As you heard in the video, my first endeavor (MAKE IT REAL) was entirely self-funded. This learning experience -- that I consider my advanced education in Songwriting & Studio Arts -- is something I share with you to demonstrate that I have put my own money where my mouth is.
The good news from the school of hard knocks is that I also now know what to look for in a recording studio, producer, engineer, and musicians. I understand what to listen for before mastering. I realize the value of taking time to let the songs stew, brew, and blossom.
Before going into any further detail about this project, I want to take a moment to give credit where credit is due to my video creator Twila. She and her husband are responsible for finding the location, and bringing the message to you as you see and hear it in our conversation above. Twila is a local wahine who absolutely embodies the Aloha spirit, and instantly understood what we aim to accomplish here. You can reach her via firstname.lastname@example.org, so she can bring your video vision to life as well.
Since you know from the video that the investment in MAKE IT REAL was far beyond 3 times more than what is being listed here, you can rest assured that the money for this album will be frugally, effectively, and thoughtfully used. Enlisting the right resources makes all of the difference.
As you may be aware, the delicate balance here on Kickstarter is finding that perfect intersection of: (1) how much funding you can realistically raise in (2) the brief and fixed allotted time. The clock is ticking...
*In case you were unaware, just 1 penny short of the goal means that no funding is awarded.*
Please tell your friends to check this out...and encourage them to tell their friends as well. Let's get the coconut hotline firing on all cylinders!
So, the $12,300 is a completely bare-bones amount that will likely enable 9 songs to be included on the album. The hope is to offer between 9 and 12 solid, stirring creations. Any amount of support that exceeds the listed funding minimum will subsequently improve the quality, and enable more songs to be incorporated into the finished album.
THE BASICS (9 Songs):
* Writing & Development
* Studio: Recording Vocals...melodies, harmonies, texture, back-up/fill
* Studio Musicians...minimum of guitar, bass, keys, drums; horns, etc. are extra
* Studio: Recording Instrumentals
* Studio: Recording Drums...separate room, separate time; more costly
* Studio Engineer
* Producer...this individual's fresh and experienced ear makes a huge difference
* Kickstarter receives 5% ~ this supports the site and screening process (yep, had 2b approved!)
* Amazon credit card processing fees are 3% - 5%
ESSENTIAL EXTRAS (not included in the $12,300):
* Additional Songs
* More Nuances & Complex Recordings
* Graphic Design
* Shipping/Handling for Rewards (see sidebar)
* Reward Fulfillment/Administration
Music connects us. It has the power to catapult us instantly back to our favorite memories, and provide sensory landmarks of those moments that changed us or saw us grow. It soothes and excites and inspires.
It is such a thrill to anticipate returning to the studio to create new songs for you that we can enjoy together, as well as individually. Profoundly amazing it always is to hear how a tune opens-up something, or resonates personally for someone. I absolutely love it, and find that among the best parts of this magical process.
Please accept my most heartfelt gratitude for taking an interest in this labor of love, and offering your show of support.
Until we meet again: Namaste', Aloha, and All My Best to you & yours!