Hey there everyone! My name is Patrick McCallion and first and foremost, thank you for visiting my Kickstarter Campaign!
Before I get into the gritty details about what it is I'm asking for, a little bit about me. I'm a 20-year-old musician from West Yorkshire, England who has been writing and recording music from a very young age. I released my first single "Singer Songwrite Blues" to iTunes at the ripe old age of 13 years old and ever since then I've been completely hooked to making music. In 2010, I founded a five-piece pop rock band called Small Words and it's with these beautiful Yorkshiremen that I have had some of the best times of my life. We performed at Bingley Music Live in 2012 and 2013 with artists including Primal Scream, The Fratellis, Razorlight and The Charlatans, recorded a pretty groovy album called 'Nice' and have had amazing times driving around in cars, eating pizzas and playing music. We released a free single back in July called Murky Waters and you can watch it here!
In the Summer of 2014, Small Words were picked up by a PR company and had a little bit of a makeover. We combined my solo project with the band to create Patrick McCallion's Small Words, with the intention of recording some new music and getting it in all sorts of crazy places. We've had a lot of interest from record labels (including some majors) but we always end up in the same Catch 22 situation. The labels want to hear professional, high quality recordings, and the producers who could provide this service want to see record label support. Quite frankly it's a pain in the arse! This is where you lot come in!
The New EP.
So, after many months of negotiating, we finally have got everything in place to record a new EP. We have the pleasure of working with legendary producer David M. Allen, a gentlemen who has most notably worked with The Cure, recording and mixing the majority of their tracks. In January, I'm hoping to travel down to Brighton with a couple of my Small Words chums to work with Dave on a 4-5 track EP. We hope this EP will be the thing to break the Catch 22. By the end of our week in Brighton, we hope to be in a position to pitch to the record labels, get airtime on some pretty big radio stations and plan tours and events for over the summer. If we received funding for this project it would also bypass a lot of people who we would rather not get involved with right now. We're still a relatively new band and we're really not keen on throwing all our rights away just yet! With funding from the fans I can keep my songs as my own. No company will own them and that's brilliant!
All in all, this project will cost us £2,500, before we add reduplication and artwork costs. We hope to make up the rest of the funds through fundraising and gigging.
A Fuming Rant!
The recording industry is in an odd place right now and I'm not sure if I like it. Gone are the days when a band would get signed, record an album and become international superstars because they were really good at playing guitars or singing songs. Unfortunately it all now comes down to one thing. Money. And that's really dangerous. Over the past year or so I've seen how precarious an industry it is and it's unbelievably worrying how close it is to be coming a play thing for rich kids with rich parents. If you have the money you can buy a publisher, you can buy a PR guy, you can buy a good producer who has a pretty good auto tune plugin. With all this, you can effectively buy a record deal.
I've been very lucky. The initial payments for studio time and representation in the past have been saved for and fronted by my family and for that I'm eternally grateful. I have also found a producer and A&R team who have worked tirelessly to cut costs, call in favours and help to make this as affordable as possible. But there are others who could never dream of being able to afford all this stuff that is quickly becoming a rite of passage to enter the music industry. This is why Kickstarter and crowd funding is so amazing. It allows people to create amazing stuff because it's good. That's it. Not because their Dad works in the city, not because they can afford to buy their way to the top, but because their music is good.
As I said before, I'm unbelievably fortunate to have a family who are willing to save so I can have a crack at my dream. But I don't want it to be that way. I don't want this to be the way the music industry works. I want people to buy my music and sign me up because they like my songs and they think I have talent. So lets fund an EP this way. Lets give power back to the fans, power back to musicians and take just a little bit of power away from those folks at the top of the hill!
Risks and challenges
If the new EP gets funded, we will work tirelessly to keep on track and make sure everything is recorded on time and on schedule.
We will work hard find other funds from performing around England to ensure that all CDs can be produced and sent out on time.
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