About this project
Help Wild Child Make Our Next Album!
Hello! We’re Wild Child, an indie-folk band from Austin, TX. Last year the seven of us came together, formed the band, and wrote, recorded, and released our debut album, called "Pillow Talk." To make that album, we scraped together modest funds, borrowed gear from friends, and recorded it ourselves. We’re awfully proud of it, and we’ve been so privileged to get to watch the songs take on a life of their own, as we’ve been able to share them with and play them for audiences both here in Austin and across the country. It’s truly been one of the most amazing experiences of our lives.
We’ve spent the last year touring together, practicing together, growing closer and closer as a family, both musically and personally. We’ve had the opportunity to do some amazing things; we had an official showcase at SXSW, got invited to play ACL Festival and Blues On The Green, shared stages with bands such as The Avett Brothers, and, best of all, we were lucky enough to meet thousands of brilliant, beautiful, kind, and endlessly generous new friends throughout the adventures we’ve had traveling around the States, packed like seven sardines into our trusty tour van.
There’s one other thing we’ve been spending the last year doing: writing new music. A lot of it.
In preparation for our second album, we’ve written a whole slew of new songs, narrowed them down to a list of twelve, and are finally all set to head back into the studio, record the new songs, and put them out in the world as our second full-length album. We’re calling this one “The Runaround.” Words can’t express just how excited we are to share it with you.
Risks and challenges
In order to make it happen, though, we need to ask for some help. While the scrappy way we put together our first album will forever be a proud and happy memory for all of us, we’re now in a place where we need to get more professional in order to reach the next level as a band, grow our fan base, and get to the point where we’re able to make and play our music for a living. That means recording our next album in a real studio, with a real producer and engineer. We need to be able to have the album mixed and mastered professionally. We need to be able to press it on both CD and vinyl. We need to be able to release it on the strength of a proper P.R. and radio campaign. All that stuff is expensive. Frankly, we can’t afford it (not by a long shot).
In other words, we need some money. Which is why we’re here, turning to our friends, fans, and families, and asking for your help.
We have an amazing team in place, ready, willing, and able to make this album everything it has the potential to be. That team will be led by Ben Kweller, a musician we’ve been huge fans of for years, who has signed on to produce “The Runaround.”
This album is so very important because it will mark a new beginning for us as a band. We’re eager to make Wild Child our full-time occupation, and the momentum we’ve been able to build over the last year, thanks to all of you, has put us in a position where we’re actually knocking on the door of achieving that goal. But whether or not we’re able to turn this into a career and keep making the music we want to make for years to come hinges a great deal on the success of this album. We wholeheartedly believe that this is the best music we’ve ever made together; if you liked “Pillow Talk,” you’re going to love “The Runaround.” For it to take us where we’re hoping oh so badly that it will, though, the album has to be recorded, mixed, mastered, promoted, and distributed professionally. If we fail to reach our Kickstarter goal, we’ll be forced to make serious sacrifices to the quality of the recordings, the creative and technical teams behind it, the PR campaign, and the distribution efforts once it’s finished. And when a band is self-releasing an album rather than doing so through a major record label, all of those things are totally crucial to whether that album finds its wings or falls flat on the ground.
Your contributions will give us a real, legitimate shot at success in a nearly impossible industry to succeed in. By “success” we don’t mean that we’ll all become rich; we mean simply that we’ll have the creative independence to be able to make the music we want to make, and to keep doing so for a long time to come. That’s our one and only goal for Wild Child. We’ve come so far already, because of you; now we just need that extra little push to help get us over this hill.
Thank you, sincerely, for taking the time to read this, and for the tremendous generosity, love, and support you've all shown us from day 1. We are humbled by it, truly.
We love you.
-Alexander, Kelsey, Evan, Carey, Sadie, Chris, and James (aka Wild Child)
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