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Hello, I am recording my first full length album in Nashville Tennessee, please help me make this possible!

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Hello Everybody and Welcome! If you don't already know me, my name is Sean Edward Brown. I am doing this Kickstarter to fund my first full length record. I want to first thank all of you who have supported me over these past years, and to those of you who are just checking me out for the first time, thanks for viewing.

I would like to invite you to be a part of this. For your pledges I have created multiple incentives that will involve you to be a part of the creative process of watching me make the album from start to finish. Some incentives include access to my blog where I will be posting videos of my progress, song ideas, concepts, lyrics, etc., (where you will be able to leave feedback), going out for coffee to talk about the project, sitting in for the recording sessions (either in person, or via Skype). This incentive depends on where you live; recording could take place in one of four places: Southern Maine, Nashville, TN, Boston, MA, or upstate NY.

Some other incentives include the kickstarter ep, a prerelease digital download, copies of the CD, a guitar lesson, t-shirt, poster artwork, sketches, Skype concert, private living room show, house concert or venue concert, custom artwork, a book of lyrics and other thoughtful writings, doodles and cartoons, graphic design work including web design, and a ukulele.

If you are new to Kickstarter, heres how it works: Kickstarter is an all or nothing platform, meaning: the project must be fully funded before its time expires or no money changes hands.

The Details,

This project started back in November when I went on a road trip down to Nashville Tennessee to record three songs (what you heard in the video) for a music school portfolio at a studio called The 515. After submitting them to the school I posted them online and received some positive feedback and decided I would try to do a full length album. However, making a full length record with a professional sound without the funding from a record label, is very expensive. That is why I am turning to you through Kickstarter. Since I was 13 I've been writing songs, starting with my first band Out-Grown and then Go Gondola. These past few years I have been playing and making a living mainly as a cover artist in Rhode Island, all the while working on my own material. I feel I now have a good group of songs that I would like to take to the studio to make a full length with.

The Costs...Recording an LP will be around 8,500 at the 515 studio. This money goes to studio time, musicians, the engineer, the producer, mixing, mastering, CD duplication, and the artwork. This is actually a very small budget for making a full length record (8-12 songs). My goal is to raise 4,500; half of the funding and then cover the additional 4,000 myself. If my goal is met, I will be going back to the 515 to record 10 more songs.

If I exceed my goal of 4,500 I plan on taking a different approach this time around. Having posted the 3 songs online, I caught the attention of two separate producers; David Adam Monroe of Time Bomb Studios and Sam Krassirer of The Great North Sound Society (Josh Ritter and The David Wax Museum).

Their approach to recording is much more in-depth. They want to first get to know the artist and the influences of the artist as it is all about establishing and nurturing a sound. Why did you write this song? What's it about? What do you hear? How do you want it to sound? These are all questions that might be asked during preproduction. Both these producers use the method of track by track recording, building the song from the ground up starting usually with the drums or guitar. This allows for experimentation with sounds and instruments and more freedom and creativity during mixing. Pre-production could take up to a month, to establish the songs, instrumentations, and arrangements followed by a two-week recording session.

Ideally I would like to take this approach as it provides a much more hands on approach in delving into the creative process, allowing more time for song development, and more options during mixing. However I have set my goal low so that no matter what, as long as my minimum goal is reached I will still be able to make a record as I believe either studio will provide a high quality final product  and making a record is my ultimate goal for this kickstarter.

A little bit about the Nashville studio and their process: The 515 is what is known in Nashville as a demo studio, specifically designed for Nashville artists,  songwriters and producers alike to bring their songs and artist's song's to be recorded to then be pitched to labels, and publishers. The process is quick! It begins with a work tape demo of your song (home recording), you sit in with the producer, talk about the structure and instrumentation of the song. He then draws up a chord chart for the musicians, a date is booked and you go in for your actual recording session. Together the musicians, writer and producer all listen to the work tape while the writer and producer walk the musicians through the chord chart, specifying what it is the writer wants the song to sound like, establishing the tempo and feel, instrumentation and sounds. The musicians then go into the live rooms and jam out to the song for a few minutes, coming up with their parts. It is then counted off and recorded. Drums, bass, electric guitar, keys, peddle steel, and acoustic guitar, as well as a scratch vocal are all tracked simultaneously. All other instruments like banjo, doboro, violin, banjo, harp, organs, synth pads, trumpets, tambourine and shakers are then over dubbed, most are overdubbed together. The song is usually done in one take, the musicians can then go back and punch in any mistakes they have made. Believe it or not this whole process takes about 90 minutes, an hour with the producer doing pre pro and then 30 minutes to track the song. A separate day is then scheduled for vocals and harmonies, then it goes to mixing, and lastly mastering. This is great for singer songwriters who don't have their own band but who are looking to record their songs with a full sound, such as I. 

The Artwork

The artwork is being done by a very creative and talent young woman, Cleonique Hilsaca, an Illustrator from Tegucigalpa, Honduras who is currently studying at the Savannah College of Art and Design. She has shown me much support in  getting this kickstarter up in running since I contacted her back in October of last year. For the kickstarter she has offered her artwork for the CD to be offered as an incentives as well as her sketches.

Once again thank you so much for taking a look, I appreciate your time and support. Please pledge and support me through the process, I will be forever grateful. I hope you enjoy the ride, and the finished product.

A special thanks to Jarret Blinkhorn, over at JB Horn Films for making the kickstarter video happen, Thank you Jarret!

 

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