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$8,161
pledged of $7,000pledged of $7,000 goal
52
backers
15days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Tue, September 3 2019 8:00 PM UTC +00:00.

About

NONE OF THIS WAS SUPPOSED TO HAPPEN. 

We met at a wedding after all. A WEDDING.

We had no idea that three years later we'd be living together, writing together, and fronting a full band of obnoxiously talented musicians on New York's most iconic stages. But here we are. And we could not be more grateful.

We are West Side Waltz. And since our journey began, incredibly supportive friends and fans around the world have been asking where they can hear our recorded music--and today, we are humbled to announce that the wait is finally over. 

In May of 2020, Love & Fear will officially be released into the hands, hearts and headphones of the world. 

Let's get to work.
Let's get to work.

THE GAME PLAN

Thanks to a network of amazing professionals who've signed on to help us, we’ve managed to create a budget that gets this album made as inexpensively as possible while still resulting in a high-quality product that's worthy of our unbelievably supportive fans. Here's how it breaks down:

  • Studio recording:  $1,800
  • Musician compensation:  $1,200
  • Mixing/mastering:  $2,000
  • Web Hosting/CD Production:  $1,000
  • Logistics (transportation, meals, miscellaneous expenses):  $1,000

GRAND TOTAL: $7,000

BUT, if we exceed this goal, we'll be able to take our music even further with:

  • Added studio time to layer in featured guest artists on the album (including fiddle and harmonica)
  •  High-quality music videos to bring a new dimension of visual storytelling to the music you love
  • Limited-edition, collectible album pressings on vinyl for all you die-hard vintage audiophiles, and even...
  • An official album promotion TOUR! The full band, on the road, bringing the music of West Side Waltz to your front door (or at least, you know, reasonably close to it). 
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 REWARDS AND INCENTIVES 

So, besides the warm-fuzzy feeling of supporting independent music, what's in it for you?

In addition to getting first access to early digital downloads of our full album and singles, our donors have the opportunity to take advantage of some awesome rewards, including:

  •  Professional-grade pressed CD's autographed by the band 
  • Ultra-comfy, fitted, tri-blend Bella and Canvas T-shirts featuring the newly-designed West Side Waltz logo
  • Custom-printed West Side Waltz pint glasses (and our promise to toast you with them when we see you)
*Chiseled jawline not included
*Chiseled jawline not included

And, at the higher donation levels:

  •  Handwritten lyrics, elegantly presented and signed by the entire band, to the West Side Waltz songs of your choice
  •  Fully-produced, high-quality live video recordings of any cover song or West Side Waltz deep cut you choose
  •  Lifetime VIP guest passes to any West Side Waltz performance, anywhere, forever
  •  Private Concerts for you and your loved ones, anywhere in the contiguous United States--the original acoustic duo or, for our most generous patrons, the full band 

We'll also celebrate your contributions with social media shout-outs, personalized handwritten thank-yous, a series of special concerts and events, and even Producer and Executive Producer credit in the liner notes.  

Check out the "Rewards" section (to the right on desktop, link at the top on mobile) to see a complete breakdown of our exceptionally curated donation tiers. 

Every donation, no matter how big or how small, means the world to us--and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for being the kind of fans that inspire us to keep creating.

THE BAND

From left to right: Nicholas Dean Impionbato (Drums), Ricky Pistone (Guitar), Billy Smolen (Bass). When you look this good, who even needs instruments?
From left to right: Nicholas Dean Impionbato (Drums), Ricky Pistone (Guitar), Billy Smolen (Bass). When you look this good, who even needs instruments?

We wouldn't undertake a project of this scale with any less than the best in the business--and after several years of searching, we've finally found our dream team.

  •  Nicholas Dean Impionbato (Drums)- With a degree in Jazz Performance from Western Connecticut University, Nick has been playing drums since age eleven, and has gone on to perform on some of NYC's most prestigious stages. He holds the distinction of being our longest-serving band member, providing the beating heart of our sound for the better part of two years--plus, just LOOK at that James Dean smolder.
  •  Ricky Pistone, alias “Dick Piston” (Lead Guitar)- This talented (and stunningly-bearded) axe man studied music at James Madison University before spending several years honing his chops on cruise ships (like some other folks you might know). Ricky's fast fingers and incredible musicality have made him one of NYC’s most in-demand players, and we are beyond stoked to have him.
  •  Billy “the Kid” Smolen (Bass)- A graduate of William Paterson University, our boy Billy studied with jazz great Steve LaSpina and fusion phenom Evan Marien, and he has gone on to play with such artists as Darryl McDaniels of RUN DMC and 80s pop icon Taylor Dayne.  The newest member of the West Side Waltz team, his incredible technical skill and next-level stage theatrics have been a game-changer.

THE PRODUCTION TEAM

We’re incredibly fortunate to be working in the studio with award-winning engineer/producer Ryan Weil of Weilhouse Productions, voted Makin Waves’ Best Producer/Engineer of 2016. Ryan brings a huge body of experience and an arsenal of top-of-the-line technical toys to the equation.  

He'll be joined in the booth by our long-time friend and collaborator Morgan Clarke of Morgan Clarke Music. We have been tremendously lucky to have Morgan on the West Side Waltz team since the beginning—he has mixed and co-produced numerous tracks for our cover videos and live acoustic sessions, and his unique ear and style have contributed hugely to the development of our sound. We are so grateful he has come on board to co-produce, mix and master Love & Fear.

Morgan's mixing board is bigger than our apartment
Morgan's mixing board is bigger than our apartment

Risks and challenges

We’ve done a dizzying amount of research and consulted smarter friends who have gone before us to ensure that this plan will result in a high quality, professional recording that will capture the sound that so many of our friends, family and fans have come to know and love. All the dominoes are in place and ready to fall. All that remains is you.

We are so grateful for all the support you’ve shown us, and we’re so ready to make magic happen come September. Thank you for taking this journey with us, and helping make our dreams a reality. It is beyond what we can express to have you as part of our West Side Waltz family, and we can’t wait to get to work.

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    The Album

    In an age of digital streaming where it takes thousands of plays for musicians to make ten bucks, and we’re so damned glad there are people in the world who know the value in owning their own jams. We hope you enjoy being the first ones to hear our debut album—we recommend you play it loudly in front of your friends whenever they complain that Spotify isn’t working.

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    For the folks who want something to hold in their hands, we’re bringing you a signed copy of the album on professional-grade pressed CD—as well as all the digital downloads and a handwritten love note from Paul and Stef to show our appreciation.

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    This is for the next-level fans—the ones who don’t just love the music, but want to share that love with the world. Show your true colors proudly and impress your friends over a cold one with a beautiful, custom-printed WSW pint glass.

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    I Want It All

    If you want to wear your ultra-sexy West Side Waltz T-shirt WHILE you drink from your official West Side Waltz pint glass AND listen to your autographed copy of this album, then you are exactly the kind of fan we have always hoped to inspire. You deserve to be properly decked out in WSW swag, and you will have our undying gratitude for contributing in such a meaningful way to the success of this project.

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    The Power Couple

    Your generosity has us seeing double-- so enjoy DOUBLE the swag (for sharing with that special someone) and, as an added bonus, a one-of-a-kind piece of West Side Waltz history: an elegant, hand-written copy of the West Side Waltz song lyrics of your choice signed by the full band.

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    The Special Request

    Have you ever been in the crowd at one of our live shows, or watching one of our videos, and wished you could hear West Side Waltz cover a particular favorite song or play a rarely-heard original? Well, as a token of our immense gratitude for your generous contribution, we’ll create a specially commissioned, custom-arranged cover video, complete with a personalized shout out from the band!

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    The Private House Concert

    This level of contribution is beyond what we can express gratitude for. It means taking our biggest dreams and most exciting ideas from wishful thinking to reality. Because you’ll be making an ENORMOUS impact on our campaign and the future of our band, we're bringing the music to you. Enjoy a private concert with Paul and Stef, the duo that started it all, anywhere in the contiguous U.S. --complete with your own exclusive guest list and as many special requests as you please.

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    The Angel Patron

    "And when they come to tell me
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    This inspired level of generosity goes beyond support for our project. This is true patronage, reflecting a deeper commitment to the tradition of supporting the arts in our culture and advancing the frontier of contemporary music. Nothing we could offer would ever do justice to this extraordinary contribution, but damn, we'll give it our best shot.

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