This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Mon, March 25 2019 2:46 PM UTC +00:00.
My name is Zakk Jones and I have a story to tell...
Ever since I was a wee little Zygote I knew being a musician would be the most lucrative and stable profession for me, and I was totally rig-
(Wait is that how the story goes? Let me start over...)
People ask my why I chose the guitar, but really, the guitar chose ME. In that fateful moment I knew I'd be destined to be the guitar guy at parties, playing Wonderwall for all to enj-
(I'm sorry I just feel like I'm missing something, let me give it one more go...)
There were ninety-seven New York advertising men in the hotel, and, the way they were monopolizing the lon-
(Jesus i'm not even in the right story anymore)
Okay all clichés and jokes aside;
In my years as a professional guitarist here in Columbus, Ohio, I've been fortunate enough to play with so many groups that I'd have to start stealing people's fingers just to count them all. As much fun as the underground amputation world is, I'd rather just take a ballpark guess and say I've probably worked with over 150 different bands, artists, organizations, clients, schools, companies etc. A short list of names you may or may not know:
- Doc Robinson
- Safety Squad
- Tony Monaco
- Sanctuary - A Tribute to Miles Davis
- Chris Jamison (NBC's the Voice)
- The Coasters
- The Midtown Men
- The Dealbreakers
- The Andy Shaw Band
- Bluewater Kings Band
- Emily Syring Band
To say I've been a lucky fella out here is an understatement, and I can't rant or rave enough about the level of depth, musicality, and kind-hearted folks in Ohio.
Now give me money for no reason!
Okay, here's why I've gathered you all here today;
Even with some pretty darn cool experiences under my belt I've had this constant nagging voice in the back of my head that jabs and pokes and prods and says "HEY. YOU. NEED. TO. DO. YOUR. OWN. SH**, MISTER.* No matter how hard I work, travel and teach, there's been a growing urgency to embrace my personal voice both on the guitar and through my compositions. The medium in which I'm channeling this beast inside me (and no I don't mean some "Hulk" ripoff) is with my own intimate group...
Playing trio just happens to be one of the best, and hardest, things out there for anyone in Jazz-land. Being a guitarist, I have always admired and been in awe of the freedom, trust, and playfulness that's found in the trio setting. I pretty much have always thought to myself "THAT, is what I want to do...forever" Over the years I've had the pleasure of playing trio with a TON of people, and have really heard myself grow the most through these moments.
I decided that 2019 would be the year to showcase what my own trio has been working on for the last few months. I've been playing with my boys (John Allen, Ryan Folger) for years now, and since focusing on our collective sound we've crossed into some equally beautiful, introspective, aggressive and downright wild territory at times. I don't really feel the need or pressure to put any labels on it, but I'd probably say it lives in some warped parallel universe where jazz, americana, folk, fusion, avant-garde and the grotesque all sort of had an orgy and the squishy-squelchy-sexy sounds were recorded and implanted into my head a few lifetimes ago.
Anyways. The music you'll be hearing is mostly my original compositions, and a couple carefully picked "covers" or reimagining's of a few songs you may or may not know.
"Yeah that's funny, anyways... you're fired!"
What is happening specifically and how can you help?
We're recording our debut album at Musicol, one of the oldest studios in the Mid-Ohio region. With our sound and aesthetic, the vintage vibe in Studio A will be just the right fit for us. Everything will be tracked live, in the studio. One of the benefits of recording at Musicol is the ability to record with some one-of-a-kind vintage gear and then eventually press our results onto custom Vinyl records. Since 1971, John Hull (owner) has been pressing vinyl in almost the exact same ways ever since, and we love the nostalgic and personal touch this element will bring to our audiences both young and old.
There are quite a lot of costs involved in recording and releasing music, so allow me to highlight a few these areas.
- Recording Studio Time
- Mixing sessions
- Mastering (including multiple formats for Digital and Vinyl)
- Producer/Consultant Fees
- Paying John and Ryan
- Vinyl Production
- DIY CD's
- Video Production
- Album Art / Design
- Promotional Graphics / Posters
- Incentive Delivery
I'm very intent on getting all of the right people on board for this project, and most of that process is done. The success of the project really comes down to the ultimate budget, besides playing our asses off.
Hitting our projected goal of $5,000 will see that our project is completed with as little sacrifice to the art and aesthetic as possible.
"muhahahaha, I just played a b9 on a Major7 chord"
The A Team...
With a killer band, grammy-winning production professionals, and visionaries behind the camera, this project will be the real deal when it's all said and done.
- John Allen - Upright Bass
- Ryan Folger - Drums & Cymbals
- Jeff Ciampa - Producer/Editor (Grammy Award Winning work with Wayne Shorter)
- Keith Hanlon - Recording Engineer
- Rob Griffin - Mixing Engineer (Grammy Award Winning work with Wayne Shorter)
- Kevin Gray - Mastering Engineer (Work with Prestige, Blue Note, Audio Fidelity re-releases)
- Musicol Recording Studios - Live Tracking // Vinyl Production
- Maddy Ciampa - Studio Assistance
- Kris Misevski - Photographer
- Matthew Bonder - Videographer
- Audra Jones - Art
"Brought to you buy Orvis sweaters"
Why is making an album important?
I won't get TOO deep, but I figured I should highlight exactly why this process is ultimately necessary for us. With so much DYI capabilities and ways to engage socially, is having an album even the right move in 2019? Personally I think there is no easy answer, but for me in this time and place I really feel the need to document my compositions and playing in a more concrete medium. I do feel that having this album under my belt will boost my clout and enable the trio to book opportunities not as readily available to someone without a solid "product" in place.
At the end of the day I find myself to be a very nostalgic, and old-school type...I just think it's badass to have your own record as a bandleader, and the idea of pressing it on Vinyl gives me the chills.
Me with the chills ^
How will you be releasing this?
As noted, the primary physical format of this production will be VINYL...300 of them to be exact. Of course it will also be available on all major digital and social platforms; Spotify, iTunes, Bandcamp, etc. because I do feel that Spotify for instance can have a wildly positive affect on emerging artists. The majority of any monetary recoupment will come from sales of the physical Vinyl.
One other fun element is my DIY CD idea. Since I opted to release full-production Vinyl as opposed to CD's, I still want to cater to those who may want the latter. What I'll do is produce my own CD's, and each one will have my own packaging and unique art from my sister, Audra, who is a phenomenal artist.
"So I said to the guy...that's MY bowl of chowder!"
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Risks and challenges
If I don't have the proper funding all at once, it will be a significantly longer process which ultimately affects my future plans of touring and promotion for this release. The biggest challenge is making sure the music is world-class, and since I've highlighted various concerns above, all I can now do is say THANK YOU for taking the time to read this and hopefully support. If you find any of this interesting, share it in any way possible. I'm not afraid to ask for help, and I'm grateful for all of the many people who I know support me all over the world. With everyone on board this can be a truly fantastic journey.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter