A Message From DJelly:
People have been asking me "why do you need $500 to record your songs? Why can't you just go to wal-mart and buy a $10 mic?" Well obviously, these people have no clue what it takes to record a song/album that when people are done listening to it, they say "wow, that was amazing"! That's what I'm aiming for here, folks.
I used a $10 mic to record "Plz Halp Meh" and I had to redo it like 20 times just to get a halfway decent recording then it took several hours to remove the background noise and whatnot. After all that, I was left with an end product that sounded alright, but it was nowhere near CD quality. That may be OK for a silly little picture video on YouTube, but it's definitely not OK for an actual song!
As serious as I am about this, I have other things going on in my life too so I don't have time for all that nonsense! It needs to be done right from the start if I'm going to do this at all. Plus, I'm proud of the songs I wrote and I don't want to put them out there sounding like crap! I could take my songs to a professional recording studio, but it would probably wind up costing me $500 or more just to record one or two songs!! Why do that when for the same price, I can record all the songs I want?
And maybe one day, I could open up my own recording studio using all the knowledge I gained from doing it on my own. I'm planning for my future here people, so why don't yall just quit yer hatin and just help a brother out for a change?
To all my friends, family and fans who are behind me on this, THANK YOU for your support! You are the reason I am not giving up on this dream. I know that there are more good people out there who are willing and able to provide financial assistance, but they are apparently hard to find so it's going to take a little while longer than I thought it would to get these songs recorded.
Until then, I may do some more silly/fun videos and put them up on YouTube or something along those lines. It's not exactly what I had planned, but hey - at least it's something. Be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel to get notified when I publish new videos! https://www.youtube.com/djelly54
I know that some of you may think that Devon's dream to become a rapper may be ill-conceived or even downright foolish. Those of you who might believe this, must not know my son very well at all. With that being said, the cover story of this fundraiser has been revised with information regarding Devon's background (why he deserves your support) and our struggles as his parents to fund this dream of his on our own. Please take a few moments to have another look if you have already given it a read-through prior to receiving this notice. And before you ask... yes, I am up at 3:30 in the morning trying to support my son in any way I can!
Good morning Friends!
Yesterday, we gained an additional TWO supporters!
A big THANK YOU goes out to Catherine Rector who donated $25 and thus qualified to receive free digital downloads of all DJelly's upcoming songs... FOR LIFE! Only 3 of these rewards packages remain, so be sure to act fast if you want to grab one !
Catherine will also be receiving an autographed copy of DJelly's debut album (if and when it gets released). We really need your help to make this happen people!
Another special shout-out goes to Jewel Kirby who donated $5 to our cause. Thanks Jewel! We really appreciate your support!
We also have another special announcement to make... Although we have yet to raise all the funds we need to get a song recorded, we thought of another way to show our appreciation to all of our fans & supporters.
So we decided to publish another version of the same debut song, but rapped FASTER (and it sounds amazing)! Check it out: http://youtu.be/0qnPvSrkbIA
Thanks again to all of you who have supported us in a variety of different ways. We wouldn't have even made it this far without those of you who have motivated us with kind words of encouragement. We are looking forward to bringing you some amazing music in the years to come!
Special shout-out to Lisa Darrow for donating $10 towards our cause! No matter how big or small the contribution, your support shall not go unnoticed!
As part of our rewards package, Lisa's name will appear in the credits of DJelly's next YouTube video, and she will receive free digital downloads of "Plz Halp Meh" (his debut rap) and the next song that DJelly records!
Please show your support today by sponsoring DJelly like Lisa did, or by "liking", "sharing", and "subscribing" to his YouTube and Facebook content! https://www.youtube.com/djelly54 https://www.facebook.com/djelly54
After speaking with some professionals in the recording industry (including Chris Vaughn from the band Danger Silent), it has become clear to me that we are going to need a bit more than a condenser mic and accessories to get started with a home studio.
Therefore, I am increasing the goal of this fundraiser an additional $300 to cover the costs of a preamp, a digital audio interface, and professional recording software plus shipping and processing fees. Here is a link to an article that describes exactly why we need these pieces of equipment as opposed to attempting to connect the mic directly to my PC as originally planned: http://www.makingmusicmag.com/understanding-preamps-and-digital-audio-interfaces/
We are really going to need your support if we are going to be able to afford this stuff! Although this brings the initial cost to get started to more than twice the amount that we originally anticipated, we've been receiving a lot of support and motivation from friends and family so I'm confident that we will be able to meet this goal.
The GoFundMe page has been updated so check it out for more details concerning the additional items we will be needing your help to acquire.
God bless all of you who have already shown your support in various ways. Thank you for your time, and I hope you have a wonderful day!
We've decided to go ahead and extend the free digital downloads for life offer to the $100 bracket so anyone who misses out on the $25 offer will still have access to the offer (they'll just have to donate more to get it). We figured that if you're awesome enough to give us $100 like John-Eric just did, you deserve a lil something more than an 8x10 photo (don't ya think?). While we're at it, why don't we just go ahead and throw in BACK STAGE PASSES to DJelly's first concert for the $200 bracket?! OK, we may be getting a little ahead of ourselves here, lol but ya never know...
We've received our first donation and it was for a WHOPPING $100! A big THANK YOU to John-Eric Patey for showing your support!
As part of our rewards program, John-Eric will be receiving an autographed 8x10 photo of DJelly, a signed copy of DJelly's debut album when it gets released (with his name printed in the "supporters" section of the CD leaflet), free digital downloads of his first two songs, and his name will be mentioned in the credits of the next YouTube video!
As an extra bonus for being the very first sponsor, we will be throwing in free digital downloads FOR LIFE! On top of that... we will be offering this very same reward to the next 4 sponsors who donate $25 or more so ACT FAST if you want to snag this sweet offer!!
All this and more could be yours as well! So show your support today and help us reach our goal!
My name is Joe Marino and this
fundraiser is for my 13-year old son, Devon. He is in the 7th grade,
and gets good grades in school. He also plays trombone and baritone
for his middle school band, and was recently accepted into the local
honor band program where he had the privilege of playing alongside
the top musicians in our area within his age group. On top of all
that, he helps out the community through his involvement with the US
Naval Sea Cadet Corps. I couldn't be more proud to call myself his father.
About a month ago, Devon surprised me
with an announcement that he wanted to be a rapper. At first I
thought it was a joke but that was before I heard his lyrics for the
first time. Once I did however, I was completely blown away! He is a
lyrical genius and many of his songs have a comedic element to them
so they are all quite enjoyable to listen to!
He has assured me that he is
absolutely serious about becoming a rapper, and that he wants to make
a name for himself doing this. In the past, whenever he as expressed
this amount of dedication towards something, he has always excelled
at it so I am behind him 100%. This is the main reason I decided to
create this fundraiser for him.
I can already tell that Devon is on
his way to stardom, but there's only one problem that's holding him
back... times have been very tough for us financially, and we cannot
afford the proper recording equipment, nor can we afford the fees at
any of the local recording studios to get the songs he made
professionally recorded (they can be VERY expensive!).
My wife and I do the best we can to
support our family - usually taking any type of side jobs we can find
(which are pretty sparse these days) to earn some extra income, but
bills are mounting and what little funds we do have to spare,
normally go towards Devon's and his 11-yr old brother's
extracurricular and after-school activities so we are financially
drained at the moment and are having a hard time coming up with the
money to buy the equipment that he needs to pursue this dream of his.
I do have some musical background of
my own though, and that's mixed with over a decade of work experience
in the IT sector so I was able to find some free (open source) audio
production software online and I also have a half-way decent computer
to produce with already (it's nowhere near "top-of-the-line",
but it should suffice for now) which drastically cuts the costs
involved with setting up a home studio.
If you would like to help out by
purchasing or donating any of the items he needs instead of making a
monetary contribution, that would also be greatly appreciated! Here's
a list I've prepared with links to the items we plan to purchase with
he money from this fundraiser:
Digital Audio Interface Recording
All in all, these items amount to about
$500 including shipping, processing fees, and a little wiggle room to
buy cables and the like. Beyond this $500 goal, any additional funds
collected from this campaign will go into a savings account that will
only be used to cover Devon's future musical endeavors. If he becomes
successful enough to support himself doing this, leftover funds from
this fundraiser will be deposited into a college fund that will help
to offset the costs of joining the Naval Academy, or his college of
And if he takes off and makes the big
time (knock on wood), a considerable out-of-pocket charitable
donation will be made (no less than 2x the TOTAL funds collected from
this campaign) to the Nashville LPD-13 division of the US Naval Sea
Cadet Corps. For more information regarding this amazing youth
program, please visit: http://www.nashvilleseacadets.org
So any way you look at it, this money
will definitely be going to a good cause! We thank you in advance for
your support, and God bless.
P.S. If you are a sponsor at the $20
level or above, please send us a message with your mailing address so
we know where to send your photo(s) and/or autographed CD.