Julia Massey & The Five Finger Discount is a very lucky band. In 2011, we were able to produce and release "Is There Room for Me?" to our fans through the help of our kickstarter backers. It propelled us to many successes, including a west coast tour centering around SXSW, a professional music video, and local radio play.
Our most recent project, "Five Letters From Far Away" is different for a couple of reasons. For one, the music on this record is a departure from anything we've done before. While it is still cosmic-folk-rock, the emphasis on the cosmic aspect of our sound finds itself in the foreground, propelled by a wider use of keyboard synth sounds, colossal drums, and Geoff's further exploration of his pedal board (which now has it's own email address). Secondly, we've grown in terms of production since the last project. This time, we tracked the record and funded the mixing portion ourselves. We've also invited producer/engineer David Miner of London Bridge Studios to use his creative energies on this project and we're very excited about the results!
That said, you're probably wondering what our backers will be backing this time, specifically, and the answer to that is also two-fold. By showing us your love with this project, you will be contributing to: the mastering of the record with our go-to-genius-engineer, Carl Saff, as well as a radio campaign to have this album spread to the corners of the country that we have yet to approach.
There aren't enough ways to say thank you for believing in our band and this project, but by growing as artists, we hope to send a message of infinite gratitude for everyone who inspires us to keep creating.
Love and pancakes,
Julia, Dom, and Geoff
Risks and challenges
The risks that come with this project are on varying levels. There are some that are going to be the same as before, like managing the rewards that our backers will receive in a timely manner so as to maintain their trust and support. Fortunately, we have the experience of our last project to help organize our calendar, so it feels like less of a beast. Scheduling that alongside the final details of the album itself is a repeat challenge, but the band has decided to increase meeting-time over the next couple of months to handle these issues and divide and conquer these tasks.
The greater, more difficult challenge this project presents is convincing our potential backers that we have grown as a band, even though we're using a fundraising platform again. This is why we are asking for help with the later necessary steps in an album's completion this time around.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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