(above photo by Kim West)
After living in a 500 sq. ft. studio apartment (without a kitchen) for 3 years, we recently moved into a condo and now, for the first time since we've been married, have a legit music room (and kitchen!). Between our busy solo/band performances (as Victoria Vox / Feed the Kitty) and teaching, we have been working on Jack & the Vox album material. We've got the songs and an upcoming fall tour! (NoCal, East Coast, Canada, UK, and Germany). It's time to make an album together!
The thing people seem to love most about us is our connection during a live performance: Just live, raw music, and emotion (including the songwriting, and harmonies)... :). We occasionally have the opportunity to perform as a duo, and we would like to do more of that! Having a recording that also represents what we do live will help with future bookings and promotion.
From Uke Magazine (UK) with Editor Matt Warnes:
Instead of paying to go into a music studio, we feel that our new place has great acoustics in the living room. We want the warm, feel good vibe, that we get in concert, when it's just the two of us singing and playing together. No bells, no whistles, no autotune, no backing tracks, or overdubs. We attempted to record (on June 25th) using the equipment we had. We put both our instruments through 1 amp, and got really close on one vocal mic (while trying not to step on each other and not bump the mic stand or each other with the necks of our instruments). Anyways, long story short, we don't have the equipment needed to do this comfortably (physically!), or properly (sonically).
To get the clean, but organic, recording we'd like (live, without overdubs) we will need a new recording interface that allows for 4 inputs, a 2nd vocal microphone (we do have one!), and a new software upgrade. We've added in our budget some room for extra cables, stands, and a few 'plug-ins' which would be helpful when mixing. Imagine a couple of college kids joining forces, with a DAT machine and mini-disc recorder in their possession...
The goal, if funded, is to record 10 Jack & the Vox original tracks, as a debut album, in early August, in time for our 6 week tour in the fall! We won't plan to "release" it until 2020, except to backers, and at the live shows this year. Heads up: We've also been invited to perform in Australia next year!!
The funds will be put towards our home studio gear, mixing / mastering, and the pledge fulfillment items (t-shirts, USBs, pins, vinyl, etc). Any excess funds will go towards Jack & the Vox Tour Support on our upcoming tours. This will help with plane tickets, gas, train tickets, bus tickets, and hotels (if needed).
Will we be making a CD? We're not sure. Technically yes, but as the shift seems to be moving towards a digital world, we are wondering if printing hard copy CDs is worth it. Please let us know! If enough people want CDs, we'll consider printing a low run. Send us your opinion on the matter!
If not a CD, then what? We would like to have custom Jack & the Vox wooden 8GB USB flash drives made that could contain the music (MP3s) + the PDF Songbook for the album (so you can play / sing along)! It will also be available as a digital download to backers. We will most likely hold off on releasing this to the public until 2020 (on regular streaming sites, where, you might know, we will literally be making pennies).
But what about the Vinyl level?: Some folks still dig vinyl, so we found some companies that can do a one-off, or super low run of Vinyl albums. We want to make it available to anyone interested!
Updating our music gear / studio will allow for more frequent recordings and projects, in general! We are super excited about this prospect and a little "KICKSTART" to get it going is much needed. Every little bit helps and we appreciate your support.
THANK YOU and BIG LOVE, Jack & the Vox. (Jack & Tory aka Victoria Vox)
A bit about us: Ukulele-toting-mouth-trumpeting-songster Victoria Vox and guitar-slinging-singing-jokester Jack Maher reconnected 18 years after first meeting at the Berklee College of Music (Boston, MA). Both established performers in their own right, the moniker Jack & the Vox was almost too good to be true! Since eloping in 2016, the two have been writing and performing together in between their own gigs. Stylistically it’s a bit Americana, jazz, folk, and pop, but really, there are no boundaries. Both hold degrees in Songwriting from Berklee and have the passion for making music. This year, the two have carved out 6 weeks together to tour the East Coast (US), Canada, the U.K., and Germany.
Risks and challenges
If funded, the plan is to start recording by August 7th. We should be able to complete the task at hand (inc. mixing and mastering) in time for our September tour departure date of 9/19/19.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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