My name is Daniel Bellefeuille, and I am a composer and a performer.
After touring my solo piano album, Opus 1, in western Canada, I was given a second opportunity to care-take an isolated property on one of the gulf islands, in British-Columbia. When I returned, I did not know how to engage myself, musically, and I played on and off with various incomplete pieces. Feeling defeated and exhausted, I realized that I missed singing. SHADOWBOXING is the result of re-discovering vocal experimentation and limitations. Along with singing came words and meaning, so I began to revive old songs and write new lyrics. After 6 months (December 2017- May 2018) came 13 pieces for piano and voice, with the intention of performing/recording them with a band. 2 weeks Before SHADOWBOXING's premier, before a beautiful and enthusiastic group of 70 or so islanders, sailors, gardeners and farmers, I cut 3 songs to make it a 10 song, 1 hour set. I went on to perform it in its entirety 3 more times in Western Canada.
In November of 2018, I moved to Berlin and acquired the artist VISA. I did this in order meet a producer. The reasons for which I came to Berlin could be described as 1/2 practical (Berlin is a centre for music) and 1/2 intuitive. My desire was to meet someone who would be ecstatic about recording SHADOWBOXING. Here, now, is the line-up of collaborators.
Brian Trahan (the producer)His website
UFO studiosStudio website
Shawn Crowder (the drummer)His youtube channel
Jelmer De Haan (the bassist)His website ACCOMPLISHED
The musicians learnt all of the tracks based on the SHADOWBOXING demos. We had 3 days of rehearsals, and thanks to all of the donors' funds, we were able to book the studio.1
- Tracking (3 days)
At our instruments in isolated rooms, music in our minds, Brian at the mixing board/computer, for 3 full days performing take after take. These days provided the piano/drums/bass backbone of the music.2
- Vocal recording (3 days)
Me in a vocal booth recording main and vocal tracks.YET TO BE COMPLETED3
- Overdubs (4-6 days)
Overdubs are tracks that we record onto the backbone structure of the piano/bass/drums and vocals. This may include strings on a few of the songs, added percussion, added piano tracks, synthesizer pads, wind instruments, and potentially a choir.We used 3300 Euros for the following
- 750 Euros for each musician
- 1500 Euros for 3 full days of studio time
- 300 Euros for Brian for 3 full days of studio time
**THANK YOU ALL!**We still need 4950 Euros to complete the following
- 600 Euros to pay Brian for three days of vocal recording
- 1200 Euros for 6 days of overdubbing (strings, extra instruments, choir, percussion)
- 2250 Euros for mixing (225 euros/track)
- 900 Euros for mastering (entire album)
SHADOWBOXING will be a full-length (roughly 1 hour) album comprising 10 songs. The final product created with your financial support will be a large, pulsating, file in a computer ready to be digitally released independently or by a record label, and physically pressed.WHAT YOU WILL RECEIVE, WHEN THE ALBUM IS COMPLETE, WHEN YOU FINANCIALLY SUPPORT THE CREATION OF SHADOWBOXING.
1 Euro ~ 24 Euros - you receive a digital download of the album and my extreme gratitude.
25 ~ 29 Euros - above mentioned plus a personal letter complete with signature and red lipstick kiss expressing my extreme gratitude.
30 ~ 59 Euros - above mentioned, and a personally burned and signed CD copy of SHADOWBOXING.
60 ~ 99 Euros - above mentioned, and a personally burned and signed CD copy of my as-of-yet officially unreleased album, Opus 1: 12 Pieces for Solo Pianoforte.
100 ~ 149 Euros - above mentioned, and a personally burned and signed CD copy of my most recent independently released album, GARBAGE!.
150 ~ 199 Euros - above mentioned, and a personally burned and signed CD copy of my as-of-yet officially unreleased album, Sophie at the Window.
200 ~ 269 Euros - above mentioned, and a copy of my first band's (The Similar Trends) album, Man in the Moon.
270 ~ 339 Euros - above mentioned, and a copy of my book of poetry.
340 ~ 409Euros - above mentioned, and a signed copy of the score (manuscript book) for Opus 1.
410 + Euros - above mentioned, and a vinyl record of my first album with The Weingärtner Phonogram Company: Hello River.
600 Euros - (for Berlin residents only) above mentioned, PLUS a full solo performance of SHADOWBOXING on a piano of our decision at a convenient time.
My heartfelt gratitude goes out to all who have given so far.