"You Only Die Once" music project

$80 of $500 goal

Raised by 7 people in 33 months

Okay, let me say this officially.

I like making music. I like writing and performing songs,
I like producing and I like composing my own instrumentals to perform over. I like my music, and I want to share it with others. I think people at the very least will find my song ideas interesting.

No, I have no ambitions of being the next big rap star. There was a time when I wanted someting like that, but that was a long time ago and that ship has sailed. In my younger days, my crew and I would rock any open mic, any cipher, any show we could get our feet in the door at to get our names out and build our brand. And a number of guys in my old crew are still out there making it happen. But I personally have performed at exactly one rap show since 2001, and I really don't have the motivation or desire to get back on that grind again.

but I still like creating music, and still want to share my creations with everybody, and I have no qualms at all about promoting them. If I don't tell you about what I've made, then who will?

I also like James Bond. He has always been my favorite aciton hero. While listening to some great concept albums from guys like Mega Ran, The Roots and Kendrick Lamar, I had an idea: what if there was a concept rap album dedicated to James Bond? What would it sound like? The ideas came pouring in, and eventually I was able to craft a story involving a secret agent trying to recover a stolen neutron bomb before it is used to kill the population of London, with each song being a chapter in the story. I tried to capture all of the staples, tropes and mythos of the 007 franchise, while crafting music that could sound as it if would be a perfect fit for the next James Bond movie.

But there's more to it than just music. This is more than just a music project to me: it's a literal culmination of all of my creative talents, rolled into one epic project. I'm infusing the best elements of my songwriting, music making and production skills, but this is also going to be a showcase of my storytelling ability (I am a published novelist, after all), my illustration ability (I have a few of those under my belt, too), and my web design ability (that's what I do for a living).

this upcoming album is more than just an album. it's a
concept album telling a distinct, cohesive story, with each song being a chapter: an audiobook with its own
soundtrack. the lyrics will be published separately, along with select illustrations from myself and hopefully a few of my friends who are better illustrators than I am, in an illustrated chapbook. I've already gotten permission from a few friends who've done a thing or two on stage and screen to "Cast" them in key roles in my story. There will be a website with bonus material on it. And I plan on having it available via more outlets than just bandcamp, reverbnation and soundcloud.

The money I am trying to raise covers the costs of putting this project out myself: copyright fees, digital distribution, publishing the music and the companion lyric chapbook, paying my guest illustrators, CD manufacturing and webhosting. Any money raised past my goal will be put towards professional mastering of the album (as of right now I'll be mastering the album myself and I'd rather not do that), and maybe even a video.

This is quite possibly my most ambitious project yet (and I've done a few pretty ambitious projects), and I want you to be a part of it. My goal is to have the album and chapbook available by the end of the year.
Give it a chance. I think you might like it.

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I'm Getting close to having everything for YODO ready to go.

The actual album has a final mix (FINALLY) and is actually available RIGHT NOW on my Bandcamp page.

But it's not too late to preorder the bonus material! I am two illustrations away from finishing the chapbook, and I'm thinking about putting together a quick slideshow video of one of the bonus songs. I'm also still finalizing the Soundtrack, and that will be available soon, also.

To all of those that supported the campaign in some way, shape or form, you have my heartfelt thanks. You will be receiving your perks soon.

For the rest of you...what are you waiting for? go download your copy of You Only Die Once NOW!
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YODO update:
I've got good news and bad news, everybody.
The good news is that recording for the entire You Only Die Once album is finally Complete! I just laid the final lyrics down last night. The album is ready for final mixdowns and mastering.

The Bad news is that since I could raise enough money for professional mastering, I have to do all of the mastering myself...and I am NOT liking how the mixes are coming out. The lyrics are too loud in some areas, not loud enough in others, and all of the songs on a whole aren't as loud as they should be. Also, the Protools plug-in I've been using to get that "on the telephone" effect I use in many of the song no longer works, so I've been having a hard time replicating that effect (BTW if any one knows of a free Plug-in for the latest Protools that allows me to get that effect, PLEASE inbox me). I've got a LOT of work to do to get this album to sound the way I want it to sound. I'll try again in a few weeks, and this is obviously going to push the release date for YODO back a bit.

Of course, if wonderful people like you preorder copies of the album, then maybe I can save enough to get the mastering professionally done. #imjustsayin
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Check out the latest update on YODO, with a preview of another track!

preview of "On The Run"
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Second single from the album is available now!
But there's a catch. this song will NOT appear on the album as you hear it now. So if you like this track, now is your chance to buy it....or you can preorder the deluxe version of the album.
This song features my brother LyriCal and my cousin MysterWre. Check it out.

download the single now!
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$80 of $500 goal

Raised by 7 people in 33 months
Created June 20, 2015
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29 months ago
Augusta Simmons
29 months ago

Just fantastic!! Love it!!

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