Julien Joel Clement's debut album

$2,925 of $4,500 goal

Raised by 46 people in 21 months
Hi and welcome!

I am raising funds to finish my debut record, "Failure & Masterpiece". Here is how this came about.

I was born and raised in France, coming to Australia in 2003. I have been playing and writing music since c.1997, however I went steadier with it after landing in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales. I have played in duos, trios, quartets, and more, writing music for most. My longest project has been with Belle Jar (born in 2008), a Gypsy swing/pop/Klezmer outfit. Meanwhile, a stack of songs that did not fit this style kept piling up in my songbook. In 2015, I finally decided to create a solo project – Julien Joel Clement (my first and middle names).

I enlisted the help of Neill Duncan to record and produce a full-length record. Neill is a saxophonist and drummer with a career that deserves a book of its own. We share many musical influences and a love for absurd comments. Working with him has been quite an adventure.

We started recording in February 2015. Why so long? We don’t want to rush this. Neill tours often and teaches music a lot. I am committed to other bands. I couldn’t pay thousands of dollars upfront to finance this.
I've also dropped my day job, to focus solely on the album and playing live (festivals, tours).

What’s left to be done?
Mixing, editing, mastering, manufacturing.

Mixing/editing: about 15 more hours left (+/- $800)
Mastering: 10 songs at $80/$100 per song (+/- $900)
Manufacturing: between $500 and $1,100

Why am I asking for your help?
Continuing at this rhythm may take another year, seriously. I sometimes can’t go in the studio for a month or two at a time because of financial obstacles – it’s a bit like wanting to go for an overseas adventure, it’s hard to organise and finance within a few weeks. 

I’m turning to you to fast-forward things, and because I like the idea of creating this together with the community I've worked in for the last 14 years.
This album will be a milestone in my career, something I've carried with me for years. I can't wait to share it with you all!
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Howdy! I have finally gathered the mastering money through gigs and various work. Neill has sent two tracks to our mastering engineer, so he can tell us if we need to remix stuff or what. I’m not sure how long the mastering will take.
Next is the physical production of the album. It’ll take me another while to get that money together, but not as long as for the mastering. Getting there! Thanks for your support and patience!!!
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Hey y'all. We are two mixes away from our final studio product. Mastering comes next!!!
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It’s official! Neill and I have finished the album’s first round of mixes (well, mostly Neill )!!! Next step: one more round, one can never be too sure. Then, mastering etc.

Come see the live version of most of the songs tonight at Junction 142 (Katoomba); we are opening for Lime & Steel’s last ever show.
Doors open at 7pm
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"What?!? What happened to that target? The first one was reached, so what the hell?... Faulty maths? Inability to predict the future? Damn it, JJC..."
"Look, I admit it, I feel a mix of awkwardness and boldness, both in equal measures. To finish this properly (mastering and manufacturing), I need more help from you. At the speed at which I fund this myself, I'll have retired before the album is out.
Neill and I don't want to release a half-baked record that you listen to once and lose in the vortex of your glove-box. We mean every note that weaved its way into it. We mean to take it on tour."
"Yeah yeah... What will it cost us?"
"It's up to you, as always. I don't plan on putting a convincing argument out there. Help or not, we're still friends, all good; I've done my fair share of not being able to help fellow bands/friends. Simply sharing this project is a big help too!"
"What's the link, then?"
www.gofundme.com/jjcdebutalbum
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$2,925 of $4,500 goal

Raised by 46 people in 21 months
Created September 28, 2016
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$30
Donna-Lee Bruce
4 months ago

I wish I had a spare $500 just laying around.. Thanks for all the fun Blue Mth shows :)

LG
$25
Lindsey Gray
9 months ago

Great stuff Jules x

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