My name is Daniel Bellefeuille. I am a musician.
After touring my solo piano album, Opus 1, in western Canada, I was given the opportunity to care-take an isolated property on an island in the Salish Sea, in Canada. At that time, 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 addressing my love for the voice. I began to revive old songs and composer 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. Two weeks before its premier, before a beautiful and enthusiastic group of 70 or so islanders, I cut 3 songs to make SHADOWBOXING a 10 song, 1 hour set. I went on to perform it in its entirety, as a solo concert, three more times in Western Canada and three more times in the German capital; while isolated songs have been played many times along the way.
In November of 2018, I moved to Berlin and acquired the Artist VISA. I did this in order to meet a producer who would be ecstatic about recording SHADOWBOXING. I met Brian Trahan while busking in a cafe, and through him, I met the drummer and bassist who would go on to be the main album musicians.
Here are my collaborators.
Brian Trahan (producer)
Shawn Crowder (drummer)
His youtube channel
Jelmer de Haan (bassist)
HERE IS WHAT WE HAVE ACCOMPLISHED
1 - Jelmer and Shawn learnt all of the tracks based on SHADOWBOXING demos I created. We had 3 days of rehearsals, and thanks to all of the donors' funds, we were able to book the studio.
2 - 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.
3 - Vocal recording (3 days)
Me in a vocal booth recording main and vocal tracks.
We used 3300 Euros for this:
- 1500 Euros for musicians
- 1500 Euros for 3 full days of studio time
- 300 Euros for Brian for 3 full days of studio time
*THANK YOU ALL!*
THIS IS WHAT IS YET TO BE COMPLETED
1 - 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.
2 - Mixing
3 - Mastering
We still need 4950 Euros to complete this:
- 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 FOLLOWING IS A LIST OF 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 signed letter of 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.
Peace & Love,
- samuel azoulay
- Carole Bellefeuille
- Matt Frank
- Chris Dewalt
- ginette bellefeuille