Help save Orange Music Studio

$27,464 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 283 people in 9 months
Created January 18, 2018
Attention all music lovers and patrons of the arts! We urgently need your assistance!

In an era where music, among other creative endeavors, has been devalued as mere “content,” freely accessed through the new digital medium, the very survival of those who create music and art and culture has been threatened. Bassist, iconic producer, and sonic visionary Bill Laswell becomes the latest legendary talent to fall victim to the vagaries of these crazy times. Beset by health problems while trying to navigate this harsh and uncertain economic landscape, Laswell is struggling to maintain Orange Music, the legendary New Jersey studio that he as helmed for the last 20 years. He is putting the call out to all fans, friends, and fellow artists alike: If you can help, please do so now. No contribution is too small.

As an artist and producer, Bill Laswell really needs no introduction. Though he has operated largely out of view of the pop charts, he has managed to collaborate with the giants in practically every genre of music—from Miles Davis to Mick Jagger to Bob Marley to name but a few. At the peak of his commercial success, he even produced the Grammy-award winning hit “Rock It” for Herbie Hancock in 1983, one of the first songs that helped hip-hop crossover to the mainstream. At this point, he could have moved to L.A. and cashed in, but he chose to stay in New York and later, New Jersey, and keep it real. In doing so, he displayed his very real commitment to the underground.

Orange Music, the studio Bill moved to in 1998 after getting priced out of rapidly-gentrifying Greenpoint, Brooklyn, has a storied history of its own. Supposedly built in the late 60s for Franki Valli and the Four Seasons, it was originally called Vantone Studio. In the 70s, groups like Jethro Tull, Humble Pie, Brooklyn Bridge, and Carole King recorded there. In the 80s, the studio was renamed Grand Slam Studios and hosted such luminaries as Aerosmith and George Benson. When Laswell took over the studio, he brought with him his international cast of colorful characters, producing such artists as Tabla Beat Science, Sly & Robbie, Matisyahu, Bernie Worrell, and the inimitable Lee “Scratch” Perry. As a maverick in his field, he has always supported other independent artists, who, like himself, are striving for something further, deeper, and true. That’s why he allows other artists and independent labels to use the studio at reduced rates. So many stand to lose if Bill cannot hold onto Orange Music.

Bill’s entire career is a powerful statement of art over commerce. Money has never been an issue, but Bill now needs your help.

PayPal account for Bill Laswell:

with sincere thanks  from bottom of our heart, we would like to offer the items below for people who make a  donation. please excuse us but it will take some time for us to deliver the items to you, will announce you as soon as possible. thank you for your understnading.  :

$10 - 20   2 free digital downloads from Bill Laswell's Bandcamp
$21 - 30   3 free digital downloads from Bill Laswell's Bandcamp
$31 - 40   4 free digital downloads from Bill Laswell's Bandcamp 
$41 - 50   5 free digital downloads from Bill Laswell's Bandcamp
$51 - 80   Bill Laswell mix tape (CD) &
                      5 free digital downloads from Bill Laswell's Bandcamp
$81 - 150   Bill Laswell mix tape (CD) &  T-shirts
$151 - 300  2 Bill Laswell mix tapes (CD) & T-shirts
$301 - 500  2 Bill Laswell mix tapes (CD) signed, T-shirts &
                           Bill Laswell art book
$500 - 1000  2 Bill Laswell mix tapes (CD) signed,  T-shirts,   Bill Laswell art book & special thanks credit on       
                           Bill’s 2018 CD/LP releases
$1001 –   Bill Laswell mix tape (CD) signed, T-shirts,  
                       Bill Laswell art book & executive producer credit on one of Bill’s 2018 CD/LP releases

$2001 -  Bill Laswell mix tape (CD) signed, T-shirts,
Bill Laswell art book & executive producer credit
on 2 of Bill’s 2018 CD/LP releases

more than $3001 -   you will get all thes items, plus please let us know what we could do for you....?

Thank you!!!!!!!!! for a million

*Bill Laswell Bandcamp:

*mix tape 1 includes these tracks:
The Western Lands (Material / Seven Souls)
Furies (PRAXIS / Profanation: Preparation for a Coming Darkness)
Drop Away (Jon Batiste, Chad Smith, Bill Laswell / The Process)
This Is the Picture (Excellent Birds)  (Peter Gabriel / So)
Rockit Redux (HerbieHancock/Technovoodu:AstralBlackSimulations)
Black and Strong (Homesick)  (The Last Poets / Holy Terror)
Cosmic Slop (Material / Third Power)
Rise (Public Image Limited / Album)

mix tape 2 will contain something special...

*T-shirts / body black, design supervised by Bill Laswell

*art books below:
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We've reached 25K! !This is so amazing. thank you so much to everyone who helped us... from bottom of our hearts. The studio is reopened, up and running. Also, Bill would like to send you his sincere thank you...!!!!
Thank you from Bill Laswell
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Hello - still pushing along and getting ever closer to $25k. There's still much work to do so keep spreading the word! Anything donated above $25k will only serve to further help keep this vital resource for so many people open and the output flowing.

All download codes have been sent out from dave@billlaswell.net to those that should be receiving them. If you have not received anything yet, please check your spam folders. If there's nothing in there shoot an email to the address noted above and we'll get you sorted.

We humbly thank you once again for your continued support.
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Thank you all again for you support! We are edging closer to $25k. Please keep spreading the word!! Anything above and beyond our initial goal only serves to make the future slightly more secure.

Thank you also for your patience with rewards as well. While physical items will of course take longer to put together and deliver, we appreciate your patience while waiting on downloads. Things naturally have been hectic and there are a lot of things to be addressed in general. Starting today, emails will be going out in order of donation date to find out which downloads you would like so that codes can be sent. Please make sure you can accept emails from dave@billlswell.net

We ask that you please refrain from inundating this email address with other questions for the time being. An update will go out once all download request emails have been sent so that we can address any problems at that time.

Again, thank you for your patience and support!
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The campaign has reached 20K!! so amazing.
Thank you so much for your warm support. Please help us in spreading the word about this campaign... we still have a little more to go... Thank you again!!!!
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