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Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Jun 2 2017
TrickJazzStudiosBy TrickJazzStudios
First created
TrickJazzStudiosBy TrickJazzStudios
First created
£7,284
pledged of £10,000pledged of £10,000 goal
173
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Jun 2 2017

About

Update #1 - Fortune Smiles on the TrickJazz Project

As a show of appreciation to our backers and supporters, we the creators wanted to issue an update to let you know of a few extremely positive developments behind the scenes that have given us a truly unique opportunity to supercharge the development of our system.

As a result of our success at a number of hackthons, we’ve been joined by a few truly excellent engineers who share our passion for the JukeBox system and will help us accelerate straight to Phase 2 – the value added by these engineers covers the kickstarter funding many times over. 

Similarly, the number from artists that have signed up to the project has been overwhelming and the indie music community in general has been extremely supportive.

And so, thanks in no small part to the guidance of some very interested and committed investors, we have reached the stage where we will shortly be cancelling the Kickstarter campaign.

So what happens to the rewards?

We are planning on releasing the games as planned, but we’ll be giving our backers the very first opportunity to get their hands on them!

As per Kickstarter policy, cancelling means your pledges are returned to you – the awards we’re giving you will be totally free; a token of our appreciation for your support.

If you have any questions, please ping us an email at contact@trickjazzstudios.com. 

The TrickJazz Studios Story (HD) :

Connect with us directly on Facebook, Twitter and Soundcloud!  

 

Cool idea! Tell me more about the project!

Part game, part music, all innovation! The TrickJazz Studios ‘Chillout Series’ is a series of beautiful mobile games that aims to relax gamers and expose the player to beautiful jazzy hip hop music. As the name implies, our games aim to encourage a therapeutic mindset while giving the gamer an opportunity to discover hidden gems from amazing indie artists. That's not all either: once you find someone you like, with a single tap our system seamlessly redirects you to their portal where you can find more great tracks.

 

 

 

About The Team

Founder: TrickJazz - A.K.A Christian Facey

Christian Facey - Start up Interview with Frank Tea
Christian Facey - Start up Interview with Frank Tea

This is what I look like on a good day! ( with an HD camera ). I’m TrickJazz, digital marketer by day and Jazzy hip hop producer / gaming programmer by night! Massive fan of music, gaming and cake. I LOVE creating games and hope to one day provide the technology for independent music producers of all genres to get their music into mobile games seamlessly.

Co Founder: Damien Hoti

Hard at work ;)
Hard at work ;)

This is me working hard designing the next viral hit! So far I've survived a Law degree at King's College, managing the external diversity programmes for some massive companies across a couple of sectors, and headhunting for ultra-niche technical roles.

As an avid gamer ( PC Master Race ) and a fan of indie music, when Chris suggested the possibility of developing a system that would help everyone to discover amazingly talented indie music producers, I signed up. So now I moonlight for a startup, doing programming, design, and marketing!

Our Story

 

In my line of work, always being on top of digital trends and advertising methods is a must. I'll spare you ( most ) of the boring statistics, the important thing here is that most people use their mobile as their primary device when searching for things online ( over 80% ). Combine this with the increased processing graphics power of mobile hardware and you have the reason why mobile gaming is one of the fastest growing digital mediums today.

Since that trend is pretty much indisputable, then surely independent artists, especially newer ones, should be getting their music in games, where a growing amount of exposure is being generated ?

 

Have you ever found an awesome piece of music on youtube you thought should have a million more views ? Mainstream social platforms are becoming more saturated with traditional promotion techniques and unfortunately, it’s pretty difficult to learn how to make your own mobile games or get your music into a variety of different mobile games. Independent artists making amazing music and honing their skills often don’t have time to look into experimental ways of marketing and don't have teams to keep them up to date with the latest marketing trends.

 

The mobile gaming market is exploding, so we know that people appreciate cool games.

And we know that people love to listen to amazing music.

So we came up with a solution: make high quality games and put independent music into the games, with a way of linking the gamer to the artists on command.

This way gamers get to listen to awesome music, find more awesome music and music producers get more exposure! We decided to pitch the Jukebox functionality and the game series to some of our favourite artists and all of them said yes and let us use their music.

That’s when it hit us that this could be something bigger!

How Music is Discovered  

Remember those old school music videos from the 90s? The artist's name and track name would appear in the corner of the screen.   

The jukebox mimics this functionality and will show the artist / track name on the screen, but in a seamless way - striking the balance between highlighting the info and ensuring it doesn’t obscure gameplay or any other on screen function.

If a gamer stumbles on a track they like, he or she can click through and find more music. The artist gets more exposure, the gamer finds new awesome music and the TrickJazz Studios team cries tears of satisfaction. It’s a win, win, win!

 
 

Our Games

Here's a list of the games in the series. Influenced by jazzy hip hop and the concept of moving abstract paintings, each game is simple to play, colourful and filled with sublime relaxing music :

Way of the bubble is the first game that will be released in the series. A mysterious ethereal sensei provides precision bubble popping training with soothing music, in the form of the following game modes:

Challenge modes:  

Core game: Make your way through the levels and precisely pop the bubbles within the time limit.  

Hard Mode: Extra levels stemming from the core game. The Bubbles will become smaller, move more quickly and spawn in more positions.

Therapeutic modes:  

Flower Mode: An unlockable therapeutic mode - flower power!

Free mode: Bubbles, bubbles everywhere!  

Future Updates: Infinite mode ( depending on demand )

 

Glass Portals is the second game in the series. A faster paced 2 part game.

Glass Mode: Change the colour of the ball at the right time in order to match the colour of the glass panels moving through the screen.

Portal Mode: A colour combination puzzle. Guess the colours of the puzzle and break the spinning square to proceed. You’ll pay a penalty if you take too long to figure out the puzzle !

 

Using artwork inspired from some the greatest producers to ever do it i.e J-dilla and Nujabes, use parkour to navigate TrickJazz’s avatar safely through super sleek areas. The further you progress through the dream, the more amazing artwork you'll see. 

And as we all know, the best part of any dream is a happy ending !

Now for the goodies ! Here's a bunch of info about the different rewards we offer and the donation prices that unlock them ! 

1. Free Game Downloads £3 ($4):

Free full versions of all 3 games within the series. (iOS/ Android). Unlocked at £3 (4$) or more.

2. Access to Betas for all games £3 ($4):

Access to Beta Group for all games (ios/Android). Using Android Beta testing (Android) and Testflights (iOS) you will be one of the first to try out the games. Unlocked at £3 ($4) or more.

3. Email Updates £3 ($4):

Email updates / kickstarter updates will be sent directly to you so you can keep up to date with our progress. Transparency is everything and we plan to bring our backers up to speed as often as we can. Unlocked at £3 ($4) or more.

4. Access To Internal Feedback Group £5 ($7):

Access to internal feedback group will give you the opportunity to influence our development directly with your feedback. Unlocked at £5 ($7) or more.

5. TrickJazz Ringtone (Text/ Call) £5 ($7):

An exclusive text/ call ringtone that Trickjazz Studios will make specifically for backers! We thought it'd be a cool way to voice your support. Unlocked at £5 ($7) or more.

6.In app Credit £10 + Music Producer Bonus ($13):

Your name / alias can appear in each one of our apps within the credits section. Unlocked at £10 ($13) or more. If you are a music producer, also get your music into our future app updates!

7. Desktop Wallpaper £10 ($13):

Receive beautiful HD desktop wallpaper designs. Inspired by the artwork and influences within Trickjazz games. Unlocked at £10 ($13) or more.

8. TrickJazz EPs: Video Montage £20 ($25): 

TrickJazz isn't just a programmer, but was ( and still is ) a music producer! This reward contains a video montage showing the creative process behind TrickJazz EPs with text commentary! EP videos will include Short & Sweet / Sounds of Anime + Lounges (unreleased). Unlocked at £20 ($25) or more.

9. Website Credits £20 ($25):

www.Trickjazz.com website snippet
www.Trickjazz.com website snippet

Your name is immortalized within our website top contributors - a section typically reserved for our top supporting artists and industry supporters/ contributors. Unlocked at £20 ($25) or more.

10. TrickJazz: The Journey - Digital Production Booklet (PDF) £20 ($25):

The digital production book (PDF) will give you a deeper insight into the many inspirations behind the artwork, games, and music choices. It's an exclusive opportunity to learn how TrickJazz started as a music producer and came to lead an innovative studio within gaming / independent music. Unlocked at £20 ($25) or more. 

11. Personal Achievement ( Name + Description ) £60 ($75):

Support at this level will unlock the ability to have an achievement / reward named after, or associated with, you or your alias. We will also work with you to come up with both a suitable description and a suitably punishing challenge !

The achievement(s) will span across all 3 games. Unlocked at £70 ($75) or more.

12. Codeless Programming / Graphics Generation / Animation Tutorials £800 ($1000):

TrickJazz studio will teach you game programming (without needing any coding knowledge!), graphics generation and animation techniques so that you can create your own 2D mobile game. Sessions will take place via video call on a weekly basis over approximately 2 months. Limited to English speakers in the U.S and Europe. It is recommended that you own a copy of Adobe Photoshop and After Effects in order to take full advantage of the tutorials. Unlocked at £800 ($1000) or more.

13.  Create In-game Character / Actor + Involvement In Larger Project £1900 ($2500):

As we hint at in the video, we're planning a massively larger phase 2 element to the Jukebox system. We will work with you to give life to your own character in our games and give you the training you need not only to continue working on your own ideas, but potentially also to join Trickjazz Studios. For the special supporter that backs us at this level, we will reveal many more of the super secret details relating to the next phase. Unlocked at £4000 ($5000) or more. 

Your Money

How the funding will be used

It’s been a surreal experience getting support from our favourite artists and integrating their music and influence into these games. We have funded the development up to this point ourselves and covered licensing, production, graphic design etc. We hope that the amount of work we've put into this so far is a reflection of our belief in the future of our system and inspires you help us fund and finish this project.

Programming Consultation: We'll be able to have the code streamlined and make our logic more efficient. With the more complex designs that we have in mind, that will mean shorter release times and super slick games in the future.

Graphic Design: Extra graphic design work and brush ups over all designs. Money means more levels, more time to dedicate to slick content and a much bigger repertoire of games. 

Digital Marketing: As we have a professional digital marketer on our team, we have an extensive international marketing plan. We ultimately hope to produce more beautiful games, increase discoverability of our artists' music and introduce a wider audience to our niche hip hop genre!


Our Vision

With your help, this will be ready sooner, be bigger, and look slicker.

If you share our vision and want to be part of this project then we look forward to your support.

Risks and challenges

We appreciate the meaning behind your contribution. It’s not just the money, it’s the fact that you support our idea and would like to see it grow.

The ethos of our business model is "by the people for the people" - we've decided to put VC investment on hold to give the community itself the chance to bring this to life. To persuade VCs to come on board in the first place though, you can imagine how much risk mitigation we needed to do to ensure that we were in a strong position - whether the kickstarter funds or not. And if you can't imagine it, take our word that it was nothing short of Dragon's Den !

That being said: we promise that (unless a fridge sized meteor, with uncanny precision, takes out our studio), we will deliver on our promise as part of this kickstarter campaign. As mentioned in the video, this money will let us launch our system and make sure that indie producers are as widely represented as they ought to be.

But we need you to know: we believe our system has the potential to change the future of artist representation. Even ignoring the fact that we have invested our own money into the equipment, software licenses, app developer licenses and production, our system is the next evolution in indie music – so we can’t afford to fail!

We’ve made every effort to take risk into account though, and as such we (TrickJazz Studios) decided not to launch a kickstarter until these risks were minimised – seriously: we put in our own money, work and time (and a sprinkle of blood and tears) into making these games to ensure that the risk of not delivering on our kickstarter pledge is next to nothing.

While the Jukebox concept is experimental, the methods of linking the gamer and music producer have been fully tested. We have something that works ( as shown in the video ) and the games are currently playable, in Alpha! We have also tested similar apps/ mechanics and sent test apps through the Apple/Google verification process. Although we’ve learned, through hard experience (!), that these verifications can vary in length hence causing minor delays, we are fully confident that our methods of making games will also minimise risks of delays.

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    Pledge £3 or more About US$ 4

    Bronze Grammy

    Approx ($4) Hello music listeners, producers and gamers. Thank you so much for contributing towards making our vision a reality. This includes access to closed beta versions for all games so you can be one of the first to try out our games !

    Includes:
    • Free Full Version Download , No Ads( All 3 Games )
    • Access To Beta Group For All Games ( iOS / Android )
    • Email Updates
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    Silver Grammy

    Approx ($7) Good to receive the support of a like-minded innovator ! Along with rewards from the previous tiers, you gain access to our internal development group and get the opportunity to have more personal input into our games. You also get an exclusive TrickJazz text / call ringtone!

    Includes:
    • Free Full Version Download , No Ads( All 3 Games )
    • Access To Beta Group For All Games ( iOS / Android )
    • Email Updates
    • TrickJazz Ringtone (Text /Call)
    • Access To Internal Feedback Group
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    Pledge £10 or more About US$ 13

    Golden Grammy + Music Producer Bonus

    Approx ($13) As a huge thank you for your support at this level, you will receive all the rewards from the previous tiers, desktop wallpaper and be credited in-game:
    Immortalize your name / alias within every game in the series !

    Music Producer Bonus:
    If you are a music producer, email us your soundcloud/ bandcamp or spotify link. We will listen to your tracks and pick the most fitting one to include in our future updates!

    Includes:
    • Free Full Version Download , No Ads( All 3 Games )
    • Access To Beta Group For All Games ( iOS / Android )
    • Email Updates
    • Desktop Wallpaper
    • TrickJazz Ringtone (Text /Call)
    • Access To Internal Feedback Group
    • In App Credit ( All 3 Games )
    • Music Producer Bonus: Get your music into our game updates!
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    Platinum Grammy

    Approx ($25) As a top supporter of our project your name will be immortalized on trickjazz.com in our Top Contributors section, which is typically reserved for our artists and in industry supporters.
    Plus, you’ll also get exclusive insight into who TrickJazz was before programming, along with access to video montages revealing the influences and the creative process behind the production of Previous TrickJazz EPs and individual tracks, with commentary! ( Short & Sweet/ Sounds of Anime / Lounges [unreleased] )

    Includes:
    • Free Full Version Download , No Ads( All 3 Games )
    • Access To Beta Group For All Games ( iOS / Android )
    • Email Updates
    • Desktop Wallpaper
    • TrickJazz Ringtone (Text /Call)
    • Access To Internal Feedback Group
    • In App Credit ( All 3 Games )
    • Website Top Contributor Credit
    • Video Montage: Creative Process behind TrickJazz EPs
    • Digital Production Booklet: TrickJazz Studios - The Journey
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    Pledge £60 or more About US$ 76

    Triple Platinum Grammy

    Approx ($75) Extra support means extra glory! Along with all rewards from previous tiers, we will add an achievement named after / associated with you or your alias. We will also work directly with you to generate a suitable description relating to you! ( Across all games ).
    And you’ll be showered in all the rewards from the previous tiers !

    Includes:
    • Free Full Version Download , No Ads( All 3 Games )
    • Access To Beta Group For All Games ( iOS / Android )
    • Email Updates
    • Desktop Wallpaper
    • TrickJazz Ringtone (Text /Call)
    • Access To Internal Feedback Group
    • In App Credit ( All 3 Games )
    • Website Top Contributor Credit
    • Video Montage: Creative Process behind TrickJazz EPs
    • Digital Production Booklet: TrickJazz Studios - The Journey
    • Achievement / Description named after or associated with you
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    Pledge £800 or more About US$ 1,013

    Legendary Grammy

    (Approx $1000) Congratulations and a huge thank you for your support !
    In addition to all the rewards in the previous tiers, we wanted to do something special to reward your support at this level. So we thought, what better reward than a crash course in game design with, yours truly, Trickjazz Studios.
    You’ll join us on remote conference calls and screen casting sessions and we’ll walk you through the process of game design with plenty of worked examples ( how to generate graphics, how to animate character models, etc. ) and you’ll get to see first-hand how we’ve built games on Android / Flash ( and iOS if you prefer) – all without needing to learn how to code !
    Recommended tools ( but not essential):
    - Adobe Photoshop
    - Adobe after effects
    (English Speaking, Limited to U.S and Europe )

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    • Rewards from All Previous Tiers
    • 1 on 1 codeless programming/ graphics tutorials via Video Call
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    Pledge £1,900 or more About US$ 2,405

    G.O.A.T Grammy

    (Approx $2500). The Greatest of All Time Grammy. As a supporter of our project and vision at the highest level, you will receive rewards from all previous tiers and work with us to create an in-game character or actor in your likeness or per your specifications. You will also be involved in our super-secret stealth project / endgame, JUKEBOX phase 2 (working title).
    You might even become a permanent member of the team !

    Includes:
    • Rewards from All Previous Tiers
    • Create An In-game Character / Actor
    • Involvement in JukeBox Phase 2 (working title)
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Funding period

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