The six weeks that encompassed "Adopt-A-Song" were some very gratifying times. It was initially a tough decision to run an independent crowd-funding campaign, as there are definitely pros and cons to "going rogue" outside of the usual system of using a third-party website, like Kickstarter or Indie GoGo, but in the end I feel I made the right choice to simply host the campaign on my own website. Having used Kickstarter before to fund John & Brittany's "Start Sinning" album, there was definitely a sense of pressure in that situation which I wanted to avoid for this. Because Kickstarter runs on an "all-or-nothing" platform, if you don't meet the stated goal by the end of the campaign, you get none of the funds that your fans so generously dug into their wallets for. That kind of pressure means you have to essentially hound people in a way that makes everyone a little uncomfortable. Knowing that I'd be able to keep all the contributions, whether I met my goal or not (and also NOT have to shell out 11% of everything that came in to Kickstarter, AND not have to wait until the end of the campaign to use the funds), I was able to post something every few days as things progressed and was able to pay for things as I went along. I tried hard to provide content I thought would hopefully encourage people to get involved. In-studio mix recap videos, in which people could see and hear how the songs were constructed, gave a little taste of what's to come and also showed a little of how things work behind-the scenes. It was quite an amazing experience to make a record on which I played everything. With the joyous exception of having all 7 of my former bandmates in IKE sing back-up vocals on my remake of "Into Philadelphia," I was responsible for every sound on Meddling Kid.. guitars, bass, drums, percussion, vocals, one-finger piano lines.. I feel great about how the record is sounding and I am so looking forward to releasing these songs into the world! In the end, the campaign raised enough to finish mixing and mastering the record and also pay for the lyric video for the first single! I am extremely grateful and fortunate for all the support people have given me and continue to give me. This Meddling Kid is one lucky SOB :) Thanks again!
Here are the links to the mix recap videos (with a few more to come soon):
And a litte comic relief:
Welcome to my "ADOPT-A-SONG" Crowd Funding Campaign!
As many of you already know, I have been working on completing the 14th record of my career since my major-label debut with The Caulfields in 1995. This is a SOLO record in a pretty pure sense.. I have played every instrument on all ten tracks and have performed all the vocal tracks. The one track that I plan to have guest vocalists on is the re-make of my song "Into Philadelphia," originally released by my band IKE in 2005. I hope to gather all seven former members of the band sing back-up vocals for the track this spring. I am asking for your support to help see this project through to completion! I want to be as transparent as possible in laying out THE PLAN for releasing new music, so you know where your hard-earned money would be going.