Help The Daniel Rosenboom Quintet release FIRE KEEPER and take it on tour!
Hello Everyone - I'm Daniel Rosenboom and I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for taking the time to check out this campaign!
I've got a wonderful new group and an exciting new album to share with you! This unique band is made up of some of my closest friends and some of the best musicians that I know...
Most of you probably know me, but for those who don't, here's a little background. I have been incredibly fortunate to enjoy a career as a musician and composer that spans a wide range of styles and contexts. From performing with and writing for a variety of bands in the underground jazz and avant-garde scenes in Los Angeles, to working with such prestigious classical organizations as the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Long Beach Opera, to recording in Hollywood studios such as FOX, SONY, Capitol, and Warner Brothers, to touring the world as soloist with multi-platinum pop-star Josh Groban, I've been blessed with a range of experience that's pretty rare. (Find out more here: www.danielrosenboom.com)
I've always been passionate about the creation and exploration of new territories in music, and have been a dedicated and active member of a thriving creative musical community in Los Angeles. My music has always embraced a bending of genres and a blurring of aesthetic lines that makes it not only unique, but truly adventurous. This will be the twelfth album I've self- or co-produced, and all have been done on shoestring budgets just for the love of the music.
From September 10th-13th, 2013 I had the honor of spending four days in the studio with these wonderful friends and colleagues to record our debut album as the Daniel Rosenboom Quintet, Fire Keeper. Leading up to this recording, these guys put in an incredible amount of work and dedication to realize some of the most complex and exciting music I've written to date. And beyond all that these guys brought this music to whole new level with their unique talents and approaches to music...
Now, the time has come to share the fruits of our labor with the world!
We want to bring this music to you you in two ways: on recording and LIVE in concert!
All the sound for the recording is finished, and it sounds totally spectacular! But the great thing about this music is that every live performance is a totally unique experience. The recording alone won't really show you all this amazing band can do. In live performance we stretch and improvise, and bring you a different performance every time!
Check out three complete live videos below to get a taste of our live style...
What We Need & What You Get...
This is where we need your help. By contributing to this campaign, you will be directly aiding our ability to share our talents with more listeners in more locations, at the same time as helping us promote our identity as a group and as individual musicians. Let's face it - the only real way to expand the reach of independent music is to bring the work to the people. That way we continue the circle of artist to audience interaction and enrich the lives of everyone involved!
The funding we're seeking will be split into two categories:
1) Album Completion and Promotion = $8,000.00
2) Tour Budget = $8,000.00
And what you do you get?
MUSIC, MUSIC, and more MUSIC! We have all dedicated our lives to the pursuit of making GREAT music and we have a lot of wonderful ways to share that with you. Just check out all our perks over to the right or down below...
Here's how it all breaks down...
1) Album Completion and Promotion
As I mentioned before, all of the albums I've done in the past have been entirely self-funded. This one is no exception. We have completed the sound production and now need to finish the physical pressing and production. Here's how it breaks down:
What I've spent so far on the music (this has all been paid already):
- 4 days of recording studio rental at $500 per day = $2,000.00
- 4 musicians at $400 per day = $6,400.00
- 1 sound engineer at $375 per day = $1,500.00
- 1 mixing engineer at $300 per song for 9 songs = $2,700.00
- 1 mastering engineer at $100 per song for 9 songs = $900.00
- 2 copies of the mastered discs (1 for CD and 1 for Vinyl) = $200.00
Total to date: $13,700.00
As you can see, finishing the sound production on a project like this is not cheap. So far, I've covered it all out of pocket.
Here's what I need to finish the physical product:
- Original Artwork and Design by Eron Rauch = $500.00
- Liner Notes by Gary Fukushima (LA Weekly) = $200.00
- CD Packaging and Pressing (500 copies) = $1,800.00
- Vinyl Packaging and Pressing (100 copies) = $2,000.00
All of the packaging will be pressed in gorgeous, high-quality, boutique style making all the physical copies true limited-edition collector's items!
Typically, a PR campaign for an album such as this runs between $3,000 and $5,000. I have yet to solidify exactly how I'm going to promote the record, but to be conservative, we'll keep it on the low end…
PR Campaign = $3,500
At this point, I'm not considering advertising, because I really believe that the strength of the music and the dedication of you all, the fans, will spread the word more effectively than any advertisement could! :)
***TOTAL NEEDED TO COMPLETE AND PROMOTE: $8,000
2) Tour Budget
Our ability to tour with this project rests entirely on how much we can raise in this campaign. All of the figures below are estimates of costs associated with traveling to any location outside the Southern California area.
NOTE: most venues that will book this kind of music will not provide a guarantee. Generally, the gigs are door gigs (meaning we make a percentage of whatever comes through the door), and if there is a guarantee, it is generally not enough to offset travel and lodging costs. Basically, to end a tour financially "in the black" would be a dream come true!
We're starting our tour in Southern California in March of 2014. After that, we'll start by focusing on 4 major areas outside of Southern California. We would love to play in:
- The San Francisco Bay Area
- The Pacific Northwest (Portland, Seattle, Vancouver)
- New York/New England
If we can raise enough, we'll add in areas such as:
- Austin, TX
- Charleston, SC
- New Orleans, LA
- Atlanta, GA
- Denver, CO
- Albuquerque, NM
- and more if possible...
If we can get to each of these areas, we can supplement shows in major cities with shows in the surrounding areas at much less cost. But here's how it breaks down to get to those places:
- est. per 3-500 miles for 5 people and gear (drums,amps, etc) = $800.00
- est. Lodging Cost for 5 people (~$50 per room) = $250.00 per night
- Payment for musicians at $200* per musician per gig = $800.00 per gig
*NOTE: this is pitifully low, and I'm not paying myself
AVERAGE COST PER TOUR AREA: $1850.00
4 Tour Locations plus a little buffer for varying travel costs brings us to:
***TOTAL TOURING BUDGET (at least to start): $8,000.00
As you can see, touring expenses add up fast, and can be prohibitive. We want to bring this music to you, but need your help to do it. Obviously, the more we can raise with this campaign, the more places we can bring this music!
This is where it gets fun. What we have to give is a life-long dedication to music in the form of a ton of recorded music, and performing for you live!
I've really enjoyed coming up with various perks for various donation levels, and I really think we have a lot of very attractive options for you:
$10: Pre-Order the Digital Album
Be the first to hear this brand new music! You will receive the digital album and artwork, with a hi-res PDF booklet and liner notes on March 11, immediately after this campaign ends, and well in advance of the public release (date TBA). I can tell you that it's the best album I've ever made, by far, and I can't wait for you to hear it!
$15: Personalized Copy of the CD
I will sign and personalize your CD copy of the album. The packaging will be gorgeous with original artwork by Eron Rauch, and the sound is spectacular! Don't settle for a digital download - put this one on your shelf!
$25: CD and Tickets
Come see us live and get something to take home as well! With this package, you'll get 2 tickets to a show near you and receive your copy of the CD when you arrive! Our tour dates for 2014 start on March 13th in San Diego and will be posted at www.danielrosenboom.com as they are added.
$30: Pre-Order the Vinyl
Shortly after the release of the CD and digital version, we will be issuing a Limited Edition Vinyl that will be a must-have for audiophiles and collectors. Mastered by revered audiophile mastering engineer Stephen Marsh (Bob Dylan, James Taylor, Nat King Cole, and many more) and pressed in beautiful, high-quality boutique fashion, this edition will have exclusive original artwork and packaging design by Eron Rauch, and be hand numbered and signed for authenticity! A true collector's item for sure!
$45: The "Boomer" Fan Pack
For you avid listeners out there you'll six albums for the price of three! I'll send you signed copies of my four CDs:
- Fire Keeper
- Book of Omens
- Fallen Angeles
- Bloodier, Mean Son
AND you'll get my two digital download albums as well:
- Unsayable Absence: Live at the Blue Whale
- Book of Riddles
$60: Take a lesson with me!
For musicians of any level, any instrument, any style, I can offer insight and experience gained over a career working in almost every genre and context. Spend an hour with me and learn from my experience in the thriving underground LA jazz and avant-garde scenes, prestigious classical institutions like the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Long Beach Opera, touring the world as a soloist with multi-platinum pop star Josh Groban, and working in most of the major Hollywood studios on Film, TV, and Video Games, including FOX, SONY, Capitol, Warner Brothers, and many more.
NOTE: Must be in the Los Angeles area or via Skype.
$80: Original Artwork Prints
Like the artwork? It was hand-painted by Eron Rauch (www.eronrauch.com)! He will provide beautiful archival prints suitable for framing, and personally sign and number each of the copies. Each of these will be a real collector's item!
$150: The Ultimate "Boomer" Fan Pack
For the ultimate fan, you'll get FIRE KEEPER as well as my 5 previous albums (3 CDs and 2 digital downloads), as well as 3 signed CDs by my Hardcore-Balkan-Jazz-Rock band PLOTZ!, a signed copy of my experimental jazz-rock band DR. MiNT's debut album, as well as 3 other digital download albums by the same group, an exclusive DR5 t-shirt, and 4 signed show posters from the past! That's 13 albums, a t-shirt, and 4 posters for only $150!!!
$300: Custom Arrangement
I will be happy to arrange any piece of music from my catalog for you in any style you wish. You can browse through my catalog on my website (www.danielrosenboom.com) and choose which piece you like, and then we will discuss style, format, instrumentation, etc., and I will deliver you a custom arrangement.
$500: I will write you a song!
For such a generous donation, I will write you an original piece of music dedicated to you! I will send you a personalized, signed copy of the manuscript and a home recording of the piece.
$1000: DR5 at YOUR HOUSE
Want to get up close and personal with the Daniel Rosenboom Quintet? Bring us to your house for a live one-hour house concert! You and your friends can share in the fun as we give you a totally unique concert experience, and interact with the band on a one-on-one level.
NOTE: Must be in the Los Angeles area, or scheduled in conjunction with one of our tour dates/locations to be announced.
$2000: EXECUTIVE PRODUCER for Vinyl!
A donation like this will absolutely ensure that pressing this vinyl LP will happen! For that, I will put your name on the vinyl packaging as an executive producer! Plus, I'll give you comps +1 to any Daniel Rosenboom show for a full year after this campaign ends, as well as the "Ultimate Boomer Fan Pack" and an Original Artwork print by Eron Rauch!
$3000: Daniel and Kai at YOUR HOUSE!
For the fan, or group of fans, who really wants a special experience, Daniel and Kai will present a duo concert experience live in your home! With this much of a donation, we can travel anywhere* in the continental US and perform and hour long concert especially for you!
*NOTE: Must be within a reasonable driving distance from a major metropolitan area easily accessible by plane.
$5000: PATRON SAINT!!!
If you find yourself wanting and able to donate this much to this project, I will give you everything I can: all my albums, all formats, all signed, posters, t-shirt, original artwork, lessons for a year, an original composition and/or arrangement, a house concert, and executive producer credit on the vinyl album. I mean, that's all I have to give, but you deserve it all!!!
Your help in funding this project will have a lasting impact on the lives of these musicians, the lives of the audiences we meet, and hopefully on your life as well.
The whole reason I create music is to breathe life into something new and unique in the world, and to give people a new perspective on art, music, and the act of listening and experiencing. When we let go of preconceptions and truly give ourselves to the music before us, both musician and audience are transformed and hopefully reach a deeper understanding of life. Without any pretenses, that is what it means to be a dedicated musician and a dedicated listener.
With your help, we can bring that experience to more people in more places around the world. Making albums is something I know how to do. I've produced quite a few, each one bringing a fresh and different perspective to the creative process. However, one thing I have yet to do is bring my music, with my chosen musicians and colleagues, to people across the world LIVE and in concert.
We know how to bring a powerful performance to life. When you contribute to this campaign, you are making it possible for many people to experience that kind of performance, and allowing us to share our message through music beyond the borders of our hometown.
Other Ways You Can Help
Believe me, I understand that it's not always possible to contribute financially to a campaign like this. But there are other ways that you can help us:
- Share this campaign on Twitter, Facebook, and other social media platforms with your friends! It's all about the network - you guys are the ones who can make this happen!
- Talk to your local venues and radio stations, and tell them you'd like to hear our music in your town. We can always send any venue or radio station a CD, and if you express your interest, they'll be more likely to help us come to you!
- Talk to your local schools and musical institutions and tell them about this project. We all love to teach and give clinics. Educating future generations is the only way creative music survives, and it is a way for us to supplement our touring income.
Really, the biggest thing that will help is spreading the word not just about this campaign, but about the music that we're creating. The most powerful movements in music always start on a grass-roots level, and you can help change the landscape of music today.
Thank you so much for all your support and consideration and we really hope to meet you soon!
With so much love and appreciation,