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We are going into the studio to record our first full album.  Our vision includes vinyl and a series of 12x12 art prints.
We are going into the studio to record our first full album. Our vision includes vinyl and a series of 12x12 art prints.
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Hello, all friends past, present and future: For those of you who don't know us, we are Billy and Alex Watson and we have a band called Rivals of the Peacemaker. Outside of each other, making music together is the love of our lives and we have written what we feel to be a fantastic bunch of songs!

With the help of some of our best friends and bandmates, Anthony Rubino, Derek "Sweet D" Crawford and Jeff O'Connor, we are recording a record. We have the songs, we have the players, we have the studio.

Alex's background in visual art has worked its way into a process in writing music.  Alternating between writing music and making art lead to a desire to create a visual element to the album.  What this translates to is a series of ten 12x12" (record sized!) original art prints that will correspond to each song on the record. The timeline of the prints should coincide with the record release in the Spring.

We have saved enough money on our own to get the ball rolling and start the process, but we are raising funds to offset the remainder of the costs of: 1. Professional recording studio time and production and engineering. We have 7 days of tracking to cover the ten new songs, plus several days of mixing. 2. Mixing and Mastering of the album 3. Duplication costs for the album both on CD and a run of vinyl 4. Printing and materials cost for a limited series of original art prints inspired by the songs. We have invested $2500 so far on our own to cover the initial tracking days and the supplies needed to start work on the visual art component.

Studio time / Tracking / Production - $4150

Mixing - $1500

Mastering - $700

Duplication & Packaging - (200 vinyl / 500 CD's) $1570

Studio time / Printing Equipment - $1800

Art Materials - $1200

We plan on working in the studio throughout February with our friend and producer Josh Shapera, and then moving into the next stages of mixing and mastering in March with a completion date and record release show in June, 2013.

This project is ambitious, but it combines our passion for art and music in a way that I hope will result in something truly beautiful.

Thanks for considering our project

Cheers,

Alexandrea & Billy

Risks and challenges

The possible obstacles that might come after funding the project are quite honestly, the things that we do not directly have our hands in. These things might include delays in duplication of the vinyl, or technical difficulties in either the mixing & or mastering phases. Both of these setbacks would be handled with good communication and a dedication to completing the works in a reasonable amount of time. Other than that, we are putting all of our blood, sweat and tears into the timely completion of our project, are 100% confident in our production schedule and will continue to dedicate our time to delivering the goods.

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    A song download of your choice.

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    Music and Art.
    A download of a song of your choice and a piece of tiny art. Seriously, this art is tiny.

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    Hey friends! Everyone keeps telling us that a $25 contribution should be a download of the full album...so here ya go! Full album download - and hey you guys that bought the other one...don't be sore! We'll set you up too and then some. Boom!

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    Download of the complete album. Also, tiny art.

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    Pull your turntable out of the attic and blow the dust off cause you're getting a copy of our record on Vinyl or CD your choice!!

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    TINY ART!!!, PLUS- Rivals T shirt, 11x17 hand screenprinted poster AND 1 download of the complete album. The art is tiny but this reward is HUGE.

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    Straight razor shave and haircut by our drummer & Barber, Sweet D!
    (Located in Chicago)

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    This is gonna make you happy! For this contribution we're gonna give you a copy of the album - vinyl or CD your choice!! While you're listening to the record cast your eyes upon your choice of 5 original prints from the series. Are you cold? Let us give you a Rivals T-shirt.

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    Looking for an intimate evening with Alex and Billy? Then today's your lucky day. This donation gets you a house concert with Alex and Billy (you provide the house). You must live within 2 hours drive of Chicago to claim this reward.

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    Oh hey, I didn't see you standing there. I was distracted by all the stuff you get at this level of donation. You get the album on vinyl, you get the t-shirt, and...you get the whole series of ten 12x12 prints.

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    Oh, well aren't you the belle of the ball, hosting your own ROTP House Concert! That's right, Rivals will come to your place and provide a private house concert for you & your friends. Full band show!

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    I don't say this very often but you're awesome, and I'm really impressed. How are you suddenly so attractive? I'm gonna level with you, if you've got this kind of scratch to spare, and like our music that much, what can we say but thank you. You're a patron of the arts and what are you gonna do with a pile of our stuff? You want the prints? You got 'em. You want the vinyl? Sure, let's even throw in another set of prints for the kids. Oh yeah, we forgot to mention, if you fund our entire project we're gonna do the right thing and give you a house concert too.

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Funding period

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