After spending a year and a half in Dustin's home studio demo-ing 'sketches' of 25 new compositions, we've narrowed the field, and are primed to make a new BGP EP! When all is said and done, we'll emerge with 4 to 5 new songs that represent the last 4 years of adventures, disappointments, successes, and lessons learned.
It's been since 2010 that we last released an album. After we released "Love and Rent," we made a quick tour down the west coast, a pit stop on America's Got Talent (not kidding), played festivals, colleges, "The Coug," the "Puyallup," and bada boom bada bing: here we are!
At some point in the midst of the rehearsals and performances, we spent a lot of time together -- just listening to music; vibing the snare tones of Mick Fleetwood and breaking down the arrangements from Prince's early catalogue. When we finally started to create new music again, there was an unspoken sense that we were reinventing the way we wrote songs, and put together parts, paying homage to our inspirations, and delving deeper to find our own identity. It was no longer about making a melody that made me happy, or a drum part that made Josh happy. It's now about the song and the emotion we're trying to evoke, and asking the question, "How do we get there?"
And speaking of "How do we get there?" you may have noticed that in our Kickstarter video we ask for $10,000. This is the amount it will take to fully realize our ultimate vision: Recording time, high quality mixing and mastering, artwork, CD duplication, and a new line of merchandise. Think of it this way: if you 'overfund' our project, you'll enable us to get the supreme taco, with everything on it.
However: We've set our "official" Kickstarter goal to $6000. With this amount of money, we still achieve the creation of an amazing new EP, mixing and mastering, fulfill all incentives, AND ensure that we reach our funding goal (if you didn't know, you ONLY receive dollars pledged if a project reaches 100% of its goal)! So everybody wins!
If you've read this far, I'd like to wrap things up by making the following pitch: Please help my band -- THE BGP -- make an EP. Making, what I would call, "real music" in a studio, with live instruments and the express purpose of bringing each song to life on a stage -- it's a dying art. We believe in our craft and our purpose but we need your help. Even $10 goes a long way. Thank you so much for taking a look at our Kickstarter. Here's to fun times ahead!!! --BG
Risks and challenges
As part of the due diligence that Kickstarter provides to it's patrons, we're asked to describe potential challenges and how we might overcome them. Based on our experience making albums, the biggest challenge is to mark an "X" on the calendar and say "the project WILL be done by this date." The fact is, we're making art, it's not an exact science, and it always seems to take longer than expected. I can't explain why. Neither can Quincy Jones, or Paul McCartney or anyone else.
Let me just say: we have an outstanding plan in place. We know exactly how every cent will be spent, where it will be spent, and with whom it will be spent. We're committed to having all incentives fulfilled by September, and pledge to update you regularly as the project develops. BooYah!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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