MATTER - Teraphim Album Fundraiser

Calling all family, friends and fans to help Matter produce our second full length album, Teraphim. Exclusive preorder perks included!
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Elijah Kellogg
Music
Los Angeles, California
United States
3 Team Members

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The Story of Teraphim

Teraphim is an ancient Hebrew phrase with a mysterious etymology. Loosely translated as "household Idols" or "pagan images", to some Hebrew scholars, the phrase likely means something even darker, once being translated poetically to mean "disgraceful things".

Disgraceful Things: as we began the process of story-boarding and writing our next album, this phrase began to haunt us as artists. As we'd create and edit each new song for the record, a musical journey through the prophecies of Ezekiel, we knew we were treading frightfully dark waters. Ezekiel is not a light volume, nor a tale to be treated lightly. And as we wrote to convey such a powerful piece of literature through music, again and again we found ourselves stricken with the power of the Hebrew voice: Teraphim. And so the phrase quickly became our story's thesis, and, eventually, the album's official title. The journey to complete and perfect Teraphim has been one of great labor, but now we are VERY excited to announce that we are ready to release this beautiful work of sound, our sophomore release, in the spring of 2014!

This Time, Matter is Going All Out

As many of you are aware, we self-produced, recorded, mixed and mastered our debut LP, The Man and the Terror, on our very own, with an extremely limited budget, all in our guitarist's bedroom. The experience was great and the album turned out and sold better than we could have ever imagined--all thanks to you, our supportive family, friends and fans! But as our fan base quickly grew over the past year and as we seriously began to consider creating another record, we knew we wanted to go all out and make Teraphim as absolutely quality as possible. So we've hired on seasoned producer Erik Ron as Teraphim's official engineer and  Nicola Honey as the album's professional artist. And, from what you've probably already heard and seen, the story of Teraphim is taking our musical vision to a whole new level of power and beauty!

But, Matter Needs Your Help

With quality comes price. At the end of the project, Teraphim will cost us over $11,000. Here's the breakdown:

  • $9000 for recording
  • $1000 for mastering
  • $800 for artwork
  • $800 for production and packaging
TOTAL: $11,600
That probably looks like a huge number, and in some respects it is, but this budget line is incredibly moderate compared to the usual expenses of recording and producing a full length album. We have been MAJORLY blessed with fantastic rates and donations from those in the business. Matter has already thrown down $3000 of our own money to get the ball rolling, but that extra $8,600 is still staring us down, and without the financial support of our family, friends and fans like you, Teraphim is simply not going to happen.


And So We Ask For Your Support, But Not Without Benefits----->

 

Crowd-funding is a humbling experience and can be daunting. We'd be lying to say we aren't a bit nervous about the whole process. Asking for money isn't easy, and these days people have a hard time trusting what to give to anymore. But crowd-funding is also an incredibly freeing and powerful tool when used correctly. You, the fan, directly support us as a band. We, the band, directly deliver to you our music and merch when it's ready. No middle men. No contracts. No crap. Every donation can receive a solid take-away: so we're basically using this site as a really easy to use pre-order system! It's a win-win!


Now, raising $8,600+ for this project may sound like a big deal, but we believe in you guys! Just a few major donations can really make it happen--and that'd be just fine!-- but consider even the smallest contributions:

We have well over 6500 real, online fans. If you each gave $10, we'd make $65,000. What we could do with that amount would be AMAZING! But, let's be a little more realistic. Let's say half, 3250 people, give only $5 (the lowest give amount and the price for our digital download). That would still make up $16,250: almost double of what we actually need! Even the smallest gifts will add up to make this campaign a real success.

**FOR THE PERKS THAT REQUIRE SHIPPING, IF YOU FORGOT TO ADD IT INTO YOUR CONTRIBUTION, PLEASE JUST MAKE A "NO PERK" CONTRIBUTION FOR THE PROPER SHIPPING AMOUNT. NO WORRIES IF YOU CAN'T AFFORD SHIPPING, BUT IT HELPS RAISE MONEY QUICKER-- NOT LOSE IT. THANKS!

**REMEMBER TO ENTER ACCURATE EMAILS AND ADDRESSES FOR PERKS. THERE'S NO WAY WE CAN BE LIABLE FOR WRONG INFO.

 **NOTE ABOUT SIZES:  FOR THE PERKS THAT INCLUDE SHIRTS/HOODIES, PLEASE WRITE YOUR SIZE NEXT TO YOUR NAME WHEN YOU ENTER IT.  IF YOU'VE ALREADY ORDERED AND FORGOT TO INCLUDE YOUR SIZE, WE WILL CONTACT YOU BY EMAIL.


What if I don't have the money to give, can I still help?

As we showed above, even the smallest amount, in large quantities, goes a long way! We'd take 1000 teenaged fans giving at $5 each for our music any day! But, sometimes, you just can't give money. We totally get that, but you can still totally help us out! The best way to help, even after you do financially support, is always word of mouth:

  1. Share our Indiegogo link with people who are interested in new music similar to our style and ask them if they'd be down to support us.
  2. Retweet and share our posts and updates about the campaign to make Teraphim happen.
  3. Share our music with people who might like our style and let them know we've got new music coming out.
  4. Talk to any and all local music professionals you may know about us and tell them to get in contact with us about getting the word out.

ONLY TOGETHER, we can make TERAPHIM a 2014 musical epic to remember! Thank you for your time and support!
WE LOVE YOU ALL!
-DK, Eli, Griffin, Josh and Matt // MATTER

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$8,900USD
raised by 103 people in 1 month
103% funded
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$8,600 USD goal
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This campaign ended on February 7, 2014
Select a Perk
  • $5USD
    Digital Album

    Get emailed a digital download code for Teraphim a week before the official release and save $2!

    13 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2014
  • $10USD
    Physical CD

    Get emailed a digital download code for Teraphim two weeks before release and get a physical copy mailed to your provided postal address one week before official release. Physical CD includes beautiful and original artwork by artist Nicola Honey. **To help cover shipping, please add a $1 more to your contribution**

    19 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2014
  • $25USD
    CD and Exclusive T-shirt

    Includes: -Two week early, digital download -Physical CD Album -Campaign Exclusive T-shirt **To help cover shipping, please add $3 more to your contribution**

    33 out of 200 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2014
  • $50USD
    Signed Artwork Pack

    Includes: -Two week early, digital download -Physical CD Album -Campaign Exclusive T-shirt -Poster of original album artwork signed by the band **To help cover shipping, please add $3 more to your contribution**

    5 out of 100 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2014
  • $75USD
    Exclusive Hoodie Pack

    Includes: -Two week early, digital download -Physical CD Album -Campaign Exclusive, Hoodie Sweatshirt -Poster of original album artwork signed by the band **To help cover shipping, please add $5 more to your contribution**

    3 out of 100 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2014
  • $100USD
    Exclusive Vinyl Pack

    *NOTE: PERK WILL ONLY BE AVAILABLE WHEN 10 OR MORE ARE CLAIMED. IF LESS THAN 10 ARE CLAIMED, THOSE WHO CLAIM IT WILL STILL RECEIVE ALL OTHER ITEMS* An exclusive 7" record of the album's two singles. There will be only 100 made. Ever. Records will be heavy pressed, white vinyl, packaged in a signed black paper sleeve. Includes: -Two week early, digital download +CD -BOTH Exclusive Sweatshirt and T-Shirt -Poster of album artwork signed by the band *To help cover shipping, please add $5*

    14 out of 80 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2014
  • $250USD
    Producer Pack

    *NOTE: THIS PERK COUNTS TOWARDS VINYL PACK AVAILABILITY* Everything we can throw at you merch-wise, plus a personal letter of thanks from the band and special production credits on all digital and CD albums. This is a huge gift. You mean the world to us! **To help cover shipping, please add $5 more to your contribution**

    9 out of 15 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2014
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