Matt Duke needs your help to record his next full length album! What's in it for you? How about his exclusive brand new EP!?
Now is the the winter of my new content. Get it? The months have rolled by as I continue to write material for a new, full-length album tentatively slated to be recorded in the Spring and I couldn't be more EXCITED with how the songwriting has taken shape! I'm delving even deeper into my thematic wheelhouse and I can't wait for you all to get a chance to hear what I've been working on. There's only one issue that stands in my way at the moment and it is - simply put - money. This will be my first, full-length released without a record label so while opportunity, possibilities, and creative avenues have opened up tremendously, the burden of financing a record has also fallen squarely on singer/songwriter shoulders, which I embrace excitedly, but somewhat frightfully! Frightfully because I've asked for so much from you all to this point already - coming to shows, buying records, etc - and I'm hoping that your generosity and support hasn't ebbed because...I need your help NOW MORE THAN EVER!
There is so much that goes into the production and post-production of an album (studio time; engineer; revamped web design; promotions) and I'm really hoping to reach our goal so that I can set all of the right wheels in motion when the time comes. [In trying to come up with a tentative album title, I've floated many into the ether, awaiting lightning to strike or for flowers to wilt, so in the meantime we'll refer to the new record from hereon as its last iteration, I Remember You Well LP.] So while we're waiting to get to work on I Remember You Well, every pledge amount offers a little something-something, not the least of which is a pre-release, digital copy of my brand-new EP, Love on a Major Scale, that anyone pledging $10 or more will receive before it's even released to itunes! [The EP will be sent to you guys once I reach my goal!] The album - Love on a Major Scale - was produced by the wildly talented duo of Dave Pittinger and Jason Spiewak while I had the honor of performing all of the instruments that were recorded. We cut the kazoo though...bummer.
Aside from the EP, there are hoodies, autographed handwritten lyrics, and even offers for houses concerts and chance for me to cook dinner AND serenade you AND drink wine! A triple threat! Everyone will also have a chance to preview the I Remember You Well LP before its release, while some of you will be able to watch an online acoustic session of me performing the songs in their entirety with a Q&A after the show! Please, picture me approaching you with open arms in an attempt to hug you so tightly that even a black bear would be put to shame (note: black bears do not give good hugs. Do not attempt). You have no idea how much your generosity and support has meant to me throughout the years and - for those same reasons - I'm counting on you guys to help me out however you can! Thank you, thank you, thank you. :)
Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
One of the risks involved with this sort of creative process is the likelihood that I'll start getting paranoid about being unable to capture lightning in a bottle. When budgets are tight, you are also at the mercy of the clock and it's important to be as prepared as humanly possible before going into the studio to record. So how am I able to mitigate said artistic paranoia? BY BEING PREPARED! Preparation for any artist tends to keep one loose enough to throw caution to the wind when the time is right and that's when the magic happens.
Whatever other challenges there may be along the way (and there are many), I'm fortunate enough to have an incredible management team behind me to make sure that all things PRE and POST production are ready to move along; that all details are ironed out and that we've got back-up plans if need be. So the moral of the story? Surround yourself with good people and make sure you've got your affairs in order. Let's do this!
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