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I'm bringing together all the best musicians I know to create a new album and video series. Help me make it happen!
I'm bringing together all the best musicians I know to create a new album and video series. Help me make it happen!
I'm bringing together all the best musicians I know to create a new album and video series. Help me make it happen!
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Stretch Goal: $40k = Concert Tour!

Hey everyone! I've had a dream for many years of putting on a full concert tour. I want to travel and give concerts across India, the USA, UK, Dubai, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, and hopefully more! I'm going to traveling with my full band and crew, and I can't wait to see each and everyone one of you there!

But I need your help! I think this will be possible if we can reach $40,000 on kickstarter... touring is expensive! We will also need the assistance of sponsors, venues, and any organization willing to give support. Feel free to contact me: contact@shankartucker.com

If you are a venue or student organization that would like to host a concert, please email me: booking@shankartucker.com

I'd also like to point out that we will now have an opportunity to give private concerts all over the globe! If you want us to play at your house, pretty much wherever you are, shoot me an email!

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Two years ago, YouTube became my home for sharing my music with the world. It's created many wonderful opportunities for me, and allowed me to connect with people all over the globe who support the music and the concept of The Shrutibox. I can't say how grateful I am to everyone who has shared my videos and bought the MP3's in the last couple years. Without you, I simply would not be able to do what I love!

The difficult part about being an independent musician is achieving a great quality product with limited facilities and resources. The studio behind every video you see unfolds from a backpack carrying my laptop, microphone, camera, and small midi keyboard. I travel to musician friends and family who agree to host me at their apartment / restaurant / venue and record them then and there. I just set up a mic and often hold the camera myself. Usually my best chance at soundproofing is to hope that a loud truck doesn't drive by while I'm recording!

Thus far, I’ve had the amazing opportunity to make this process work. But I want to be able to take this concept a step further, and for that, I need your help. I want to be able to pay the deserving folks in the band, hire talented lyricists, and pay the artist fees to get some of South Asia's best singers. I also want to work with a team to help market, promote, and distribute the music. 

This project also marks the beginning of an exciting collaboration between myself and IndianRaga, a new venture that aims to bring the Indian Classical music scene online. We share a similar vision: that Classical music is a fluid, multicultural, progressive genre, with borders and definitions that are constantly being pushed forward. With the  IndianRaga team on board as executive producers, I truly believe this project will reach new heights.

Here's how the budget for this project breaks down:

30% will go towards hiring phenomenal musicians, singers and lyricists.


15% will go towards the travel expenses of bringing musicians from India and London to the US to record.

20% will go towards equipment that can produce the same high-quality sound and video as a professional studio. (it's actually less expensive than paying for studio time)

15% will go towards designing and building a new web page where the new album will be premiered and available for download. 


10% will be reserved for printing and shipping the CD's, DVD's, posters, etc. 


5% will be used for marketing and publicity.


The remaining funds are reserved for Kickstarter's and Amazon's fees.

Once we have the funds, we can go ahead and start making the songs and videos!

Risks and challenges

Most of the music is already composed and ready for recording, which means that the hard part is over! The next step is going into the studio and making the final version of the songs and videos. The team I am working with is incredibly enthusiastic, dedicated, and capable, and I am fully confident that we can address any potential setbacks that may arise.

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    Get the deluxe digital version of the album, with exclusive bonus tracks, before the official release date!

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    The deluxe digital album, with bonus tracks + Digital download of my complete previous works (Shrutibox Vol. I and Shrutibox Vol. II)!

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    A limited edition CD of the new album, with bonus tracks, signed by the musicians! We are only making CD's for our kickstarter backers, they will not be available after the campaign is over!

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    A limited edition CD of the album with a personalized thank you card from us + Download of complete Shrutibox songs!

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    A limited edition, signed DVD of all the videos on the new album + Signed CD + Digital download complete Shrutibox songs + Thank you note from us!

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    Be a Shrutibox Hero! You will get a special thank you from us, with your name in the liner notes of the new album and DVD, posted on our website, and listed at the end of our new videos! All this as well as a signed CD + DVD + Digital download of new album + Digital download of all complete Shrutibox songs!

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    Hang out with us! We can all meet up and have lunch / just chill for a while before a concert! (It might be after the concert... it depends on the city and schedule.) You will also get a signed CD from me and the band!

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    We are making some very special, custom-made artwork. Get one of these beautiful posters, as well as your name in the liner notes of the new album and listed at the end of the videos + a signed CD + Digital download of new album + Digital download of complete Shrutibox songs!

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    Hang out with me on skype / phone for 30 minutes! We can talk about music, production, how to lay hardwood laminate flooring, etc. + Digital download of new album + Digital download of all previous works!

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    Be an official Shrutibox sponsor! We will give you a personalized thank you message at the end of a video of your choice, plus a shout out on facebook and twitter. There will be an exclusive page for sponsors in our album liner notes, DVD, and website + Digital download of new album + Digital download of all previous works!

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    Hang out with us in the studio! If you can make your way to the East Coast of the US this summer, or India next September / October, you can hang out with us in the studio and be a part of recording a song and video. Will give a special on-camera thank you at the end of the video! This along with the complete package of CD + DVD + Artwork + Downloads.

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    My old AT4040 Microphone. This mic is awesome, it's been with me through many years, and featured on many of my videos (Aaj Jaane Ki, Manmohini Morey, etc.) I'll be sad to see it go!

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    Here's the big one... A private concert / jam session at your house! If you are more than a two hour drive from Boston / New York / DC in the US, or outside of Bombay in India, you will have to cover two round trip tickets and one over-night hotel room in your city. This is not for public or ticketed events, just a private house concert to show our appreciation to you! All this as well as complete package of CD + DVD + Artwork, etc.

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    Private Concert! Update from the previous one, this is now available pretty much wherever you are! We will be going on tour, and hitting many cities on our way. Email me to double check the location: contact@shankartucker.com

    If you want a private concert during our tour, there will be no need to pay for travel and accommodations!

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    Platinum Sponsorship:
    A private concert at your house or venue, (stipulations as stated above), a personalized message of thanks from us at the end of every video, our website, and the back of the album and DVD cover. A great opportunity to be broadcast as the prominent name supporting this project!

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