GET LOVED! Album - First Print Run
My name is Tim Hulsman and I'm an independent Alt Country Roots artist in Australia.
I'm lucky to have a very talented team of passionate musicians and artists around me and together we have just finished recording my third album...and it sounds fantastic! Everything I envisioned and more.
I have already spent all of my available money on recording these songs professionally, in a great studio, with an awesome sound engineer, and now we just want to share these songs with as many people as possible. The whole team is as excited as I am about it.
I have been applying for grants from the Government, but though they say that their grants are to help emerging artists, after my last application was unsuccessful, they told me that if I'd "been of higher profile they would have been more inclined to help"...Hmmmm. To be fair I was asking for a lot of money, as it is very expensive to produce and release an album. About $40K actually, to do it properly, at a high level.
So now it's up to me (and hopefully you), to raise the funds needed to reach each next little step towards making this dream come true.
To print 1000 copies of the album, GET LOVED!, with its double winged outer casing + 12 page booklet with lyrics etc, it will cost $2673. (Latest quote 27/5/16/)
I thought I'd round it up to $2700 because the other costs around getting it to that stage and picking up the boxes from Melbourne etc far exceed the $27 difference. I hope you don't mind.)
I'm hoping to raise these funds by June 30th, 2016.
This album project means so much to me because it represents the peak of my songwriting so far. It has benefitted immensely from the collaborative input of Craig Kelly on bass and Winston Galea on drums(Dutch Tilders Band, Kevin Buckingham Band), as well as guest appearances from great backing singers Sweet Felicia (Sweet Felicia & the Honey Tones), Nina Grant (Mantissa/Killing Time) and Kelly Auty. Also adding to the sound pallet on selected songs are violinist Phil Smuthwaite (Hot Club Swing) and pedal steel player Neil Tilbury.
I truly believe that this is my breakthrough album.
Would you like to be part of making that happen?
My gratitude for your support is more personal than just a simple acknowledgement, so it's fair to say that any rewards offered through this program are only a token of my appreciation...I can never thank you enough.
Basically look at the reward levels as a pre-order system...with benefits. :)
The album is finally at the manufacturing plant and I'll be picking it up on Friday this week.
That means your goodies are only a week or so away from your hot little hands! Woohoo!
Thanks again for your support and incredible patience with this process. It's taken longer than expected but it's so worth the wait.
I'll send out an individual email to you soon to collect your postal addresses.
If you'd like to make that process smoother for me just send me a quick email with your name and postal address and in the subject heading put GIVE ME LOVE!. :)
Look closely at the album cover and see if you can spot yourself. (Text has obscured a fair few of you but you may be one of the lucky ones.)
Also if you'd like a Monster T-Shirt for free and you are sizes medium or small let me know and I'll send one. (no large left sorry)
For those of you close to Geelong, we'll be having an album launch at KUBU Studio on Sat March 25th so get on down to that for a live spectacular!
Warm regards and best wishes from Craig, Winston, Karl and I.
I thought you'd like to know that the full album is now on track for release in January 2017.
I know it's been a long wait but I'm positive that it will be worth it.
In the meantime I will be forwarding you all a free download of the first single "Monster" as soon as possible.
Don't forget to come down to one of the live shows coming up on the MONSTER Tour.
Details at www.timhulsman.com/tour
Well after a fantastic start the campaign has slowed down to a standstill just before the finish line!
We are so close to having the funds together to get this album over the line.
If there is anyone you could share it with or if you think you'd like to pitch in if you haven't already, now is the time to do it.
$2700 is the absolute minimum we need to take the next step...and there are many more steps to go as well.
Don't forget that any donations over $50 also get a copy of the vinyl single when it comes out.
Thanks again to the amazing people who have already pre-ordered their copies and supported so generously.
Love ya gutz. xxx
It's so close I can almost smell that distinct aroma of freshly printed ink and newly pressed plastic.
I've got some pretty exciting news too.
I had a release strategy meeting with the team yesterday and we've decided to release the first single on Vinyl.
7" with a B side track that won't be on the album.
We've also decided that everyone who has donated $50 or more will get a copy of it thrown in with the other rewards.
How cool is that?
It means that the full album will be officially released a couple of months later than originally planned but any who has participated in this campaign will get their copy well before the rest of the world.
Thanks again for all your support.
Love ya gutz. X
WOW ! That is stunningly great news Tim ! After what seems just a few days, to receive that much means only 1 thing your doing all the right things to deserve it . On the home stretch now !
Getting there Tim ! Well done to all the people with a little spare cash and a kind heart !
Can't wait to hear it Tim,,good luck with pre sales...great idea!