I'm raising $11,000 to help see my first full-length record through to completion. It was an easy decision for me to put down the initial couple thousand dollars necessary to get this project off the ground. The work I did with my producer Stephen Price has already impacted me so much and, with your help, will forever mark my life and the lives of many others.
I have used music to process my emotion for as long as I can remember. It's within the realm of music that I feel safe to say what is really on my heart and in my head. At the same time, my lyrics are intentionally open-ended for the sake of listeners because I want you to feel what I'm feeling. These songs are painfully real to me, and are often about the things in life I am afraid to confront, like the death of my oldest brother by suicide or my recent diagnosis with Ulcerative Colitis. I want you to feel this same safety and courage in confronting your own pain.
I need financial help with having my songs mixed and mastered. I chose to work with the best people I know. People like Stephen, who produced and engineered my full-length, and Dave McNair (Look at the people he has worked with in the past, like BOWIE!). Their services are well-worth the investment, and I am so honored that they have taken on my music.
I also have plans to make a music video with a filmmaker friend of mine named Manuel Crosby. With my $11,000 goal, I have budgeted for Manuel, actors, miscellaneous equipment, and post-production work such as editing and color correction. I've worked on numerous projects with Manuel, and I am consistently impressed. Here is some of my favorite work of his for your sampling pleasure. With his help, I feel certain and excited about creating a beautiful visual to accompany my music.
With my $11,000 goal, I have also budgeted for publicity to get music out into the world (mostly via internet), Kickstarter fees, and taxes.
I also have a stretch goal of $14,000 in the back of my head that would include mastering for vinyl and the pressing of my record onto an LP. This would allow for 200 beautiful physical copies of the full-length record.
If you are curious about what my my music is like, my debut single was released on May 10th and is available via most platforms here.
It means the whole world to me that you would even consider helping. I have poured my whole heart into this project, and I think you'll find it as well worth your time as it was mine.
Risks and challenges
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