We are The Bergamot, a husband-wife indie rock band based out of Brooklyn, NY... but nowadays due to our rigorous touring schedule our lives are lived mostly out on the road.
Together we have been songwriting, independently recording and releasing music on our label and touring full-time since we graduated from college.
In 2014 we successfully crowd-funded on kickstarter our first album, "Tones" and in 2015 we released our second successfully crowd-funded project, "The Unity Collective 50 State Peace Tour."
Now with your support we would like to create and release our newest record, "Mayflies."
NOTE: Kickstarter is an all or nothing crowdfunding platform. This means on the final day of funding if we reach $29,900 and don't hit our goal of $30,000 we will lose all of the funds! Please know every dollar counts towards realizing this dream.
In case your wondering... a mayfly is an insect native to the Midwest and it lives for only 24 hours. This little creature is a reminder to us that life is not about how much time you have, rather it's about how you use it. (Meet the Mayfly - via this fantastic video from Vodafone)
Since the release of our highly acclaimed single "P.D.R." we won the title of Project: Aloft Star 2017 and were featured in People Magazine, The Daily Record, Record of the Day, and many other publications across the world.
Our new album "Mayflies", has been hand selected to be produced, engineered, and recorded by one of the top producers and his team in London, UK! Check out the impressive list of musicians who have recently recorded at No. 1 Baltic Studios.
We're really proud of the work we've already done for this record and hope that you are as excited to hear the finished album as we are to make it.
We believe in transparency which is why we have created a cost breakdown for you below.
THE NUMBERS & THE STRETCH GOAL
Our initial goal is $30,000 however to fully make this album happen we have set out to hit our stretch goal of $45,000 (as outlined above).
The stretch goal will help us make the album and give us a budget to make a music video's and if we go over the $45,000 mark we will be able to cover the cost to hire a Booking agent and PR team.
But these additional resources only come if we can reach past our $45,000 stretch goal!
We realized that this is a lot of money, but we have set the bar high and have surrounded ourselves with the team that can achieve the dream.
Needless to say, we are all in. Let's do this!
GOLDEN MAYFLIES ENAMEL PIN
MAYFLIES DINER MUG
VINTAGE SOFT MAYFLIES WOMEN'S T-SHIRT
VINTAGE SOFT MAYFLIES MEN'S T-SHIRT
LIMITED EDITION *UNITY FOR ALL* POSTER
LIMITED EDITION *MAYFLIES* POSTER
For the songs and lyrics to be amazing, for the recording and production to sound incredible, to distribute the record globally, to tour it globally, to make the coolest artwork and music videos, and to put on the best live shows we have ever played. To take this as far as we can, and even a bit further.
Thank you for taking the time to read, and contribute. We are beyond thankful for all the kindness and support you have given us over the years.
We are so happy that you have been along for this journey and appreciate your continued love and support, especially on this new project.
Plus, a very special thank you to Will, Jewel, Kate, Jane, and Frank Johnson for opening up your hearts and home to us to film this Kickstarter video.
Thank you to Evan Perigo + Ashley Swartzendruber for these beautiful photos as well as all of the photos from unsplash. Thank you to Dalton Misner for shooting footage and adding those rad editing skills into our Kickstarter video. We could not do this alone and we love you all.
Jillian + Nathaniel
Risks and challenges
SCARED, BUT EXCITED.
After touring to all 50 States on The Unity Collective Tour, we finally have the tribe and team to achieve the dream. Yet, great albums do not create themselves. Nothing is certain. Reaching for any worthwhile goal is a journey, and can be scary.
Before we achieve, we must believe. All journies involve elements of uncertainty, risk, and danger in achieving a desired outcome. We are ready to embark on this journey with you.
We are thrilled to see this project through to its finale. Out on the road over the last 3 years, we have experienced the good, bad, and ugly. From our touring vehicle being broken into (we had over 3k worth of our gear stolen), to coming up short on our insurance bills, to illness, and even having loved ones pass away while on tour. We have seen our share of rough patches.
Yet, we are called to be musicians in the modern age. The world needs honesty and vulnerability now more than ever. We believe in honest music and lyrics, and what music can do for hearts and lives across the world. No other justification exists to freely choose this untraditional and challenging life journey.
Assigning a monetary value to our work is cause for anxiety. Our hearts are filled with uncertainty as we await people's individual assessments with their own dollars and cents. We know this is not an easy process, but we stand behind the work we create and the value it has in peoples lives. We are not focused on the destination, rather the journey that will take us forward.
All that is left to say is thank you. If nothing else, thank you for taking the time to hear us out and reading this far! Thank you for being along for this journey. Thank you for believing in the power of music. Thank you for showing up for us over the years. Thank you for your support.
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