THE SHAMAN'S CALL is inspired by a sense of artistic calling. By attempting to tell the story of my own artistic path, through the lyrics, I have had the opportunity to revisit formative periods from my past...listening to music in my bedroom in East Kilbride, going on fishing trips on the river Clyde, falling in love in Glencoe, meeting the cream of the Burlesque scene in New York, and even saying goodbye to loved ones. It's all in there, my sense of cosmic wonder, my sense of joy and freedom in the wilds of nature...as much love and life as I could condense into the songs.
© James McGeachan
I have been releasing music discreetly for the last 10 years, but it wasn't till the soundtrack/book TERRAS ÚLTIMAS in 2010, and the subsequent release of my last album REDEMPTION ROAD (in April 2012) that I finally found my feet as a recording artist. REDEMPTION ROAD was embraced by my old friend Guy Garvey of Elbow on his show on BBC 6, and also shown some love by Mark Radcliffe on his show on Radio 2 - so things are building nicely.
With your support and contributions I really hope to keep building on this success, to make a better album and a bigger and better live show, and take it around the world.
REDEMPTION ROAD was a real breakthrough for me, but it would have been much bigger if I had had a reasonable promotional and marketing budget. The funds that will be raised throughout this campaign will help us support the production and distribution costs of THE SHAMAN'S CALL, including recording in the studio, mixing, mastering, cd manufacture and design, distribution and video production, putting together and touring the live show. And when we have a magnificent album ready, that’s when the hard work really begins - getting it to the people. So a large part of the funds raised will help towards press, promotion and advertising (in the UK and Portugal).
One of the reasons this album means so much to me is that it has its roots in Scotland; but it is influenced by many of the formative episodes of my life, including time spent in Manchester, London, New York and Portugal.
Our dream is to make three special films – one for the song Burlesque Sky, set in New York and inspired by a burlesque festival I co-produced in Portugal, with the amazing performance artist Julie Atlas Muz (pictured below). This video will be unique and hopefully include some very special guests.
© Paulo Jorge Magalhães
Another film that shows the necessity of a deep connection to Nature through the mystery and beauty of the Scottish Highlands:
© James McGeachan
The third film will be a special version of Sunday Morning Song, in Abbey Road studios in London. I mastered REDEMPTION ROAD there (with Sean Magee, pictured below), and it is a dream location to record, with an amazing, inspiring history. It will be so good to go back!
© Pete Hill
Our main objective, then, is to record a
beautiful, deep and uplifting album, and promote it as well as we can, with the funds that hopefully become available with this campaign.
These days it's possible to spend anything from a thousand euros to a million making an album. To do all of the stuff I have mentioned so far, we will need a minimum of €16,500. The reason we have chosen to make our campaign 'flexible' funding is so we can try to raise that amount, but if we don’t then it will obviously be more difficult to reach our goals. We have made the three film ideas perk options. So if you would like to see any of them happen, have a special thank you in the album credits, and even join us for a day of filming, please contribute to the one that would mean most to you.
I am also extremely happy to have the opportunity to share THE LAND OF THE FORGOTTEN with you. This is a short story I have had in waiting for a while. It was written while I was working on Terras Últimas, and it tells the story of a young boy called Ellis Blue, as his senses all come alive to the wonders of Nature. This is the first edition of the book and it will only be available here on Indiegogo. You can see some of the beautiful provisional sketches, from the illustrator Ângela Vieira, below:
We use the songs we love as a soundtrack and sometimes even as a guide for our lives. With the constant availability of music on the internet (and elsewhere) it is easy to forget how precious music really is. I think that crowdfunding platforms like indiegogo are helping to reverse that trend, and remind us of the importance of investing in the people and things that we love. We are here together at the forefront of a revolution in the music industry, and, possibly for the first time, at a point in history where the artists themselves will see a fair reward for their work.
Life is, after all, as my parents used to say, about giving and receiving. I received an email last year, explaining how Battlescar had helped someone in a difficult position with their mental health survive a difficult time in hospital, and in some ways even saw the song as a lifeline – and thanked me for that. Of course the gratitude was mine – to share such a story with me and to know that one of my songs has been so important to another person affected me profoundly. It made me happy and sad, and maybe even proud – proud that all that work has paid off, that my solitude and labour has created a song that can enter someone’s life and provide exactly the harmony they needed. We can’t plan or calculate that. The reason songwriters are here is for the songs to find a way to the people that need them.
I recently received another
email asking if I would perform We Don’t Need Tomorrow at a wedding in
Lisbon, for a couple that see it as their
song. I felt truly honoured by that, but I was in Scotland at the time, so I
couldn’t make it. However, I thought it was such a beautiful idea that I
offered to play a small concert for them as a house-warming present for their
new home. I will let you know how it goes.
It’s this kind of love and support and community that drives me with music, and I think it’s something that the world desperately needs. Making THE SHAMAN’S CALL will not only be an opportunity for me to create another defining statement as an artist, but also an opportunity to share everything I have learnt from my artistic path, and offer some love and inspiration to the world.
As you may have gathered, this is not only about contributing
money, and making pledges to buy things. If you can’t do that, your love is
more than enough! Spreading the word as much as you can will help! Just share the link to this campaign within your social media...and tell your friends, family and colleagues. Easy.
Thank you all so much for your time and
support, you are, as we say in East Kilbride, the bees knees.
© Diogo Machado
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