An Updated Twist!
I've decided to add a twist to this campaign based on a recent personal realization...
As far as I know, I will only have 1 chance to be alive here on this earth. So, each morning, when I wake up, it's my choice as to how big & bold I want to live that day.
Until recently, I've always thought of Swimming With Dolphins as nothing more than just some songs I make when I have time, that a handful of overly-kind people think sound cool... or something like that, but as you all have proven to me with this campaign, that's not the case. Clearly, I have a "voice" and I was put on this earth to share my music with whoever wants to listen. In fact, we all have a "voice" or something we are called to do or make that speaks to others in an inspiring way and reflects who we are as individuals.
I'm so thankful for all of the generosity & attention given to this campaign for the making of Catharsis - I cannot wait to finish this album. However, I would really like to harness the rare opportunity of this moment in the remaining days of the campaign, and use my "voice" to support something that is much more important to this world than my music. That being the creature that greatly inspired the title of this project: Dolphins.
There are only 10 days left in this campaign. For each & every contribution that comes in, I will be passing $1 of it forward to this wonderful organization: http://bluefreedom.org/
The money will go to support an upcoming short film they are making called "Voiceless", which will aim to raise awareness of the harms of Dolphins in captivity.
I've added a $5 perk as well. This includes a hand written "thank you" from me, as well as a Blue Freedom bracelet - (these items will be included in every contribution $5 or higher).
I really want Catharsis to mean something more than just another Swimming With Dolphins album. Now is our chance to do that.
Let's save some flippin' Dolphins!
Hello, I'm Austin Tofte, the sole creator behind the band Swimming With Dolphins.
It's been over 2 years since the release of my last album, Water Colours. Not only am I incredibly overdue to release an album, but I've also never been more sure that I need to create & share with the world something far greater musically than anything I have so far.
Words cannot express how grateful I am for all of you who have supported Swimming With Dolphins along the way. Without all of you, none of what I do would matter & none of what I do would be possible! After all, what is music without a listener?
That is exactly why I need each and everyone of you right now, more than ever...
Making an album is expensive & extremely time consuming.
- To successfully make "Catharsis" the living, breathing thing that I envision it as, I need, at the very least, $12,000 to pay for things like this:
Travel expenses for musicians
Studio rental time
Pressing of posters, CD's, merchandise to support the release.
- I've taken some time & thought up some clever perks to choose from when donating. In addition, I hope you all enjoyed the teaser music video featuring some VERY old SWD tour footage. :)
- Your contribution really matters. If we don't meet the goal, I am not sure when there will be an album. I'm eager to devote all of my energy to the making of this album, but without the proper funding, I won't be able to afford taking the time off of work & independently saving for something like this could take years.
It's not just about the money...
I know there are a lot of listeners out there who can't afford to give anything, but that doesn't mean you can't help. The more people that know about this campaign, the better possibility of us meeting our goal. So, please, spread the word! Share this on your facebook, twitter, match.com profile...whatever you can think of! Anything helps!