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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sat, August 24 2019 1:00 AM UTC +00:00.

$562
pledged of $2,500pledged of $2,500 goal
18
backers
5days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sat, August 24 2019 1:00 AM UTC +00:00.

About

The Music Plays You is a post-rock/ambient/instrumental project from Nic Lake, a musician out of Des Moines, Iowa.

As a piano player since age 4, music has been in my blood since early on. I started this project in after I graduated college in 2012, and released my first EP "Sailing" in 2013.

This Kickstarter is to help fund my first full-length album, "Holophrase", which I plan to release by September 2020.

My Story

I was raised in a very musical household; my mom was a piano teacher, and my dad has one of the most eclectic musical tastes that I know. I began playing piano at age 4, and picked up drums, bass, and guitar in elementary school and junior high. As a state of Iowa piano champion and All-State percussionist multiple times, it only made sense for me to pursue music beyond high school, and I enrolled at the University of Northern Iowa as a music education major. While I ended up changing majors along the way (I graduated with a business degree), my passion for music has never dwindled.

After graduating, I started recording my first EP "Sailing", and it was released in the spring of 2013. It was not an easy process (you can read a bit more below in the Risks and Challenges section), but I'm finally ready to tackle the creation of a new album.

Outside of music, I am an IT business analyst at a manufacturing company and a beertender at a local brewery. I enjoy video games, reading, sports, bike riding, and cooking. My wife and I have been in Des Moines for a little over 3 years now. We have 2 cats, Bearcat and Pixel, both of whom will be thrilled to walk on my keyboards and contribute to the album.

Why a Kickstarter?

Some of you are probably wondering "why do a Kickstarter for an album?", and that's a great question. There are a couple of reasons:

1. Ownership & Commitment - One of the nicer parts about Kickstarter is that a) I'm not provided with any funding unless the whole goal is met (vs. other services that allow people to "subscribe" or offer up one time donations), and b) it forces me to be accountable and complete the album on time. If nothing else, this will help keep me focused & motivated on getting "Holophrase" completed to share with all of you.

2. Motivation - I'll be honest, it's EXTREMELY difficult to write all of this about myself, and very nerve-wracking knowing that I'm sitting here asking for people to preorder an album that I've not completed yet. But you know what? I think it's going to be amazing. I think you're going to think it's amazing too. And I'd love to have your support along the way.

3. All Or Nothing - Finally, I chose Kickstarter over a few other services because a) it allowed me to put something together for this single album, and b) it's an all-or-nothing deal, which prevents me from making it 75-80% of the way to my goal and then have to scrounge or beg for extra cash to pay any outstanding debts. It's better for everyone, I think.

What is the money being used for?

With my initial goal of $2,500, the money will go towards a few pieces of recording equipment, mixing & master of the album once it has been recorded, and working with an artist for the album artwork. For any funds raised beyond the initial goal, it'll give me the ability to increase the length of the album, and possibly explore a physical release on CD or vinyl.

Risks and challenges

There's only one major challenge I see that might impede me getting this album finished in the (admittedly generous & conservative) time frame I've established: my mental health.

See, I talked about my first EP being released in 2013, and 6 years is a long time to not release any music. Some of you might be wondering why there's such a gap.

"Sailing" was in the process of being written when I found out that my mom had cancer in Oct 2012. I had scheduled the EP to be released on my birthday in February 2013; my mom passed away 2 days before my birthday.

My mom was a piano teacher, and was the reason that I got into music in the first place. I am so incredibly thankful that I was able to share the EP with her before its release, because I felt like it was a way of saying "thank you" for all that she had done for me. But for years afterwards, my desire & energy to make music dwindled to the point where I didn't really seek it out.

After some conversations with a couple of people here this summer, that energy has been rekindled, and I am ready to jump head-first back into the fray. Sitting and feeling sad and not using the talents & gifts my mom helped me develop doesn't do anyone any good; I'd rather release more music and put all of this energy and emotion to good use.

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