Along with making albums, I also do enrichment programs for kids. At the end of a recent percussion workshop a quiet kid came up and tapped me on the leg. He handed me the picture you see on the cover of this project and said, "This is what the notes sound like." I am now more convinced than ever that my next album needs to be an acoustic, organic experience. I want to strip it down and make a record I have been hearing in my head for a while now. It's somewhere between Springsteen's Nebraska, Petty's Damn The Torpedoes, and Dylan's Blood On The Tracks. (But with lots of percussion and some horns thrown in here and there. )
The way people get music these days is so much more immediate . With that in mind I want to make this project a more immediate experience for people. I also want to get you in right away this time. I only have a handful of songs written so the concept of this album (or multiple eps) has not really taken shape yet. That is where you come in.
THE PLAN:I have roughly 7 songs already written. I will write a few more songs before Jan. 1st. I will present these songs and we can choose the best 5. I will release these 5 as an EP on Bandcamp. We can brainstorm ideas as to what the best single will be and come up with a concept for the video. By that time we should have a decent direction for the album. I'll keep writing and once we have 5 more tunes, I will record them. I will than do a full release of all 10 songs as an album via iTunes, Amazon etc… At this point we can design the cover art and release actual CDs.
I have set the funding goal at $4000. With Kickstarter it's an all or nothing affair so I have kept the goal low. This number will cover the EP and first video. I am hoping to raise well over that number and have the funds to pay for pressing of the CD, the second video and promotions for the release. The entire budget for the project will be around $14,000
I released my first solo record in 2011. Many of you have been with me since the beginning of my career. I hope you will continue down this road of making music with me, and if your new to the trip, welcome aboard. Your support means the world to me.
I could really use your help.
Risks and challenges
Being a creative process, we may decide to go in a bit different direction and release two Eps or three three songs for that matter. Regardless, I will be creating music all year and we will put out a fair amount of music into the world!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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