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Yakobo is making 3 new EPs of music that will stir your soul. Thanks to our backers we have funding to help make it happen.
Yakobo is making 3 new EPs of music that will stir your soul. Thanks to our backers we have funding to help make it happen.
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Yakobo EP Trilogy

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Yakobo is my singer-songwriter project. I've been making music for most of my life, but 2015 is a bit of a make-or-break year. My plan is to go all out making a set of 3 EPs which draw together new songs and live favourites that haven't made it to the studio yet. 

Yakobo has always been about community. I write the songs and travel around the country singing them on stages and street corners. But I've had the privilege of joining with lots of talented band members, artists, videographers etc. over the years. This is your chance to be part of Team Yakobo. By pledging, you can join us in the journey to get this thing off the ground. Welcome to the family.

In 2012 Yakobo released Glimpses - a self-produced debut that I spent months of my life creating. It was pretty decent, but lack of outside help from professionals and a bit of naïvety about music promotion meant it didn't quite take off the way I'd hoped.

3 years have flown by since then, and I've been writing a whole heap of Yakobo songs that are crying out to be heard. This time around I want to do them justice.

The video above contains a demo to one of the songs: Mayflower. It's a song about quitting my job and deciding to be a full-time musician. I did that 18 months ago and haven't looked back since. And while teaching the guitar and singing at people's weddings is keeping a roof over my head for now, this project is my big opportunity to create something beautiful and get my own music noticed.

So I'm asking you - my faithful fans, friends and family - to join with Yakobo on this crazy ride. Become a backer and you will receive some fantastic rewards; take a look on the right hand side of this page for the full list. But more than that, as a backer you will be an integral part of this project. I'll keep you updated as the EP's come together and share some videos and songs as they shape up. You can get in touch and ask any questions you may have about the project. I will be massively, colossally grateful for whatever support you give.

I'm talking with some great producers and musicians who want to work with Yakobo for the project, and the studio time is already booked in faith that this Kickstarter will be successfully funded!

The first of the sessions will actually be happening during May, so they will be paid for out of my own investment. The funds from Kickstarter will be used for the final recording sessions, mixing, mastering, music videos, album artwork, CD pressing, digital distribution, PR, marketing and promotion. £4000 is the bare minimum needed for this - every extra penny we get beyond that will be put into more studio time, cooler videos, more promotion etc. The more funds raised the better it will be.

Please partner with us by backing this project, and please spread the word through social media, using the hashtag #KickstartYakobo, or by good old-fashioned word of mouth.

Thank you so much for your support. It means everything!

James

Risks and challenges

Like any project, things can and will go wrong.

The main pitfall with recording projects is delays. There are lots of things that have to get done; recording sessions, mixing, mastering, cover artwork, pressing physical copies, PR etc.

We have the first studio sessions booked and a sensible timeline in place for the rest of the things that need doing. We've also factored in a month or so just in case things don't quite happen on time. But we won't release anything until it's 100% finished.

As a backer you will be kept up to date with all of the key developments so you can see how things are going. If you have any questions about the project, just ask!

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    Pledge £5 or more About $7

    Personal thank-you note

    I will send you a hand-written note to thank you for your support and tell you about how the project is coming along.

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    *NEW* Online Gig Ticket

    Yakobo will perform an online solo show via StageIt on Friday 22nd May at 7pm BST. You'll get access to watch James play some previously unheard songs from the EPs, and to ask questions and chat online.

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    Download all 3 EPs

    Pre-order a download of each 4-track EP for when it comes out. Estimated delivery time applies to the first EP, others will be released early 2016.

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    Your Name Here

    You will receive a short clip of a Yakobo song, but with lyrics replaced by James singing "Thank you [your name]"

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    Advance Downloads

    Be the first to get each EP before general release, and also receive a hand-written note to say thanks for your support. The estimated delivery date applies to the first EP, others will be released early 2016.

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    Pledge £20 or more About $26

    Lyric Book + Downloads

    You'll get to download all 3 EPs as they come out and also receive a limited edition, signed book full of lyrics and artwork. You'll have to wait a little while for the book because it will be made around the time of the 3rd EP's release date.

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    Pledge £30 or more About $39

    All 3 CDs + Signed Poster + Thank-you Note

    A copy of each EP on CD as soon as it's released, perhaps a little earlier. Plus a signed Yakobo poster. And to top it off, a personal thank-you note from Yakobo. Delivery date reflects the release of the first EP, others will come out early 2016.

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    Pledge £40 or more About $52

    All 3 CDs + Signed Lyric Book + Video Shout Out + Thank-you Note

    Get hold of each CD on or before the release date, and a personally signed lyric book full of arty things. Plus, you'll get a shout-out from Yakobo in a video posted all over the interwebs, along with a personal thank-you note for your support. Delivery date reflects the release of the first EP, other CDs will be out early 2016.

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    Pledge £75 or more About $96

    SILVER BACKER! All of the above + name in credits

    We are eternally grateful. You can have everything listed so far: advance EP downloads and CDs, signed poster and arty lyric book, choice of YouTube cover, song clip with your name sung and a personal thank-you note.

    But that's not all! Your name will be written in the credits of the first EP, forever recognising your generous support.

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    Pledge £80 or more About $103

    3 Music Lessons

    By night Yakobo's James Currey is a performing singer-songwriter, but by day he is a teacher of musical instruments. Have three x 60-minute lessons for guitar, bass, violin or singing.

    If you aren't able to travel to Derby for the lessons these can be carried out over Skype.

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    Pledge £125 or more About $160

    Executive Producer status + 3 CDs

    Have your name printed in the credits for all 3 EPs as an Executive Producer, hear all of the demos and recordings as they progress, attend a listening party and give all the critical feedback you like. Plus, receive copies of all 3 EPs on CD before the official release date.

    Delivery date reflects the release date of the first EP, others will be out early 2016.

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    Pledge £150 or more About $192

    GOLD BACKER! Most of the above + pre-gig meal in your city

    You must be really into Yakobo. So James will book a gig in your nearest city (England only) and you can come for some food beforehand. You'll also get all 3 EPs on CD and download before they're officially released, a signed lyric book and poster, name in the credits, choice of YouTube cover and a personal thank-you note. Can't thank you enough!

    Delivery date reflects the release date of the first EP, others will be out early 2016.

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    Pledge £250 or more About $319

    Host a Gig

    Put on your very own private Yakobo solo show. This could be in your living room or just about anywhere you like, within England only. Invite the masses or keep it small, it's up to you. We can hang out, jam together and all sorts.

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    Pledge £350 or more About $447

    PLATINUM BACKER! Host a Gig + most of the above

    Hey big spender! You can host your own private Yakobo solo gig, and also receive all 3 EPs on CD and dowload before release date; 'Executive Producer' status in the credits; a signed poster and lyric book; choice of YouTube cover and a personal thank-you note. You're a friend for life!

    Delivery date reflects the first EP's release date, others will be out early 2016.

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    Pledge £500 or more About $638

    Produce Your Song

    Yakobo will produce a song that you have written in the well-equipped home studio at Yakobo HQ. It could be your band's hit single or a great tune you whistled once. We'll spend ample time with you tweaking everything from lyrics to guitar tones and flesh it out to be a finished piece of work.

    Yakobo's singer-songwriter James has produced songs in all kinds of styles, including the track you can hear in the video at the top of the page. He'll do a good job!

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    Pledge £50 or more About $64

    Name That Tune

    Pick any song for Yakobo to film and put on YouTube. N.B. please don't ask for Free Bird, Stairway to Heaven or Wonderwall. Think outside the box, guys.

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    Pledge £100 or more About $128

    Play on a song

    Join Yakobo in the studio to become part of a track on the EPs. Whether you're a grade 8 contrabassoonist or a budding triangle virtuoso we'll find a place for you somewhere. We reserve the right to edit and autotune you...

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    Pledge £750 or more About $957

    Signed Gibson SG Guitar

    Claim ownership of Yakobo's Gibson SG Special Worn Cherry guitar, which will have been played on the actual EP recordings. Signed, sealed, delivered, it's yours.

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Funding period

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