There's a special bond between musicians and their audience, a kind of vulnerability and trust that comes from sharing something that you not only created, but also poured your heart and soul into. We have the most wonderful and supportive fans around. You've always made us feel that what we do is important, and that makes the long hours, warm PBR, and hard work totally worth it.
We've spent the last year working and perfecting several new songs for you, polishing them up and getting them ready to record. These songs embody everything we love about music and strongly feel they could stand up to the top songs currently on the airwaves. Now, we need your help to record our new EP. By supporting, The Fox & The Hounds EP Project, you will help us create an album that is emotional, engaging and impassioned but most importantly, what you want to hear! With your donation of $50 or more, you can vote on which songs you like best and want us to include on the EP.
We trust you more than anything; you've gotten us this far, and now your voice matters more than ever. So please, check out our awesome rewards and make a pledge today to help us bring our music to you.
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"The Fox & The Hounds! Blasting out of the Chicago scene with a unique vibe and style separating the sea of stagnant monotony with a mingling mix of alternative rock and pop/jazz." - OrlandoBands.com
Below are samples of a few of our new songs that could be featured on this EP. These are meant to demonstrate our goals, but the real album will be fully produced at the highest quality possible. To hear and vote on all 6 of the complete demos become a $50 backer!
How The Other Half Lives
Made To Love You
"Kendel Lester – the vocalist – has a nice fluid way of singing that seduces you and leaves you wanting more. All their songs have this easiness to them. Nothing seems forced or done for the sake of adding an element." - Language of Mankind
To the right of the page we've got some really fun and unusual rewards for donating to our project. From copies of the EP, to homemade potato salad, to becoming an executive producer and sitting in with us at the studio; there's a little something for everyone. If you want to have a say in which songs make the final cut of the album then donate $50 and let your voice be heard. The top voted song will be pre-released to Kickstarter backers as a single. Below is a graph outlining what you receive for each donation level and photos of some of our most personal perks!
With Kickstarter, if we don't reach the goal amount, we don't get anything. That's right, $0! However, we chose this option because we want to give you the best possible album. We don't want to create anything that doesn't meet ours or your standards. Quite frankly, if we don't reach the goal amount, we don't make an EP. $5,000 is the minimum we need to create a recording that lives up to what we envision and we're counting on you to get us there! We can make a great three song EP for $5,000, but ultimately, we would love to hit the $10,000 stretch goal to make a six song EP with a promotional package that will truly do it justice.
$5,000: Recording an album is VERY expensive. Not only are there the actual costs of recording the material, mixing the music, and then mastering it, but there are also producer fees, duplication costs and promotion. $5,000 is the minimum budget. It will allow us to create a fully produced 3-song EP with limited promotion capabilities and allow us a restricted amount of outside musicians.
$7,500: If we hit $7,500, not only will we get to record a 4-song EP with a fantastic promo package, but we will also release one of our super secret perks! This EP will feature your 4 favorite songs and be supported by a national radio, blog and licensing campaign!
$10,000: This is our dream number. With $10,000 we can record all 6 songs with the highest production value possible AND be able to promote the album to the fullest. After all, what is the point of recording a killer album if no one can hear it? $10,000 will help get our music out to radio stations across the country and internationally as well as help us earn blog/magazine spots and even work with a PR firm. With your help, we know we can create something that is not only sonically amazing, but also music that is exciting, engaging and impassioned.
Production Costs (42%):
- Producer (10%): Paying the producer to help oversee the recording process, pick tracks, and help direct mood/vibe.
- Recording (21%): Paying arranger, engineers and the musicians who play on the record. Paying for studio time at Dimensions Studio.
- Mixing (10%): Paying our engineer, Nathan Rogers, to arrange and develop tracks.
- Mastering (1%): Paying for mastering at the Boiler Room.
Duplication (13%): We're using DiscMakers to duplicate 1,000 eco-friendly copies of full colored Digipaks.
Promotion (20%): Creating merchandise for the album, music video production, advertising, working with a PR firm to make sure this album reaches its full potential.
Mailing & Reward Fulfillment (15%): Mailing of physical copies to radio stations and getting the songs licensed to film/television/commercial and movie trailers. We have over 100 licensing contacts that are waiting for us to mail the album to them. This number also includes our estimated printing and mailing expenses for Kickstarter perks (excluding shipments outside the US, to which a shipping fee is added.)
Admin Fees (10%): Kickstarter takes a 5% from the funds collected. Amazon payments take another 3-5% for credit card processing.
Meeting the project goal will guarantee that the album gets recorded, printed, sent to you and promoted. But, in case you completely blow it up and we reach goals well beyond what we're asking, fear not that we do have well laid out plans for any additional money we may receive. Meeting the goal early will allow us to unveil our super-top-secret stretch rewards, and have additional funds for things like hiring a publicist, making a couple of music videos for your top-voted songs, and maybe even recording an extra song just for all of you awesome Kickstarters!
"It is not possible to be other than appreciative of the – bravado, dexterity and abilities displayed by the talent within The Fox & Hounds...raise with me a glass to the sextet for doing what they do and adding much to the world of music." -Indie Bands Blog
Risks and challenges
We have a very concrete plan, a great team for this album and we are confident that this project will be successful. With that being said, even the best laid plans can go awry. While we feel we have given ourselves ample time to record and produce this EP, making sure our recordings are top-notch is our first priority, even if that takes a little longer than we anticipate. All perks in relation to the EP (digital/physical copies, posters, paintings, etc.) are scheduled to be sent out to you by June/July of 2015, and we will do everything in our power to honor that. However, if the recording of the EP takes a little longer than anticipated, we humbly request your patience and just know you're getting a better product because of it.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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