Hi, friends!!!! My name is Kitty. I'm 22 years old, I'm a singer/rapper/producer and I've always been really into doing things all by myself.
I've accomplished a lot of crazy things this way, but this time I have a project so big that the time has come to ask for a little help getting started: my first full-length, self-released record- which will also be my first project to ever be released physically!!!
When my first music video "Okay Cupid" went ~viral~ in 2012, I was living in Daytona Beach, Florida selling little girls' accessories at the mall to put myself through college. Thanks to the unexpected success of a bunch of songs I recorded in my closet, I was able to move to New York City and continue to pursue a music career I'd always dreamed of but never in a million years thought I would achieve. Since then, I've self-released four solo EPs, a bunch of music videos, some mixtapes, and more singles than I can even recall. I've had the opportunity to tour and collaborate with artists I've looked up to for years- Danny Brown, Riff Raff, The Ready Set, Anamanaguchi, Sufjan Stevens, Ryan Hemsworth, LE1F and more. All of these things have been made possible without a label, most of them without an artist manager, and a lot of them without knowing what the hell I'm doing at all, but I feel like the luckiest girl in the world.
I know how rare these opportunities are, and I want to use them to make the world a little more glittery.
However, there's always been that one little thing I haven't been able to do on my own, and it's the one thing I've truly been working for since the beginning; I want to finally create a REAL album. I want it to sound perfect. I want to record it in a studio. I want to listen to it on vinyl, and send CDs of it to my grandma to play in her zumba class. I want to be able to perfectly represent it artistically, with visuals that will bring to life the world I've imagined for all these years. I want to take it on tour and sing it for the world. I want to share it with everyone I possibly can, without a label or a company or a man at a desk telling me my ideas "don't fit" and giving me a sweetened-up lecture on why they can't take a chance on me unless I quit making the art I believe in and start being a little more "marketable".
This record has been in the works for a couple years and it tells a story of growing up in a tropical tourist trap and wandering around the country. I've written everything myself, and I'm collaborating with some of my favorite artists to create sounds that set my stories in the fun, beautiful world I've dreamed up around it. This funding will provide professional studio time, mixing and mastering, and a budget for visuals. It will also go towards production and distribution of CDs and 12" vinyl records, and to finally support a member of Team Kitty who has worked tirelessly with me on every single project for absolutely no pay. I plan on releasing the record in January of 2016.
New rewards and more info about the record will be added to this page over the course of the fundraiser- I can't wait to share my art & ideas with you!!!!!!!! ╰( ･ ᗜ ･ )╯
I f**kng love every single person who has supported me and my music up until this point, and I hope you all believe in this project as much as I do. Here's a photo of my dog, Little Puff, who has heard every song thousands of times and promises they're all really good.
Header photograph by Shelby Sells
GOAL 1: $25,000 - RECORD
(WHICH WE DID IN THE FIRST 30 Hrs!!!!)
GOAL 2: $50,000 - TOUR!!!!!
So if we reach this goal, I'll be able to pay for transportation, support, merch, stage setup, all that jazz- for my first REAL HEADLINING TOUR~
This has been another dream of mine since I started, but I didn't want to get ahead of myself with things. Now that I've seen what you guys can do and how much faith you have in me, I hope you're here for this!!!
also i'll be able to play a show in europe for the first time which is like....omfg afdls;kjas;dflkj
Risks and challenges
Since I've done all this stuff before on a smaller, no-budget scale, I've pretty much faced every challenge there is when it comes to making and releasing a record. The only setbacks I can imagine are delays in production of the record (not likely- I run a pretty tight ship when it comes to scheduling) and delays in production of videos. The good news is, I already have a solid plan for all this stuff, and since I'm already working on everything, I expect smooth sailing once this Kickstarter is off the ground. Also, sorry for using two sailing metaphors in the same paragraph. I've been listening to ocean sounds in the background while typing this.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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