I am setting out on what most would consider an ambitious venture: release 100 [high quality] tracks in 1 year! In the form of multiple albums, EPs and singles.
*Most of the releases will be songs (with vocals) but some will also be instrumentals. As I also love to produce music that speaks on its own without words.
I know, with utmost certainty, that I can accomplish this feat but it will inevitably require A LOT of time. Time I currently spend working a 9-5 job [and a 5-10 job]. I am in no way complaining about having a full-time job, however my dream has always been to live being a creative. I will not be at peace until I reach this point in life.
My aim is to release AT LEAST 1 album per month, beginning at the point that I reach $20K. I intend to produce most (almost all) of the music myself. I would like to record with an engineer whenever affordable, to save COUNTLESS hours of time. I would also love to hire a couple of camera-savvy people (not a whole crew) to record this journey, documentary style.
All money donated will be used for this purpose of accomplishing this particular goal, however a portion of the funds will inevitably go into expenses that are not directly music related. Basically ALL of my income will be coming from this campaign, should I reach my initial fundraising goal ($10K). The first ~$2,500 will go to purchasing a fully-loaded MacBook Pro. I currently use a MacBook Air, which is just not built to handle the demands of producing and recording music efficiently. I want to be completely transparent about what the funds will go to. Primary and peripheral peripheral expenses include:
- Travel to work with musicians and producers (or just recreational travels)
- Production costs
- Basic bills; phone, vehicle, gym memberships, various subscriptions (ProTools, Splice, Netflix, etc.)
- Potential van repairs/upgrades
Any support will mean more than I can even express! I've been working toward attaining the livelihood of a full-time artist for, literally, decades. I've been through COUNTLESS (not exaggerating–more than i can even recall) trials and struggles in pursuit of this goal. ANYTHING you can contribute would bring me one step closer to making this dream real. I believe that if I accomplish this goal of releasing 100 tracks in 1 year I will get enough exposure to have the support to finally make a living as a full-time artist, even after this campaign and project ends.
My goal is to not only release 100 tracks but 100 *high-quality* tracks. I do not want to just throw together a hundred recordings just for the sake of it. If taking more time to perfect an album will mean that I only reach 90 tracks, or 80 tracks, within 1 year then I will likely make that sacrifice for the sake of preserving the artistic value of that album. If somehow I do not reach 100 tracks within 1 year I will get.
I will be documenting this journey, behind the scenes access (videos, photos, blogs, song rough drafts, etc.) will be available on my Patreon page: Patreon.com/theblackjewelz. Be sure to check it out for a lot of exclusive content!
If I do not reach $10K, all donations will be REFUNDED.
Thank you all SO MUCH in advance!
(*If you've never heard my music just search "Black Jewelz" anywhere online.)
- Ilona Emmerth
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