About this project
Welcome to our Kickstarter project!
We have been co-writing songs as The Jinxes for the past two years, and we have finally found the perfect partner to record our first EP!
In November 2011, after countless hours spent on unsatisfying home recordings, we headed in to Gadgetbox Studios with producer/engineer/wizard Andy Zenczak to record our single, "If You Want (the buh bah song)" and were extremely happy with the sound!
We're now preparing to return to Gadgetbox Studios to record three more original songs and create our first EP, entitled, "Send Me A Sign".
The "Send Me A Sign" EP will include great new recordings of the following four songs:
- "If You Want (the buh bah song)" : Co-written by Kevin Smith & Deanna Ross, with Barry Phillips on Cello.
- "She Runs Away" : Music by Kevin Smith, Lyrics co-written with Deanna Ross, with Laurel Thomsen on Violin.
- "Migration" : Lyrics by Deanna Ross, Music co-written with Kevin Smith, with session players TBA.
- "Send Me A Sign" : Music & Lyrics by Kevin Smith, with session players TBA.
One of the things that makes our recording engineer/producer a "wizard" is his huge network of session musicians, and his amazing ear for co-creating a sound that fully represents who we are musically, but that is also fuller and richer than we can produce with just two voices and one guitar!
Part of the cost of recording this EP, therefore, is paying the musicians that Andy brings in to our sessions. We're considering violin, cello, piano, bass guitar, and drums -- but only getting together and playing it through with the musicians will determine what ends up on the final cut!
In addition to paying our musical collaborators, our Kickstarter request also covers the use of Gadgetbox Studios for the 3-song session, Andy Zenczak's (and assistant Patrick Brede's) engineering expertise, and the design/printing/pressing costs for limited-edition physical CDs of the EP!
As lifelong students/admirers of the creative process, and as parents of young children, we are dedicated to creating art that nourishes our souls, touches people's lives, AND brings an income that allows us to support our family and keep creating!
To that end, we have been submitting our songs to film & tv industry music supervisors, and have received great feedback about our sound and musical content (echoed by many music bloggers and internet radio stations), but have been turned down for larger-scale opportunities due to "less than broadcast quality" home recordings.
This EP, then, is the first step toward our long-term goal of recording all of our songs at broadcast quality, then sending them into the world to look for homes anywhere a harmonic folk-pop tune is needed -- be it independent films, tv ads, or on a radio near you!
We are so grateful that you've taken the time to read this, watch our video, review the Rewards we're excited to offer, and consider making a contribution of any size to help us reach the next level of creating and sharing music as The Jinxes!
All the best, and thanks again!!
Deanna & Kevin
P.S. In the event that we exceed our funding goals for this campaign, your pledges will become the SEED MONEY for our next 3-song recording session at Gadgetbox Studios in September 2012!! Thank you SO MUCH!!
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