Vilray is creating dreamy music in NYC and would like to record it
28

patrons

$163
per creation
I am a Brooklyn-raised working musician, singing and accompanying myself on guitar. I perform songs of the 1930s, 40s and 50s and write my own pieces influenced by the jazz and country sounds of that era. To me, the romance of this music is in its smokey, warm, authentic tones. These tones are so powerful because they are recorded without artifice and convey the live setting in which they're being produced. No overdubs, no synthetic additions or fixing it in post-production. Just a crooning voice, a plaintive trumpet, the vital interplay between a guitar chunking out quarter notes and a drummer tapping out triplets on the snare. The humanity of these old recordings sits right at the surface because they capture a literal moment in time. Please help me keep this music--living, breathing, social music--alive. I will repay your generosity with exclusive recordings, video performances, lead sheets and monthly updates on my musical development.

Why do I need your help?

Vintage equipment produces authentic sounds
Is there anything more comforting than the crackle of an old record? The warmth in her voice when Billie Holiday sang 'Lover Man' in 1941? Of course Billie brings much of the warmth herself but that's only part of the story. These records were made differently than they are today, with different equipment. I have begun experimenting, using vintage microphones and amplifiers to create new sounds captured by the tools of a bygone age. In this recording of 'We Three' I used a 1930s Amperite ribbon microphone to record a 1936 Volu-Tone amplifier.

These tools are expensive but, for the most part, not more expensive than their modern equivalents. It's a worthy investment to put them in the hands of passionate musicians with ideas for how to use them rather than eBay collectors who'll leave them dusty in the den.

A real recording is always a collaboration
I am so humbled by the hugely positive response to my soundcloud/vilraysings.com recordings. These are DIY experiments of mine designed to help me understand the nuances of recording music and it's been so heartening to hear people say they like them! That said, I am itching to get into a studio or live space and record with some collaborators. Paying engineers, producers, and other musicians to help me realize some of my grander musical ideas is a longstanding dream of mine. If you've enjoyed the recordings you've heard so far, please contribute to better recordings going forward.

Making music takes time (lots and lots of time)
Composing, arranging, recording, writing out music, warming-up, listening, practicing!--it's all vital to the final product and it all has to be done when I'm not working a job. Your support allows me the time to pay my dues to the music itself and produce content that you can be proud to listen to.

Thank you for taking the time to read, listen and contribute to my projects! I hope we can have a rich dialogue about this music and all music.  -Vilray

Tiers
Pledge $5 or more per creation
12 patrons
Get the monthly Patreon exclusive recording
Pledge $20 or more per creation
4 patrons
Get pdfs of handwritten lead sheets for all my released YouTube recordings up to this point, and for each new video.
Pledge $30 or more per creation
1 patron
Same reward as at the $20 level + a handwritten lead sheet (pdf) for any jazz/pop song of the 1920s, 30s, 40s or 50s you request (limit one request per month).
Goals
$163 of $900 per creation
Your pledge will fund the writing of music, the paying of musicians, studio staff and the ultimate release of a full-length album of songs for your listening pleasure. Thank you.
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I am a Brooklyn-raised working musician, singing and accompanying myself on guitar. I perform songs of the 1930s, 40s and 50s and write my own pieces influenced by the jazz and country sounds of that era. To me, the romance of this music is in its smokey, warm, authentic tones. These tones are so powerful because they are recorded without artifice and convey the live setting in which they're being produced. No overdubs, no synthetic additions or fixing it in post-production. Just a crooning voice, a plaintive trumpet, the vital interplay between a guitar chunking out quarter notes and a drummer tapping out triplets on the snare. The humanity of these old recordings sits right at the surface because they capture a literal moment in time. Please help me keep this music--living, breathing, social music--alive. I will repay your generosity with exclusive recordings, video performances, lead sheets and monthly updates on my musical development.

Why do I need your help?

Vintage equipment produces authentic sounds
Is there anything more comforting than the crackle of an old record? The warmth in her voice when Billie Holiday sang 'Lover Man' in 1941? Of course Billie brings much of the warmth herself but that's only part of the story. These records were made differently than they are today, with different equipment. I have begun experimenting, using vintage microphones and amplifiers to create new sounds captured by the tools of a bygone age. In this recording of 'We Three' I used a 1930s Amperite ribbon microphone to record a 1936 Volu-Tone amplifier.

These tools are expensive but, for the most part, not more expensive than their modern equivalents. It's a worthy investment to put them in the hands of passionate musicians with ideas for how to use them rather than eBay collectors who'll leave them dusty in the den.

A real recording is always a collaboration
I am so humbled by the hugely positive response to my soundcloud/vilraysings.com recordings. These are DIY experiments of mine designed to help me understand the nuances of recording music and it's been so heartening to hear people say they like them! That said, I am itching to get into a studio or live space and record with some collaborators. Paying engineers, producers, and other musicians to help me realize some of my grander musical ideas is a longstanding dream of mine. If you've enjoyed the recordings you've heard so far, please contribute to better recordings going forward.

Making music takes time (lots and lots of time)
Composing, arranging, recording, writing out music, warming-up, listening, practicing!--it's all vital to the final product and it all has to be done when I'm not working a job. Your support allows me the time to pay my dues to the music itself and produce content that you can be proud to listen to.

Thank you for taking the time to read, listen and contribute to my projects! I hope we can have a rich dialogue about this music and all music.  -Vilray

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Tiers
Pledge $5 or more per creation
12 patrons
Get the monthly Patreon exclusive recording
Pledge $20 or more per creation
4 patrons
Get pdfs of handwritten lead sheets for all my released YouTube recordings up to this point, and for each new video.
Pledge $30 or more per creation
1 patron
Same reward as at the $20 level + a handwritten lead sheet (pdf) for any jazz/pop song of the 1920s, 30s, 40s or 50s you request (limit one request per month).