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Risqué Riot: An exciting new original album by Mitch Polzak!

A sensual musical adventure of grace & grit, featuring all original compositions and arrangements inspired by and for burlesque lovers.

Risqué Riot: An exciting new original album by Mitch Polzak!

A sensual musical adventure of grace & grit, featuring all original compositions and arrangements inspired by and for burlesque lovers.

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About

Hello, Friends!

My name is Mitch Polzak and I am so thriled and excited to tell you about this upcoming musical project!  I have been a professional musician for 20 years, leading my trio, Mitch Polzak & The Royal Deuces.  I have recorded, self-produced, and independently released 6 albums over the course of my career thus far, and have had the privilege of performing my music here in the U.S. as well as Spain, Germany, Holland, Belgium, Ireland, and the Czech Republic!

THE SHORT OF IT...

This album is a whole new direction for us and we’re excited to share this music with you!

Risqué Riot is a departure from the process I’ve used in the past producing and recording my last 6 albums. Up until now each album has been made with the goal to bring the live, spontaneous energy from our shows into the studio.  Risqué Riot is a collection of 12 very uniquely scored instrumentals that feature specific arrangements and textures designd to be used in dance choreography, potential soundtrack work, and for you the listener to hear what is in my head beyond a three piece live performance. This is designed to be listened to and experienced when you choose to put a soundtrack to your daily life!  

PREVIEW OF THE ALBUM

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(Rough cuts of a few of the songs that will be on the album, straight from the studio! A couple of these will have saxophone added, and all to be mixed and mastered for publishing. "MYNX!", "Sunshine and Chrome", "Southern Flavor", "Honcho", "Sawhorse", "Praying Mantis")

Another unique part of this musical process has been the opportunity to collaborate with Bay Area music legend and band mate Hank Maninger to further hone in the ideas for this album. I also included the song “Praying Mantis” as a tribute to Frank Sprague who taught me quite a bit about guitar. My 20 years in this business has taught me that when the art is this real, inspired, and ​passionate,​ one must act on it immediately and create. ​PUT IT ON AND GET IT ON!!

(Scenes from the first Risqué Riot show, which we're using to promote for RR2! This video features clips of live show recordings of an original composition, "Thigh High Riot", and an original arrangement of "Comanche"!)

THE LONG OF IT...

Over the course of 200+ live shows a year, I have observed which songs are the crowd favorites and recorded those on my albums-- in a sense, the albums have been compilations of audience requests!  This approach has been very successful so far, hence my ability to have funded and produced each of those albums myself.

Last year I had the great life fortune to meet, be inspired by, and collaborate with visionary choreographer and burlesque performer Mynx d’Meanor and her troupe, Fishnet Follies.  I have always had a dream and great interest in composing music to score dance performances as well as film.  Our collaboration allowed this dream to become reality with our first show, the world premiere of Risqué Riot! where I either wrote or arranged original material for each of the dancers.  The feedback was AMAZING and our first show SOLD OUT!  After the show there were so many inquiries from audience members on where they could purchase the music they just heard.   At that moment I knew an album had to be made!

I have never written so many tunes so quickly in my life and I knew this kind of inspiration (Mynxperation) was a rare thing and wanted to put lightning in a bottle with this album.  Another unique part of this musical process has been the opportunity to collaborate with Bay Area music legend and band mate Hank Maninger to further hone in the ideas for this album.  This production and composition process is a new direction for me that requires the addition of auxiliary musicians and an approach to arranging and composition that I have always wanted to pursue and craft.

This began when I experimented with two ideas: creating a guitar-driven 3-piece band arrangement of the Ennio Morricone epic theme “For A Few Dollars More” (normally performed by huge orchestras with up to 100 musicians!), and composing an original piece of music specifically intended for use in a burlesque performance for and inspired by Mynx d’Meanor.  The immensely enthusiastic reception of both of these tunes in my live shows and European tours was proof that it WORKED!!!

Now is the time to take this momentum and create a FULL album of the magic that exists in the music, and now it is now that I graciously and respectfully call on YOU to be the driving force that will truly kickstart this dream, endeavor, and collaboration!  To present these compositions in the quality they deserve, we need an increased budget.  Good work isn’t cheap and cheap work isn’t good.  This requires first class audio, visual, and production to fully do justice to the energy and love that exists in this project!

Just as a big studio sets aside a budget specifically for a film’s score, this is where I ask YOU, our individual supporters, to collectively act as our 20th Century Fox, our Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, our Warner Brothers to make this happen!  If we can do this, the music will remain 100% INDEPENDENT and be released in its true and original idea and form!

Our goal is to release this album at the Risqué Riot 2! show on November 15, 2019 in Oakland! My hope is that the release of this album will not only inspier listeners musically but will also bring awareness to the art of burlesque and vice versa, linking two demographics together with a common ground of music and dance.

The magic of our collaboration is intense and unique and brings the worlds of burlesque dance and live music together in a very special way that I believe in SO MUCH!  My 20 years in this business has taught me that when the art is this real, inspired, and passionate, one must act on it and create.  

Let’s make this happen!

BUDGET & GOALS

Having self produced 6 successful albums in the span of my 20 year career, I have become very familiar with the costs associated with delivering a consistent, quality piece of art that delivers to the listener the full scope and integrity of the original vision.  Each category counts in the stages of production and it is important to realize the full process of realizing that vision. Those steps include:

  • Production (Composing, arranging, rehearsing, studio time)
     
  • Auxiliary musicians beyond the 3 piece line up I have employed in past albums.
     
  • Recording
     
  • Overdubbing parts
     
  • Mixing
     
  • Mastering
     
  • Physical production (CD + Artwork) - 1,000 CDs
     
  • Promotion
     

STRETCH GOALS

Let’s shoot for the moon! If we’re able to raise funds beyond our initial goal, I will be able to…

$8,000 - Release the album on vinyl and collectible 8-track formats

$9,000 - Double the initial press run of CDs (2,000 units)

$12,000 - We’ll be able to advance the recording and manufacturing process of my other album project, “Long Hauls And Close Calls”.  “Long Hauls And Close Calls” has been in planning stages for a year and will include the much awaited Truck Driving songs both classic and original that have become a staple of my live shows as well as exciting new original compositions and arrangements!

And beyond...

If we can exceed our initial financial goals this time out, we will allocate funds towards the investment in Risqué Riot's future, which will not only include future audio recordings but the ability to produce engaging music videos in the coming year!

Risks and challenges

Any new endeavor comes with its share of risks and challenges, and I want to be as transparent with you about any possible delays so that we’re on the same page about what to expect.

Our goal is to produce the album to be launched by November 15, 2019. It will be ready in digital form, but the physical production of the CD may vary depending on the workload of the manufacturer. Think of it as waiting in line at the grocery store, in which our wait time depends on how many are in the queue ahead of us and how much they’re ordering. If we exceed our first goal of running 1,000 units, the next press run may involve further delay. For those outside of the San Francisco Bay Area, some rewards that need to be shipped may have a delay due to Mitch’s upcoming tour in Spain and Mynx’s responsibilities in producing the show. We’ll do our best to recruit extra help for this, but we can’t guarantee…

We will keep you up to date IF there is a delay and provide you with a due date. Even if you're in a long line at the grocery store, your beer will still be cold and the ice cream won't melt and the product will be delivered in an expedited manner!

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