Shayfer James: 'Haunted Things' EP

Contribute to the recording and release of my 5th collection of songs, the 4th of which can only be obtained by contributing.
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Shayfer James
Music
Jersey City, New Jersey
United States
1 Team Member

Friends and Strangers,

I am using this platform in order to finish the recording and support the release (promotion and touring) of my next collection of songs Haunted Things; an EP addressing the ways in which I, and I suppose all of us, are haunted by the concepts of love, sex, romance, and chivalry. The music is written.  The arrangements are finished. All that's left is to breathe guts and fire into it.

In return for your support, some of you will receive an exclusive prologue of sorts in the form of Red Room Vol. 2. Red Room Vol. 2 is a six- song EP that serves as  a journal of my personal deconstruction of life and love prior to writing Haunted Things, and was recorded in 8 hours on 11/9/2013. More about that later.  It will not be released through conventional retail channels. Here is a behind the scenes look at the making of Red Room Vol. 2.



About Me And This Music

Over the past several years I have released two full-length albums. The most recent album, Counterfeit Arcade, was dubbed New And Noteworthy Alternative by iTunes and the video for the song "Weight Of The World" was premiered by Filter Magazine.  I've toured the eastern half of this country and have had the pleasure of performing  with my trio at festivals and events like CMJ NYC, Art Basel, Miami, Foburg Fest, New Orleans, and Hope & Glory, Hong Kong.  Perhaps even more importantly to address than all that is what creating and performing this music means.   I won't write too much about the music itself, but you can certainly Watch and Listen to past releases and Read Reviews & Features if you feel so inclined.  

Haunted Things is, for me, an aggressive charge out the tangles of the darkest time of my life thus far.  I cannot express the  gravity of its pending success, emotionally and otherwise.  I've spent the last several years of my life building a creative refinery in the back of my brain.  Meeting this goal will help proliferate not only these new collections, but those I've released before and will release afterward.

What I Need & What You Get

In order to successfully release this recording, I will need to raise $15,000.  Funds will serve to finish the recording (in progress), mixing, mastering, promotion, and regional tour support. In the interest of transparency, below is a break down of the costs associated.  After contributing you will be kept up to date with every step forward through email, video, and more.

EP Tracking - $2,600

EP Mixing - $1,800

EP Mastering - $600

Promotion/Regional Tour Support - $5,000

Publicity - $5,000

Should I raise more than the goal here, I will allocate funds to additional touring, vinyl pressings, and additional promotion.

You will get all of the perks listed to the right of this page.  Feel free to comment on this page or contact me directly with any questions.

The Impact

Your contribution to this creative process is essential.  You are not simply helping me record and release songs.  You are defining the ways in which I move forward as a maker.

I am not one for chest pounding but thus far, I think I've done just fine in proliferating this music I make. I've released two albums successfully, grown a regional fan-base here in the tristate area and expanded to areas I wouldn't have imagined (Berlin, Paris, and more). I am poised to become better. I will take this music as far as my bones will carry it.  It will be my boot-print in the mud when I am dead.  I do this because I must.   The exciting thing to ponder is that it won't be only mine once this is done.  It will, quite simply, be ours.

Every step of this process will be documented and made available to you.  Even the sleepless nights and, more than likely, the creation of new/next stories alongside of it.

Other Ways You Can Help

Beyond the funding, this music needs a network.  Share it. The old and the new. Share the process. Share everything.  This won't be mine when it's done.  It will be ours.  

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$3,207USD
raised by 72 people in 2 months
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This campaign ended on January 18, 2014
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  • $1USD
    Mostly Major Chords Download

    A download of the song "Mostly Major Chords" from Red Room Vol. 2.

    0 claimed

  • $1USD
    My Cover of "Smile" Download

    A download of my drunken home recording of Charlie Chaplin's song, made famous by Nat King Cole

    0 claimed

  • $2USD
    Both Of The Above

    The first two perks.

    1 claimed

  • $3USD
    Early Demo

    I'll send you an original demo of a song released on one of my previous albums. You'll hear how the song evolved during the recording process. + the previous two perks

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  • $5USD
    Five Poems

    I'll send you a collection of my poems called "five mornings". + the previous 3 perks

    3 claimed

  • $8USD
    Cover Compilation

    I'll send you several of my drunken home recordings of cover songs ranging from NIN to Roy Orbison. + the previous 4 perks.

    8 claimed

  • $13USD
    Haunted Things Download

    Advance digital download of "Haunted Things". Exclusive content from the process (tracking notes, artwork development, video, outtakes).

    3 claimed

  • $21USD
    Red Room Vol. 2

    Immediate digital download of "Red Room Vol. 2" recorded in 8 hours on 11/9/13. Red Room Vol. 2 (exclusive through indiegogo campaign) Advance digital download of "Haunted Things". Exclusive content from the process (tracking notes, artwork development, video, outtakes).

    26 claimed

  • $34USD
    Signed Haunted Things Poster

    Personalized, autographed, "Haunted Things" Poster Immediate digital download of "Red Room Vol. 2" recorded in 8 hours on 11/9/13. Red Room Vol. 2 (exclusive through indiegogo campaign) Advance digital download of "Haunted Things". Exclusive content from the process (tracking notes, artwork development, video, outtakes).

    7 out of 250 claimed

    Estimated delivery: May 2014
  • $55USD
    Haunted Things Shirt

    A limited addition T-Shirt (exclusive to indiegogo campaign) Personalized, autographed, "Haunted Things" Poster Immediate digital download of "Red Room Vol. 2" recorded in 8 hours on 11/9/13. Red Room Vol. 2 (exclusive through indiegogo campaign) Advance digital download of "Haunted Things". Exclusive content from the process (tracking notes, artwork development, video, outtakes).

    7 out of 200 claimed

  • $89USD
    Hand Written Lyrics

    Handwritten lyrics to any song you'd like, personalized to whomever you'd like. A limited addition T-Shirt (exclusive to indiegogo campaign) Personalized, autographed, "Haunted Things" Poster Immediate digital download of "Red Room Vol. 2" recorded in 8 hours on 11/9/13. Red Room Vol. 2 (exclusive through indiegogo campaign) Advance digital download of "Haunted Things". Exclusive content from the process (tracking notes, artwork development, video, outtakes).

    7 out of 100 claimed

    Estimated delivery: May 2014
  • $144USD
    Audio Thank You

    A mention of your name in an audio thank you track (your name thanked by me over an original composition that will serve as a track on the EP, available on spotify, CD albums, etc) Everything else.

    2 out of 50 claimed

  • $233USD
    Hand Burned Thank You Token

    I will hand-burn a personalized thank you into a piece of wood and send it to you. Everything else.

    0 out of 25 claimed

    Estimated delivery: June 2014
  • $377USD
    6 Handcrafted Items

    Hand crafted jewelry and wearables designed by long time co-conspirator/artist Sarah Zar. Each item will be inspired by and specific to a song on "Haunted Things" Everything Else.

    0 out of 20 claimed

  • $610USD
    A Song About Your Life

    I will sit with you in person or virtually and discuss your life, or a moment in your life. I will then write and record a song that you can choose to keep private or share with the universe. Everything else.

    0 out of 10 claimed

  • $987USD
    Speakeasy Show

    I will perform for 10 people, at an odd and undisclosed location in the NYC area. **you'll have to cover your own travel and accommodations. Everything else.

    0 out of 10 claimed

    Estimated delivery: June 2014
  • $1,597USD
    Private Performance

    US/Canada Only - Live performance at your home or a private venue of your choice **additional fee to cover travel and accommdations. Everything else.

    0 out of 5 claimed

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