A couple weeks ago, my friend Marc Antoine called me up and made me an offer I couldn't refuse. He wants to produce a new Bona Fide CD.
My name is Slim Man. I've produced and recorded 11 CDs with the Slim Man band. What a lot of folks don't know is that I have another band, Bona Fide. Bona Fide allows me to write, produce and perform instrumental music. It's a blast to be able to do that--to be able to explore a different style.
Bona Fide has released 3 CDs, all of which were very well received. We had a number one song, X Ray Hip, from the first CD, Royal Function. We were named Best New Artist at The Oasis Awards in 2001.
Bona Fide is a fun and funky instrumental band. No vocals. Just a lot of incredible musicianship, and some great writing and production, all in the name of fun and funkiness.
Marc Antoine is an amazing guitar player, a wonderful producer and arranger, and a great friend. He was listening to some Bona Fide CDs, and offered to produce a new CD. He offered to write some songs, play guitar, and produce and mix the whole CD. He started sending me some song ideas. They got me all juiced up. Marc is bringing a whole new wonderful flavor and perspective to the Bona Fide sound.
So we've decided to do a CD. We want to do 8 songs, and for the 9th song, we want to do something epic...15 or 20 minutes long, something that's a musical journey, a soulful symphony.
We want to do it right, we need to do the recording, and the mixing and the mastering. In addition to the Bona Fide band, we will include some guest soloists, some Big Name Players. We'll be recording and mixing all this stuff at Marc's studio in Madrid, Spain.
How could I refuse? So we are asking for your support, for your help. We have already started, we just need some help in getting this thing finished. It's gonna be really rewarding...for all of us!
Risks and challenges
Once we get our funding, the biggest challenge we will face will be the marketing and promotion. Marc and I have worked together before on various projects, including the last Slim Man LIVE CD. We work well together, we get along very well, we share the same vision.
Of course, doing a trans-continental project is always a challenge. The pre-production will have to be extraordinarily well-organized. Once we get our funding, we will have 10 days in Madrid to do a complete CD. We plan on doing 9 songs for the new Bona Fide CD, so that means doing a song a day, basically, with one day to fix any problems.
Trying to do so much music in such a short period of time is always a risk. I keep reminding myself that The Beatles started 'Rubber Soul'--my favorite CD of theirs--in October and had it in the stores in December.
Another challenge that I face (not Marc!) is what to do with my trusty sidekick, my canine companion, Batu. For dog-lovers, you understand what I'm talking about. Trying to find someone to dog-sit for two weeks is going to be a real challenge.
But the biggest challenge that we face is getting the music to be heard. We want to hire a radio promoter, and a marketing whiz kid, because we want folks to hear this stuff! We want to spread the word in whatever way we can--hire a publicist, do YouTube videos, get a social media expert, so that we can do you people proud!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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