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Our goal is to raise $30K to fund a full-length record.
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354 backers pledged $31,518 to help bring this project to life.

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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.

We are songwriters, peace activists and high-school sweethearts from the heartland. (take a listen on Spotify + Apple Music)

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!

REWARDS 

GOLDEN MAYFLIES ENAMEL PIN 

 QUOTE TOTE 

"it's not how much time you have, it's how you use it."
"it's not how much time you have, it's how you use it."

MAYFLIES DINER MUG 

 VINTAGE SOFT MAYFLIES WOMEN'S T-SHIRT

VINTAGE SOFT MAYFLIES MEN'S T-SHIRT

  MAYFLIES HOODY

LIMITED EDITION *UNITY FOR ALL* POSTER

 LIMITED EDITION *MAYFLIES* POSTER

OUR DREAMS 

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 

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.

SHINE ON 

Jillian + Nathaniel 

NPH/NYC Flat Bill Cap - LAST MINUTE ADD!
NPH/NYC Flat Bill Cap - LAST MINUTE ADD!
Nathaniel's Classical guitar. Many a long nights friends...
Nathaniel's Classical guitar. Many a long nights friends...

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.

Ever Upwards & Shine ON

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    Mayfly Pin

    This Limited Edition Mayfly Enamel Pin is perfect for sticking onto your denim jacket, beach tote or back-pack.

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    Mayfly Diner Mug

    Show your love to the caffeine that wakes you up in the mornings by adding this magical mayflies diner mug to your collection.

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    Autographed Album

    Receive an autographed hard copy of our new album.

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    Canvas Quote Tote

    Who doesn't love a good Tote bag? This one showcases the Mayfly alongside this quote "it's not how much time you have, it's how you use it." You can fill this quote tote with goodies from the farmers market, fun beach towels and your favorite books.

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    Limited-Run Illustrated Unity Poster

    This tour poster took over a year to finish as our designer Chris Hazard hand-illustrated it until it was just right. It has got to be one of the most unique tour poster's in the "House of Bergamot" poster collection.

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    Limited-Run Mayflies Poster

    This poster is all about minimalism. Its a sleek rendering of the mayfly and constant reminder that the journey is short, so do what you love.

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    Vinyl

    Get this new-album imprinted to vinyl for superior listening quality.

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    Mayfly Hoody

    Made with premium materials for a supersoft feel and quality crafting touches for durability. Our Hoody is cozy, comfy and ready for everyday wear. Men’s and women’s sweatshirts feature a kangaroo pocket to keep your hands toasty.

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    CD + Personalized Thank You Note

    You will receive the record in a digital and physical form. Additionally, a personalized hand-written thank you note.

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    The Mayflies Bundle

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    Official NPH/NYC Signed Flat Bill

    NPH's Official NYC Signed Flat Bill Hat. This hat appeared on the Wanderlust broadcast from Lake Tahoe, Middle Waves, and on the Summer Tour of 2018. goo.gl/SursSh

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    Your Own Personal Song

    YOUR OWN PERSONAL SONG: $200 and we will write a 60 second song - just for you! You provide a 2 word topic and we take care of the rest! Examples: "wonder woman", "grasshopper hill", "sunshine eyes". This level is first come first serve. We will complete them in the order pledged.

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    Brunch by The Bergamot

    Brunch starts off with Nathaniel sharing his pro-tips for brewing the perfect cup of coffee. This Bergamot brunch includes banana pancakes, fresh maple syrup, garlic avocado sourdough toast, with a side of either sunny side up/scrambled organic eggs, fresh fruit and delish homemade granola with almond milk.

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    Nathaniel's Classical Guitar

    This is the guitar that Nathaniel studied classical guitar on in college. Those chops don't come without doing the time. Many a long night was spent with Nathaniel and this beautiful Cordoba guitar - and it comes with a humidity controlled case (for all you gearheads). Not going to lie, going to miss this one :-) We will sign the guitar or leave in pristine shape. You make the call.

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    Italian Dinner + Music

    If you LOVE food then this reward is for you! We will come to your home and make you homemade pasta w/marinara sauce, Nonna's salad w/ housemade dressing, fresh garlic bread. Desert will be chocolate cake from scratch followed by a three song acoustic performance for you and your guest.

    TRAVEL: is an additional cost - unless your home is located on our tour route then it would not be an additional cost.

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    Autographed Touring Guitar

    This "pink rose guitar" was the first guitar we ever toured with to Cali in 2009 while we were still in college. It was also the first guitar that we ever showcased in our first ever music video (You+Me). Some of our favorite songs have been written on it and it has been played from the west coast in Cali all the way to the east coast. This is a true Bergamot memorabilia gem.

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    Private Concert

    This reward gets you a "Private Concert" with The Bergamot (duo). This could take place in your house, design firm, on your rooftop or really wherever you want.

    You will receive a private acoustic house concert for you and your friends! Details are up to you. This can be a small private party, a 300 person bash, or a living room gathering! (unless on the current tour route - travel is an additional cost*)


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    Jillian's Unity Jumpsuit + Cape

    This jumpsuit and unity cape were custom made and designed for me by Jennifer Stephens.

    I wore this jumpsuit and cape on stage at our grand finale concert of our 50 State Unity Collective Tour in 2016.

    This jumpsuit has been worn in press photos, used in artwork and was inspired by Wonder Women, Cat Woman and Florence & the Machine. The first time I put this piece on I felt unstoppable.

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    You Call The Shots

    You call the shots on this one.

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