UNIVERSO | A Queer Boy Coming of Age
I came out as a fabulous gay boy in 1989. Being out in middle school and high school was hard. I wrestled with feeling isolated at home, being bullied at school, and feeling unwanted. I got through this period of my life with my close girlfriends dancing to Erasure, Madonna, and New Order at the underage dance clubs in downtown Portland. We found PRIDE on the dance floor!
I am that 14-year old boy who is feminine, creative, and full of life. I got lost along the way, but today, I'm ready to return and be seen for who I am.
I dedicate this album to all of us queer kids who choose life, who choose freedom and self-expression, and who choose love.
ENTREGO | The First Single - Turn it up!
UNIVERSO | The Album
It's been my dream to create an electro-pop dance album and touring show to bring joy and freedom to the world.
I assembled an amazing team of musicians to create a rich homage to the soundtrack of my coming of age. The album is an infectious, unique, and unusual blend of electronic and studio recorded music influenced by 80s and 90s dance/electro-pop sounds and rhythms.
Inspired by Erasure, Depeche Mode, George Michael, Alaska Dinarama, The Police, Miguel Bose, and Pet Shop Boys, the album sounds and looks hot!
UNIVERSO | The Touring Show
The touring show is a theatrical electro-pop experience featuring video projection, movement, dance, and joy to celebrate the coming of age of a gay man.
The show opens July 11, 2019 at Milagro!
Co-created by art director Michael Cavazos, the show is in collaboration with Hand2Mouth Theatre. UNIVERSO will be designed to travel and present in music venues, Fringe Festivals, and Gay Pride circuits for 2020.
UNIVERSO | Plan of Attack
Help me raise $15,475 to launch this album and create the touring show. The album is already produced. Hand2Mouth is providing production costs regarding space rental, staff, lighting, and sound.
Your contribution will directly support:
- Creative design, manufacturing, and distribution for the album
- Creative design and content creation for the touring show
- Two music videos
- PR/Marketing for the album and touring show
- Stretch Goal #1 - $20,000. This will allow me to pay artists higher rates.
- Stretch Goal #2 - $25,000. This will allow me to recover the costs incurred from producing the album.
- Stretch Goal #3 - $30,000. This will allow me to produce a third video.
This incredible team of artists have come onboard to create the world of UNIVERSO!
- Joaquin Lopez | Creator and Performer
- Michael Cavazos | Co-creator and Performer
- Jonathan Walters (H2M Show) | Executive Producer
- Lucille Dawson (H2M Show) | Project Manager
- Jon Timm (H2M Show) | Projection Designer
- Giovanni Alva (H2M Show) | Stage Manager
- Alejandro Ceballos (H2M Show) | Visual Art Design
- Dante Korinto (H2M Show) | Projection and Video
- Freddy Trujillo | Music Production
- Cory Gray | Music Production
- Gary Norman | Photographer
- Bryce Black | Stylist
- Julian Aguilar | Make-up artist
- Adolfo Cantú-Villareal/TZOM Films | Video Production
- Damon Fuller | Social Media Partner
UNIVERSO | Rewards - Merchandise
Check out the cool merchandise!
ICE KING | The Album Poster
ICE KING: "The oceans dried up. The clouds fell from the sky and flooded the deserts.The human spirits escaped from their bodies. All souls jumped into the sky and became the silent moving stars. We lost each other."
Excerpt from UNIVERSO | The Touring Show
SAN JOAQUIN DE ALOHA | The Votive Candle
San Joaquin de Aloha Votive Candle and Prayer Card with A Prayer For Personal Transformation.
Grant me the wisdom to allow myself to change when change is needed and the courage to accept all parts of myself that yearn to be seen without judgment.
I honor both the anima and animus in my heart and soul to transform into the gentle, kind, resilient, and loving person that I am today."
Excerpt from A Prayer For Personal Transformation
DARK BONDAGE | The Sleeveless T-shirt
Joaquin as Dark Bondage on a sleeveless t-shirt. It's getting hot in here!
Put in on and take it off!
EL HOMBRE DE LAS FLORES | The Souvenir Postcard
EL HOMBRE DE LA FLORES: "When I live in this language I feel like children under my skin. See me. Don’t try to hide me. I am inside me learning to live over again."
Excerpt from the unreleased song, In This Language, by Joaquin Lopez, featured in UNIVERSO, The Touring Show.
FOR THE DISENCHANTED | Joaquin Lopez and James Ashley Mayer
Inspired by Mexican folklore and the Latin American bolero, the album is a modern day ode to hopeful love and romance.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
Risks and challenges
I have fundraised before but this is my first Kickstarter campaign. I'm fortunate to have the support of close family and friends to carry me through this campaign and walk alongside me.
The biggest challenge with the campaign and project is time management, but I have the experience of project management producing music and creative events for years.
My strengths include: using a time-line with specific tasks and goals; clear communication of expectations in creative projects; a collaborative and flexible attitude; and the ability to accept all challenges by adjusting and accepting what comes my way.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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