With the help and encouragement of you guys, I've decided to take the next big step in my music career and release my first album. And I'm a little scared...
For years, you guys have asked me when I was going to release my first album and it's been the farthest thing away from my mind. Videos have always been my top priority (even when I was too busy to make any), but after celebrating my 6th Youtube anniversary this January and recently hitting that 80,000 subscriber mark, I figured now was as good a time as any. So why am I scared? I have a tendency to bite off more than I can chew. Not only that, but I hate starting projects if I know there's a chance I won't be able to finish it. But hey...that's life. Things pop up and spoil our plans all the time. All we can do is try our best and take one step at a time. So to get started on this grand musical adventure, I've done what I know how to do best: I drafted up a plan.
I sat down with a calendar and after doing a little online research, it appears that if I work hard, this thing can be pulled together in about 23 weeks (which is perfect, because 23 weeks from tomorrow is the week of August 8th, the day that I posted my first original ocarina song, "The OcTalk Jig"). Now you might say, "23 weeks? That sounds like PLENTY of time!". It really isn't. Not for a quality album anyway. Six of those weeks are dedicated to fundraising, which a few of you suggested I do using kickstarter. I'm still doing research on that, but it seems like the way to go. During that time, I'll also be finalizing all my arrangements for the album. Then I'll need to book the studio, book the other musicians on the album, do the recordings, find someone to do the art (maybe a contest?), and then after the mixing+mastering is done, ship it off to the CD manufacturers to get them printed up. It's going to be quite the process.
So, I'm definitely doing to need some encouragement from you guys. All in all, I'm doing this for everyone who has supported me and my music up to this point, and if you're reading this post, chances are you are one of those awesome people. So thanks for all your love, support, and inspiration to keep doing what I love to do: making music. The next 23 weeks are going to a crazy whirlwind and I can't wait to share the final outtcome with you all!
Question: What kind of Kickstarter Rewards would you like to see for this project? The crazier, the better. Let me know in the comments!