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
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.
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 RecordsLearn about accountability on Kickstarter
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