Listen to the first "The Secret Songs of Us" song below. If you like it, donate and help me record a full length record plus you'll get an immediate download link for the song!
Hi there, my name is Justin Yost and I am the sole member of The Secret Songs of Us. When I started eighth grade I had a dream to write and record a CD all by myself that was fun, energetic, positive, and very personal. Nine years later I still have that dream and with your help I might be able to finally make that dream a reality.
The music industry sucks. It's just that simple. Record labels give you a miniscule fraction of the money your music actually makes. They own and control everything. Merchandise is ridiculously expensive to print if you're the Average Joe. Studios with real producers who want to make unique records are even more expensive. So what can a dude like me, who's doing it all alone, possibly do?
I looked everywhere, found the best folks in the industry with the most affordable prices possible, and crunched all the numbers together. $4,500 may seem like a lot, it may seem like chump change. However you view it, it's literally the very best I could find. My brilliant friend Greg Parker (Amped Recording) who recorded my first single, 31st and 9th, is willing to sit in a room with me for hours upon hours to help me make the CD of my dreams. He's going to produce, engineer, mix, and master the whole thing for $4,500. That's an absolute steal. As you can hear in 31st and 9th, the mix sounds awesome. He's excellent at what he does and I wouldn't want to be taking on this project with anyone else.
The other money that will be required to print physical copies of the CD as well as pay for it to be distributed through online retailers like iTunes and Spotify I will handle. Printing high quality CD's, posters, shipping, and paying for distribution is a pretty expensive thing to do, but I couldn't imagine asking anyone for anymore help. Just please help me reach my goal of 4,500 and I'll take care of the rest!
What The Heck Do I Get For Donating?
Look to the right hand side of the page and you can view all the perks I have for folks who donate. I'm REALLY excited to be able to offer unique incentives to friends instead of the boring, run of the mill things you see all the time. Incentives range from a mp3 download of my new song, 31st and 9th, all the way up to the signed snare drum I recorded the whole CD on! Definitely go check out the perks and see what you can afford and what excites you. Get pumped, this is a thrilling time for me. I can't wait to have you be apart of it with me!!
What Happens If I Don't Reach My Goal?
Part of the beauty of Indiegogo is that you can choose to keep what you raise even when you don't meet your full goal. I'm truly hoping we can do that, but if we can't I will use what we have raised and simply record a shorter EP. Obviously I'd prefer to record a full length record for all of you because I truly believe I have ten songs that have the potential to really impact people. If I have to make an EP instead, I'll just pick my favorite four or five songs and release them! Either way, you'll receive music from me as well as whatever perk you were promised. Let's just reach the goal and we won't have to worry about any of that other stuff!
You Really Want To Help But Just Can't Afford It Right Now
Hey, look, some people just can’t contribute, but that doesn’t mean you can’t help! Spread the word! Facebook, Twitter, Email, Instagram... all those social networking sites are great for this type of thing! Pass the word onto family and friends who may not have any of those things. Sometimes word of mouth is still the most important tool we have. Use the Indiegogo social tools, quick links, all that jazz and we will be able to reach this goal no problem!