Who are we?
Rivers & Robots is a UK indie worship band, started in 2010 as a solo project of Jonathan Ogden to write and record worship music with a new sound. The name comes from the blend of acoustic / melodic sounds (rivers) and the electronic production and beats (robots). After 2 bedroom-recorded albums we became a 4-piece band in 2013, and released our first full band album 'All Things New' in 2014, which was given away as a free download through partnership with our friends at Come&Live!
About the album
This is going to be the fourth album released under the name 'Rivers & Robots', but only our second album as a 4-piece band. We've learnt a lot since recording our last album, and had the chance to play live around the UK, Europe and the Philippines at various churches, festivals and events. We've improved as musicians and songwriters, and during this time we've been writing new songs that we're really happy with! We've also been enjoying playing them live and the response has already been great!
We've got all the songs recorded as demos, and without revealing too much, this is our most joyful album. But joyful in a chilled way, rather than an all-out rave... It's written all about Jesus, and his character, and the album contains some of our favourite songs lyrically.
Musically it leans towards the electronic end of the spectrum, with lot of electronic beats, samples, synths and electric guitar riffs. We think of it as the kind of album you could put on while taking a drive in the sun. Basically, we're excited, and we can't wait to share the songs!
Last year we were approached by several record labels with the opportunity to sign, but for several reasons we decided we were going to stay independent and pursue what we felt God was calling us to do as a band. Instead, we decided to set up our own organisation called Set Sail, which we're using to release all our music, as well as running creative worship nights here in Manchester and also looking to give a platform to, train and equip christian artists to use their gifts in worship. We've felt really blessed by the support from our listeners and wanted to involve everybody in the process of this album.
While we're using a lot of our own money from the band to make this album, we also want to step up our production beyond what our budget allows. We would love to produce Vinyl copies of this album, as well as being able to spend more on mixing and mastering to get these songs sounding the best they can, and go the extra mile creatively. We'll also be getting in some extra session musicians to help us record real strings and brass, rather than just using some computer sounds.
We also think it will be fun to get people involved in the process of the album. We've written more songs than we know what to do with for this album, so we have plenty of exclusive goodies and behind the scenes things to share.
Here is a breakdown of our costs:
- Mixing / Mastering - 34%
- Gear Hire - 3%
- CD / Vinyl / T-Shirt Printing - 31%
- Videos / Photography / Promotional - 12%
- Marketing - 11%
- Kickstarter Fees - 9%
When can we hear it?
We'll be hitting record in December and aiming to have everything recorded by the end of January. Which gives us time to get things mixed, mastered, as well as getting CDs, Vinyl and other merch produced over the following couple of months. Our release date is loosely 'early 2016', but we'll also be putting out some singles from the album before release. And we'll be giving Kickstarter backers a flavour of the album even earlier by sharing some of our demos!
Risks and challenges
If it all goes to plan, the album should be ready in early 2016. However, producing vinyl can be a long manufacturing process, we'll do our best to have the vinyl orders sent out on release day, but if it's not do-able, we'll keep you up to date, and you'll still be able to get the digital version, and any other items in the package you ordered before release!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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