Back in September of 2009, I started posting a "weekly recording" to a little community website named RoosterTeeth. I didn't have a job at the time, so I took my Wednesdays to record a full-band song from scratch. By noon, I'd be in the basement of my parent's house putting down a scratch track, and by 2am, I had posted the song on the Internet. I had 3 or 4 people actively listening and commenting, and that started a desire to put together a real CD. I recorded enough songs to consider it a "full" album in my parents basement back in 2009. Some of those songs resurfaced in an EP I recorded in my apartment and released in July of 2011. I got pretty good reviews from the 150 or so people who got the CD. Go take a listen! http://jeffrupert.bandcamp.com/
Here we are, summer 2012. This is where all of you come in. I want to get a full-length CD off of the ground, and pushed out to the world, and I need YOUR help to get there.
My goal is to record anywhere between 10 and 15 songs in studio. I'm setting the money goal at $8,000, which will cover:
- Studio time
- Recording engineer/co-producer
- Session musicians
- CD duplication and distribution
- Other project rewards, such as t-shirts or the handwritten lyrics (and anything else I may come up with mid-project!)
If I go over the $8,000, my plan with the money will first be to give some compensation to my graphic designer and videographer, and then to give some compensation to friends and musicians who are willing to take their own time to put into my CD without asking for anything in return.
What's in it for YOU?
On top of my gratitude and thanks for supporting me this early on, you can get one of the wonderful rewards mentioned to the right! This isn't a finished list, though. If you think of something that you'd want, mention it! Leave a comment, send me a message, tweet it at me, and I'll see what I can do. Once I know if it's possible, I'll respond and let you know the outcome, for sure! I want all of you to be invested in this project with me, and this is just one way I can think of to show how appreciative I am of you.
Here's a video of me playing Slow Down (the first song played in the main video above), accompanied by Cliff Simon (cajon), Jay Chu (guitars, vocals), and Todd Goldin (shaker). This is just one song I'm planning on recording during the process.
Other Important People
Already, I can tell you that I'm not the only person who will be working closely on this project. This project wouldn't have even been started if it weren't for people like you, viewing this page and supporting from all different places. I have a few people who are helping enormously to get this project done as best as possible, and I want to give shoutouts to them right now.
First, the man who writes music for a webseries known as Red vs Blue, Jeff Williams! I approached Jeff a few months ago about having him work with me on this project, and I'm crazy excited to see where we go with things. Jeff has put out two soundtracks for RvB and is currently working on the third. Once he's done with that, tentatively just before October, I'll be trekking up to his studio in Boston to start laying down tracks.
Second, the poor sap who has to live with me, Cliff Simon! Cliff has been super supportive of me and my music over the past year and a half, enough so that he's helped me write a song or two! He regularly joins me at shows, smacking on a cajon and singing backup vocals.
Third, the man who put together that wonderful video above, Joe Lopez III! Joe was hired by my company last year to do video work, and the above video shows just how good and passionate he is at what he does. We floated around Princeton, NJ near the canal to get all of those shots, and I think Joe did a phenomenal job with the video. Check it out, and more of Joe's work on Vimeo!
I'll add more people as they join up with the project, because I know there will be more as time goes on!
Main Video Credits
Music: Jeff Rupert
Directed/Shot/Edited: Joe Lopez III
Special Thanks: Cliff Simon
Songs used in video: Slow Down and Broken Melodies, both written and recorded by Jeff Rupert.
This is a project that can't be completed without assistance from all of you, and I hope you think it's a worthwhile project. I just want to throw a thank you out to my family and friends, who have been supporting me in this endeavor since the get-go. I couldn't have gotten to this point without all of you cheering me on and keeping me in line.
Thanks to everyone who has supported me and everyone who will support me in the future. I want to start this journey with all of you, and I hope you'll join me here at the beginning of something wonderful.
- (34 days)