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Somerville, MA singer-songwriter at the intersection of Folk and Tin Pan Alley needs your help and your voice to make a new record.
Somerville, MA singer-songwriter at the intersection of Folk and Tin Pan Alley needs your help and your voice to make a new record.
130 backers pledged $8,507 to help bring this project to life.

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The Project:

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.

The Kicker:

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.

The Budget:

  • Production Costs 
         Recording (Engineer & Studio Rental): $2,400 
         Mixing: $1,800     
         Mastering: $800
         CD Replication: $800     
         Orchestration: $500   
         
    Album Cover Art: $200            
                   Total Cost of Production: $6,500
  • Studio Musician Costs 
         Strings: $400
         Horns: $400
         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 Music: 

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.


The Musician:

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. 

Phil performing with Todd Siff (left)
Phil performing with Todd Siff (left)

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. 

The Producer

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.

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    Make music with us! Donate $5 or more, and we'll sing you the backing track to one of the songs on the album. Record your music over the track, send it back to us, we'll mix you in with our other backers, and send you the final cut. Donate anything over $5 and receive this perk.

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    Advance digital download of the Battle of Bunker Hill, plus the previous two rewards.

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    Access to exclusive in-studio video content shot during the recording of the album

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    Support a studio musician for one day and receive a limited edition print of the original cover art for The Battle of Bunker Hill

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    Support a studio musician for a day and receive hand-written lyrics and doodles to a song on the album of your choice (or tell me about your personality and I'll pick for you) + access to in-studio video content + a physical copy of the album + "Add Your Voice" + Social Media Shoutout

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    Support a studio musician for one day and receive a one hour songwriting consultation with Phil either in Person (Boston metro area only) or via Skype.

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    Support a studio musician for two days and receive a cover of your choice! Phil records a cover song that you love, or one you hate but think could be done better! It could be anything!

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    Support a studio musician for two days and receive TWO one-hour songwriting consultations with Phil in person (Boston Metro Area) or via Skype.

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    Phil cooks you breakfast. Rise and shine, porcupine! Phil will cook you a fabulous vegetarian breakfast and serenade you and yours as you eat (Boston metro area.) + access to in-studio video content + a physical copy of the album + "Add Your Voice" + Social Media Shoutout

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    It's a birthday party! Phil will entertain your kids at their next birthday/holiday party with music, puppets, and creative movement (Boston Metro Area).

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    Private house concert. Make it an intimate evening for a few close friends or a great excuse to call the whole block over (Boston Metro Area).

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    Private house concert anywhere on the east coast. Put me up for the night and I'll travel to you, and throw in a live cover song of your choice. + access to in-studio video content + a physical copy of the album + "Add Your Voice" + Social Media Shoutout

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