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An album that fuses styles of electro swing, big band, ragtime, techno, industrial, blues, gospel, americana and much more!
An album that fuses styles of electro swing, big band, ragtime, techno, industrial, blues, gospel, americana and much more!
101 backers pledged $3,049 to help bring this project to life.

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DJs & Artists alike agree that The Iron & Jazz Age is something spectacular!

"Goddamn I love an album/artist that's hard to pigeonhole to one style. The Americans may have been slow to catch up on the vintage remix scene but it's artists like this that are going to make sure the younger siblings of Europe set the way to a new path... we truly hope Vourteque opens peoples eyes to a world debauched with the sounds of the carnival and dance halls" - Mike of Dutty Moonshine

"Vourteque's Iron & Jazz Age is quintessentially him. It's seedy, it's fun, it's intelligent, irreverent, and impossible not to dance to. It's elecro swing with an industrial edge, and it ought to be produced and released to the world so others may enjoy the audio treat I have been privileged enough to sample. I for one plan on playing quite a few of these tracks on my own set lists." -  DJ Doctor Q, Executive Director of the Artifice Club.

"Our infant Fiona only likes Rick Astley more than Vourteque, and that's saying something." - Ryan Clancy, owner of Bounce Milwaukee and old friend of Vourteque's

In 2012 I (Vourteque) had my first release, The Swing Mechanical EP, a six track CD that showcased my love of both the old and the new.

I was stoked and thrilled to get such a positive response!  And ever since it's release I've been asked time and time again when my full length album will be released.

Well folks, the time is now! The Iron & Jazz Age is ready!

The Iron & Jazz Age is a musical neo-vintage journey through a world that could both be and could have been.  It fuses swing with house, electro with big band, blues with industrial, gospel with techno and much more. It features original works, covers and collaborations with some of my favorite musicians and artists.

Such guests on the album include Professor Elemental, Sabrina Chap, Sean Guinan of Candy Town, Carey Rayburn of Good Company, Joe Harbison & Alex Johns of Ford Theatre Reunion, Eli August, Allison Curval of The Clockwork Dolls, Kyle Greer, Juan Martinez, Mr. Automatic and others!

On top of that, I've gotten my good friend Sam Perkins-Harbin of Forge22 Designs to create the artwork you see above for this album!

The album stands out not just because I poured over two years of my time and passion into it, but also because of the other people who have helped along the way to make it what it has become.

The Iron & Jazz Age is 11 songs, all of which can stand on their own, but as a whole create an, at times energetic, at times haunting soundscape that fuses the sounds of yesterday and the beats of tomorrow.

I could not be more excited and proud to offer this album to you fine folks.  I hope you feel the same and I appreciate every backer that gets involved.  

That's not all though, if I reach the stretch goal of $7,500 I'll also be able to release a companion book I've written entitled "Dispatches From The Iron & Jazz Age."

The book is short vignettes and stories inspired by each song.  Along with those will be works of art by artist friends of mine.  I'd love to see this book become a reality and I think it'll make a lovely companion piece to the album.

You can get a special edition poster signed by myself, Vourteque, and Mr. Automatic.
You can get a special edition poster signed by myself, Vourteque, and Mr. Automatic.

We have some GREAT thank you gifts!  This includes a USB with ALL the music I've written that I can find and legally release as well as some goodies from friends.  It comes in a lovely glass test tube.

Or you can get YOUR name in the liners notes of the CD.  That's right, you can, but space is limited so don't wait.

Or you can have me come over and cook you dinner!  I'm not kidding, check it!

Or I'll come Dj for you!  Yup I will!

There's so much I'm offering because I've bent on making this album a reality.  Thanks again!

So make sure you scroll down and check out everything I'm offering... once you hit the $10,000 tier you've reached the end ;)

-Joseph C.R. Vourteque

Risks and challenges

The music for The Iron & Jazz Age has been written, recorded, produced and is ready for mastering. Myself and my colleagues at Dead 2 Me Records would like to press a physical album for general sale.

The mastering process may cost as much as $750 - $1000 dollars for The Iron & Jazz Age and the Hot Sinner single that includes remixes by various other artists.

We (myself and Dead 2 Me) also have to have an artist create the artwork (which is being done as we speak) which costs us money, and then have the CDs pressed, which can costs over $1000. On top of that we have promotions to keep in mind.

We have some of the money to fund the album but all the more we have helps make the process smoother and allows us to reach our goal of a physical and digital album release by March 2015.

If we don't reach our goals it will likely put us back many months and may cause a physical release of the album to not come out at all.

If we do reach our goals you can all be assured you will either have or be able to purchase a beautiful, physical copy of The Iron & Jazz Age.

If we reach our stretch goal of $7,500 the book will also be able to become a reality.

Every bit you can offer helps! So THANKS!

-Joseph C.R. Vourteque & Dead 2 Me Records

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    Pledge $1 or more About $1.00

    Don't worry that it's just one dollar, EVERY bit counts and we appreciate every contributor.

    And you don't leave empty handed! You get a (near) immediate digital download of Vourteque's original single, "Whiskey Drinker" as well as his friend Mr. Automatic's fantastic single "Premier". Two great electro-swing tracks for the price of one!

    You get the downloads if we fund or not, so there is nothing to loose!

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    The Digital Music Pack!

    Not a lot of scratch? No fear! At this level you get a digital copy of Vourteque's album, The Iron & Jazz Age, upon it's release! The entire album as a high bit-rate MP3 download along with liner notes!

    But wait! There's more! You STILL get the two downloads ("Whiskey Drinker" & Mr. Automatic's single "Premier"). 13 Tracks total!

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    The Expanded Digital Music Pack!

    Wow, thanks! At this level you get everything in The Digital Music Pack (digital downloads of The Iron & Jazz Age, Whiskey Drinker and Mr. Automatic's Single "Premier") AND you get a digital download of Vourteque's "Swing Mechanical EP", a fantastic hard electro-swing EP of six amazing tracks!

    That's almost 20 songs total!

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    The CD Album Pack!

    What's that? You love digital but you WANT that actual album in your hot hands?

    At this level you get EVERYTHING in The Expanded Digital Music Pack AND the actual physical Iron & Jazz Age album signed (or not if you'd prefer) by Vourteque himself!.

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    The Expanded CD Album Pack!

    Now we're really cooking! At this tier you get EVERYTHING in The CD Album Pack AND another physical CD with remixes Vourteque has done for various artists, including The Men That Will Not Be Blamed for Nothing, Good Company and the Clockwork Dolls!

    That's a lot of music!

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    The NO Shipping Supporter Pack!

    Hate physical things?
    Shipping too expensive?
    Want your name in the liner notes?

    At this tier you get the Expanded Digital Pack + a digital version of Vourteque's remix CD!

    But that's not all - you also get YOUR NAME or the name of someone you love in the LINER NOTES of The Iron & Jazz Age CD (both physical and pdf).

    And at this tier there is NO shipping!

    Simply let us know what name you'd like listed. Please keep it 40 characters & spaces or less. You may use a legal name, a character name or a stage name. Please don't submit racist, profane or overtly offensive names. If the name is copyrighted you must be the copyright holder.

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    The I Totally LOVE Packages Party Pack!

    LOVE getting big packages?
    LOVE having stuff?
    Don't care about shipping costs?

    At this tier you get EVERYTHING in the Expanded CD Pack plus a bunch of other goodies delivered to the location of your choice! What do you get?
    -A CD of The Iron & Jazz Age Album
    -A CD of The Remix Compilation
    -Swing Mechanical EP Digital download (includes Whiskey Drinker)
    -Mr. Automatic's digital single Premier
    -A Vourteque Bottle Opener Keychain!
    -A NUMBERED Iron & Jazz Age poster signed by Vourteque AND Mr. Automatic!
    -A ROUGE! Electro-Swing Party Poster
    -Two ROUGE! Electro-Swing Party Stickers
    -A Set of FIVE Rouge! mini pins!

    That's a lot of stuff!

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    The USB Super Pack!

    This is for the true music lover!

    At this tier you get a USB full of ALL the music Vourteque has EVER made that he still has access to AND can legally release and you'll still get a PHYSICAL copy of The Iron & Jazz Age too!

    The USB comes in a beautiful glass test tube with a lovely label on it specifying that it is, indeed, Vourteque's music.

    And there may be some music from some friends on there too! Who? What? Well you'll just have to get one and see!

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    The Supporter & Party Pack Special!

    So you're sitting there thinking - "Gee, I want everything in BOTH the Supporter AND the Party Pack! What do I do?"
    You choose this tier!

    At this tier you get the same package as the party pack AND you get your name or the name of someone you love in the liner notes of The Iron & Jazz Age album (both physical and pdf!)

    Simply let us know what name you'd like listed. Please keep it 40 characters & spaces or less. You may use a legal name, a character name or a stage name. Please don't submit racist, profane or overtly offensive names. If the name is copyrighted you must be the copyright holder.

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    The Iron & Jazz Age Book Patron!

    At this tier you get everything in the $40 Expanded Album Pack AND you get to help us reach our goal of also publishing The Iron & Jazz Age companion book.

    Vourteque has also been hard at work writing short stories for each song and collaborating on artists to do a piece of art specifically for each track. If we reach our stretch goal of $7,500 we can also publish the book, which is a dream of Vourteque's.

    Not only that but you'll have your name or the name of one you love listed in the book as a supporter!

    The book may take a bit longer to finish so please be patient, we expect it, at the soonest, by the end of 2015.

    Simply let us know what name you'd like listed. Please keep it 40 characters & spaces or less. You may use a legal name, a character name or a stage name. Please don't submit racist, profane or overtly offensive names. If the name is copyrighted you must be the copyright holder.

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    The SUPER Patron Dinner Pack!

    Hey did you know Vourteque LOVES to cook? Did you know Vourteque will come to YOUR house and COOK for YOU if you choose this tier? And he's even trained in whiskey and wine pairings!

    That's right Vourteque will come to your home (within 100 miles of Chicago, Illinois) and cook dinner for you and up to three other people! He'll even join if you'd like!

    The menu, time, date and location can be discussed between you and Vourteque. He's perfectly willing to respect any and all dietary restrictions though he may need your help with a few.

    Vourteque can join you OR he can hang out in another room and read a book if you'd like or even leave. It's up to you! He's cool like that.

    Great for dates! Impress the man or women of your dreams by having a world class electro-swing DJ cook for them!

    -Food and beverage cannot exceed $100.
    -Location must be within 100 miles of Chicago
    -Cap on diners is 4 total
    -Dinner cannot exceed 5 hours
    -Time will be decided between patron & Vourteque
    -You must supply cooking implements BUT Vourteque can bring some of his own if you really need him to
    -If alcohol is served it cannot be served to minors.
    -Dinner cannot break any local or federal laws.

    On top of that you'll get EVERYTHING in the $250 tier (you'll receive book and have name in it if we reach our stretch goal).

    Best of all? NO shipping needed - Vourteque will bring the gifts to you!

    Simply let us know what name you'd like listed. Please keep it 40 characters & spaces or less. You may use a legal name, a character name or a stage name. Please don't submit racist, profane or overtly offensive names. If the name is copyrighted you must be the copyright holder.

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    The BIG Fan Super Patron DJ Pack!

    Ever wanted to have Vourteque DJ for your private, or hell, public event?

    Now you can!

    At this tier you get Vourteque to come to YOU and DJ for YOU and anyone else you'd like!

    Vourteque can bring equipment if you'd like or you can supply it. You're even welcome to charge at the door of wherever Vourteque is playing. It's up to you!

    On top of that you'll get EVERYTHING in the $250 tier (you'll receive book and have name in it if we reach our stretch goal).

    Best of all? NO shipping needed - Vourteque will bring the gifts to you!

    Simply let us know what name you'd like listed. Please keep it 40 characters & spaces or less. You may use a legal name, a character name or a stage name. Please don't submit racist, profane or overtly offensive names. If the name is copyrighted you must be the copyright holder.

    -Event must be within 500 miles of Chicago
    -Performance cannot exceed 4 hours
    -Time and date are to be decided between Vourteque & patron
    -If equipment is supplied it must be discussed between Vourteque & patron
    -Event cannot break any local or federal laws
    -Vourteque will work with patron on music choices but ultimately Vourteque will choose the music that he plays.
    -If Vourteque feels he, his equipment or an attendee of the event's safety is in danger he reserves to right to refuse to perform

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    THE WORLD'S BIGGEST FAN aka SHOOTING FOR THE MOON PACK!

    If you choose this, you truly are the world's biggest fan of Vourteque!

    Looking at the previous one and thinking "Ah shucks, I sure would love to have him Dj my prom but it's in Tokyo!"

    Well fear not! You can STILL have Vourteque ANYWHERE in the world!

    That's right, Vourteque will DJ anywhere in the world he can legally and safely go (per travel guidelines for private citizens as specified by the US State Department).

    Might you want him to Dj a private party or a public event in the Moroccan desert, hey if he can get there he's down.

    On top of that you get EVERYTHING else we've offered above. All the music (physical and digital), the posters, pins, stickers, bottle openers AND a special line for YOURSELF AND ONE You LOVE as the world's biggest fan of Vourteque on both the CD and the Book.

    You'll also get a personal shout out from Vourteque himself via social media upon the end of the campaign.

    Because honestly if you choose this, you deserve that.

    -Vourteque must be able to legally and safely perform at location
    -The cost of plane, train, boat or car fare from Chicago, IL to location cannot exceed $1500
    -Lodging must be provided
    -Two gluten free meals must be provided (he really is gluten free)
    -Equipment must be provided and agreed upon between patron & Vourteque
    -Event cannot break local, national or international laws.
    -Time, date and location will be decided between Vourteque & patron
    -Vourteque will work with patron on music choices but ultimately Vourteque will choose the music that he plays.
    -Vourteque retains the right to refuse to play in the event of a sudden disaster, political unrest or other event that causes the US State Department to put a travel hold/ban on location.

    You also get yours and one other name on a specific line in both album liner notes and the book thank yous.

    -Both names cannot exceed 75 characters & spaces.
    -They can be legal, stage or character names but cannot be overtly offensive, racist or profrane.
    -If the name is copyright you must be the copyright holder.

    And if you choose this one THANK YOU!

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