We started performing together at weddings around 2013 and since then, we have performed at hundreds of weddings, festivals, and special events, mostly in New Jersey/New York, but also around the country and even into Canada. For years, we‘ve been writing music and cultivating our live act, sharpening our performance skills, and developing the materials for our first original music release.
ABOUT OUR EP, "THERE'S A LIGHT"...
We made a 5 song EP titled There's a Light... with our friend, producer, and Alicia Key's guitarist, Hanan Rubinstein. The album was recorded over the course of 7 months in Northern NJ. Throughout those 7 months, life threw us some major curve balls. Hanan found out his mother had Stage 3 Pancreatic Cancer, a disease that took the life of Jay's father just last year. (FYI She had an operation and the cancer was extracted! She is doing great now!) Nicole's 5 year marriage came to an end. Jay continued to travel between NJ for gigs and Montreal (where his family lives) nearly every week to rehearse and perform with the band at events. It is all too fitting that Kevin is the drummer since he is the one who keeps us on pace and makes sure so many essential things are getting done on a daily basis. Some of these songs we've been performing at events for 3-4 years, just yearning to one day lock down the right producer to help us translate them to a recording in a way that satisfies eternity. These are songs that reflect our journey as musicians, parents, lovers, friends, and adventurers. Our particular journey has involved the challenges we've faced staying in a busy band as we've grown older and life has become so much more complicated with the increase in personal responsibility on all levels. The time, money, and energy required to stay IN IT because you know its part of who you are and what you want for yourself, for your family, for your legacy. We've all been playing music for over 20 years and all we ever wanted was to be able to KEEP DOING IT and GET BETTER. To attract the right people and situations that foster our journey in music, keep us inspired, and allow us to feed the vision for where we see Owls & Lions now and in the future. We are already a very successful live events band. This EP is a step in a much desired direction for us, as we are finally able to get behind the stage and into your cars, houses, bedrooms, and wherever else you listen to good music. In listening to our music, we hope you feel what we've put into it AND we hope you feel compelled to share it and make memories with it throughout the years of your life.
Let's get down to business! We paid for the tracking, mixing and mastering ourselves. We need your help with the finishing touches and getting it out to the world, which means US investing money in the proper channels to attain the kinds of exposure we will systematically leverage from song to song throughout the rest of 2019. We will rely on the guidance of established music mentors and the careful strategic promotion of key quality audio and video content we’ve created to continually win the hearts and ears of music lovers everywhere.
HERE'S WHAT WE'RE GOING TO DO WITH THE MONEY:
PUBLICITY & RADIO/VIDEO PROMOTION
In order to build on our momentum and make this album a hit, we'll need a publicist to spread the word. Print/Online/Blogs - there is a process and a strategy that will be in place. We will also be working with someone to help us gain and leverage exposure through Radio and Video promotion.
ALBUM / POSTER ARTWORK
We have hired one of our favorite graphic artists in the world, Mathias Valdez, to create our "limited edition" 18x24 poster and custom screen prints that will embody this EP. This guy has done epic band posters for some of our favorite bands, including Murder by Death. Let's just say, I'm pretty sure you're gonna want this artwork framed and on your wall ASAP.
We are excited to create a handful of unique and compelling music videos with some of our talented cinematographer friends. EVERY song will be accompanied by an awesome video concept, whether that be an animated lyric video, a live video, or an actual music video incorporating a fun narrative. The videos will only enhance the experience of the music and give you guys some nice content to experience as you're cruising the interweb.
We are psyched to offer all sorts of goodies and rewards in exchange for your contributions. From Advanced Digital Downloads of Our EP (meaning you get it before anyone else), Coffee Mugs, Autographed Tour Posters, T-Shirts, Music Boxes, Bookmarks, Retro Socks, and even Ukuleles. Some genuinely cool stuff! Those are the physical object things. The higher packages offer private experiences that involve more of our time and physical presence, like Private House Concerts, Professional Entertainment Services (our established business in NJ/NY), and even a private post-Kickstarter celebration and listening event we are going to host on 5/30 in Montclair, NJ.
Risks and challenges
Man, you wouldn't believe how much goes into all of this. The money, the time, the energy. You can't fake it. If you don't believe in yourself and your project, you just won't have the soul stamina to stick it through and get anybody else to give a $#*!. We've been lucky enough to work in tandem with some incredible artists and collaborators to help us realize our artistic visions and help make this Kickstarter a success. All we need is to make it to the financial finish line with you, our loyal support system, and this album will get released into the world on May 15, 2018! WE REALLY CAN'T DO IT WITHOUT YOU! Thank you :)Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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