If we reach 1200€
If we get 1200€, we can also pay the engineer of Atlántida studios to professionally mix the EP as well.
I'm an English musician living in Spain since 2010. I'm looking for help with my first professionally recorded album.
As I'm in Spain and will be leaving soon, I'm recording original compositions in Spanish, Catalán and el Espanglish! The songs are all inspired by the city of Barcelona, its culture, history, and the progressive struggles of its citizens. I've been heavily influence by the mestizo and rumba music I've heard here and, over the years, also by indie-reggae-folk y more recently hip-hop.
The album will be called; Buy Buy Barcelona, inspired by my work here as a tour guide and the documentary Bye Bye Barcelona.
I couldn't have found a better band to record with. We're called Algo Así... , or Something Like That... cos of our punky attitude to decision making.
From the other side of the world, we've got Pat Brenan bringing the swing on the drums. Pat's a Kiwi brother and also produces electronic music under the name: Russian Bass Program.
Adding a touch of class with the violín, we've got Zuzanna Nasidlak. Zuzanna is from Polond and trained classically before leaving for an orchestra tour of the US. You can hear her classic work here.
On the low tones we've got Martyn Lewis from, Weymouth. Lately Martyn's been digging afro-beat and soul. He's always got groove and you can hear his funky bass lines in our ex-grup It Sound Bang.
On some of the tunes our Madrileña friend, Lucía Olalla Gil, will be adding some awesome accordion, and on some the fantastic Joel Feeney will be laying down guitar licks.
Last but not least, our Guatemalteco amigo, El Chori, will be bringing percussion (Bongos y Congas). If you're in BCN you'll find El Chori all over the place, playing with different groups with a giant smile!
What are we gonna do with your money?
Most of the money is to pay for a professional quality studio. If you don't get a good recording, later there's nothing you can do in post-production to fix the project... you cannae polish a turd as they say!
We're going to La Atlántida Studio in the old industrial zone of Poble Nou (Once known as Nou-Manchester for it's cotton production!). A lot of fantastic local bands like; La Pegatina and Ocellot have recorded there. They've got great equipment and the engineer, Mario Patiño, is un puto crack (He's awesome)!
After recording the next biggest cost is mixing the tracks.
We're gonna get help from friends (I hope) to design the sleeves of the CDs and record some music videos for the tunes. We need to cover their costs.
For those who want CDs we need to pay to print them.
Mailing the CDs by post is a surprisingly large cost too.
We'll be organising an album release concert in Barcelona (and maybe London). Anyone who has supported the project will get free entrance. If you ordered a CD version of the album we'll present them then (along with the beers and bracelets if you gave a big donation!).
We're looking at the end of May or early June to record.
Mixing will take at least a couple of weeks more, and then a few more weeks to get the CDs printed.
I hope to have everything finished by July and then have a big party with y'all :)
We record every rehearsal on a Zoom recorder and every week I stick these up on my Soundcloud page, please follow us and make comments/suggestions on there.
I've also got some solo guitar and vx recordings on my youtube channel.