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Sarantos' music has received rave reviews so far and he relishes this chance to pursue his lifelong dream...

Dear friends, fans & supporters,

I am embarking on an exciting new musical adventure and I’d like to invite you to participate in this project. I’m enthusiastic about this opportunity to raise money while engaging with people I know as well as with new friends. I sincerely want you to be a part of it!

My debut album has gotten rave reviews by industry insiders and will be released in 2014. 

Using social media, the songs and music videos will be released every 4-6 weeks starting January 2, 2014 to tease fans and get them ready for the actual album release. The album will be very different from most albums available today and will include many interactive and audiovisual elements not commonly seen anywhere else. I am actively trying to change the landscape of music, song, video and album releases.  

This project is for my 1st song "Not Where I Wanna Be", a slow mellow soft rock song about a man turning 30 the next day who starts reflecting back on his young life. He realizes he is not where he wants to be. Reality is different from his dreams. He yearns to achieve the dreams he dreams of every night...

My Musical Mission or Goal: 

My goal when you listen to one of my songs is very simple. I want you to feel the need to: 

- Sing 

- Dance or move to the groove (for those of you that hate dancing or think it's not cool or manly) 

- Play the song over and over again 

Without giving too much away, these new songs and music videos are coming alive as you read this. Updates will be posted here and on our social media pages. 

Of course there are many costs involved to do this and that's why I am here. This campaign on Kickstarter is in lieu of taking money from a record company or outside financing. The funds I raise will go directly toward studio rental expenses, professional engineers and producers, my awesome musicians, mastering fees, artwork & design, CD manufacturing costs, and legal/production/management staff. Your partnership supports the entire process and will bring the song to life! 

If Kickstarter is new to you... here's some information that will help you participate: Kickstarter provides creators like me with a platform from which I can raise funds to make my project happen by the direct support of people like you. I have listed several several "rewards" on the right side of this page. If you choose to back this project, you will need to set up an account and click on the green button to the right of the video that says "back this project". After this, you can either select a level from the reward list or you can enter your own amount in the box provided. If you want to pledge an amount in between two levels you can do this and I will consider the amount above our preset level as a donation. I sincerely appreciate every dollar contributed here. 

Funding on Kickstarter is all or nothing. This means in order for me to receive the money pledged to this project I must meet or exceed my funding goal within the funding period. If I am not able to do this ... I don't get anything at all. A project can be over-funded too. If this is the case I am given all the money pledged. 

My funding goal is considerably less than the total cost for this project. If I exceed my goal, these additional resources will go toward the total budget and making everything about this song & album even better. So please join my project for whatever feels right and together we will make this happen. For more information on me, please click on these links :

Website 

http://www.melogia.com 

Sarantos Facebook artist page

https://www.facebook.com/Sarantosmelogia 

Sarantos Twitter

http://www.twitter.com/sarantosmelogia 

Sarantos Google+

https://plus.google.com/111777414179151016615/posts 

Sarantos Youtube

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-5sPs0GsU0Eu_OPaDw-wcg/videos?view=1&feature=guide 

Sarantos Soundcloud

http://soundcloud.com/sarantos-melogia

Once again - word of mouth is just about my only way of spreading the Kickstarter project news. Thanks for all you've done and I'd really appreciate it if you shouted out once more through Twitter or Facebook, or if you happen to run a giant media conglomerate and want to stick it on the evening news or a stadium jumbotron that's ok with me too. 

Thank you all so much. 

You rock!

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

To date, I have not had any major delivery issues. I am totally confident that our experienced team will see this through. For this new song & album I am using the same trusty studios, professional producers, engineers and musicians that many famous and well-established musicians have worked with in the past. I have applied for and received the required permits and licensing for the tracks.

Every now and then there are delays in the overdubbing, mixing and mastering processes. This could add a little time to the schedule, maybe a couple of weeks. Also, sometimes I get new music ideas and inspiration while in the recording studio and I may need to add a day or two here. I have allowed for these possibilities in scheduling and hope to stay on track with the release date on January 2nd, 2014. If there any unforeseen delays this could become February 2014.

I have considered all the rewards offered carefully and do not expect problems in getting them to you around the estimated delivery date I have noted.

As a backer, you are my partner. If there are any issues along the way, pleas reach out to me. I will be sure to keep you updated as well.

Things can go wrong, though. We've seen storms delay shipping, rewards sent out where shipping ended up costing more than the cost of the item itself, lost packages, and a bigger celebrity having priority over smaller artists and the production plants couldn't keep up with demand.

I know I don't want to disappoint anyone. I will try my hardest to make sure that doesn't happen.

Sarantos

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