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Please help me make my fourth album! Making music that makes people happy is the best way I can imagine spending my time on this planet. And as long as tunes are coming to me, I feel a responsibility to get them out to the world.
My past three albums have been a blast, but they're also a tonne of work. Trying to make sure the money is there is quite difficult (but worth it!) I've always been shy about asking fans for help, but ... I really could use some help. I'm trying to do it on my own, but there's only so much one person can do.
Here's my plan:
I have a whole bunch of new original tunes ready to be recorded - and if I don't get them recorded, they'll be lost! This project is different from my previous work because I'll be singing on the tunes, and of course still playing the trumpet. The goal is to make an album of 12 songs. We have the first three recorded already (they're coming out this summer/fall as digital singles.) You guys keep asking for recordings of songs like Ghost And The Paperboy and Tu Vuò Fà L'Americano, so we're finally making them!
I'm hiring the best session musicians I can find. If you liked my previous albums, you can expect the same top quality recordings. I'm also working with the Juno award-winning artist, Dominic Mancuso, to co-produce the record with me. We'll be going into Canterbury Music Company and working with Jeremy Darby, a Grammy-nominated recording engineer. The tunes are mixed by John "Beetle" Bailey at The Drive Shed, and mastered by Peter Letros at Wreckhouse Mastering. Jeremy, John and Peter have worked on many of the country's top recordings and pretty much any big-time musician you can think of.
We'll record songs three at a time. Since we already have three tunes recorded, we'll do three more sessions of three songs each to get to 12 songs for the full album. Depending on your contributions, songs 4, 5 and 6 will be recorded in October/November 2017. Similarly, songs 7-12 will be recorded in 2018. The plan will be to release the songs as digital singles as they're recorded, about two months apart from each other. Once all songs are recorded by fall 2018, they'll all be printed onto one album.
I'm not sure how much insight you've had into recording an album, but the costs for making a professional recording are quite high and it's impossible to do it properly without the financial support of fans like you.
Each time I record three songs, it costs just under $18,000. (Yes, I know, it's a lot! But I'd rather make music than buy a condo.) I already recorded three on my own, and to make a full album of 12 songs, we'll need to do this three more times. Here's how much it cost just to record the three songs on The Ghost And The Paperboy EP:
BUDGET FOR RECORDING JUST THREE SONGS (THE GHOST & THE PAPERBOY EP):
|Editing Engineer (I did this myself)||
|Artwork (I did this myself and just had to pay for some images)||
|CD Manufacturing (500 copies)||
|Licensing Fees (for recording one cover song)||
|Gas and Rental Car (to get to producer's studio and mixing engineer's studio)||
|Recording Studio to Record Sample Tracks (so the co-producer and I could work on the songs)||
|Publicity and Advertising||
|13% HST (Provincial Sales Tax)||
So it all adds up fast! If we do this three more times, that's just under $53,000.
WHY CAN'T I DO THIS ON MY OWN?
I'm trying, but it's really hard! I've made my past three albums on my own and have toured around the world four times to promote the recordings. Things have gone well, but the revenue streams are limited. Government grants are sometimes possible, but they are unreliable and would only cover up to a third of the costs. I do earn money on the side doing website design projects, but there just isn't enough time in the day to have two full-time jobs. And making money back from the project is almost impossible. For example, if we sell 500 CDs at $20 each, that's a maximum of $10,000. When a song is streamed on Spotify or other music streaming sites, I receive $0.0004 per stream (that's not a typo!) On YouTube we managed to get over 20,000 views on the Rush Mode video (yay!) - but from this, I earned $11.48. So, I'll keep working at it, but I unfortunately do need a hand.
So, if you like our music and/or want to support the arts, your contribution will definitely be a huge help.
You can give as much or as little as you like. And don't forget, these are the costs just for recording. It also costs similar amounts to tour, plus all the time spent planning and organizing.
Please help me make this music by supporting us financially, and help make people happy around the world!
P.S. If you're not in a position to help financially, please share this page along with links to my music to people you think might be able to help.