Making Amplification happen
I'm JW Corey Tamas, the lead guitarist/singer/composer for a rock band named Dragonfly.
I'm also the producer of our first album, Amplification: a 14-song original rock/jazz/blues/electronica songs which will become a professionally-made digital album. It represents the culmination of hundreds of live shows and decades of songwriting... and it rocks pretty damn hard, if I do say so myself.
We've been working pretty hard on it, too... and we have proof. Take a look:
What Do We Need? What Do You Get?
This is the second of two Indiegogo campaigns that are intended to bring Amplification over the finish line. We're looking for $4,000 to cover costs such as paying for musicians ($2200), additional studio time for recording ($500), additional studio time for mixing and mastering ($200) and sundries such as mailouts and tshirts, etc. Also, a chunk will go to Indiegogo (as they take a slice, which is perfectly fair. Paypal takes a chunk too, which is kind of a jerk thing to do actually).
The perks for contributing range from $15 to $1000 (but hey, if you wanna give more than that, we can discuss what kinda perks you'd like). This is a rundown of what's on the table:
- The album itself
- All the bonus songs (techno remixes and bonus tracks not included on the album)
- A thank you card
- A digital booklet with photos and lyrics
- A USB drive delivered to your door with all the music on it
- A framed photo, signed with a personalized thank you
- An album credit as assistant or executive Producer
- A live streaming concert over the internet
If we don't make the goal, funds will cover as much of the recording and mastering fees as possible, but may result in a delay or cancelation of the project. Boo hiss.
Why Make Amplification?
The reasons why this album matters became clear one night when I was talking with (drummer/composer) Aaron Ferrera about what I should do with the body of musical work I'd created. At the time I was unsure about pursuing an album project, and he responded to me simply: "Nobody else is doing music like this."
And he's right. The fusion of hard rock with jazz and blues and electronica with lyrics about spirit and philosophy break out of the radio-friendly zone in a big way. This world needs music that tries to do something new.
Though the scale of the project is daunting, I'm no stranger to independent album releases: I did two releases under my own name that paid for themselves in full, and I've been deeply involved in digital music recording and performance for over a decade. While Amplification is a big project compared to past efforts, it falls neatly into the range of my skill set and experience.
Other Ways You Can Help
Not everyone can contribute cash to a project like this, but if you want to support Amplification and help get this album made, you can get the word out and make a lot of noise.
There's a long list of great things you can do to help us out: Post our campaign URL (http://indiegogo.com/amplification2) or the Dragonfly website (http://dragonfly-live.com) on your Facebook page, Blog, Twitter, Tumblr, Google+ or whatever you happen to be grooving on. Follow us on Twitter (@DragonflyLive) and like us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/DragonflyLive).
Best of all, tell a friend "Hey, have you heard of this band?" and let them listen to a bit of the music on the Dragonfly website.
And if you can't manage any of that, just cross your fingers... say your prayer... keep a good thought... and be sure to check back for news on Amplification and where you can get it.
Thank you, everyone, for helping me make my dreams come true.
JW Corey Tamas
Producer, Singer, Songwriter, Diva