A NEW CONCEPT
So we are doing things a little differently than most other bands have done in the past. We are going to release our Double Record one side at a time digitally. Instead of releasing so much material (20+ songs) all at one time, we are allowing you, the listener, to digest it in smaller bites. We will release Side 1 in July of this year, followed by Side 2 three months later. Another three months and you'll get Side 3, followed by Side 4 three months after that. Think of it as the gift that keeps giving! We will then release the physical Double Vinyl Album and ship it out to the backers. SO, you will continuously have great music coming to you all year long and then have an incredible double vinyl record set to enjoy and re-enjoy all of the songs you have been loving.
This helps both the audience and the artist because it gives us the ability to concentrate on each Side more thoroughly and gives us the time that will be necessary to create the best recordings we can possibly make for you so that the Double Album, when complete, will be nothing short of astounding!
THIS IS GOING TO BE THE BEST RECORD WE'VE EVER MADE
No seriously, the band and I are at the top of our game and we have already been crushing it in the studio. A double album is an incredibly difficult and ambitious endeavor and I feel that we are on track to make a very special record. The performances of the basic tracks are absolutely brilliant and now the skys's the limit. We have already put in $15,000 of our own money to get the ball rolling and because we felt that to ask fans for so much money wouldn't be fair unless we showed them how serious we were about bringing this project to completion. We have an excellent track record of bringing our projects to life independently, (see records below) but this time we really need your help! This will be "OUR RECORD" Yours and Ours, Together. The scope of work is staggering because the project is so big and we want to do so much. strings, horns, back up lady singers, tons of harmonies , instrument and sound layering, mixing, mastering and finally, duplication of a double vinyl record set with all of the artwork and shipping costs. It's a lot, but together WE can do it! The band and I have been through all of these processes before and we know how to do it. We will regularly check in with you as we are moving forward, so that you are never out of the loop. This is the most bold and exacting recording The Robbie Gil Band has ever undertaken, but I can tell you with unequivocal certainty that we are up to the challenge and that with your help, WE are going to make this album! Please give generously, we really need the help and we truly can't wait for you to hear the finished product. I am so excited for you to experience this record and I hope that you love it as much as we are loving the process of making it. It will most certainly be the best record we've ever made and something WE all can be incredibly proud of.
What's in a name?
The album is named "Happy?", because the content encompasses & explores the notion of happiness or the lack thereof. Though this recording is not a concept album per se, these thematic elements weave their way in around the record. What makes us happy? How do we keep happiness? We know when we've lost it, but how do we go about finding it again during those times of despair, loss and heartbreak. Do we seek instant gratification, regardless of the consequences, even when we know we are being self-destructive? Even when the "good" events, circumstances and relationships in our lives are supposed to make us happy, they can sometimes lead to more anxiety, fear and apprehension about what comes next. We try desperately to cling to the notion that things will stay the same or that things will change dramatically. As we travel on the highway of life and the end of the road approaches nearer and nearer, we wonder, will we have enough time to achieve our goals and dreams?, and will that be enough for us? Could it potentially hurt us? Will we become the best versions of ourselves? Will we finally be Happy?
Or is happiness just the light in between the shadows and the darkness. Is happiness the momentary reprieve from the complicated, chaotic and sometimes disheartening, gut-wrenching, heartbreaking world in which we live?
Or is happiness hope and love? I would like to think so. That the mystery of our purpose here and that the meaning of life exists right there in between love and hope, in the places in between all of the hard stuff. Where we are innocent and beautiful, carefree, able to love and to be loved, and at ease with ourselves. Those moments aren't always so easy to come by and perhaps that is what makes them so very precious. Having said that, a lot of great and beautiful art can come from those dark places before the light can shine through again. There is a certain kind of happiness that comes from fighting through the adversity, sticking to your guns, and trying to be who you were meant to be. So there's that.
Here are the first lyrics on our new record, from the title track, which sum up my thoughts on the subject rather succinctly.
I think I'm Happy or otherwise distracted
Don't try to trap me with an offer more attractive
Were you not impressed?, I've had to go through Hell
I used to be depressed, I think that all is well
It's still too early to tell
Happy/lyrics and music by Robbie Gil ©2017. all rights reserved.
The Robbie Gil Band has been performing in NYC and the Northeastern US and California for the last 10 Years. Their music has been featured in Film and TV and Stage. They built an audience through incredibly energetic live shows and were in residence for 2 years at Rockwood Music Hall, one of New York City's premiere music venues every other Saturday night. This helped them to garner over 20 thousand likes on their Facebook Page fb.me/robbiegilmusic and they continue to play there and at other fine clubs. Robbie has received a "Best Emerging Artist" award from the National Songwriter Hall of Fame. The band is incredibly close and plans to continue make music together for a very long time.
Here are some works in progress audio samples from the new record:
These are 3 clips from the over 20 songs we are working on currently. Just click on the links.
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“Listen to one song in Robbie Gil’s powerhouse set and you are sure to be hooked on this songwriter’s gut-wrenching lyrics and soulful voice.” Christina Morelli -NYC Art Scene -www.nycartscene.com
“From the opening of "Save Yourself" to the ending song "Valentine", I am taken with the soulful voice that can be introspective at one moment and roar with raw emotion the next. "Save Yourself" is more dramatic, the songs hit harder, and the voice commands all. A great effort by a unique and gifted songwriter and vocalist!” Peter Bliss - National Songwriters Hall Of Fame. www.songhall.org
“The dense yet raw narratives of Save Yourself, whose songs blend one into another like the soundtrack to a musical feels like a never-ending lament of rationalizations, justifications and passionate yet inherently suspect promises. And, it charms. (No, really.) What carries this album in the end is the rich poetry and insight of his lyrics. Gil is so damn committed and sincere, and beneath that huge delivery, his lyrics are so compellingly rendered. Robbie Gil believes in what he’s doing so deeply that it simply forces the listener to believe, too. He gives these tunes 110 percent, and the results are both undeniable and undeniably impressive.” Jason Warburg- The Daily Vault. www.dailyvault.com
“The Final Spin: Robbie Gil’s folksy, bluesy, heartache-fueled rock is paradoxically both the type of music you want to play in the background of a chill, relaxed gathering of friends and also the type of music you want to listen closely to the lyrics to dive deep into the great stories Gil weaves.”
D.H. Schleicher - The Schleicher Spin - www.theschleicherspin.com
An article about our live record
“Hello, Rockwood Music Hall!” Robbie Gil growls with gusto, just before he and the band (Greg Mayo, Patrick Firth, Brian Killeen and Zach Jones) get down to business on their rip-roarin’ new live album.
That simple salutation doesn’t just serve as a friendly reminder that these tunes were delivered from the stage and not the studio – it’s a startling reality check. The kinetic energy and raw emotion here sound big and important enough to be emanating from Madison Square Garden, not ricocheting off the imminently more modest walls of an East Village watering hole.
Granted, the previously mentioned establishment has become the taste-making incubator for a new generation of New York-based singer/songwriters. To say Gil is right at home there is both a figurative truth and a literal understatement – he and his band have played its stage every other Saturday night for the past two years at owner Ken Rockwood’s urging, amassing a devoted and responsive audience and racking up critical accolades in the process.
Rockwood’s belief in Gil extends further than offering a coveted residency at one of the city’s prime live music venues – “Robbie Gil and the Band: Live From Rockwood Music Hall” was released on his label, Rockwood Music Hall Recordings.
While Rockwood and the droves of jaded New Yorkers who turn out like clockwork to revel in Gil’s gutsy songwriting and the passion and emotion he and his band put into every performance have had the luxury of seeing and believing, the live album delivers some serious sparks and undeniable electricity that should grab the attention of those not fortunate enough to catch the show in the flesh. It also offers the opportunity to experience Gil’s songs in their natural form – raw and direct.
“I want to burn a straight line to the audience,” explains Gil, talking about his shoot-from-the-hip songwriting and straight-from-the-heart performances. “I don’t put up many walls as far as what I write about. And I really try very hard to give 120 percent of myself every time I play.
“I look at connecting to the audience as an extraordinary thing and that’s my main goal,” he continues. “To connect and to share my experience, my loss and heartbreak, triumph or joy - whatever that emotion is, I want to share it in a communal way.”
While Gil laughs at his early career as a musician as his “Behind The Music” era, those hard-living, hard-partying years weren’t a dead-end when it came to fodder for songwriting. There’s a hard-won depth of both experience and emotion to his tunes, made richer by the hope attained by making it to the other side.
There’s also an honesty and candidness gleaned from the singers and songwriters he grew up on - Springsteen and Petty, Joe Cocker and Janis Joplin, The Who - mixed with the modern sensibilities of artists like Ray LaMontagne and David Gray.
“I believe in singer/songwriters who are trying to say what’s true and what they honestly feel and believe. If it’s real, the audience will get it,” he says. “That’s what I try to do - I try to write things that hit me in the heart. If it hits me in the heart and it’s something that rings true or beautiful, then I know that I’m onto something and that it is going to hit other people that way as well. “
Like Springsteen, Gil firmly believes in the power of giving his all in his live performance – and it shows in this recording. “I’d like people to know that I really do feel that way – that it’s not a put on thing, That I literally physically don’t know how not to give that much,” he smiles “it’s impossible for me to try to mark a show. It doesn’t work. I have to be in the moment of it and I have to give everything I have to the audience. I give the songs as much as I can possibly give them in order to be able to give the audience what I think they deserve, which is nothing short of all of it.”
That passion and dedication is hugely apparent on “Live at Rockwood Music Hall.”
“Rockwood holds 150 people,” he grins. “I’d like to think that the audiences are getting the huge energy of an arena show while feeling the intimacy of a small club.“
Barbara Mitchell, thedevilsapricot.com
From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you humbly and deeply for all of your kindness, generosity, support and love. We could not do this without you and we sincerely hope that WE reach our goal together. That would make us very, very, very Happy.
LOVE, THE RGB
Also includes Humongous special thanks in the liner notes of the album.
All good photography by Manish Gosalia. ©2017. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
All other photography by the band. ©2017. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
Videography and Interviews by Manish Gosalia. ©2017. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
Edited and Mixed by Michael Mitchell.
Raw Concert footage by Brian Reilly. ©2017. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
Big Picture Video- Rockwood Music Hall. ©2012. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
One of those Days Video- Rockwood Music Hall. ©2012. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
Let Forever Start Today Video-Kristen Cummins. ©2012. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
Risks and challenges
The Risks would be that we don't hit our goal, and the money needs to be refunded, but I think we set a reasonable goal.
I would like to think that we can over achieve our goal as we certainly could create more action items relating to promotion, and maybe even a music video.
The other concern is that our budget is too low, in which case I will pay with my own money from the income generated at shows, in order to ensure that backers get their rewards.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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