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I recorded my first full length album, but now I need YOUR help to finish it!
I recorded my first full length album, but now I need YOUR help to finish it!
161 backers pledged $8,355 to help bring this project to life.

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THE STORY- 

Welcome to the Young Readers Kickstarter page! I started Young Readers in my bedroom while attending college at Oklahoma State in 2012. I was having a tough time in the music program, trying to balance my classes, orchestra, Quidditch practice, and playing shows. My private lessons instructor confronted me about my slipping grades and insisted that I really didn't belong in school. She said I was like a square peg trying to fit into a round hole. She expressed that if touring and playing shows is what I really want to be doing than I should go do it. I could always come back and be the old guy in college. The next semester I went to all of my classes on the first day and then spent 2 weeks in my room recording, mixing and packaging my first EP, Family Trees. The day it was released I dropped out of school and went on my first 3 week tour ever, and haven't looked back. 

Since then I've done 10 other cross-country tours, played festivals all over the United States and Canada, and released another tour exclusive EP, Big Teeth. I knew the next step was to go for the BIG one, my first full length album. 

the master, Steve Boaz at the controls
the master, Steve Boaz at the controls

BREATHING RHYTHM STUDIOS-

 It was a no-brainer that I chose to record the new album with Steve Boaz at Breathing Rhythm Studios in Norman, Oklahoma. I knew he would pour his heart and soul into making a record that could take what I was writing to the next level. We spent the last 3 months in the studio building a 10 track album that we could both be proud of and I couldn't be more excited about the results! 

THE BUDGET- 

$8,000 is a lot of dough. Seriously. I was crushed when I realized how much it was going to cost to record and press an album to vinyl. But Steve is a sweet guy. I already owe him somewhere in the upwards of $4,000 for recording and mixing the album. And instead of breaking my legs (haha) he has put his faith in what we created and is allowing me to pay him after the Kickstarter is over. The remaining $4,000 will go towards mastering, pressing vinyl, packaging CDs and a little touch of PR to help promote the new album to magazines, blogs and radio for its release. With your support we'll be able to unveil this new album together to the whole world! 

THE TOUR- 

I will be campaigning across the United States during the entire Kickstarter to help spread the word and raise money. I truly believe in this new album and can't wait until you can hold it in your hands.

3/13 Tulsa, OK @ house show

3/16 Fort Worth, TX @ Grotto

3/17 Austin, TX @ Love Goat

3/18 Waco, TX @ Common Grounds

3/20 Houston, TX @ 1834 Westheimer Rd.


3/21 McAllen, TX @ Moonbeans 


3/27 Yorba Linda, CA @ Friends Church

3/28 Los Angeles, CA @ Mid City Music Lounge 


3/30 Hayward, CA @ The Bistro


4/2 San Francisco, CA @ house show


4/5 Portland, OR @ White Eagle Saloon 


4/6 Olympia, WA @ Le Voyeur


4/8 Vancouver, BC @ The Juniper Room 


4/10 Spokane, WA @ Jones Radiator


4/11 Boise, ID @ District Coffee House


4/15 Denver, CO @ Leon


4/16 Boulder, CO @ Illegal Pete’s 


4/18 Pagosa Springs, CO @ DSP Pizzeria 


4/20 Taos, NM @ Taos Mesa Brewing


4/21 Santa Fe, NM @ Cowgirl BBQ


4/22 ABQ, NM @ Winning


4/23 Amarillo, TX @ The 806

POLAROIDS- 

 I put a lot of thought into all of the donation prizes but I'm really excited to be back on the road with my 600 Spirit and SX-70 Polaroid cameras! Starting from $30 and up, almost all the rewards include a one-of-a-kind Polaroid photo taken from my adventures on tour! I Usually sell them as a part of my merch but I'll be happy knowing that the photos from this tour will be going to great homes, snuggled up next to the new album. 

Risks and challenges

THE $10,000 GOAL-

I'll probably break out into a dance in the middle of a coffeeshop when the project reaches $8,000 but I thought I could help give back a little more if we reach $10,000. If over funded, I'll have enough extra money to re-release and press a 7" vinyl of my 2013 single/B-side, Homesick//Hymnal. It's been two long years since its original release and is well overdue to be put on wax. Everyone who donates to the Kickstarter (at any level) will automatically receive a FREE digital download of the single/B-side once we hit the $10,000 goal just for being so supportive!

You can stream the songs here: https://soundcloud.com/youngreaders/sets/homesick-hymnal

And if you're living pizza to pizza, (like I will be) and can't afford to donate, then it would be equally generous of you to share the video, the Kickstarter page or even a link to the music. Who knows, maybe your uncle Charlie will like what he hears and donate enough for me to record him an acoustic EP of Slayer songs.

I really can't wait to see where this new album takes me and hope everyone has a fun time following the project! I will be keeping up with it daily from my Instagram and Twitter and hopefully won't lose all of my hair before the tour is over!

With love and gratitude,

Jordan Herrera

Young Readers

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    COLOR ME EXCITED-

    A physical copy of my first EP "FAMILY TREES" included with a box of crayons to color the album artwork however you wish or to rack your brain on the 22 bank word search on the back!

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    GOING FOR TWO-

    A handmade copy of my tour exclusive EP "BIG TEETH" + "FAMILY TREES" with crayons.

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    EARLY BIRD-

    Early Digital download of my debut full length album "MIGRATOR", weeks before its official release!

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    PUT IT ON REPEAT-

    A physical copy of my debut full length album "MIGRATOR" on CD!

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    THE WHOLE FAMILY-

    Physical CD of my debut full length album "MIGRATOR" + "BIG TEETH" + "FAMILY TREES" and crayons.

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    PUT IT ON WAX-

    A copy of my debut full length album MIGRATOR on vinyl!! + early digital download.

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    SAY CHEESE!-

    A one of a kind, Polaroid photo taken from my adventures while on tour! + my debut full length album “MIGRATOR” on vinyl with digital download!

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    HANG IN THERE-

    A limited edition screen printed Migrator poster + “MIGRATOR” on vinyl with digital download!

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    PUT A BIRD ON IT-

    A limited edition Migrator T-SHIRT made especially for this project + “MIGRATOR” on vinyl with digital download!

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    THE WHOLE ENCHILADA-

    A copy of my debut full length album “MIGRATOR” on vinyl with digital download + Migrator T-shirt + Migrator poster + Polaroid! Whoa!

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    MADE FROM SCRATCH-

    A handmade CD of all of the rough version demos I sent to the studio to try and convince Steve to jump on board for a new album. Hear how the songs sounded before the studio, recorded in various bedrooms over the past 2 years + “MIGRATOR” on vinyl with digital download + Migrator T-shirt + Migrator poster + Polaroid.

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    TOP SECRET-

    Two tickets to an exclusive private listening party at Breathing Rhythm Studios in Norman, Oklahoma. Myself and a few special friends will perform “MIGRATOR” live from start to finish and will host a Q&A after the show + vinyl and digital download.

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    THANKS A MILLION-

    Your name printed on the inside of the album for all eternity. My deepest thanks for helping fund this project and giving this new album life. + “MIGRATOR” on vinyl with digital download + Migrator T-shirt + Migrator poster + Polaroid.

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    DEAR DIARY-

    Handwritten lyrics to all of the songs on the album + MADE FROM SCRATCH DEMOS + “MIGRATOR” on vinyl with digital download + Migrator T-shirt + Migrator poster + Polaroid.

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    ADVENTURER-

    Spend the afternoon hanging out with me! We can go play in the woods, go urban exploring, play music in the streets, stuff our faces trying to figure out what pizza shop has the best 99 cent slice or turn the day into a photoshoot with my 35mm film camera or all of the above! + “MIGRATOR” on vinyl with digital download + Migrator T-shirt + Migrator poster + Polaroid.

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    LIVE FROM YOUR LIVING ROOM-

    Throw a huge party or just invite your cats! I’ll play an acoustic show in your house where you can pick all the songs and I’ll bring the pizza! + “MIGRATOR” on vinyl with digital download + Migrator T-shirt + Migrator poster + Polaroid.

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    UNDERCOVER EP-

    Want to hear my sad, slow interpretations of your favorite songs?? I’ll make an EP just for you, recorded from my bedroom and you get to pick the songs! Want to hear me play 7 of the saddest tunes from Elliott Smith or all the top hits from MC Hammer? The choice is yours! + “MIGRATOR” on vinyl with digital download + Migrator T-shirt + Migrator poster + Polaroid.

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    SING ME A SONG-

    Have you always wanted to hear how that song you wrote sounds with violin and cello? I’ll bring my home recording studio to you! We’ll spend the day recording your song and eating pizza and adding all the harmonies our hearts can desire. + “MIGRATOR” on vinyl with digital download + Migrator T-shirt + Migrator poster + Polaroid.

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    GOING FOR THE GOLD-

    Get some rest because it’s going to be a long week. I’ll bring my home studio to you and record a whole 4 song EP! Pick my brain as we go through the process of setting up mics, outlining ideas, tracking, choosing harmonies and mixing, with all the violin and cello you could ask for! + “MIGRATOR” on vinyl with digital download + Migrator T-shirt + Migrator poster + Polaroid.

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