Hi all! I started this campaign with the hopes of getting my newly completed debut 10-track album 'Every Winter' where it belongs: on vinyl! My name is Zee Khattak, a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist based in the West-Midlands, UK.
From the beginning (many years ago), I started this album with vinyl in mind; trying to structure it around the A and B sides, and to the right length. My influences come from the likes of folk, blues and roots-rock including that of Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, Neil Young and Lou Reed. These collection of songs I have written are consequently deeply personal and close-to-heart; often dark and brooding. I have been meticulous in the album's production, which was pressed to tape prior to mastering at RB studios by Jonathan Dewsbury. The album was then mastered by notable master engineer Pete Mayer (The Rolling Stones, Patti Smith, Nick Cave and more). I see the printing to vinyl as the final stage of the album's production.
Although mostly self-performed, I have collaborated with a number of talented musicians on the varying 10-tracks including backing singers Karen Swan & Jane Xin, mandolin player Loz Kingsley, and cajon player David Rees-Jones. I have also worked with a number of audio engineers to get the sound I was looking for, including Derek Wood, Harry Jones, Phil Softley and Weronika Gdula. The result is a wide variety of material, where each song has a unique style and feel.
As well as a chance to pre-order the limited-edition 12-inch vinyl (which can only be produced if the campaign is successful), you will be sent a digital copy of the album in MP3/ original studio WAV form, along with the unreleased music video for Every Winter which was screened at The International Music Video Underground festival in Paris, the Birmingham Film Festival and The Monkey Bread Tree Film Awards, which was directed by Carolina Nunes. The highest pledge will also get you a copy of the original 2-track EP lathe cut released with Gray Sky records featuring an alternate version of Every Winter. Alternatively, there are options to only pre-order the digital version of the album, or a goodwill donation.
Full Track Listing:
2. Old Woman
3. This Poison's Not Enough
5. Black Roses
6. Every Winter
7. You Cannot Leave
9. Church Bells
10. Guaranteed To Bring You Down
Thank you for reading!
In promotion for this campaign I have put together three exclusive singles for preview which have recently been mastered by Pete Mayer: 'Lolita', 'Black Roses' and 'This Poison's Not Enough'.
Risks and challenges
Without hitting my target I will not be able to get the album printed to vinyl, but as this is an all-or-nothing campaign you will get 100% of your money back if that occurs.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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