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This is the Kickstarter project for my new upcoming album. It's heavy & you can be a part of it! MONTSTER WORLD DOMINATION 2013!

The world is getting smaller, the world as we know it is changing, and the "Power" is in your hands...

As some say the music business is bleak and will never be what it was before, musicians have never had a more promising future for getting their music out there to the public. More and more bands, artists, and entrepreneurs are turning to Kickstarter to seek funding for their project. The artist has complete freedom and YOU are now the record label.

Almost 2 years ago now, I was completely blown away (and overwhelmed!) by the support of my first Kickstarter project for my second album "Pain, Love, & Destiny". Again, I want to thank everyone who supported that. The album was an incredible success for me mainly because people tell me how much both them and their kids love it or that it hasn't left their cd player since they first got it - over a year ago...

Now I'm on to my third album, "M.P.3: The Power Of Three". It's coming out in three parts because I have songs that fall into three different categories. "M.P.3: The Power Of Three, Pt. 1" was released (download only on iTunes & CD Baby - go get it!) on November 19th, 2012. It contains 4 stripped down, acoustic and vocal songs.

My current project is for "M.P.3: The Power Of Three, Pt 2"...the heavy one... You will hear some clips of the demos in the video.

I have 10 songs written and ready to go. There are no slow songs on this one. Just songs that make you want to drive fast or run fast. If some of you know me from when I had my band Myra Mains in Texas, I've kind of gone back to a little bit of that... It's funny how music revolves in cycles...

Joining me in the studio will be Kane Ritchotte on drums and Max Whipple on bass. Two of my favorite musicians I've ever played with. We are recording at the end of January / early February in Copenhagen with producer Flemming Rasmussen at Winding Road Studios. Flemming recorded "M.P.3: The Power Of Three, Pt. 1" as well as a few of my all time favorite albums. It's a complete honor to be working with him.

I wasn't sure if I was going to do another Kickstarter project for this album. The last one is still one of the most successfully funded albums from the rock music genre and it was a lot of work. After some people asked if I would do another one, I thought about it and it IS a great experience to have everyone involved. 

I'm keeping the goal low at $5,000.00. If that's all I raise, then at least it will help with out with airfare and hotels (we are flying to Denmark to do this!). I am hoping it does much better than that, of course. Making albums is expensive!!! Not only are there flights, hotels, and shipping gear overseas. There is also studio costs, Mastering costs, album artwork, and paying the musicians.

There are certain incentives that I wouldn't do again but certain ones I would definitely do again. I get asked about guitar lessons often but because of my touring schedule, it's hard to do. That's something that is staying in the incentive list. With the quality of technology we have today, I can teach you over the computer anywhere in the world. House parties were a big hit and a lot of fun last time. Let's do it again! I'm not making physical cd's of this until all 3 parts are out (yes, there is a part 3!).

There will be "random tokens of appreciation" to ALL backers from me to you just to say thanks...every #MonteMonday beginning at the launch date. (whether this gets funded or not)

Whether you choose to support this project or not, please - ALWAYS support your local and independent music. There are so many cool projects you will find here on Kickstarter. - Very clever and talented artists. There's something here for you and for someone you know...

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

When I did my first Kickstarter project for "Pain, Love, & Destiny", some of the incentives were very hard to produce. An example is "hand written lyrics ON the album cover artwork"! That's something I would never suggest to any bands or artists reading this. If you mess up ONE LETTER on your 7th song, you have to start all over... it was a nightmare! Seemed like a good idea at the time though. I finally got through it and thank you, again, for your patience if that was one of your incentives.

I also didn't think I would be sending cd's all over the planet! Something I'm very happy to do but when it all adds up, the cost of shipping everything is equal to the amount that is brought in.

This time I'm trying to avoid anything like that. Most of these incentives will happen immediately when the project is funded.

The studio time is set (January 28 - February 13), a majority of this will be done between you and me online. - House parties, etc., will be booked.

I'll be giving the backers updates on the progress of the recording and the incentive fulfillments through our own private email address every #MonteMonday.

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    You have to start somewhere. Every little thing helps and I thank you for your support! + you'll get a download of my song "Close Your Eyes" off my previous album "Pain, Love, & Destiny" recorded live (acoustic version)! I have to give you SOMETHING for a dollar!...

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    If you feel like $1.00 isn't enough, you can donate $3.00! One for each album! + you'll get a download of my song "Close Your Eyes" off my previous album "Pain, Love, & Destiny" & "War Is Over" off my current EP "M.P.3: The Power Of Three, Pt. 1" recorded live (all acoustic)!

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    Advanced download of the first single from "M.P.3: The Power Of Three, Pt. 2". - Let your speakers melt before your friends do! You will get this after the album is Mastered. It has to be recorded, then mixed, then Mastered. I'll keep all backers updated on the process.

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    Tweet, Greet & Follow - We will Tweet ourselves into a frenzy! I'll tweet you from my personal account, @montepittman - is it your birthday? Want me to Tweet a friend or Tweet out what you have going on?

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    Autographed (by all performers) handwritten set list from our upcoming show at NAMM - January 25 - Friday night at midnight (so really Saturday morning January 26!!! 12am - 1am) - at the Marriott Hotel

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    Autographed (by all performers) handwritten set list from our upcoming show at the Whisky A Go-Go Saturday, March 2nd in Hollywood!

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    Advance download of "M.P.3: The Power Of Three, Pt 2" before it is released. - There are always delays somewhere down the line in making an album, but you will get a download of the album before your friends do on the release date. You will be much cooler than they are by doing this. You will be getting this 1 - 2 months before it is released to the public.

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    Guitar picks = I will send you one guitar pick of your choice unless you want it to be a surprise. I can't have you playing your guitar without any picks. I have an assortment from previous tours as well as some specifically for this album! If you have a specific request, let me know and that's what I'll send you.

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    Autographed & personalized 8x10 (same as the profile picture taken by Jeremy Saffer.) [Check out Jeremy's work here: http://jeremysaffer.com and here: @jeremysaffer]

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    Advance download of "M.P.3: The Power Of Three, Pt. 2", plus all my other albums - You will get "The Deepest Dark", "Pain, Love, & Destiny", & "M.P.3: The Power Of Three, Pt. 1"

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    Personalized "dog tag" with all the albums. - I have been selling "M.P.3: The Power Of Three, Pt. 1" on a "dog tag" necklace / USB key. The USB key will have "The Deepest Dark", "Pain, Love & Destiny", M.P.3: The Power Of Three, Pt. 1" & "M.P.3: The Power Of Three, Pt.2" on it. It will be personalized to you from me. You can also wear it! (This will ship when the new album is complete!)

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    Got something you need to talk to me about? - A personal 15 minute phone call from me to you. If it's your birthday, I'll play "Happy Birthday" on the guitar to you...I might even sing it too...

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    Skype or FaceTime guitar lesson (30 minutes) - or we can just chat. Have a question about gear, what to do with starting out in the music business, stuck on a chord or scale, or have you always wanted to get started learning how to play your guitar? It's up to you. The time is yours...

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    Handwritten lyrics (unframed 11 x 14) for ONE of my songs from any album. - personalized, of course

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    Webcam live in the studio - you can see the action live as it happens! You will be given a secret and special webcam address and we will be on the other side making a masterpiece! This will be for 1 day in the studio.

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    Roadie for a day (must be in a city where I'm playing a show!) - This was a special request and I say you can never have enough roadies. If any of you have any other requests, send them my way!

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    BUNDLE of 4 - Skype or FaceTime guitar lesson (30 minutes) - or we can just chat. - If you want more than one lesson, you can get 4 (and save!) . Also, if you just want to chat we can do that! + I'll send you 1 guitar pick for "M.P.3: The Power Of Three, Pt. 1" & 1 guitar pick for "M.P.3: The Power Of Three, Pt. 2".

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    24 x 36 Art Print from photographer Jeremy Saffer on special metallic paper to commemorate this album! This picture I took with him (same as this profile pic) was featured in his top photos of 2012. We will both sign it and I'll send it to you - it will be sent rolled and you can put it in whatever frame you want! [Check out Jeremy's work here: http://jeremysaffer.com and here: @jeremysaffer]

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    Attend private rehearsal with the band before March 2, 2013 show at The Whisky A Go-Go. - See it come to life! You will be our special guest at our rehearsal getting ready for our headlining show Saturday, March 2 at the Whisky! This will take place in Los Angeles at the end of February. We'll play you some new songs, too! - (note: if we reach our goal BEFORE January 21st you can attend album pre production rehearsals.)

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    BUNDLE of 8 - Skype or FaceTime guitar lesson (30 minutes) - or we can just chat. - If you want more than one lesson, you can get 8 (and save!) . Also, if you just want to chat we can do that! + I'll send you 1 guitar pick for "M.P.3: The Power Of Three, Pt. 1" & 1 guitar pick for "M.P.3: The Power Of Three, Pt. 2".

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    Dinner with the band - One thing we all have in common is we have to eat, so let's do it together. You & a friend plus us going somewhere nice! *Los Angeles / Southern California area

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    Handwritten lyrics (unframed 11 x 14) for each of the songs from "M.P.3: The Power Of Three, Pt. 2" - personalized, of course, and individual sheets of paper for each song.

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    BUNDLE of 12 - Skype or FaceTime guitar lesson (30 minutes) - or we can just chat. - If you want more than one lesson, you can get 8 (and save!) . Also, if you just want to chat we can do that! + I'll send you 1 guitar pick for "M.P.3: The Power Of Three, Pt. 1" & 1 guitar pick for "M.P.3: The Power Of Three, Pt. 2".

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    *Your name will be included in a special thanks list in the album credits. +++ * I'll give you a private listening party of the new album (where I come to you and play you the new album "within the LA area"), +++ *We will do a Tweet, Greet & Follow +++ *You will get an advance download of "M.P.3: The Power Of Three, Pt 2" as soon as it comes back from Mastering and is done, +++ *1 guitar pick of your choice, +++ *1 signed 8x10, +++ *advanced download of the new album plus all of my albums, +++ *Choice of 1 Skype / FaceTime guitar lesson or chat.

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    I'll play on YOUR song! You send me the track, I'll play what you want on it and send it back to you!

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    Spend the day in the studio with us (transportation & room & board not included). The plan is to record 1 song a day. You can be there and see the magic happen and always have the memory of being there when it was brought to life!, +++ *Your name will be included in a special thanks list in the album credits. +++ * I'll give you a private listening party of the new album (where I come to you and play you the new album "within the LA area"), +++ *We will do a Tweet, Greet & Follow +++ *You will get an advance download of "M.P.3: The Power Of Three, Pt 2" as soon as it comes back from Mastering and is done, +++ *1 guitar pick of your choice, +++ *1 signed 8x10, +++ *advanced download of the album plus all the other albums, +++ *Choice of 1 Skype / FaceTime guitar lesson or chat.

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    House party! - I (or we) will come to your house! This was so much fun last time! Invite your frinds over and I'll put on a concert in your living room, kitchen, garage, or bedroom. *Your name will be included in a special thanks list in the album credits. +++ * I'll give you a private listening party of the new album (where I come to you and play you the new album "within the LA area"), +++ *We will do a Tweet, Greet & Follow +++ *You will get an advance download of "M.P.3: The Power Of Three, Pt 2" as soon as it comes back from Mastering and is done, +++ *1 guitar pick of your choice, +++ *1 signed 8x10, +++ *advanced download of the new album plus my other albums, +++ *Choice of 1 Skype / FaceTime guitar lesson or chat. **If more than one person donates for a house party, these incentives would go to the person purchasing and distributed how that person sees fit. **House parties outside of the LA/Southern CA area would have to provide transportation (flights, cab), lodging, food, and gear rental for Monte and band.

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    "POWER OF 3 VIP " - You get your choice of 3 (get it - power of 3) of the other packages.

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