First, to the point: This Kickstarter project will raise over $3000, which will fully fund the cost of pressing a vinyl record for the first album by The Gator (beardless folk-punk), a musician from Michigan. The rest of this will be written in first person, lest you think me pretentious.
My name is Allison Hanna. I'm The Gator. I'm a musician. I was born in Los Angeles, grew up in Metro Detroit, lived in Chicago, back in LA, then Seattle, and now I would say that musically I'm a member of the Detroit music community. I've been in bands since I was 13. I've recorded four full-length albums and two EPs. I get to play lots of shows, and I'm going to play many more. Ever since I started playing shows as The Gator in February of 2012, friends and new friends (aka fans) have been asking why I don't have an album. That's what this project is about. Right here, we're going to raise over $3000 dollars, which will fully fund pressing a professional album. Funds above what is needed for that purpose will be used solely to support further touring and promotion, viz. travel expenses for touring out of state, printing t-shirts, and web presence expenses.
I'm paying for the recording myself. The money you contribute will pay for the entire process of pressing and manufacturing the LP. I'm even doing some of it myself. I'm going to pay a mastering house, a vinyl pressing plant, a local printer (for the LP jackets and inserts), and any money above that will help to pay for touring and other merch (like shirts). I have an artist doing the album artwork (Violet! My grandmother!) and professional photographers who will ensure that the artwork is transferred to the digital realm impeccably. I have a graphic designer who will do the layout of the album artwork. But none of these professional services cost a thing, because they're all friends and family who have made their donation to this project via their time and creative abilities.
We're pushing on the flywheel together. Right now I've been pushing on the flywheel myself, writing, recording, and playing lots of shows. My friends and the Detroit punk community have played a huge role in helping to get the flywheel going. Now I'm asking for financial help from a larger community in order to move toward a self-sustaining cycle of writing, recording, and touring. Understand: with a strong record and physical product to take to shows and on tour, that big heavy flywheel will gain momentum and begin to move on its own.
One of the most important things I want people to know about the motivation behind this particular project is that this album and my entire music career are my expression of living fully. This is who I am. This is how I understand and relate to the world. This isn't a hobby. This isn't a temporary interest. This is my life. This is my heart. This is what I love. This is what makes me happy.
I play music in public to participate in a greater community of musicians and artists, of people who know that there is so much beauty in sharing art together, people who love getting sweaty in the pit, picking each other up when we fall, and singing together at the tops of our lungs. What are you paying for and supporting here? Some income for several independent small businesses who will make the record and its parts. Someone whose commitment is unwavering, unrelenting, and unshakeable. You're supporting my work, my goals, my big plans and dreams. An album. Music. Art. Community. A connection. A song someone is going to hear and sing along with at a show.
An important note about incentives: Please understand that you're contributing what is effectively start-up capital. The physical/digital items available at the various giving levels are not meant to reflect the normal sale price of these items. OK, there. Now hopefully I can sleep at night.
To learn a wee bit more about The Gator, in case we haven't met, here is an interview from earlier this summer, broadcast on CJAM 99.1 out of Windsor, Ontario, and here is a new interview with Hip in Detroit.
Thank you for your time, interest, and consideration. See you at a show!
Risks and challenges
Death. That would suck. Other than that, there's simply no risk of failure in the realm of things-under-our-control. I've made four full-length albums and two EPs over the last 13 years, and been a part of every step, from writing the music to booking the studio time to physically assembling CDs myself, and every last thing in between. I've even drawn the cover art before, but it wasn't good. I have every confidence in our ability to complete this project by deadline and on budget. I'm strong-willed. I once gave up chocolate, voluntarily, for two years (2004 -5). And I have outstanding follow-through. I am doing 100,000 sit ups this year! Goals! The point is, there is nothing that will stop me from completing this album. I'm super stoked on the whole thing. You should be, too. This is fun!
Thank you so, so much, from the top of my lungs to the bottom of my heart, for being a part of it.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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