VIDEO UPDATE JULY 12, 2013
My name is Mina Caputo, I am an artist, singer songwriter from Brooklyn, NY. I just finished my new album called "As Much Truth As One Can Bear". This album is really important to me, since it's the first release as Mina Caputo. Most of you know me as Keith, I used to be the singer for the band Life of Agony, and then I started my solo career as Keith back in 2000. Music is my life, it's what I've dedicated my life to. Welcome to my Indiegogo campaign.
I've always been hesitant to ask people for help, always been very independent. I had to grow up really fast. I lost my mom at a very young age and my dad later in life, both from heroin addictions, hence the name Life of Agony. But now I realize no one can go through life alone. I am very thankful and grateful for all the fans who have supported me for all these years, and through the many changes in my life. I get beautiful letters every day, and I am happier now than I have ever been.
MY NEW ALBUM
As I mentioned, I am so excited about my new album and I can't wait for you all to hear it. I also can't wait to be able to come to your town and play for you. Rather than go the traditional route of a record label releasing my album, it's clear that the time is right for me to bring this record to all of you myself and do it my own way. The way I see it you guys are my record label, you are the ones that I can count on and I put my full trust in all of you. So here's a taste of some songs off the new album, something to wet your appetites and hopefully leaving you wanting more.
I was able to pay for the album myself by doing much of it in my home to keep the costs down. Now that it's done, I still need to pay for the manufacturing, distribution and promotion of the album. I will also need funds to be able to tour the world in support of my new album and come to a city near you. If it was up to me I would be on tour constantly...it's what I love to do. So I've started this Indiegogo campaign to create an opportunity for you the fans to contribute towards my career and help me accomplish these things. I will be using all the money raised from this campaign towards promoting this record, so the more I am able to raise the more I will be able to accomplish thanks to you.
The music business has changed so much over the years, but I am still an old romantic when it comes to music. As a music fan I love it when my favorite artists put out quality products, and I still take pride in going to the record store and supporting my favorite artists and buying the products they put out. I feel it's so important to give my fans something personal and authentic, something unique that they can touch and feel, rather than just a typical jewel case or just a dry release on iTunes.
So I've put together this really special collage/lyric book. It's the first time that I did all the album artwork on my own. The book was inspired by my new album and it was made during the recording of the album. It will be a limited edition book and will include the CD. I will be using the funds from this Indiegogo campaign to make them, and I will be offering autographed copies of the book as part of my campaign.
I will also be offering up some other really amazing perks such as autographed handwritten lyrics, hanging out at my video shoot, a private dinner with me, a guitar custom painted by me. I'll even be offering up a few acoustic guitars that were used by me to write many of my songs throughout the years. Be sure to check all the options. Also I constantly get requests to release my albums on vinyl. Depending on how this Indiegogo campaign turns out I would love to be able to do that as well.
So I ask that you make any contribution that you can. No contribution is too small. Every little bit will help reach the goal and be so greatly appreciated. Even if you can't contribute, all I ask is that you spread the word and share the link to my campaign.
Thank you for listening, I love you all. Stay true, be yourselves, be strong, be vulnerable, don't be afraid. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. All my love, Mina.
As mentioned, I already paid for the recording of my new album "As Much Truth As One Can Bear" on my own. The total cost to make the album came to $10,000. So any contributions I get from this campaign will not be going towards the album recording costs. They will instead be going towards the manufacturing, distribution and promotion of the album, including the special limited edition lyric/collage book. Some of it will also be used to help cover touring expenses.
So, I've put together this breakdown of how I plan to allocate the funds for you all to see.