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Mike Massé will write and record his first original CD and offer it for digital distribution.  Please click here to make a pledge!
Mike Massé will write and record his first original CD and offer it for digital distribution. Please click here to make a pledge!
175 backers pledged $10,375 to help bring this project to life.

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Thanks for visiting my Kickstarter project page!  This is a great way for you to help me realize a lifelong dream of writing and recording a CD of original music.  Many of you are probably familiar with me from my YouTube covers.  I’m constantly asked by my supporters worldwide if I have any originals—so here’s your chance to hear what I can do.  We only have 60 DAYS to meet the goal, though, so PLEEEASE pledge what you can and tell your friends to check out this page. Use those little Facebook and Twitter buttons above to help spread the word online, as well.

Let me attempt to answer some questions you may have:

HOW DOES IT WORK?  You pledge by creating a kickstarter account, and then entering your credit card number and the amount of your pledge.  The transaction is handled by Amazon.com, so it’s safe and secure.  Your card is not charged unless the project is successfully funded at the end of the 60-day window.  So everyone contributes, or no one does—it’s all or nothing!

WHY $8,500? To record a full length CD in a studio would take three or four times this much.  So I’ve calculated how much I’d need to get access to some of the best recording gear and utilize it within the context of my home studio.  I studied sound recording as the emphasis of my music degree, so I believe I have the skillset needed to make something on a smaller budget sound like it was made, well, on a much larger budget.  So rather than attempt to raise $30k or $40k to record in a large studio, I’m going to work my best magic at my home studio.  As demonstrated with my YouTube clips, I can get a pretty great sound working with what I’ve got.  Raising this additional money will take that great sound to the next level.

WHAT'S THE RECORD GOING TO BE LIKE? Like most people, I’m partially a product of my influences, so those will likely be apparent in my originals.  I expect you’ll hear a little Beatles, U2, Radiohead, etc.  I’m sure what I write will sound a bit “retro”, but most of my supporters are in my general age group and probably wouldn’t appreciate something that sounded too “current”, especially if it were done merely for the sake of trying to sound current.  In other words, I’m not going to apologize for sounding retro, but I think there’s a big audience for that—an audience that has felt a bit left behind by what passes for rock music these days. 

WHY ASK FANS TO PAY FOR IT? For me, this project allows my fans to join in the process with me, and creates an opportunity to demonstrate that there really is a demand for my original music.  If this project failed to fund, I’d take that as a hint that there simply isn’t enough interest.  But I’m confident that you’ll collectively come through and make this happen!  Plus, I get to offer rewards for pledges of increasing amounts, which should make it more fun for everyone.  But I’m not expecting or relying on big individual donations.  For example, if even half my 1700+ Facebook supporters each donated $10 (which is essentially pre-ordering a digital download of the finished CD), I’d have enough to fund this project.  But obviously not everyone will contribute, so I’ve included some other fun incentives for those who are in a position to donate more.  And yes, it's possible to fund a project at more than 100%!

WHEN IS THE RECORD COMING OUT? I hope to finish it within 8 – 12 months of my kickstarter’s end goal date.  If that sounds far off, remember this will include the writing, recording, overdubbing, editing and mixing, so it’ll take quite a bit of time.  I also have family and work obligations to consider, so I don’t want to promise something faster than I’m able to deliver. I should also note that I won’t be working on this alone.  I’ll be getting contributions from a few familiar faces from my YouTube videos (Jeff Hall, Scott Slusher, and Ken Benson).  It’ll be great working with those guys on something we can truly call our own.

SO….THANK YOU!!  Thanks so much for whatever you’re able to contribute.  Every little bit will help!  Please check back here for updates and to follow our progress towards the funding goal.  You rock!

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    TIER 1: DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of finished CD in high quality mp3’s (320 kbps).

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    TIER 2: DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of finished CD in lossless flac format. [Also includes mp3’s from TIER 1.]

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    TIER 3: DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of my complete mp3 catalog. [Also includes everything from TIERS 1-2.]

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    TIER 4: RECEIVE A CO-PRODUCER CREDIT in the CD’s digital liner notes (and physical liner notes if physical copies are produced). [Also includes everything from TIERS 1-3.]

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    TIER 5: I will make a PERSONAL THANK YOU CALL to you and chat with you for a while about anything folks discuss in polite company. The call is free for US residents only. [Also includes everything from TIERS 1-4.]

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    TIER 6: MAILED AUTOGRAPHED LYRIC/CHORD SHEET from the song of your choice from my new CD. [Also includes everything from TIERS 1-5.]

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    TIER 7: ONE-HOUR GUITAR LESSON (or just a conversation, if you don’t play guitar) via web cam—I will do my best to teach you the song of your choice from anything on my song list or YouTube channel (see mikemasse.com for the song list). [Also includes everything from TIERS 1-6.]

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    TIER 8: FREE PIZZA DINNER at the downtown Pie with me (and Jeff Hall if he’s available) on the night of one of my downtown Pie gigs. (You cover your own travel expenses.) [Also includes everything from TIERS 1-6.]

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    TIER 9: ONE-HOUR UNPLUGGED PRIVATE GIG (no PA system) by me at your house (limited to Salt Lake or Utah County). Guests are welcome. [Also includes everything from TIERS 1-6.]

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    TIER 10: TWO-HOUR PRIVATE GIG (including PA system) by me at the location of your choice in Utah (must have accessible power outlet!). Guests are welcome. Or, a TWO-HOUR WEBCAM GIG for those outside of Utah. [Also includes everything from TIERS 1-6.]

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    TIER 11: I will learn and record the COVER SONG OF YOUR CHOICE (within reason—no rap, e.g.!) and POST A YOUTUBE VIDEO of me performing my rendition. [Also includes everything from TIERS 1-6.]

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