Monday, January 24, 2011

Antigone Rising's Kickstarter Promotion.

I can be honest here, right? This is my blog, afterall. Not many things are mine anymore. I live with 2 - two year olds and there is an excessive amount of "mine" speak in my house. For the record, nothing is mine. Except for this blog. When they nap.

So let's get this blog out, shall we?

The band is making a brand new CD. We started recording it before the new year. And we realized quickly that, well, one of the perks of being signed to a major label was that they gave us money to do things. like. record.

But here we are now in a very different music industry and we're going it on our own. We love the autonomy. But we do need help to get this CD recorded properly. And then beyond that, we need to manufacture and promote the thing.

So we're asking fans to donate money to our project. We launched a campaign on Kickstarter.com. And now I spend my days hitting the refresh button hoping we reach our goal. Because if we don't reach our goal, we don't get one single dime that people have pledged. And since I can be completely honest here on my very personal blog, I can tell you that our goal of $20K might seem like a lot of money. And it IS a lot of money. I don't have it sitting around in my bank account, that's for sure. But when you're recording and manufacturing and promoting a CD, $20K disappears in about 2 seconds.

So we're figuring out ways to be creative. And we're figuring out ways to get this CD done bare bones. We've always done that, even when we were signed to a major label. And we're offering fun, creative (we think) rewards to our fans who back our project.

Allow me to be candid here for a moment, would you? My band has been through a lot. When we almost broke up in 2008 I was devastated, and fortunately pregnant so I couldn't sink into an ocean of depression (cue violins, and no, the violins are not coming out of the Kickstarter budget). I never in a million years thought we'd figure out a way to regroup successfully. And I'm sure most of you didn't think we could either. And some of you have no idea what I'm even talking about, so never mind.

But we're coming back stronger than ever. We've written some amazing songs that I'm really proud of. Some of them are the best songs I've ever written (at least according to me). It would just be so great to be able to record a CD and PUT IT OUT THERE!

I thought the babies would cure my addiction to Antigone Rising, but I was completely wrong.  Since they've been born, all I want to do is teach them to never ever give up on their dreams. Melodrama duly noted.

If the babies don't kill me first, this band certainly will...(cries from across the hall indicate this blog is done).
#Hendo

ps-If you visit our Kickstarter page, you can share our project with your friends. So please tell your friends to tell their friends about our Kickstarter campaign!

9 comments:

  1. "My band has been through a lot. "

    One of the things I most love about Antigone Rising is that you bounce back. I'm a recent fan, (when you brought Nini on board, you brought me on board too). I have read back over your history, your reinventions as one member leaves and another is added ... and I admire that you and Cathy just keep on making music. It isn't about you, it is about the music, and that's what makes it great.
    And seeing y'all live ... four friends having a fun time while you sing and play some songs, it makes us feel like part of it.

    No melodrama here ... just the facts put to music. That's a good thing.

    And if you reach the kickstarter goal or not, (and I certainly hope you do), my contribution stays with this project. 23 Red to win. The surest bet I've ever made.

    Rock on.
    lisa

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  2. Thanks Lisa! I appreciate your support!
    xo
    Kristen

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  3. maybe i'm a little bias...
    but i can't help but be thrilled that you are so honest and real in this blog... this is why i love you so much and am proud to be your friend.

    when i first started working with the band i had NO IDEA how much it took to put out a record (or as the kids say these days, a cd)

    good god it is NOT a cheap date...

    but i've learned a lot over the years and while 20K would seem like you all want to have limos to your recording sessions, now i know all too well that 20K doesn't really even begin to cover the expenses you all will incur making 23 red (red 23? i don't think i'll ever get that one right... sorry!).

    anyway, i also know that asking for help is never easy... but "we" fans do want you to keep moving forward and putting out amazing music... it is your voice and your vision but the songs always seem to speak to "us"...

    so thank you for being real... asking for help to make the album... and for putting together a list of rewards that are really fantastic and allow us to be even more a part of what has always has been an always will be an ar family...

    see you on the kickball field.. i'll be in charlie brown left field.

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  4. "we" fans do want you to keep moving forward and putting out amazing music...

    Well said, Liz. Exactly the reason I pledged. I love AR's music, and, dammit, I want to hear more of it!

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  5. As I've said before, I wish I had the 20k in my pocket... I'd give it to you, no questions asked. Your music deserves and needs to be heard. Not only are you great musicians, you're great people... it's a shame mainstream music doesn't reflect this like AR does. Rock on.

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  6. Oh how I wish we didn't have $$ woes too. When I get my Feb funds, I'll be able to make a contribution (see my Resolutions blog-post). So happy to see you guys over December - only wished Ryan stayed awake longer.

    BTW- Went up to Mt. Snow and met a guy who grew up with Dina- lived a couple houses away from her and he hung out with her brothers. He recognized Ryan's "Antigone Rising" pin on her ski jacket and asked how we knew you...small world.

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  7. patti elder scharf sea cliffJanuary 25, 2011 at 6:05 PM

    I wish I had the $ too!
    I was only able to donate a little bit. If I win lotto the big one, ill give the money .

    How about some radio time, will anyone give you anything.... then you can promote the kickstarter. ( i'm sure you already did this thow).

    Bouncing back is a great thing! And as a mother you are inspirational!! Geesh. You are teaching them well.

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  8. No doubt about it you guys will raise the necessary dough and more! Your "prize" contributions rock too. I'm waiting until Jan. 31st to donate so I can provide the last of the $$ and be deemed a hero. *LOL* Rock on Antigone Rising!!

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