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TristanBy Tristan
First created
TristanBy Tristan
First created
$873
pledged of 6.000 $pledged of 6.000 $ goal
24
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sun, November 10 2013 8:03 PM UTC +00:00

About

Hey there everyone! My name is Tristan and I'm a singer/songwriter. 

To me, art is the deepest expression of the soul, but there's a catch: if no one gets to share in the experience it's as if it never existed at all. I need YOU for this project to happen! I've been a songwriter for seven years now, but I've had a long and loving relationship with music since childhood. 

I learned how to play the piano growing up in Texas, using it to settle my wild mind and fuel my creative energies. I've always felt comfortable drawing outside the lines, so to speak, writing new songs and exploring melodies. 

This is correct form for guitaring
This is correct form for guitaring

While volunteering in Americorps *NCCC I bought my first guitar and learned that the notes in a song came just as easily through words and my voice, allowing me to move away from the keys. I've been all around the world and back again, facing many challenges in many different languages, but I've never taken this kind of leap. I'm ready now more than ever because this challenging start is going to be the single biggest and best thing I've ever attempted. This is the beginning of a long-lasting career!

Enough about me, though. There's a likelihood that you're on this site to be a part of this because you understand how fantastically expensive and daunting cd funding can be, but I know we can do this together and do it well. I've done my research, and it blew my mind to learn that most major labels today spend $200,000+ just to record the album! I'm taking a different approach with Kickstarter, and it's only a fraction of that to cover the bare minimum costs, but I need you to share this with all the music lovers you know so that I can overshoot this skin and bones minimum of $6,000 and make this CD every bit as epic as what's in my head! 

I promise to load a YouTube video of me doing this when I've raised this much :D
I promise to load a YouTube video of me doing this when I've raised this much :D

This project is literally just music costs and manufacturing rewards, a quick breakdown:

Producer/Studio Time/Mastering/Mixing-$3000

Orchestra/Musicians/Materials- $1000

Reward Costs-$2000

It's important that I surpass my goal so that I can raise the number of songs, add more instruments, include exclusive and unique packages making the deal OH so much sweeter with every unlocked threshold.

 I've spoken French and English my entire life, so I know what it's like to see things through both kinds of eyes and I've been trained to cultivate an "outside the box" approach to things. I'm beginning to learn Spanish and I know a little Italian but I've already written songs with the help of native speakers, so depending on how much I overshoot my goal, the CD would definitely include at least one original composition for French, Spanish and Italian. 

Live at Segue, GA
Live at Segue, GA

 This is particularly special to me because I'm the kind of artist who always wants to stick around after the concert and commune with everyone in the crowd and get to know each and every individual who comes up to me. I want to connect more with all of you and I'll keep updating here to let you know what's happening with the CD's progress and videos, artwork and written works.

My producer Shep and me making the kickstarter video!
My producer Shep and me making the kickstarter video!

I feel this project will be a huge adventure full of crazy fun, and I hope you enjoy the rewards for pledges as much as I did creating them! In the end, there is only so much one can do on his or her own. You are the future; I am the trumpeter. The time is here, and the place is now!

Risks and challenges

This is a risky venture mostly because of the sheer time and attention these kinds of projects demand. Some problems I foresee are: should the project be funded only to the point of the "skin and bones," this might introduce difficulty coming up with the right musicians for the right price as well as the orchestra... I do, however, have several intensely talented friends who are professional musicians who live far away and if I'm unable to record here I can have them record from where they are!

Secondly, this project should be done by January, but I made February the official date so that I could be safe with getting the rewards ready and sent out in time. This also provides me with a buffer for unexpected project detainment.

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    Pledge $1 or more About $1.00

    One song digital download of your choice from the CD, AND you get to vote to choose the cover and my logo! You'll be able to pick one from several choices that will be available throughout the project!

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    In addition to all previous rewards, receive a ticket to my CD Release Concert!

    (Date: TBD)

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    All previous rewards,with the digital download a week before the official release! Also, a personal thank you from me on Facebook and/or Twitter!

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    All previous rewards, plus a physical copy of the CD!

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    All previous rewards and special "kickers only" access to my behind-the-scenes filming on my youtube channel.

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    In addition to previous rewards, your CD copy is signed with a personalized thank you from me! Also, get ready to receive a Kickstarter eco-friendly women's or men's t-shirt with my logo and album cover on it!

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    In addition to previous rewards, receive a picture journal of the project! This little book will include images and stories behind each song on the album and why it was written.

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    All previous rewards, and a personal thank you on Skype! Talk with me for an hour, ask me anything! You will also receive a specially edited DVD of me in the studio recording each song included in the Album.

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    In addition to all previous rewards, I will perform a cover of your choice (within reason), and load it onto my youtube channel.

    EXTRA LOVE: It will simultaneously be a hidden track at the end of your physical copy of the CD with special thanks to you. Yours will be the only one with it!

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    In addition to all previous non-limited rewards, you'll be listed in the album credits with a special thank you! Also, receive an exclusive signed un-released photograph poster. No two will be the same, so you'll own the only one in existence :D

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    In addition to all previous non-limited rewards, I'll write a song dedicated to you!

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    In addition to all previous non-limited rewards I'll drive anywhere within 150 miles of Asheville, NC to provide a very special live acoustic house concert in your home!

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Funding period

- (20 days)