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Please listen along to this demo of my new tune Unknown Bust as you read!

Hello friends! My name is W.C. Beck and I'm a singer-songwriter originally from Kansas who now calls Brooklyn home after long stints in Portland, OR and Paris. I am excited to share my new record First Flight with you all. This is my ninth album but my first since I released Quivira with my good friends the Portland Country Underground in 2013 before leaving Portland to move to Paris.

Performing with The Portland Country Underground at the Laurelthirst Public House
Performing with The Portland Country Underground at the Laurelthirst Public House

In the year there and my subsequent move to NYC, I experienced a lot of professional change, loss, death, renewal, rebirth, and transition. All this change brought about a great deal of reflection, and as a result, I wrote a lot of new material which makes up the bulk of First Flight. This record is about getting back up after getting knocked down, about digging deep when things seem hopeless, about starting over and putting one foot in front of the other until a path develops before you. 

Opening the FIMU festival in Belfort, France
Opening the FIMU festival in Belfort, France

Here is a video demo of Powder Blue, a tune from the record that sums up some of these underdog feelings:

The funds raised during this campaign will pay for the studio fees, payment of the musicians, mixing, mastering and producing the album. I plan to release this as a digital download at first and the success of this campaign will directly influence the resources that we have available to take this record to new heights. I have put together a bunch of great rewards to thank you for your support of me and this project, so take a look at the right side of the page to find something that strikes your fancy. Additionally, I have set a couple stretch goals ready to add all kinds of bells and whistles to the album if this campaign takes off.

To give you a feel for my previous work, here is a song I wrote about moving from Kansas to Oregon called Rolling Hills from my album Sapling, released in 2011:

Here is a video performance of two songs from First Flight -- Steel Bird and Colosseum -- that I recorded in Portland with my friends Stephanie Neil and Lindsie Feathers:

I am recording First Flight with Joel Arnow and Myles Turney, two excellent producers based here in NYC who have been behind many great recording projects. Myles' engineering and mixing credits include Philip Glass, Beirut, Boy George, David Finck, Wax Tailor, Kevin Garrett and Evanescence, among many others. Joel is an accomplished musician and producer, having worked with Loudon Wainwright III, John Scofield, Joshua Winstead (Metric), Heather Massey (A Prairie Home Companion) and Julian Velard. 

Myles and Joel at work
Myles and Joel at work

I was introduced to Myles and Joel from their work on my good friend Jason Myles Goss' fantastic album This Town Is Only Going To Break Your Heart. Myles and Joel have helped me to put together an excellent band of some of the best players in the city, including Craig Akin and Michael Bellar. We recorded our basic tracks at the fabled Mission Sound Studios in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and will continue to record at another world-class studio, Shelter Island Studios in Manhattan as well as at the great studio that Joel and Myles run up north of the city in Hastings-on-Hudson. 

Michael and Craig in the studio
Michael and Craig in the studio

I have worked on these tunes for a few years and can say with conviction that this album is my best work yet. It has been such a pleasure to watch the songs take off as I have begun to collaborate with such great producers and musicians. I am really excited to see where this collection of songs will go as we get further into the process of recording, mixing and mastering this album.

I plan to call the album First Flight in honor of the first manned flight by the Wright Brothers at Kitty Hawk, NC. I read David McCullough's excellent biography of the Wright Brothers and was enraptured by the story of two brothers who dreamed of the unimaginable, who believed in the impossible. When everyone around them not only doubted their vision but thought them to be downright insane, they were steadfast in their resolve. Though they failed a thousand times before that first flight, they were disciplined in the pursuit of their dreams and ultimately, they proved the entire world wrong and changed the world as we know it. This album is a tribute to believing in yourself and pursuing a vision only you can see, no matter the odds.

First Flight
First Flight

As a former creator, I know what it takes to run a successful campaign and make sure that this project delivers a high quality product on time. As a backer of nearly 100 Kickstarter projects myself, I am acutely aware of the incredible things that this community has helped create. I really appreciate the satisfaction you get in supporting another person's dream and watching along the way as it comes to fruition step by step.

Charts of the new tunes
Charts of the new tunes

Thank you so much for your support of my music and for your help in bringing this project to life. Any little bit of help you can give to this project will make a huge difference in helping this album become the best it can be. Your pledges and your help in sharing this project with your network (via email, social media, carrier pigeon, smoke signal, etc.) will help us spread the word and make a great sounding album. I cannot thank you enough for taking this journey with me, I am so excited to share this album with you! 

WCB

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Version française (English up there ^^)

 Je vous invite à écouter ma nouvelle chanson qui s'appelle Unknown Bust pendant que vous lisez:

Bonjour! Je m'appelle W.C. Beck et je suis chanteur/compositeur qui habite à New York. Je viens du Kansas et j'ai vécu pendant quelques années à Portland, Oregon et à Paris. Je suis ravi de partager mon nouvel album First Flight avec vous. Ceci sera mon neuvième album et le premier depuis que j'ai sorti Quivira, un album que j'ai enregistré avec mes amis dan mon groupe le Portland Country Underground avant de déménager à Paris pour faire un master à la Sorbonne et NYU Paris. 

Un concert avec mon group le Portland Country Underground au Laurelthirst Public House à Portland
Un concert avec mon group le Portland Country Underground au Laurelthirst Public House à Portland

Pendant mon séjour à Paris et mon déménagement à NYC, j'ai connu beaucoup de changements professionnels, de perte, de renouvellement, de renaissance et de transition. Tous ces changements ont apporté beaucoup de réflexion, et par conséquent, j'ai écrit beaucoup de chansons qui constituent la plupart de cet album. First Flight est un album qui parle de l'importance de se remettre après avoir été renversé, de creuser profondément quand les choses semblent désespérées, de recommencer et de mettre un pied devant l'autre jusqu'à ce qu'un chemin se développe devant soi.

Je joue sous le Lion de Belfort au festival FIMU en 2014
Je joue sous le Lion de Belfort au festival FIMU en 2014

Voici une vidéo de Powder Blue, une chanson de l'album qui résume certains de ces sentiments d'underdog:

Je lance ce projet pour lever les fonds afin de payer les frais d'enregistrement, de mixage et la production de l'album. J'ai l'intention de sortir l'album en tant qu'un téléchargement numérique, mais le succès de cette campagne aura une influence directe sur les ressources que nous aurons pour faire le meilleur album possible. J'ai mis plusieurs récompenses intéressantes pour vous remercier de votre soutien de ce projet. Alors, jetez un oeil sur le côté droit de ce page pour trouver quelque chose qui vous intéresse. En plus, j'ai mis quelques buts supplémentaires au projet au cas où le projet prend de l'ampleur. 

Pour vous donner une idée de ma musique, voici une chanson que j'ai écrit sur mon déménagement du Kansas à l'Oregon qui s'appelle Rolling Hills de mon album Sapling, publié en 2011:

Voici une vidéo de deux chansons de First Flight -- Steel Bird et Colosseum -- tourné par mes amies Stephanie Neil et Lindsie Feathers:

J'enregistre First Flight avec Joel Arnow et Myles Turney, deux producteurs new yorkais qui ont travaillé avec plusieurs grands artistes. Myles a travaillé avec Philip Glass, Beirut, Boy George, Kevin Garrett, Wax Tailor, David Finck, et Evanescence parmi beaucoup d'autres. Joel est un musicien et producteur doué qui a travaillé avec Loudon Wainwright III, John Scofield, Joshua Winstead (Metric), Heather Massey (A Prairie Home Companion) et Julian Velard. 

Myles et Joel au boulot
Myles et Joel au boulot

J'ai rencontré Myles et Joel grâce à leur travail sur le album génial This Town Is Only Going To Break Your Heart de mon ami Jason Myles Goss. Myles et Joel m'ont aidé à mettre en place un excellent groupe de musiciens ici à New York, notamment Craig Akin (basse) et Michael Bellar (piano). Nous avons déjà enregistré les pistes basiques à Mission Sound Studios, un studio bien connu à Williamsburg, Brooklyn et on va continuer à developper l'album à Shelter Island Studios à Manhattan. 

Michael et Craig dans le studio
Michael et Craig dans le studio

J'ai travaillé sur ces chansons pendant quelques années et je sens que cet album est mon meilleur travail de ma carrière. C'est un tel plaisir de regarder les chansons se développent depuis que j'ai commencé à travailler avec ces excellents producteurs et musiciens. Je suis vraiment heureux de voir où vont ces chansons à mesure que nous approfondirons dans l'enregistrement, le mixage et le mastering de cet album.

Je vais appeler l'album First Flight en l'honneur du premier vol de l'homme par les Frères Wright à Kitty Hawk, NC. J'ai lu l'excellente biographie des Frères Wright par David McCullough et j'ai été ravi par l'histoire de deux frères qui rêvaient de l'inimaginable, qui croyait à l'impossible. Quand tout le monde autour d'eux ont douté de leur prévoyance ou bien pensé qu'ils étaient complètement fous, ils ont cru en leur vision. Bien qu'ils aient échoué mille fois avant ce premier vol, ils avaient une discipline admirable dans la poursuite de leurs rêves. Finalement, ils ont prouvé leur vision du monde et par conséquent, ils ont changé le monde tel que nous le connaissons. Cet album est un hommage à l'importance de croire en vous-même et de poursuivre une vision que vous pouvez uniquement voir, peu importe les chances.

Les frères Wright et le premier vol de l'homme
Les frères Wright et le premier vol de l'homme

Comme j'avais déjà lancé un projet Kickstarter en tant que créateur, je sais ce qu'il faut faire pour mener une campagne réussie et de m'assurer que ce projet offre un produit de haute qualité en fin de compte. J'ai soutenu presque 100 projets Kickstarter en tant que contributeur et je suis très conscient des choses incroyables que cette communauté Kickstarter aide à créer. Je comprends ce que l'on ressent quand on soutient le rêve d'une autre personne et c'est tellement satisfaisant de regarder le long du chemin comme le projet se réalise étape par étape.

Les partitions des nouvelles chansons
Les partitions des nouvelles chansons

Merci beaucoup pour votre soutien de ma musique et pour votre aide pour faire vivre ce projet. Tout montant d'aide que vous pouvez donner à ce projet fera une énorme différence en permettant cet album de devenir le meilleur qu'il pourrait être. Vos contributions et votre aide à partager ce projet avec vos réseaux (par email, par des réseaux sociaux, par pigeon voyageur, par signal de fumée, etc.) nous aidera à diffuser le mot et à faire un excellent album. Merci encore d'avoir pris ce voyage avec moi, je suis tellement heureux de partager cet album avec vous! 

WCB

Risks and challenges

This will be my ninth studio album of my music and one of dozens I have been a part of as a session musician or band member. I know what it takes to get an album done within a specific timeframe and budget. Myles, Joel and I have worked to get the album charted out and ready for the studio and I have great confidence that we will deliver backers of this project a great sounding, high quality album. We have the basic tracks recorded, studio dates booked, band members set and we have a good plan of attack for the production, mixing and mastering of the album once the ball gets rolling.

The only area I foresee that could incur potential roadblocks or delays is in the production of the merchandise as their production is dependent upon the demands of the printer/producer at the time the order is placed. That said, I have scoped out locations to produce these rewards and will do all I can to ensure that they are ready to ship out to you by the respective time associated with your reward tier. If you’ve got any questions or concerns, get in touch!

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Ce sera mon neuvième album de ma musique et l'une des douzaines dont j'ai fait partie en tant que musicien ou membre d'une groupe. Je comprends ce qu'il faut pour enregistrer un album dans les limites du temps limité et d'un budget précis. Myles, Joel et moi avons travaillé pour préparer l'album pour le studio et j'avoir une grande confiance que nous allons présenter les contributeurs de ce projet un album de la plus haute qualité. Nous avons déjà enregistré les pistes de base, les dates de studio sont réservées, les membres du groupe sont choisis et nous avons un bon plan d'attaque pour la production, le mixage et le mastering de l'album une fois que cette campagne Kickstarter prend de l'ampleur.

La seule zone que je prévois qui pourrait encourir des retards potentiels est dans la production de la marchandise comme sa production dépend des exigences de l'imprimeur / producteur au moment de la commande est placée. Cela dit, j'ai choisi des entreprises fiables pour produire ces récompenses et je ferai tout ce que je peux pour s'assurer qu'ils sont prêts par le temps respectif associé à votre niveau de récompense. Si vous avez des questions, des commentaires ou des soucis, n'hésitez pas à me contacter!

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