We really love music. We love playing, performing and producing music. Gear Addicts is a testament of that love played out in a fun, informative and entertaining fashion. Riffing on the concepts of shows like The Man Show, Top Gear and Diggnation, Gear Addicts will be a hybrid live and segment based show that is filmed in front of a rowdy pub audience of fellow music fans in the Seattle area, combined with 3-4 short segments per show where we visit studios, interview musicians, engineers and review products. The after segment conversation will part of the fun where we interact with the live audience and discuss the topics in our usual no-holds barred manner.
We are hard at work getting our first episode together with an eye on having two under our belt by the time we make it to the NAMM show in late January. The show will be a monthly show, augmented by more specific and frequent content on Jason and Fluff's existing YouTube Channels already reaching over 4,000 subscribers and more than a 500,000 views.
Why is easy. We are passionate about making music, we enjoy teaching and sharing, and we both really want to watch a show just like this. It's not out there, so we've decided to make it ourselves. Ryan has been doing his own music, amp and gear videos for a long time. While newer to YouTube, Jason's Recording@Home series is quickly building a following. When Ryan and Jason met and realized how well they worked together, Red Door Audio was born and their first project was to do a full on music video to their own metal remix of Justin Bieber's "As Long As You Love Me," which racked up 5,000 views in the first week. Encouraged by seeing what could be done as a team, Gear Addicts is simply the logical conclusion.
The "As Long As You Love Me" video set an example of what Ryan and Jason can do on their own. They wrote, planned, shot and edited the video themselves in addition to recording the music.
If you know anything about Ryan and Jason, you know that they do what they do with an eye for perfection. They've been operating their individual projects with what they have on hand, but know launching an episodic show that will be recorded with a live audience requires some solid reliable equipment. In preparation for the first episode and our upcoming trip to the North American Music Merchant (NAMM) show in January, we've got our eye on the tools we need to produce a show that looks like it belongs on Network Television.
We will use our funding to purchase the following equipment:
(2) Canon XA10 HD Cameras
(6) 32GB Memory Cards
(2) Canon AC Adapters
Yamaha Public Address System
(4) Video Lights and Light Stands
(2) Sennheiser Camera Mount Wireless Mic Systems
(2) 42" LCD TVs
(2) LCD Stands
That's it. We need the tools to capture and present our show at the highest quality we can reasonably manage.
During the day, Fluff is a mild-mannered office rat who pushes a pencil and stares at a computer screen. But by night (and evening, morning, while sleeping, eating, etc.) Fluff can always be found writing a riff, recording a song, producing a record, making a YouTube video, and generally excersizing his love for useless musical trivia.
Jason's "real job" is building great software for Apple products at Microsoft. Although his head is filled with bytes and source code during the day, his off time has been about music since childhood. He's recognized as a guitar player, drummer, vocalist, song writer, engineer and producer these days as well as a budding YouTube personality.
Maxon OD808 Overdrive Pedal courtesy of Godlike Pedals
Seymour-Duncan Humbuckers courtesy of Seymour Duncan
Risks and challenges
We've already reached a level of competence releasing regular, quality content. We've built some great industry connections and have a lot of support for continuing to cultivate our content, but the real challenge for us will be regularly coming up with really great guests and interviews for our show.
This Kickstarter campaign is all about quality. We know that we can do the show, but our goal is to make a show that is at Network TV quality.
We'll give you a personal thanks and answer your question on the show. (1) Gear Addicts T-Shirt, (3) Gear Addicts Guitar Picks, (1) Red Door Audio sticker, (1) Gear Addicts sticker and a Gear Addicts Wallpaper download
1-Hour Mixing Tips and Tricks session with Jason either in-person at Red Door Audio's studio, or via Skype if you aren't in the Seattle area. Feel free to bring your mix and we'll go through it together, or we can walk through one of mine!
Gear Addicts will spotlight your business or product on an episode of Gear Addicts. (Must be a music related product or service, if you would like us to visit your business for the segment you must pay for travel)