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Half the songs of this 6-song EP are ready to be released and have music videos.  I just need your help to produce the last 3 songs!
Half the songs of this 6-song EP are ready to be released and have music videos.  I just need your help to produce the last 3 songs!
Half the songs of this 6-song EP are ready to be released and have music videos. I just need your help to produce the last 3 songs!
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UPDATE:  Yay!  We reached the funding goal!  Now, If we can raise the $669 needed to reach a new goal of $7000 within the next 24 hours, I'll release this song too! Here's a snippet of the unfinished cover song/video Julean Rai and I worked on this past summer, but were unable to finish because of lack of money.

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Many parts need to be re-recorded, then mixed and mastered, but I think our version has the potential to be really great! The song is "Pills" written and originally recorded by The Perishers. Fingers crossed! Thanks for everything so far!!!  Summer XO

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So, there are these six songs of mine that I'm going to release as the "Hello World" EP.  They are completely written and ready to go.  Each song even has a music video already shot and roughly edited!

Through generous donations from a few kind people, half of the songs are recorded, professionally produced, and ready to be released.  But the final three still need audio production, mixing, mastering - all the special stuff that makes a song sound super sweet, like when you hear it on the radio.

In no particular order, the songs that still need to be finished are:

The "Hello World" EP will also feature, Unfolding, Late Bloomer and Invented the Word.

Demo Videos

If you want to see (and hear) rough video demos of me performing 5 of the 6 songs visit http://youtube.com/summerxo.  What about the 6th song? That single and its video are already released! Just click play below, and keep reading...

Video Demos for 13 additional, unreleased songs are available for backers who select a $5 Reward Option or higher.

Original Art

In exchange for your help, I'm offering some really unique rewards, like original, poster-size, pastel drawings from my ongoing series, "The Girls." You can see all of "The Girls" at http://summerxo.storenvy.com.

 (Please note that there are two collections to choose from in the top left-hand corner of the store - "The Girls" and "Early Girls" - see the photo below.)

"The Girls" Pastel Drawing Online Store
"The Girls" Pastel Drawing Online Store

More Rewards

Look to the right side of this page to learn about all of the reward options, including tickets to an exclusive Backers-Only Online Concert, video chats with me, video or audio recordings of cover songs of your choice, and other really cool options.

Audio Production

What does it mean when I say the remaining three "Hello World" EP songs need audio production?  Audio production refers to when a music producer helps decide what the songs will sound like in recorded version, what tone will they have, what additional instrumentation they should have besides just my guitar or piano, etc. The producer oversees the recording process as well.  All this costs about $2000 per song, including the final mixing and mastering.

The breakdown generally comes out to $1000 for the producer, $300 for studio musicians, $500 for mixing and $200 for mastering. For an independent artist like myself, it's not cheap, but it's totally worth it.

I really hope you want to help, even just spreading the word. I love my songs, and my paintings, and I hope you do, too!

xoxo,

Summer XO

Risks and challenges

The only complicating factor to having these songs produced is that I haven't chosen the producers yet, so I may be at the mercy of their individual schedules. This is the reason I chose a reasonable deadline of September 2014. Otherwise, I'm more than ready to go on this!

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    A half-hour video chat session with me + everything from the $30 Reward Option. Let's have a chat... about this project... our all-time favorite songs, or other stuff we know about. I love talking to people. We can talk in late May, but the songs will be delivered by September 2014.

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    Original Pastel Drawing of your choice by me + everything from the $30 Reward Option

    I create an ongoing art series called, "The Girls." For this reward, you can choose from any of the pieces in my online store at http://summerxo.storenvy.com/. These drawings are usually sold for $100 each, but are being offered at a discounted price exclusively for Kickstarter backers. (Please note that you can navigate between early pieces and more current works by choosing between "The Girls" and "Early Girls" in the upper left-hand corner of the online store.)

    When you choose this reward option, you will be emailed a promo code that will give you a 100% discount when you "check out" as though you were completing a normal purchase from my online store. The drawing can be shipped when the campaign ends in late May, but the EP will be delivered by September 2014.

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    I will make a video of me performing a cover song of your choice and post it on my YouTube channel with a special dedication to you + everything from the $30 Reward Option. I will post your video in June, but the EP will be delivered by September 2014.

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    Original Pastel Drawing Commission + everything from the $30 Reward Option

    For this reward, I will create a unique art piece to your specification in the style of "The Girls" art series, which can be seen at http://summerxo.storenvy.com/. For instance, you can choose the color scheme, emotional content, and other details. All pieces are 19" x 24" on Bristol Vellum paper. Your painting will ship in June, but the EP will be delivered by September 2014.

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    I will make an audio recording of a cover song of your choice + everything from the $30 Reward Option. This recording will be professional quality, but will include only vocals and one instrument (either guitar or piano... or ukulele!). You will receive your song in July, but the EP will be delivered by September 2014.

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    Song Commission with rough demo + everything from the $30 Reward Option

    I will write a song for you to your specification regarding subject matter, tone, and whatever other details we want to decide on. I'll send you updates on my progress as I'm writing it as well as a rough recorded demo (vocals + piano or guitar) once it's finished. This would be all original work and it sounds super fun to me! Your song will be done in July, but the EP will be delivered in September 2014.

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    Original Pastel Drawing Commission + Song Commission with rough demo + everything from the $30 Reward Option

    This is kind of the Summer XO creative full monty! I'd love to make a painting and a song for you. You can read the descriptions under the $250 and $600 Reward Options for the full details of the drawing and song commissions. Your song and painting will be done in July, but the EP will be delivered by September 2014.

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    House Concert + Original Pastel Drawing (see $75 Option for details) + everything from the $30 Reward Option

    I will fly to you (anywhere in the US) to perform in your home (or creative place of your choosing) for you and all your friends and family! Woohoo! (Your painting can be delivered in late May, but your concert and the EP will come by September 2014.)

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