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The Midtown story is one that anyone can relate to: It’s about daring to dream in times of uncertainty. It's about the long road to finding a chosen family. And it's about believing that together, we can overcome any challenge life throws our way. Now, after two long years of evolving our soulful-chic vibe and spending countless hours recording at the Zoo Labs incubator, we’re ready to tell our story and share the new Midtown sound with the world. We’re tantalizingly close to releasing our new 15 track album. But as close as we are, we’re going to need the support of our community to bring it all together.

Photo by Robbie Sweeny
Photo by Robbie Sweeny

Recorded at Zoo Labs in the heart of West Oakland with the help of Grammy nominated producer, Jeff Kolhede, this compilation speaks with a voice of a generation that understands the power and beauty of diversity. Each track highlights a different side of the Midtown community by drawing upon the many colorful musical impulses that compose it. Experimenting with Neo-soul and psychedelic syncopations, this LP goes where no Midtown sound has gone before.

Preliminary Artwork by Nick Francis
Preliminary Artwork by Nick Francis

We're a diverse community of writers, musicians and dreamers. We are black and white, queer and straight, married and single. We represent the face of young America—and we are the new CALIFORNIA SOUL.

While most of the recording for the album is done, we still have a few more tunes to track, plus a bunch of mixing and mastering before the compilation is complete. Your support will help make sure we don't rush the process and are instead able to take our time to make sure we do it right. 

Photo by Quinn Wharton
Photo by Quinn Wharton

In addition to helping us finish up the recording, your support will help fund the visual production for the 3 singles we plan to release over the course of 2019. We have a vision and we want to make sure it becomes a reality. 

Guitarfish - Summer 2018
Guitarfish - Summer 2018

In true Midtown fashion, we wanna treat our socialites to a night out on the bay with an OPEN BAR and BUFFET, because we know how you like to get down! We're all about the live experience so we'll be inviting special guests plus surprises for a night you won't easily forget. This RELEASE PARTY will ONLY happen if we move 225 pledges so remember to spread the word!!!  If we don't get enough pledges for our Yacht Rockin Release Party we'll give our socialites a few other fabulous Party Package options to choose between. That's right, we'll let you pick.... And boy do we have some fun ideas.... 

If we make our stretch goal of 30k, we'll release a 4th single with all the brass and sass of the first three. If we can shoot for the stars and hit 40k, we'll put out a series of videos performing covers YOU help us choose!

Photo by Robbie Sweeny
Photo by Robbie Sweeny

We have a story to tell. We sing of tribulation and triumph, and what it means to be an artist in America today. With every groove and back beat, we prove to ourselves, to our socialites, to the world… you can’t stop the music. 

Much Love,

MTS

Risks and challenges

We know we're asking for a lot, in fact, this is only the second time in MTS history where we've asked for help. But we have done it before and know way more about how to plan and estimate our cost so we can be sure to give you the best possible product. Here's our only caveat: If we don't get enough pledges for our Yacht Rockin Release Party we'll give our socialites a few other fabulous Party Package options to choose between. That's right, we'll let you pick....

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    Download of 4 Social Singles

    Get an advance copy of our social singles before they drop!

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    Digital Download of 15 Track Album

    Need to get down with Midtown before everyone else? Well here's an advance copy of the full length album that we'll get to you right after the last master's been made!

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    Fantastic Color on CD + Digital Download

    For our socialites who like things a bit more compact + Download of the album

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    We're printing new shirts exclusively for our kickstarter supporters. Remember our last kickstarter exclusive??? We'll even let you guys pick your favorite graphics....

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    The DOUBLE Vinyl Rewards + Download

    All the Midtown Magic you've been waiting for + Digitally Download before it drops later this year.

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    SIGNED DOUBLE VINYL LP + Download

    For our socialites who need a little something special + we'll make sure you get that digital download before the album drops!

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    New Vinyl + Original EP Vinyl

    Need more Midtown music? We have a few of our original EP vinyls, Down On Sixth, that we'd love to share. Get both vinyls plus the digital download of the new album

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    The Full Package

    Still need more Midtown music? With the full package we'll send you our full midtown musical library which includes:
    New Vinyl with Download + Exclusive T-Shirt + Down On Sixth Vinyl EP + Live in Studio EP on CD + Our self-titled LP on CD - LIMIT OF 50

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    Co-Creator

    If you really just want to see this project happen and aren’t into the material possessions, than we would like to thank you by added your name to the album credit liner notes + Download + Digital Album Art - We'll also make sure you get the music before it drops.

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    YACHT ROCKIN RELEASE PARTY

    If we get 225 pledges, we're taking our socialites out for a night on the bay with an open bar and buffet (cause we know how you like to play) + special guests and surprises. This RELEASE PARTY will ONLY happen if we secure 225 spots so make sure to spread the word.

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    The Personal Invite

    Signed Vinyl + Personal invite to our intimate listening party with and hang with the Midtown gang at a Bay Area location + Album Credit shoutout + Digital Download. LIMITE OF 20

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    The Intimate Acoustic Jam

    For a more intimate version of the Midtown ensemble - 3 to 5 member will serenade you and your friends for you private event - Based on availability in this year. Will coordinate by email. If performance is outside the Bay Area, buyer will provide travel costs.

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    Midtown Will Play Your Benefit

    For our charitable friends, Midtown will play your Non Profit benefit - Based on availability in this year. Will coordinate by email. If performance is outside the Bay Area, buyer will provide travel costs.

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    A Midtown Get Down

    The FULL Midtown ensemble will play your private event - NORMAL PRICE $6000 - Based on availability in this year. Will coordinate by email. If performance is outside the Bay Area, buyer will provide travel costs.

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    Early Bird Vinyl Rewards + Download

    For the first 50 people to pre-order the double vinyl, we want to reward you with a special price and we'll throw in a digital download too! LIMIT OF 50

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