQQK, The Way I Look
    • Behind the scenes content from Recording Studio & Set
    • Signed printed image of the 'LQQK' EP cover
    • Instagram Shoutout
    • José performs music of your choice for you via webcam
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    Producer

    José will perform live for you 2 songs from LQQK in January of 2018, credit on all EP copy (digital booklet) as a Producer, + all previous rewards

    (Every donation at this level = 1 day in recording studio)

    Includes:
    • Opportunity to join José on the ‘LQQK’ film set (August 2017)
    • Credit on all EP copy (digital book) as to your pledge name
    • Pre-release download of LQQK, The Way I Look
    • Personal thank you video from José
    • Behind the scenes content from Recording Studio & Set
    • Signed printed image of the 'LQQK' EP cover
    • Instagram Shoutout
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    Executive Producer

    Work directly on the 'LQQK' Visual EP with José and his creative team, a private live performance for you, credit on all EP copy (digital booklet) as Executive Producer, + all previous rewards

    (Every donation at this level = 5 days in recording studio/one long weekend on-set).

    Includes:
    • Private Live Performance of Music & Dance from LQQK
    • 1 on 1 conversations with José discussing EP content, concept
    • Credit on all EP copy (digital book) as to your pledge name
    • Opportunity to join José on the ‘LQQK’ film set (August 2017)
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Funding period

- (33 days)