About this project
YOU CAN PLEDGE FOR OUR STUDIO KILLERS CAMPAIGN FROM ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD - KICKSTARTER ACCEPTS ALL CURRENCIES AND WE SHIP EVERYWHERE!!!
For Studio Killers to be able to perform live on stage in front of you, we have to use state of the art technology and visuals. This technology is very expensive. That's why we are appealing to you through a Kickstarter campaign to help us with the production costs.
Our first performances will be in July at two major Summer Festivals in Finland. We are co-headlining at both Festivals and we will perform for an hour in front of 10,000 people at each venue.
Here's a little demo of one of our 4 screens in action, when we tried it out this week:
That's the starting point. We will then take our show to other countries around the world. So you will be able to come and see us at a place near you.
In return for your pledged support, we have some great rewards on offer...
We are really excited to announce a brand new reward for our Kickstarter campaign - Studio Killers Live DVD!
Using four cameras, we're going to film and edit our Ruisrock festival performance in July. The first ever live performance by Studio Killers will be available as a .mov file or as an exclusive-to-Kickstarter DVD signed by the band members. It will capture the amazing show we hope to bring to you, all to a Studio Killers soundtrack. Here's a video of us talking about the DVDs:
***NOTE***More info on Kickstarter pledges. It works like this:
As you know, Kickstarter pledges and rewards are on a scale. Depending on where your pledge is on the scale you will now also receive any music, e-mail, wallpaper and production diary rewards at the levels below your pledge.
For example, if you pledge £3 for the unreleased track, you'll also receive the e-mail/wallpaper. If you pledge for the £25 unreleased track, you'll also get two unreleased tracks, previews, live show recording, production diary and wallpaper. And so on.
To simplify the reward structure we have created this chart, showing the reward breakdown:
You may have been wondering what Studio Killers have been up to for the last few months. Yes...we have offered you glimpses of the Jenny video, enjoyed a fantastic remix competition and continued to produce our vlogs, but what else have we really been up to?
(By the way, if you have just stumbled across Studio Killers for the first time and want to know more of what we're all about, click on this link to our YouTube channel):
CUT TO THE CHASE
The reality is that we have spent the last six months creating a scenario whereby we can take Studio Killers to a whole new level, beyond the confines of our virtual existence...by performing live!
IT'S ACTUALLY HAPPENING...
With this in mind, creating a show that captures the audiovisual power of Studio Killers means working with incredible people and we are very excited to announce that we have already partnered with the amazing Immersive Ltd.
Quite simply, we (and you) are in good hands! Immersive Ltd. are going to be designing and fabricating the Studio Killers live show for us along with Cherry and Mr.Data1982. Production is already well under way for our two Finnish festival dates in July.
SO, WHAT DO WE NEED FUNDS FOR THEN?
As we see the production develop for our Finnish shows, we are getting very excited about how amazing the shows are going to look! However, we also know that we are going to incur losses putting these shows on, as the appearance fees we are getting in Finland don't cover the production costs of getting the Studio Killers show off the ground.
We didn't want to turn down the chance of performing in Finland at Ruisrock and Ilosaarirock, as saying "yes" to the gigs was the impetus we needed to start seriously talking about going "live". We knew that to put on the show we were proud of and which we wanted you to love, we'd have to take a financial hit, which we now are.
Our shows will embrace some very innovative and fresh technology, but we want to continue growing and evolving the stage show after the summer gigs into the most 'immersive' live experience imaginable. This means that we'll need funds not just to help pay for the show in the first place, but also to use and explore the most up-to-date technology, stage props, screens, projectors and 3rd party studio time.
We certainly don't want or anticipate the Finnish gigs to be the first and last you see of Studio Killers live! The show that we are producing for our July gigs, will be transportable and with a few flight cases here and there, can be flown anywhere in the world...
INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL (& MICROCHIPPING COMPLICATIONS)
With this in mind, we'll need to hook up with some big hitting agents and promoters, who will help to secure bookings for more gigs around the world. We really want to travel to as many places as possible with our Studio Killers show.
Transporting the show to different countries will cost a lot of money in itself and our Kickstarter campaign will also help to fund some of these touring costs, which may not always be covered by appearance fees.
We have already seen some of the technology at work for our show and it is amazing! If we are fortunate enough to reach our funding goal, we'll keep you up-to-date with how the funds are being spent in our production diary. In fact, if it looks like we're going to hit our target, we'll even be able to share behind-the-scenes images and photos in updates before the Kickstarter campaign ends.
Just to give you an idea, some of our stage props cost £1000s to manufacture...each! Hiring screens and projectors as well as the whizz kids to operate them costs a small fortune too, the cost of which could be absorbed by a successful Kickstarter campaign.
WHAT DO YOU GET IN RETURN?
We want you to be part of our live show and with that in mind, we have created some rather special rewards, or for want of a better word, incentives. Not only will you receive our eternal gratitude, but we are also catering for all pockets with our rewards. You can follow our live tour diary, receiving e-mails straight into your inbox, feature on a Studio Killers record, or even get personalised artwork by Cherry.
Other rewards on offer include a personalised voicemail message recorded by the band, Studio Killers following YOU on twitter, or even have your name incorporated into the visuals of one track in future Studio Killers live performances.
Most importantly, by supporting our Kickstarter campaign, you'll be part of the creation of something unique and even if you can't get to one of our early shows, we'll be filming them, so you can experience them for yourself, from the comfort of your own electronic device.
***NOTE: Taking part is easy: click the "back this project" green button to the right of our appeal video. Then sign up (if you aren't already) and choose your reward, before pledging!
WILL KICKSTARTER WORK FOR US?
We have no idea whether a campaign on Kickstarter for Studio Killers will work, but we want to immerse you into the world of Studio Killers and we feel and hope that by doing a Kickstarter campaign, we will be able to create the live show that we all know is possible and that you will want to experience for yourselves and be part of from the very beginning.
We want the chance to prove our creativity, to be true and to be ourselves. We want to say honest and interesting things with what we do. We want to be real. And you are the ones who can help us be real and push us forward.
We are spending all the income we receive from our two Finnish festival dates to create the show for those two gigs, but it is a real "stretch" and we are pulling in a lot of favours and counting on some amazing people to make those gigs happen. The film and edited highlights of those performances will act as our 'calling card' to speak to the big-hitting tour agents we mentioned earlier.
Please let us produce the live Studio Killers show that you want to see. We promise we'll do a great job.
Risks and challenges
As you know, Studio Killers are very real, but considering our "unusual" appearance, we would find it hard get an interview with a bank manager. With that in mind, we have set up Studio Killers Limited, a UK-listed company, incorporated with Companies House, London. You can be sure that our business affairs and finances will be well managed and that our statutory accounts will be visible, annually.
Our biggest challenge is that we can't be sure where we will be able to travel with our show, but this is where you can have faith in us that we will do everything we can to travel to as many places as possible.
Hopefully you will agree that even if you can't get to one of our early shows, we have created rewards that will bring you and all our fans together as we start producing the show, making you an integral part of the process. We also plan to stream our gigs where possible and that will enable all our fans, wherever they are, to be there with us. Just make sure you turn it up loud!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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