This August, I'm heading to Dimension Sound Studios in Jamaica Plain, MA to record my first album, The Battle of Bunker Hill. I've spent the last year arranging and orchestrating 12 original songs with Brendan Burns, but to bring them to life it'll take more than just the two of us.
To make these songs sound their best, I need to pay these artists the wages they deserve.
This recording wouldn't be possible without the monetary support of each and every kickstarter backer, and this should be reflected in the final product. Every backer who donates $5 or more to this campaign will be sent the backing tracks to one of the songs on the album, over which you can record yourself singing, playing an instrument, yodelling, harmonizing etc., in GarageBand for Mac and Mixcraft for Windows. Once you're done, send us your track and we'll mix you into the final cut of the record, turning your early financial contribution into a permanent artistic one.
- Production Costs
Recording (Engineer & Studio Rental): $2,400
CD Replication: $800
Album Cover Art: $200
Total Cost of Production: $6,500
- Studio Musician Costs
Rhythm Section: $500
Woodwind Chamber Ensemble: $500
Backing Vocals: $200
Total Cost of Studio Musicians: $2,000
Bare Minimum Projected Budget: $8,500
Any additional funds raised above the project goal will be used toward album publicity and promotion to share this music with as many people possible.
The songs on this record vary greatly in tone, style, and arrangement, ranging from classic Tin Pan Alley, to warm, soulful folk, Americana, rock, and pop, lushly orchestrated by Brendan Burns. Songs on this record will make you giggle and tear, dance and sway, hold your loved ones tight and your long lost loved ones tighter.
My sound is influenced by musicians spanning popular song over the last hundred years, from the Gershwin Brothers and Cole Porter, to Joni Mitchell, Stephen Sondheim, Joanna Newsom, and Nick Drake. Centered around my nylon-string guitar, the songs easily lend themselves to arrangements in a wide variety of genres.
I've spent my artistic career obsessed with making new music with exciting collaborators, from jamming and harmonizing with Todd Siff and Alex Schneps in our folk trio, The Long Brothers, to writing and translating lyrics for singer-songwriter Lionel Faretein in Tel Aviv.
This album would be a huge step forward in my career as a singer-songwriter, and would allow me to easily book gigs in venues across the US with recordings that live up to the soul of the music. Once finished, the album will allow me to reach an audience wider than I could ever reach simply playing shows by myself.
Brendan and I have brought together a group of incredibly talented instrumentalists, singers, recording engineers, and mastering technicians to make this music sound incredible. Brendan's already had some incredible successes collaborating on four different albums recorded at Dimension, recently Boston rocker Kristen Ford's new album, Dinosaur.
Brendan's warmth, care, intuitively sharp ear, and musicianship make him the ideal collaborator not only as a session guitarist but as a leader for all the artists working together on this project.
Risks and challenges
The major challenges faced by this project lie in the next phase of production: publicity and promotion. It doesn't do anyone good for the album to sit around in a drawer heard by a few folks in my close circle. I want to share this music with as many listeners as possible, which means creating promotional media, web space, and hiring a publicist who can spread the word.
Any additional funds raised beyond the project goal will go toward marketing and mailing the album out to media outlets, and touring around the northeast to perform and promote the music in person.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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