FREE Jason Wilkes Acoustic EP
The original goal was $1200 for a 3-5 song EP. I have such amazing supporters that I hit that goal in 3 HOURS! Crazy right?
What now? Well, I have decided (after it was suggested by multiple people) to update the campaign to now fund multiple EPs with staggered releases... and yes, still totally FREE to the public! Instead of one 3-5 song EP, I am now shooting for two, or possibly three, 3-5 song EPs. I will stagger the release of the albums which will help maintain the buzz as well as steadily increase it's momentum. Don't worry, I have plenty of songs to choose from.
For those of you who are visiting the page for the first time, the original campaign description is below. Thank all you guys again SO MUCH who have given thus far and thank you in advance to all of you who have yet to give! You guys are the best. Seriously
This campaign is to raise funding to record a 3-5 song Acoustic EP of my newest musical endeavor (*updated goal now to fund multiple EPs). Not only is it new songs, this new project is in a completely different genre than I've been in for the past 16 years.
I recently signed a publishing deal with Dan Hodges Music in Nashville as a songwriter. My main focus is writing songs in the country genre. This EP will consist of some of the songs that I've written since signing this deal. The songs I choose will be songs that I feel represent me well as an artist. I tend to be more on the Pop/Country side of the genre similar to the sound of artists like Keith Urban, Thomas Rhett, Sam Hunt (yea yea, I know, but who says you can't float with friends in the same genre), Dierks Bentley, etc. Naturally, my background in rock music comes through here and there adding extra unique flavoring to the songs.
This EP will be GIVEN AWAY to anyone who wants it. That's right... completely FREE! Why am I giving it away you ask?
1) No one turns down free stuff.
2) Nothing builds a buzz like give aways.
3) I want to.
So, why should you back this project if you can just get it for free later along with everyone else? I'm glad you asked. First off, I'm currently not in a position to fund it myself, so the only way I can realistically do it is with your help. Secondly, anyone who donates will receive the EP early. Thirdly, I will be keeping you updated on details of the project and give you exclusive insight into the making of it.
So, no rewards? I have decided to take the route of a no reward project for this go round. Here are my reasons... The last project I funded (through Kickstarter) ended up being way too much for me to handle on my own. I missed deadlines, delivered rewards super late, and more mainly because I was handling it all myself. I could hire someone to help with that side of things but I would have to pay them. This would take the goal amount up even more to compensate. I also do not have any merchendise for this project at this time. So, any t-shirts, physical CD's, posters, etc would also take the goal amount up substantially in order to compensate. I would much rather concentrate 100% on the actual recording and keep the dollar amount as low as possible so I can keep the amount I'm asking for at a minimum.
100% of the money donated (after GoFundMe takes their fee out) will go straight to the production, recording, mixing and mastering of the record. I'm working with a friend of mine that is helping me keep the cost as low as possible. The amount I'm asking for here is literally the absolute bare minimum that I need to get in order to finish the project.
The timeline for this album is "as soon as possible." I will get started on my end of things immediately and, hopefully, actually hit the studio in the next 4-6 weeks. I am going to try my best to make it as quick of a turn around as possible. Since I am not going to be doing any marketing, putting it up through online distributors or printing physical copies, I will be able to start GIVING IT AWAY as soon as I have the master files!
I want to do this project for two reasons. First, I want the people who have been asking for this music to have access to it. Second, I'm hoping that this free music will help jumpstart a buzz about this new project. This will give me a more solid foundation to build upon with more involved projects in the future.
No matter the dollar amount, thank you so much in advance for your help! Even if you cannnot financially contribute, please help me spread the word by posting the link and the story on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, etc !
I'm looking forward to making this project a reality so that I can get, what I believe to be my best songs written to date, out to the general public for FREE!
You can check out a few videos of some of this new material on my YouTube page!
You can also stream some of the demos on my soundcloud page!
Thank all you guys for funding this project. I hope you enjoy these first 3 songs.
Please do not share this link and password. It is exclusively for people who backed the project. Everybody else has to wait! I'm trusting you to keep it on the down low ;).
Go to www.WILKESmusic.com/gofundmestream
Your password is: ifundedthis
These files are mp3s not WAV files.. so for you audio junkies you'll have to wait for the actual release. (Website stream hosting needs smaller files).
Feel free to brag all over social media about how you have already heard the songs. Run it in everybody else's face!! Just keep the link a secret.
Second, the first EP is officially at mix! It won't be long now. Tracking took longer than expecting cuz of scheduling issues and some voice issues I had around vocal time. But it is all tracked and at mix now.
We've got everything tracked musically for EP number 1. We've just gotta put vocals on them and then they are off to mix! We will be updating you guys and throwing some teasers at you soon. I've pasted the track listing of the first EP below. This hasn't been revealed publicly yet so you guys are the first to know.
Let's Go Back
Hey everybody. We've finally put the first two days of tracking on the books for EP number 1. Dec 15th and 16th we will dive into knocking this thing out.
Song selection has been a beast. There are so many songs to choose from and every one of them has it's own magic... but we are making headway with that. In the end our ultimate goal is to get you the absolute best songs we have. Which means we have to do our best to think past the cool factor of the demo, sweet musical parts, etc and get down to the bare bones of the song itself.
Also we have decided to do this new project under an existing branding that I have used in the past. As most of you know, I previously released an EP under the name WILKES. My team and I agree that we want to keep that branding. However, this project is a completely different genre that will be marketed to completely a different people group. Even though it is under the same name.. it is not the same band. In fact, that WILKES release has unfortunately become a casualty of this decision and has been pulled from all retailers. It wouldn't be a wise business move to leave up two different projects under the same name. But like I said, we all felt that WILKES was our strongest option and that it is the brand we need to use for this project. I do still have some limited physical copies of "Shells EP" left. If any of you want one please let me know before they are gone forever. I will not be restocking them.
I'm looking forward to getting this stuff done and in your ears as soon as possible. We are working diligently, every spare second we have, to make sure that we give you guys something great. Thanks again for your support!