This Ain't No Kickstarter CD Project!
by Sandy Hathaway
The CD project began in 2008 but half of the songs were written between 2003 to 2005.
The songs developed organically over time. When I recorded the EP This Gallery, I chose to work with Robert Lang at Big Bug Sound. I had already recorded one song in Big Bug Sound and was happy with the results because my song sounded like I wanted it to sound.
Last week I was curious about just how long I have been working on this next CD project. Keep in mind that when I started the project I knew that I would pay all the session musicians a fair rate as well as the producer. I was surprized to see that we actually began the project that is scheduled to be relased before the end of 2013 back in 2005.
Producing an indie album is expensive and a lot of hard work. If I had to quantitate the hours and effort spent on one album I know it would be so much more than most people would believe. There are the days and hours spent writing, playing, performing, rewriting, and recording the music. The session musicians are hired for that perfect sound and backup singers who spend hours preparing for the recording. Years of precious time, having to work a day job to pay for the project and planning that most people do not understand.
The CD has taken me much longer to make than I originally anticipated but taking a long time for the project has allowed even more creative ideas to manifest during that stretch of time. I will have a quality CD that I will be very proud of and my fans will be able to buy them at my shows and online. I wouldn't expect my listeners to drop a few hundred dollars into my tip jar with a promise that I will deliver a $20 CD someday. You get what you pay for most of the time and this is true after you discover the right producer for your project.
So what about the musicians we see who are using Kickstarter to fund a CD project? It sounds too good to be true. Well it just might be. The Complaint Board website lists plenty of reasons to read up about the website. I will continue to make music the way that I have been because the results are fabulous! One more track to create, and one to redo and the CD will be finished.
The CD artwork has begun, I have decided to name the LP "Dirtroad To Nowhere." There is still the cost of one complete song, production time, and redoing one older song that did not match the quality after all the others were finished. This DEFINATELY is no Kickstarter project--I guess I can call it a Bootstrapper CD project.