HERE WE ARE
After nearly two years of releasing monthly singles, it's finally time to make a full length LP! And we're doing it on pretty colored 12" vinyl.
As you may know, I've been going hard as a one man show over the past couple years. Everything in my life is pretty DIY. I do my own recording, booking, and mostly everything else. This, however, I will only be able to make happen with your help! Vinyl is crazy expensive to press, but we did it before with The Sudden Passion's "Southern Fashion" Kickstarter, and I'm confident we can make it happen again for "Volume 1", my debut solo record!
This album will be the very best of the many singles I've released as a solo artist so far. The songs will be remastered (and some re-recorded) so everything sounds cohesive as an album. These songs are so close to my heart and I can't wait to give them a home on vinyl.
WHY I NEED YOUR HELP / BUDGET DETAILS
Even though I self-record, it's expensive to press vinyl. There's a bunch of other related expenses to make it happen as well. $4,000 is absolutely a lot of money, but even so, I'll bumping right up against the edge of this budget...
Vinyl Pressing: $2,700+ (custom colored vinyl/ full color cover and back / black dust sleeves / b&w inserts & labels / shrink wrapped) pressed at Rainbo records in Canoga Park, CA.
CD Pressing: $140 (short run) from EasyDisc in Baldwin Park, CA.
Mastering: $500+ via Carl Saff (I've worked with him on a lot of Femme Fatality and Sudden Passion releases) in Chicago, Il
Artwork: $300+ I've already commissioned Chicago based artist Mikaela Jane Palermo (Camp Cope, Against Me!, Typesetter, Sincere Engineer, etc) to design the cover art pictured above. However, I'll need to hire further design services to complete the back cover, inserts, and labels.
T-Shirts: $260 printed locally in Hollywood, CA
Enamel Pins: $100+ This will be my first time having these made. From what I'm told this price is where they will start.
$4,000 total. (before fulfillment / distribution /shipping cost)
I'll likely be covering processing fees on my end::
Kickstarter + Processing Fees: $360+ depending on how much is pledged in total (5% to Kickstarter, Approx 4% in processing fees)
We are keeping it pretty straight-forward with only the best rewards. The vinyl is the ultimate goal, but we will have some pretty cool enamel pins, t-shirts, and stickers printed up with the album art graphics too.
At the higher levels we have personalized songs (you and I get to talking and come up with a song about ANYTHING of your choosing) and CO-PRODUCER CREDIT on the back of the album cover!
If we do well, there are a couple more ways I could use your help.
1. If you help me raise 5k I'll be able to make a pretty rad music video. I have some directors in mind, we just need the time and budget to make it happen. Music videos are helpful for promotion and booking as well. This would be a great addition to the record.
2. Anything over 5k will be used for publicity, tour support, and distribution cost for the record. In music the expenses are never ending and the profits are mostly not existent. If I'm somehow lucky to raise enough to get to this level I'll put it to great use getting my music out to more people.
This campaign is ALL OR NOTHING! We will have to hit the 4k mark in order to press this record, otherwise it's not going to happen right now. I'm sure we can get there with your help.
You guys have supported me time and time again through all of my musical transformations. From the Femme Fatality days, through The Sudden Passion years, and now here in my solo career. It means the world to me to have your support, and I hope to make something very special for you here.
Risks and challenges
4k is a little more than I've raised in the past. But we did hit close to there with the last Sudden Passion campaign. I think with your help we can get there.
Turnaround times can vary on vinyl manufacturing. The mastering and process can sometimes take a while too. Overall I think I've budgeted plenty of time to get this order out on time, but I will keep you posted with updates.
- (21 days)