Nowadays, many bands / artists are using kickstarter, because they need help, to record a new album. So did John Elefante. John Elefante is an American singer, songwriter, instrumentalist, and producer. He is well known from Kansas & Mastedon [Mastedon together with his brother Dino, 1989/’90] and much more. If you donate, you get something in return. Read the message of John below and watch the video.
I’m about to embark on an exciting new venture – creating a brand new album of all new music that you, my family, friends, and fans have been asking for. I’m asking you to join me in helping this vision Come Alive!
With your generous support, I am going to be making this new album completely independently, without any record label funding. This Kickstarter project is called “Come Alive,” but the album is not yet titled. That’s where you come in. I am taking suggestions on the album title and even the album cover design. Together I know we can make something great Come Alive!
My vision for this project is to continue down the path of creativity that I believe I’ve been blessed with, and with your help – take it to the next level. Lyrically, I have more inside me that I need to say, more I need to express and convey than ever before!! I want to revisit the great music we grew up with – music alive with meaning and expression, music filled with melodies and intelligent arrangements – take the best of what the past offered and fuse it with the highest technology offered today.
Music has always been a huge part of my life. It’s in my soul, my blood… it’s part of my DNA. I have been blessed with a strong desire to communicate and express my heart through the process of writing and singing.
My reason for making this CD is because it’s something I just have to do. At this point in my life I just seem to be overflowing with new melodies, lyrics and simply just different ways to paint the picture. But also, because YOU GUYS HAVE ASKED FOR IT, and have greatly encouraged me to “do another.”
The Dollar Amount
To make an album without the help of a record label is expensive. The project, including recording costs, expenses, production costs, post-production, studio time, CD design, artwork, printing, graphics and manufacturing, etc., takes quite a bit of money. The goal of $35,000 is only a small part of what goes into making a quality, professional recording that you’ve grown accustomed to getting from me.
A unique aspect of Kickstarter is that after you make your pledge, your credit card will only be charged after we reach our target goal of $35,000. This guarantees you’ll only be contributing toward a project that is actually going to happen. It also means that if we fall short of the goal I won’t receive any contributions, and the project will not go forward. So it’s all …or nothing! Let’s do this! Let’s make thisCOME ALIVE!
Thanks so much for taking the time to look through the list. We have spent quite a bit of time setting up some great stuff for everybody. We believe the rewards we’ve come up with are very cool and unique. I have gone through my personal collection of memorabilia and I am sacrificing some really cool stuff for this project. Even though we have placed an estimated date of September, 2012 for the delivery of the rewards, many of the rewards should be delivered sooner. Also please note that all the CDs that go out as rewards, will be signed.
One Last Important Thought
There is always a special kind of something that takes place when a song is birthed and takes on a life of it’s own, and you begin to really own it. It’s indescribable, there’s nothing quite like it. You really have to pour your guts out, and to tell you the truth, I don’t always enjoy the process. But like most perfectionists, I have to keep doing it; when the pieces come together the reward is priceless, especially when I get your reaction. I’m asking you to help make my project COME ALIVE! This concept needs the efforts of many in order for us to make it happen. I believe we can do it, and with your confidence in me, I will not let you down.
For more information on Come Alive, visit John’s kickstarter page and watch the video !
‘John Elefante’ ‘Christmas Time Is Here’ EP [Purchase Now] [Dec. 2011]