Hi, my name is Jordan. I have an idea for an album, but I don't want to have to go through a record label to make it. I need your help.
This will give you an idea of what I want the album to sound like:
- "Beginning (Demo)" by Jordan Michael Taylor
***PLEDGE ANY AMOUNT AND GET A KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE DEMO EP ON OCTOBER 1ST***
Everyone who donates (AT ANY PLEDGE LEVEL) will get The Kickstarter EP -- A digital download collection of five demos (Preliminary recordings of songs that will ultimately be on the album). These demos are not available to download anywhere else! The EP will be sent to your inbox immediately at the conclusion of his Kickstarter campaign on October 1st.
TRACK LIST FOR THE KICKSTARTER EP
02. "Beginning" (Previously downloadable on NoiseTrade. Now only available here)
03. "Separation is Natural" (Previously downloadable on NoiseTrade. Now only available here)
04. "This House"
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING.
"I can tell you for a fact that Jordan Taylor is one of the most talented young comedians/musicians I have ever met. PLEASE give this guy your money. If nothing else, it will give you insane bragging rights to say you were part of what launched this young genius to his inevitable stardom."
- Derek Webb, solo artist, former member of Caedmon's Call, Co-Founder and President of NoiseTrade.com
"This guy is so talented. We're big fans. Can't wait to see this project come to life."
- The Vespers
"Contemplative and intricate-- thoughtful work for guitar lovers."
- Brooke Waggoner
"I'm excited about this new project from Jordan. We're gonna help him make it happen."
- Stephen Gordon
WHO I AM.
You might know me from a YouTube channel I co-created called Blimey Cow, where I host the show "Messy Mondays." It has been a fun last few years watching our audience grow so much! But even still, I haven't neglected my other hobbies-- cycling, fishing, writing, podcasting, and last but not least... music.
Even though Blimey Cow has been the platform on which I get to express and relate different ideas and topics, for a while now, the place where I’ve felt the most comfortable expressing ideas has been through music. My enjoyment and connection with the acoustic guitar has been kept quiet throughout the 5 years I’ve been playing and writing songs. I’ve enjoyed countless hours in the quietness of my room coming up with these instrumental tunes, all the while only showing my close friends and family the songs that I’ve created. Last summer, with the release of my song “Beginning” via Blimey Cow, I made the hesitant leap of breaking out of my insecurities, by putting out my music for the critique of others. The response? Overwhelmingly positive!
With this newfound support for the music I had so long kept to myself, I decided to go all out and release an entire instrumental album entitled If You Don’t Have Anything Nice to Say.
I want the album to be more of an experience, rather than a bunch of random acoustic songs thrown together in no particular order. I am working with a great producer who is helping me make my songs into their best possible versions-- offering his advice and expertise, while also allowing each track to remain as honest and raw as I feel it needs to be. I want If You Don't Have Anything Nice to Say to be an auditory journey.
Because I’ve written so many of these songs during times when life was forcing me to ask some pretty uncomfortable questions, I would like the CD to take listeners into their own hidden thoughts and issues in the same way these songs have helped me to deal with my mine. Each track on the album will be an extension of my own experiences, and I can’t help but think that others have gone through or have had the same questions I have had about life.
I've found the studio at which I want to record, and a producer I trust to help me make this album as good as possible. I am currently completing my senior year of college, so (assuming this Kickstarter campaign meets its goal) we will be recording as I have time throughout the next few months.
- Full-length album
- (Tentative) Release Date on iTunes/Amazon MP3: April 2014
- Retail Price: $10.00
- Influences: Andy McKee, John Butler Trio, Jimmy Eat World, Ryan Adams & many others.
I NEED YOUR HELP.
I don't want to go through a record label or anything like that. I want a direct connection to you guys-- which means that, in order to finally record this music, I need to raise $5,000. If you are kind enough to help me out, I'll send you some cool rewards...
Please note, this page is not a store-- rather, these rewards are simply my way of expressing gratitude to those willing and able to financially back this project.
- THE KICKSTARTER EP ($1, $7, $10, $15, $20, $25, $30, $35, $35, $50, $75, $100, $200)
A digital download collection of five demos (Preliminary recordings of songs that will ultimately be on the album). These demos are not available to download anywhere else! The EP will be delivered to your inbox on October 1st.
- THE DIGITAL ALBUM, SENT TO YOU ON RELEASE DAY ($7)
A digital download of the album when it is released, as a way of saying "thank you" for your help in making the album possible. (NOTE: Should the project succeed, the digital album will retail for $10... so you save $3 by getting it now!)
- THE DIGITAL ALBUM, SENT TO YOU ONE WEEK BEFORE RELEASE DAY ($10, $15)
A digital download of the album ONE WEEK BEFORE it is released, as a way of saying "thank you" for your help in making the album possible.
- THE DIGITAL ALBUM, SENT TO YOU ONE MONTH BEFORE RELEASE DAY ($20, $25, $30, $35, $35, $50, $100, $200)
A digital download of the album ONE MONTH BEFORE it is released, as a way of saying "thank you" for your help in making the album possible.
- LIMITED, AUTOGRAPHED, HAND-NUMBERED PHYSICAL CD ($35, $50)
While our main focus is digital downloads (because they are so much cheaper and easier to distribute!), we are going to print a very limited number of physical CDs. I am autographing and hand-numbering each one, and these copies will display that they were "Funded with Kickstarter." After this initial printing, physical albums won't be available to purchase online for the first (at least) six months of the album's release. NOTE: There are two $35 reward levels. The physical CD only comes with the one labeled "AUTOGRAPHED, HAND-NUMBERED PHYSICAL CD!"
- THE VERY FIRST PRINTED, PHYSICAL CDs ($75)
You will get one of the first ten printed, physical copies of the CD. If you are the first to pledge at this level, you will get 001/150. If you are the second, you will get 002/150. And so on and so forth. These will be hand-numbered and autographed, and display that they were "Funded with Kickstarter."
- FULL QUALITY DOWNLOADS OF THE FOUR MUSIC VIDEOS ($15, $20, $25, $30, $35, $35, $50, $100, $200)
Digital downloads of all three music videos that we have been released via YouTube ("Beginning," "Separation Is Natural," and "Arcane") + A KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE music video ("This House"), just for backers of this campaign! These downloads average about 215 MB per video and are .MOV format.
- PERSONALIZED RECORDING FROM ME ($25, $30, $35, $35, $50, $75)
I will record you a short, personalized message saying thank you, and then whatever else you want me to say (within reason, of course.) Don't you need a new voicemail message, anyway?
- YOUR NAME IN THE CD BOOKLET ($30, $35, $35, $40, $50, $75, $100, $200)
Your name will appear in the album booklet as a way for me to say "thank you" for making the CD possible. This includes the digital booklet (PDF) that will be included with the digital downloads, as well as the booklet included with the physical CD.
- YOUR PICTURE IN AN EPISODE OF MESSY MONDAYS ($35, $50, $100, $200)
I will personally thank you in an episode of Messy Mondays and show your beautiful face to the world via a photo with which you supply me.
- SKYPE CHAT WITH BLIMEY COW ($100)
A thirty minute Skype chat with my brother Josh, his wife Kelli, and myself. We can chat about Blimey Cow, my music, your life and interests, or just whatever you want to talk about.
- PERSONAL SKYPE CONCERT ($200)
I will play you a personal 4-song concert via Skype! You pick which songs of mine you want me to play.
WHERE YOUR MONEY IS GOING
Here is a breakdown of how your money will be spent.
- $4,000 - Producing, recording, mixing, mastering, and printing the album.
- $400 - Shipping for physical CDs.
- $600 - Kickstarter's cut for the kind use of their website, as well as a little extra for things we may need along the way.
Do you have any questions about the project, the rewards, or anything else? Feel free to message us using the "Ask a Question" button below!
Risks and challenges
Creating music can be tumultuous and creatively exhausting. It's entirely plausible that given the fact that I will be completing my senior year of college while this album is being recorded, its release date may be delayed. However, we are going to work as hard as we can to ensure that this will not be the case.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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