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We're heading to LA this fall to record our second album and we need your support!

We have been working vigorously on demos since our last tour and have been planning our second album and now is your chance to get involved. Join us on this journey.


Who are we?

The Summer Soundtrack is Ben Lohle, Eric Sanchez, and Luke Poling. What began as a solo project in the summer of 2009 has since become a fully realized vision. We have put out one self-produced EP, received radio play across the US, played throughout both the East and Western United States and have built a world wide fan base through a variety of medias.

Now that we have a firm foundation, vision in mind, and a fresh new set of songs it is time for us to release our second album as a band. This album will be called It Is What It Is.

The Summer Soundtrack | It Is What It Is
The Summer Soundtrack | It Is What It Is

Why are we here?

We are an independent band and luckily we're pretty resourceful. We've always used our own skills and tools to make our art. This album is no different. We were able to write and record demos at Ben’s home studio, which has given us a huge advantage out of the gate to ready ourselves to work with industry standard producers such as Matt Grabe. Having no time or monetary constraints on the recording process has really given us the freedom to artistically explore this album and try new challenging things. But we're not done yet.

To make this album become as big and as beautiful as we know it can be, we have to bring in some outside help. We need to get this album professionally recorded, mixed, mastered, the album needs to be pressed, distributed, and a publicity team needs to be hired to give It Is What It Is the push it deserves. Often a label initially covers these costs, which the artist is typically on the hook for repaying. We aren't on a label so we don't have the benefit of their deep pockets, but using our own resources as well as a little combined help from you, our fans, friends, and family we can release this album and take The Summer Soundtrack into new territory.

Where will the money go?

This campaign has a very clear objective: Finish and release It Is What It Is. We have set a very modest goal of $10,000, which will cover the recording, mixing, mastering, and the first round of CD production. That's the minimum that we need. Anything beyond that will go towards publicity, travel expenses, distribution and hiring a team of people to get this album out into the world and us out on the road. We hope we shatter this goal. The more money we can raise, the further we can go.

The more you give, the more we can give.

What's in it for me?

A whole lot of awesome stuff! Our fans have always come first. We have spent a lot of time figuring out cool and unique ways that we can reward you for your help. From receiving the album in advance to one of a kind art pieces to evening getting your own personal song written just for you. We're offering exclusive items and experiences that you can only get here. Your involvement will make you an integral part of the creation of It Is What It Is and will forever become a member of The Summer Soundtrack family.

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Planning, booking, and implementing a proper product release will require a lot of pieces to fall into place. However, we are confident that if we reach our goal we will fulfill every pledge. We are making this album at a time where it is extremely difficult for an artist to make any profit off of releasing their music. If this project is successfully funded, our record will be finished and ready for release by the end of the year. Of that we can say for sure. We are currently expecting to self-release this album, but we are also going to work very hard to get It Is What It Is in front of the music industry with the intention of giving it a larger voice.

Were we to just toss our new record out into the world without trying to take things to the next level then we would be throwing away a big opportunity. If a label decides to get involved with us and this album that could set our release date to a more favorable time for them. This would be a bummer in the short term because it would mean that we would have to hold onto our musical secret for a little longer, but the end result will be a much greater reward. We will be updating you with the progress of this project as time goes on and we get nearer to completion.

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    You will receive a download via email of our first single “Bad Girls” a week in advance of the release date.

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    You will receive a digital download via email of the EP and our single a week in advance of the release date.

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    You will receive an autographed physical copy in advance of the release date which will include stickers, a bracelet and everything else below.

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    You will receive an ultimate merch bundle, which consists of a shirt, a bracelet, a button and stickers to tag up your town. Plus everything else below.

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    A personal thank you phone call from the band and a limited edition copy of our self produced EP “Monster” and of course everything else below because we love you.

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    You get to ask 15 questions at which either Ben, Eric, or Luke will answer intimately/personally via Video Mailbag style and send you the personalized video plus everything else below.

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    You will receive an envelope of 35mm prints through our eyes of the whole recording process as well as everything else below.

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    We'll Skype performance and chat with you for 30 minutes and talk about the great wonders of the world as well as receive everything else below.

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    Your desired member of The Summer Soundtrack will buy you Starbucks and discuss deep philosophical questions over coffee or tea for an hour if you live within 100 miles of Grand Junction, CO. Band not responsible for life changing conversation and the subsequent euphoria experienced.

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    Ok, so maybe you're a purist. At this level you'll receive a limited addition 12" vinyl record of the new album and a personal thank you letter from the band and everything else you see below.

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    Alright, now we're getting serious! Get your name in the thank you section of our new album as well as receive everything else you see below. Ballin' right!?

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    You will receive a one of a kind limited addition 11X14 canvas print of a behind the scenes and in the studio artsy picture of the band hard at work to hang on your wall as well as everything else below.

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    Get lunch with the band (if you live within 100 miles of Grand Junction, CO) call it a date, whatever and receive everything else below.

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    You'll receive the MXL 4000 condenser microphone that Ben has used to record every single demo The Summer Soundtrack has ever made. Most of these have turned into songs on the two EPs we have. It is fully functional and great for recording your own songs. See a picture to the side! Oh, as well as everything else below.

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    That's right! We’ll come play a private acoustic set for you and your friends anywhere within 300 miles of Grand Junction, CO and receive everything else below.

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    Okay, now we're getting creative! We'll write, record and release (via iTunes) an original song for you of your desire in content plus everything else you see below!

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    You'll receive Eric’s Epiphone Les Paul Custom guitar (signed if you want) and everything else below.

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    You'll receive Ben’s Fender Deluxe Blackout Telecaster with Gigbag & Stand (signed if you want) and everything else below.

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    We’ll plan a 2 night personal camping trip somewhere in Colorado and play you all of our songs acoustic plus everything below.

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    You'll receive 10 VIP shows as well as any new music we ever put out plus everything else below. I know, we're awesome!

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    We'll fly you out to join us in our van (we have yet to buy) for a week of tour next spring. Plus everything else below OR we can fly you out to join us for our special CD release and headline show in our hometown.

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