It has always been my dream to make a record...
A proper record, a vinyl LP of my own songs.
The first record I remember as a kid was my mum’s copy of The Rolling Stones’ ‘Big Hits (High Tide and Green Grass)’. I used to spend hours staring at the glossy pictures of Brian and Mick while playing the record over and over on my parents’ music centre.
Ever since I released my song about record collecting, ‘Vinyl Junkie’, in 2014, people have asked me,
“Why isn’t this available on vinyl?”
“Can’t you see the irony, Blake?”
My answer is always,
“Yes, I can, but I can’t afford to press it!”
A short run pressing of just 100 copies costs £1000. I have not been able to find a cheaper quote. My aim with my new album is to do just this – press 100 copies of a record.
This is how it works: If people interested in buying a copy of my record pre-order it, I can use the funds to pay for the pressing. I can then despatch the record to everyone who has kindly paid in advance.
To achieve this goal I need to raise £1000 for the pressing. That’s 50 copies of the LP at £20 each. I will also produce a CD version and the album will be available as a high quality digital download, too. This way, if you don't own a record player, you can still contribute to the project and enjoy the album in the format of your choice.
I have written eleven new songs and I have already completed recording over half the tracks for the record – including my cover of Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Dust’, which was released as a digital download on Record Store Day.
Most of these were made with the assistance of ace producer Dominic Bailey-Clay at Nine Volt Leap studios in Melksham (including the song 'Record Collection' which is featured in the video above). My friends and band mates Joe Brown, Paul Kench, Chris Scrivens and Helen Bousfield have contributed wonderful parts to many of the songs. I am also doing some of the recording at home by myself, to keep the costs down.
For anyone familiar with my music, there is the usual mixture of sixties influenced rock and pop, an instrumental or two and the odd rant about social justice.
This campaign is all or nothing. If I don’t reach the target amount in 30 days then no money that has been pledged will be collected. There is therefore no risk involved with your investment.
If you enjoy my music and would like to get your hands on an extremely limited edition independently released record, I really hope you will consider supporting me.
Here are some links in case you'd like to explore my music further:
NB Backers will receive updates on how the recording is progressing which will include videos, demos, rough mixes and other tidbits. Enjoy the RIDE!
Risks and challenges
I don't anticipate many major challenges with this project. I am recording the album anyway and funding this myself. If I fail to reach the Kickstarter goal, no money will be collected and I won't be able to release my LP as a record. It will be disappointing but it's certainly not the end of the world. The album will still be available to buy from my website as a CD and high quality download.
Making music isn't a choice for me, really. It's a necessity. I'm not able to stop writing songs, so I may as well put them out there. I'd just really like them to put them out there on a record!
There is the possibility that the vinyl pressing plant I am using will develop delays with orders. In a worst case scenario, the proposed October release date may have to be pushed back.
The fundraising goal is £1050 to reflect Kickstarter's 5% payment processing fee.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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