Auriol Hays

is creating Music

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patron
Hey Misters and Mammas!

My name is Auriol Hays and I think it’s best we start... in the middle. I am a South African singer-songwriter with five albums under my belt, a few nominations and some kickass reviews. Yet the reaction I most commonly receive is, ‘Wow, your music is great! But why don’t I hear more of it on the radio?’ That is the problem I and so many musicians face. We spend our lives creating music we love and risk losing our way and our livelihood because we don’t submit to the demands of mass media.

The motto I live by is Awareness Through Music. In fact it is inked on my skin - my left forearm to be exact.

Like many of us, it’s been a hard journey. I’ve spent decades learning to choose ME, through painful and difficult relationships, as a mother, a wife, a lover, an artist and all the kak (Afrikaans for ’shit’) that comes with it.

The music allows me to leave my past in the past - and I do that by confronting the darker aspects of my being and the world we live in. The music is my wild magic - and sometimes no one is more surprised than me with what comes out of my mouth. Like an oracle - it allows me to consciously forge a path ahead. Breaking away from conditions and patterns. Transcending the pain, our pain. In fact it is inked on my skin - a phoenix rising from the ashes on my right forearm.

Let me be honest with you….even if I was paid nothing I would still create, sing and pour my heart out to anyone who would listen. Yet….I need to live. I have bills to pay and projects I would love to develop and share. Having a community of Misters and Mammas (I love M&Ms!) at my side will give me a greater sense of purpose and encouragement, as well as the financial footing to step boldly into this new prolific phase of my artistic journey.

Yours - on and off stage,
Auriol
Tiers
Brown M&Ms
$2 or more per month

Welcome to my artistic world! As a Brown M&M you will receive: 

  • A personal welcome voicenote!
  • A monthly song to download (from my back catalogue) with the song's backstory!
Yellow M&Ms
$5 or more per month

Thanks for coming a little closer! As a Yellow M&M you will receive  everything from the Brown M&M reward level, plus:

  • A monthly blog post will be mailed to you one week before it is published
  • A random surprise from me to you
Orange M&Ms
$10 or more per month

So nice to see you, please sit down. As an Orange M&M you will receive everything from the above reward levels, plus:

  • Access to a monthly podcast about new material & projects I am working on (including a personal thank you for your support)
  • Opportunity to suggest books to read, ideas for blog posts and more
  • A personalised birthday message to you
Red M&Ms
$20 or more per month

You look amazing - come sit next to me! As a Red M&M you will receive everything from the above reward levels, plus:

  • Hand-written welcome postcard from South Africa or wherever I may be
  • Access to a monthly patreon only livestream with mini-concert and Q&A
  • Access to a monthly rehearsal video clip
  • Your name in the credits of my music, videos, etc
Green M&Ms
$35 or more per month

Welcome to the inner circle! As a Red M&M you will receive everything from the above reward levels, plus:

  • Hand-written, signed lyrics of an original song
  • Access to a monthly rehearsal video with new material
  • Access to an exclusive monthly livestream Q&A
Blue M&Ms
$75 or more per month

Hello, my friend, can I pour you a drink? As a Blue M&M you will receive everything from the above reward levels, plus:

  • A video recorded song for you or someone you care for (either a cover song or one of my existing compositions)
  • A monthly 30-minute video call where we discuss your own thoughts, writings or images either for your own artistic endeavours or to inspire mine.
  • Early downloads of all my new material
Goals
1 of 250 patrons
I would like to have a community of 250 Misters and Mammas. This would enable me to release hard copies of two recent albums, to develop my ’side-chick’ project of stories fused with music, and to link up with and support like-minded organisations working with women and marginalised communities. But most importantly, I would like to bring my music to you, my patreons, my M&Ms, right into your lounges and backyards. I would like you to not only hear my music before anyone else does but experience the creative process as well. I am always scribbling in notebooks and reading before I compose music. That is because in addition to songwriting, I am also an avid writer and blogger committed to living artfully. Through this platform I want to share with you and be inspired by you.
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Hey Misters and Mammas!

My name is Auriol Hays and I think it’s best we start... in the middle. I am a South African singer-songwriter with five albums under my belt, a few nominations and some kickass reviews. Yet the reaction I most commonly receive is, ‘Wow, your music is great! But why don’t I hear more of it on the radio?’ That is the problem I and so many musicians face. We spend our lives creating music we love and risk losing our way and our livelihood because we don’t submit to the demands of mass media.

The motto I live by is Awareness Through Music. In fact it is inked on my skin - my left forearm to be exact.

Like many of us, it’s been a hard journey. I’ve spent decades learning to choose ME, through painful and difficult relationships, as a mother, a wife, a lover, an artist and all the kak (Afrikaans for ’shit’) that comes with it.

The music allows me to leave my past in the past - and I do that by confronting the darker aspects of my being and the world we live in. The music is my wild magic - and sometimes no one is more surprised than me with what comes out of my mouth. Like an oracle - it allows me to consciously forge a path ahead. Breaking away from conditions and patterns. Transcending the pain, our pain. In fact it is inked on my skin - a phoenix rising from the ashes on my right forearm.

Let me be honest with you….even if I was paid nothing I would still create, sing and pour my heart out to anyone who would listen. Yet….I need to live. I have bills to pay and projects I would love to develop and share. Having a community of Misters and Mammas (I love M&Ms!) at my side will give me a greater sense of purpose and encouragement, as well as the financial footing to step boldly into this new prolific phase of my artistic journey.

Yours - on and off stage,
Auriol

Recent posts by Auriol Hays

Tiers
Brown M&Ms
$2 or more per month

Welcome to my artistic world! As a Brown M&M you will receive: 

  • A personal welcome voicenote!
  • A monthly song to download (from my back catalogue) with the song's backstory!
Yellow M&Ms
$5 or more per month

Thanks for coming a little closer! As a Yellow M&M you will receive  everything from the Brown M&M reward level, plus:

  • A monthly blog post will be mailed to you one week before it is published
  • A random surprise from me to you
Orange M&Ms
$10 or more per month

So nice to see you, please sit down. As an Orange M&M you will receive everything from the above reward levels, plus:

  • Access to a monthly podcast about new material & projects I am working on (including a personal thank you for your support)
  • Opportunity to suggest books to read, ideas for blog posts and more
  • A personalised birthday message to you
Red M&Ms
$20 or more per month

You look amazing - come sit next to me! As a Red M&M you will receive everything from the above reward levels, plus:

  • Hand-written welcome postcard from South Africa or wherever I may be
  • Access to a monthly patreon only livestream with mini-concert and Q&A
  • Access to a monthly rehearsal video clip
  • Your name in the credits of my music, videos, etc
Green M&Ms
$35 or more per month

Welcome to the inner circle! As a Red M&M you will receive everything from the above reward levels, plus:

  • Hand-written, signed lyrics of an original song
  • Access to a monthly rehearsal video with new material
  • Access to an exclusive monthly livestream Q&A
Blue M&Ms
$75 or more per month

Hello, my friend, can I pour you a drink? As a Blue M&M you will receive everything from the above reward levels, plus:

  • A video recorded song for you or someone you care for (either a cover song or one of my existing compositions)
  • A monthly 30-minute video call where we discuss your own thoughts, writings or images either for your own artistic endeavours or to inspire mine.
  • Early downloads of all my new material