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Live looping artist, Rejyna, seeks backers for October Concert Tour & CD release using environmentally-friendly Eco-Gami package idea!

WHAT IS LIVE LOOPING?

PLEASE watch the intro video to see a live looping example!   Short answer: when a sound artist uses technology to capture musical phrases created live, then layering and manipulating them with additional sounds.

WHAT IS A LOOPTOBER TOUR? 

Although live looping has been around a long time, it only started for me two years ago, and until recently, I had no idea there were festivals and groups focused on 'live looping'.  A few months ago, I posted some of my looping videos on YouTube and shortly thereafter, a veteran looper IMd me that I should make contact with another veteran looper and founder of Loop Festivals. We connected, and after checking my vids, I was invited to play in the Y2K13 International Live Looping Festival!  How cool is that?!

Shortly thereafter, another Looping artist/promoter contacted me about playing his festivals that month too. That's how this Looptober madness came about... 

We will videotape my shows to make a 'Best-of' video of the tour, because when someone just hears my CD, they may think, 'hmmm, a vocal trio with two guitarists...' - that's why it takes a multi-camera video to demonstrate that all the sound is coming from one person, live without backing tracks - and that's a big part of inspiring others to try looping themselves...

Links for the Looptober Shows

Santa Cruz  http://y2kloopfest.com

Seattle and Portland http://noahpeterson.com/nw_loopfest/

Danville https://www.facebook.com/events/432590403522293/

MY GOAL IN ONE SENTENCE:

My goal is to make this my best tour ever, to capture it on video for sharing with my backers, and to use the video for promotion and/or a disc release. 

WHY DO A KICKSTARTER? 

I'm doing this Kickstarter to generate exposure, offset the costs of the tour, and to have enough CDs to sell at the shows.  Being 100% funded  will allow me to spend more time rehearsing and writing instead of spending that time working overtime to accumulate the funds - and that will mean my show will be that much more developed and I will be (a little) less anxious.  Also, having enough merchandise, such as CDs, to sell at the shows is the best way to promote my music! Since I am 'sold out' of my solo CD first pressing, I'd like to run at least 100 more for sales at the shows. 

THE GOALS

The $1000 will go to offset these expenses: 

  • Gas - approx. $400-550
  • Rental Car - approx. $500-700
  • CDs from short-run replication service - $175-275  

To accomplish the tour and video recording requires myself (the looper) and my daughter (the film pro).  We'll use 100% of your backing to offset expenses for the 2336 mile round-trip, and to make more copies of my Solo Sojourn CDs to sell at the shows. 

IS ECO-GAMI A REAL SIDE DISH?

I don't think so - ECO-GAMI is what I'm calling my original Disc Packaging design for DIY (do-it-yourself) artists.  For this new run of CDs, instead of paying for jewel cases, we'll cut packaging costs and GO GREEN with my original 'ECO-GAMI' jacket design.  Perfect for environmentally (and cash) conscious DIY artists, I designed the Eco-Gami as a single 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper, printed on both sides and folded to create a CD jacket.  There's enough room for photos, liner notes and lyrics - and no cutting, special perforated paper, jewel cases or minimum print runs are involved.  Artists can print Eco-Gami using consumer printers and I share my template free to any who ask.  The jacket is as rigid as the paper or card stock you print it on and I also enclose the CDs in white paper inner sleeves and shrinkwrap the outside.  Many consumers throw away their jewel cases after buying a CD these days anyway...

Below is a video showing my Eco-Gami cover design:

We’re also saving money because we already have printing, shrink-wrapping and labeling gear, as well as everything we need to shoot, edit and author CDs and DVDs.  I have already started running a homemade (DIY) batch of CDs so that I'll have enough for both; selling at shows and for fulfilling the rewards.

Additional funds by exceeding our goal will go towards making more merchandise (more, higher quality and/or 'fancier' CDs, possibly shirts or stickers) to sell at the show.  Backers choosing the $2000 or $5000 reward can be assured it will not be considered 'pocket profit' - it will be applied to offset additional tour and merchandise costs, allow better quality CDs, AND to offset future manufacturing costs for the tour video highlights on CD and/or DVD after the tour.  Once the campaign ends, I will update backers with a projected use of funds that exceed my $1000 goal.  Rest assured, I know how important it is to set aside some resources for fulfillment and mailing out rewards too.

Remember, I get nothing unless we reach the $1000 goal in 14 days!

We must make the goal before the end of this campaign or I get nothing - a 14-day campaign leaves me just enough time to collect the funds and for CD/merchandise production time - If I don’t hit the $1000 goal, I WILL STILL be making the trek to play, but it will be with a handful of CDs to sell, totally out of pocket and without the best way to generate sales revenues AND leave an impression...merchandise.

I will take the counsel of my mentors and friends who assure me that with the support, encouragement and sales that I’ve had so far as a soloist, hitting the $1000 goal is realistic - and this is just the beginning of an exciting new adventure that is going to help others discover my unique style of music.

REWARDS A-PLENTY!!!

REWARDS THAT COME FROM MY ON-HAND STOCK: Signed Vinyl LPs, Glow-in-the Dark picks, Tour Posters and Postcards, Citadel CDs, Show Programs, Music and Video Downloads, Musical Gear - all will be shipped/emailed after the tour in November.

REWARDS THAT COME FROM MY TO-DO LIST:  Shouts, Art Services, Music/Loop Tutoring, Recording, Composing and Performance services.  Refer to those rewards for time frames.

REWARDS AS A RESULT OF 100% FUNDING: CDs in Eco-Gami covers as rewards for those getting physical copies. Also, audio and video from all four shows will be edited into the Highlights and Director's Choice reels for backers to view and share online. Those reels will also be sent on physical DVDs to upper reward tiers that specify a Director's Cut, then released for online viewing to the Pre-Release Reward groups, then to the rest of the backers when released to the public on Vimeo/YouTube.  I am planning to produce this video as if it were also going to be released on disc - which I may also choose to do because it will sound and look GREAT when post-production is finished. 

'Your name in the credits' rewards refers to on-screen video credits.  

Also, in the event I decide to manufacture DVD/Blu-Ray's after the tour, I could include backers names in the printed liner notes of those releases.  Or, in the event I decide to put more pages in the show program, backers could also get a credit there.  Or, In the event I am able to make shirts printed on both sides, I could put a list of all the backers names to print on the back.  There are many creative ways to utilize additional funds that I will post about as the campaign progresses.

All physical goods will be autographed and everything offered is my original work. Everyone gets a shout and gets listed in the credits (you can request not to be listed if you'd like). Pre-release online access to the Looptober Live video is also included in all pledges $15 and above.  And remember, you can always pledge more than the reward value, and you can pledge without requesting a reward if that is your inclination.

HERE'S THE REWARDS!

The Limited Edition Rejyna Glow-in-the-Dark Pick, when these are gone - no more will be made of this design
The Limited Edition Rejyna Glow-in-the-Dark Pick, when these are gone - no more will be made of this design
My 'Solo Sojourn Live' CD and Download
My 'Solo Sojourn Live' CD and Download
'I Gotcha Covered' Demo CD
'I Gotcha Covered' Demo CD
Original 1990 CD Pressings of 'The Citadel of Cynosure and Other Tales' disc, featuring my art, lyrics and music, guitar and vocal work
Original 1990 CD Pressings of 'The Citadel of Cynosure and Other Tales' disc, featuring my art, lyrics and music, guitar and vocal work
Citadel 'D'ANthologie 2' CD, featuring my art, lyrics, music, vocals, guitar, bass and midi guitar work
Citadel 'D'ANthologie 2' CD, featuring my art, lyrics, music, vocals, guitar, bass and midi guitar work
Original 1990 Clear Virgin Vinyl 'Citadel of Cynosure and Other Tales' LP's from my personal archives
Original 1990 Clear Virgin Vinyl 'Citadel of Cynosure and Other Tales' LP's from my personal archives
This is one of my T-Shirt ideas - in the event we exceed our goal by enough to make shirts, I will ask backers to vote for the chosen design (I always have a few more ideas :)
This is one of my T-Shirt ideas - in the event we exceed our goal by enough to make shirts, I will ask backers to vote for the chosen design (I always have a few more ideas :)
A few of my Looptober Poster and Postcard Designs
A few of my Looptober Poster and Postcard Designs
The Looptober Bumper Sticker, ready to print in the event we exceed our goal by enough to run some, backers will vote on the chosen design.
The Looptober Bumper Sticker, ready to print in the event we exceed our goal by enough to run some, backers will vote on the chosen design.
Front of my solo CD Eco-Gami Green CD Sleeve Design (see the Eco-Gami video for a better look at the concept)
Front of my solo CD Eco-Gami Green CD Sleeve Design (see the Eco-Gami video for a better look at the concept)
Rear of my solo CD Eco-Gami Green Fold-N-Tuck CD Sleeve Design
Rear of my solo CD Eco-Gami Green Fold-N-Tuck CD Sleeve Design
My 4-Page design of my Show Lyric Program (there are also 8 and 16 page versions on the design table with art and big photos)
My 4-Page design of my Show Lyric Program (there are also 8 and 16 page versions on the design table with art and big photos)

TO SUM IT ALL UP

I am honored to perform in these Loop Festivals, and I’m going to have the best time of my life performing my most amazing shows ever! I really want my daughter to be a part of it and my mom is planning to fly in from Ohio for one of the shows!  I’ve already 'met' a few dozen other loopers and am encouraged by the community support and sincerity among these artists, as well as the INCREDIBLE music these loopers are creating and performing - solo!

John Lennon wrote many lines that are etched in my mind forever, but this is one I recite when I question my life path: 
"You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one, I hope someday you’ll join us, and the world will live as one” 

Let's dream big and loop it up!

One in a Series of my Looptober Poster/Postcard designs
One in a Series of my Looptober Poster/Postcard designs
Another in the Series of my Looptober Poster/Postcard designs
Another in the Series of my Looptober Poster/Postcard designs
Another in the Series of my Looptober Poster/Postcard designs
Another in the Series of my Looptober Poster/Postcard designs
Another in the Series of my Looptober Poster/Postcard designs
Another in the Series of my Looptober Poster/Postcard designs

What else am I about?

I believe that there is under-recognized, untapped therapeutic value in live music and live theatre and I have goals to prove that in the future in hospitals, prisons, rehab centers, seniors homes, orphanages and infirm animal facilities. 

My biggest musical desire is that I will be always be able to share music with others, and that by sharing, I will encourage others to find their own inspiration and tools to create their own art. I take every opportunity to edify and teach others what I've learned - just ask around if you need that verified - 

My biggest drive as a human is to encourage others to dream and believe; in themselves, in those around them, and in the potential our race has to do good things for the future of all sentient life. 

I'm also intuitively linked to canines...that's no secret to those who know me :) A future dream of mine is to open a dog sanctuary for the old, infirm or abandoned fuzzy guardian angels...and to play music for them.

After 30 years as a musician, I have never had this much fun on stage, nor imagined it was possible to perform these complex pieces as a soloist!  Thank you for considering my campaign!

I ALWAYS THANK MY FUZZY PARTNER, KOSH :)

The video below is my acoustic instrumental looping tune 'Happy Hands', dedicated to Koshas recorded at one of my Java Central shows. Since you can't see my feet in this video, here's the loopology of the song:  I first play (while recording into the looper) the rhythm part (chords/strumming), then I tap the looper which restarts that first part and allows me to layer in a lead guitar part, when the loop starts again, I add a second (harmony) guitar part, and finally a bass line over all of it.  (Happy Hands is also the background music of my intro video)

The Amazing Kosh!

Rest In Peace Kosh, thank you for 12 years of bliss and healing, and for helping me write 'Happy Hands' - see you on the Rainbow Bridge!
Rest In Peace Kosh, thank you for 12 years of bliss and healing, and for helping me write 'Happy Hands' - see you on the Rainbow Bridge!

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

There may also be unforeseen illness, delays, snafus, car or equipment breakdowns and other hurdles but I plan to push through all of them - and I have a track record of fortitude!

I've been a do-it-yourself artist since before it was a 'cool' status that has its own acronym...wow, could I elaborate on that experience... Suffice it to say, I am very familiar with the processes, timeframes and limitations of producing and releasing music and video products. I will be rehearsing every day while working to manage funds and make DIY goods to augment my merchandise quantities - I've set a very short campaign duration to allow for funds release and CD/merchandise manufacturing times in time for the tour.

You can ask anyone who knows me if I am tenacious, determined and relentless - they will endorse that I am these things, as well as a fun loving, people person. Look at my website (http://rejyna.com) and you'll see a lifepath's worth of creative output.

I plan to post updates and communicate about any delays/setbacks as well as the progress of my campaign. I welcome you to check out my links, connect with me and contribute any suggestions/feedback you have along the way. Thank you again for taking the time to check out my Looptober Tour with a Side Order of Eco-Gami!

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    5 To Go Live! You get a Digital Download of Rejyna's Solo Sojourn CD + Your Name in the Looptober Video Credits AND a Thank-You Shout on our social network sites!

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    You Rock! You get the $5 rewards PLUS download of Rejyna's Cover CD (not be released to the public) + Download of Rejyna's Live Show Lyric Program + PRE-Release online access to the Looptober Video Highlights.

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    Glow Loops! You get the $15 rewards PLUS a SIGNED Limited Edition Glow-in-the-Dark Rejyna guitar pick AND a set of 4 SIGNED Looptober Postcards.

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    Very Loopy of You! You get all the $15 goodies PLUS a SIGNED physical Solo Sojourn CD in Rejyna’s Limited Edition DIY Eco-Gami Cover AND a Set of 4 Signed Looptober 8 x 10 Posters.

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    You look lovely in Loops! You get the $15 rewards PLUS a SIGNED physical Solo Sojourn CD in the Limited Edition Eco-Gami Cover + A SIGNED Printed Copy of Rejyna's Lyric Program + 4 SIGNED Looptober Posters AND 4 Postcards AND a Physical CD-R of Rejyna's Cover CD (demo CD will not be released to the public).

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    Skype Loop Concert! In your home, on your phone, in a coffeehouse, you decide where to 'broadcast' me! We will coordinate a private Skype call and I will perform up to 30 minutes for you and your peeps! You have up to six months from November to book my stream. You also get the $15 Rewards!

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    Calligraphy is Loopy Too! Rejyna is a skilled calligraphist so you'll get all the $15 goodies PLUS Rejyna will handwrite lyrics, a poem, prose, etc. in calligraphy style on special paper suitable for framing!. It can be any work, not just a Rejyna lyric. (Text length for Calligraphy limited to what fits on one piece of 8.5 x 11 paper)

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    Have a Loopist front your band! Rejyna will perform up to 45 minutes as a front act for your show! Live looping really warms up the audience! If the show is outside a 20 mile radius of Burbank, then you will need to cover all applicable transportation, lodging and nourishment costs within the Continental USA. You have up to three months from November to book the set, subject to Rejyna's schedule. You also get the $15 Rewards!

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    You Live to Loop! You’re gonna get the $50 and $15 rewards PLUS You get (2) 30-minute looping, guitar or songwriting lessons from Rejyna either in Los Angeles (you provide your own transportation of course) or via Skype. [You can also 'gift' the lessons to anyone you choose]

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    Loop it up at the Citadel! You’re gonna get all the $50 and $15 goodies PLUS You’ll get SIGNED physical copies of 2 CITADEL CD’s (featuring Rejyna's songs, guitar and vocals) ‘The Citadel of Cynosure & Other Tales’ and “D'ANthologie 2”

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    Busk a Loop! Rejyna will draw crowds to your business by 'busking' in front of your shop. Rejyna will perform up to 2 hours to draw attention to your place of business! You'll provide electricity and enough space for Rejyna to stand with her mini pedal board. This can be for a Grand Opening, Company Event, Anniversary or to boost your visibility. You have up to 6 months from November to book the busk. You also get the $15 Rewards. This reward is only available within a 20 mile radius of Burbank unless you cover transportation costs. Continental USA only and Rejyna reserves the right to not play in a dangerous area or during extreme weather, in which case, you'll have the option of a refund, reschedule or relocating the event to another location.

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    VIP Collector’s Set with VINYL – The 1990 Clear Vinyl ‘Citadel of Cynosure’ album, (which is out-of-print and goes for up to $100 on eBay) is yours from our precious archives, and it comes with an illustrated novelette, a CD version and a CASSETTE version - PLUS you’ll get all the $15 and $50 rewards!

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    Super Duper Looper VIP – Your choice of two 60-minute looping, guitar lessons or songwriting tutoring in Los Angeles (via your own transportation) or via Skype PLUS you’ll get the SIGNED CITADEL CD's PLUS the $50 and $15 rewards! [You can also 'gift' the lessons to anyone you choose.]

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    You Be In The Loop! – Rejyna will compose a song using your lyrics, song title, and/or subject matter – name it whatever you want – and Rejyna will write and record it and send you the high quality vile (.wav) - and you get the the $15 rewards too! [You have up to one year to redeem the song composition reward and Rejyna will complete the tracks and return them to you as soon as possible - please schedule the redemption as far in advance as possible - all other rewards will be sent Nov 2013]

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    2 Loops On You! – Rejyna will add acoustic, electric or midi guitar to up to 2 of your songs! We can do it in a local LA studio – or send Rejyna a submix and she will create and send parts as single tracks back to you (.wav). You must list Rejyna on the credits and you can release it on disc or as a download. And YES, you get the $15 rewards too! [You have up to one year to redeem the recorded tracks rewards - must be scheduled a month in advance redos/revisions are extra - all other rewards will be sent Nov 2013]

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    Loop In Your Face Private Concert – Within 30 miles of Los Angeles, CA or Columbus, Ohio, Rejyna will perform a family-friendly 30-60 minute house/venue concert – invite anyone you want – Rejyna can bring the gear required and you can video the show for upload if you’d like – PLUS you get the $15 rewards too! [Private concert must be scheduled 4-weeks in advance for any date Nov. 2013 thru Nov 2014 - Rejyna resides in California, so Ohio shows must be scheduled to coincide with her visit(s) there]

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    You In Da Loop Troupe! You are designated as a one of only 2 'Looptober Patrons' in the credits AND you get two (2) free passes to any single show on the Looptober Tour AND hang with Rejyna after the shows (subject to availability and of course you have to provide your own transportation, lodging, meals) – PLUS you get all the $125 & $15 goodies too!

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    Looptober Loopy Groupie! You are designated as 'Looptober VIP' in the credits, you get your choice of one of the $300 rewards, you get two free passes to any show on the Looptober Tour (subject to availability) AND hang with Rejyna after the shows (you have to provide your own transportation, lodging, meals) – PLUS you get all the $15 AND $50 rewards (shipping fees are included) NOTE: The part of your pledge that exceeds the $1000 goal will go to offset costs of tour enhancements, making additional show merchandise and/or physical disc copies of the Looptober DVD!

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    Looptober Loop Guru! You are designated as 'Looptober Co-Producer' in the credits + you get a year subscription to Rejyna downloads + You get the $125 rewards AND your choice of (1) $300 reward (because you're a co-producer now, you get to assign Rejyna to a $300 project!) AND you get two free passes to any show on the Looptober Tour (subject to availability) and hang with Rejyna after the shows (of course you have to provide your own transportation, lodging, meals. This reward also includes ONLINE access to the Looptober Director's Cut outtakes and behind-the-scenes footage AND we'll send you a Custom SIGNED Physical DVD of the Tour Highlights. (Please read the details of the $300 Rewards for conditions, all other rewards shipping fees are included) NOTE: The part of your pledge that exceeds the $1000 goal will go to offset costs of tour enhancements, making additional show merchandise and/or physical disc copies of the Looptober DVD!

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    You ARE Looptober! You are THE Executive Producer in all the credits! Your generous pledge will also offset the costs of making physical disc copies of a Looptober DVD, promotion and tour enhancements! YOU GET THE WORKS!!! The $15, $125 and BOTH $300 rewards (because now that you're officially a 'Producer', you get to help direct Rejyna's career by assigning her to two $300 projects that your Producer's Intuition tells you are good moves for her career! Snap!), AND you get two free passes to ALL 4 shows on the Looptober Tour (subject to availability) and hang with Rejyna after the shows! [Of course you have to provide your own transportation, lodging and meals. Please read the details of the $300 Rewards for conditions, all other rewards shipping fees are included] This reward includes ONLINE access to the Looptober Director's Cut outtakes and behind-the-scenes footage AND we'll send you a Custom SIGNED Physical DVD of the Tour Highlights. (Please read the details of the $300 Rewards for conditions, all other rewards shipping fees are included) Special Note: Since your contribution of $5000 means this campaign will have reached 5x the goal, be prepared, there will be press coverage and as Producer, you'll be included in any such coverage you're comfortable that you'd like. **I realize this may be a longshot but I dream big and it only takes one person to dream this big with me! We're gonna be good buds :)**

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