Brian Grainger is creating color in the shape of a sound
37

patrons

$598
per month
Hello there, I'm Brian. I record and release music as Milieu, Coppice Halifax and (surprise) just Brian Grainger, among many other names. Since 2004, I've issued over six-hundred albums & EPs, most of which were assembled and released independently, and since 2007 I've been lucky enough to call music-making my full-time job. In addition to generating a large catalog of my own work, I have a long-running mastering and design service (Analog Botany M&D), where other artists and labels can affordably use my ears to fine-tune their own materials. I also do scoring/soundtrack work for video games (EufloriaEufloria AdventuresZEN), nature films (Discovery ChannelPBS) and all manner of other media-based art forms.

For several years of the last decade, I've routinely logged close to 80 hours a week doing what I do. That isn't a complaint - I love what I do, and I love that I can do it at all, but many times it is very much a labor of love, and there are never any guarantees of records sold, mastering and scoring work coming in or even breaking even on my material costs to operate. I've equated working full-time in the creative arts to "pushing a snowball up a hill, in Hell", as the job can be unpredictable, stressful and sometimes even hopeless. Yet, I keep returning to the work all the same, because creating things is simply what I do and who I am, and even when the business side of that work becomes overwhelming, it is still very worthwhile.

As with many creatives, life as a self-employed artist is hardly a glamorous one, and is often "feast or famine", with a very hand-to-mouth existence of continually trying to simply break even on costs and pay your bills every month. I'd been asked about starting a Patreon page before by a few supporters, and having looked into it, now I am here. This page is an attempt to connect in a more personal way with my supporters, many of whom have been with me for up to ten years (you know who you are, thank you) and are somehow still not exhausted by my prolificity. It is another option for helping me keep this creative vessel afloat through the turbulent times, and especially relevant for those who want to help my creative operation, but don't necessarily want to buy lots of records each month either.

Perhaps you'd come see me if I toured and performed live in your town? Or perhaps you'd buy a t-shirt if I had any for sale? Maybe you heard my work in a video game or a nature documentary and you wanted to pass on some appreciation for it. Maybe you just really like my beard, and would feel sad if I got a 9-to-5 and had to cut it off. Jokes aside, Patreon will allow me to be supported by all kinds of people, who appreciate my work in many different capacities, even if I cannot go out on a tour or sell t-shirts. It will, hopefully, provide me with some added financial stability that I can use to pay a bill each month, or buy groceries or gasoline, or even handle incidental things now that I have a 6-year old daughter (and trust me, kids have a lot of incidentals). The more stability I have with the mundane stuff like that, the more time and energy I'll have to focus on doing what we both really want me to do - create, share and grow in the process. It will exist alongside my current duties as a musician, record label owner and mastering guru, and the more help I get here on Patreon, the better things will get in my creative process.

For a job without many guarantees of income or success, Patreon will give me some assuredness of financial reliability - assuredness that I haven't had since I was giving myself an ulcer processing claims for military insurance. So thank you, thank you so much for helping me do what I love and survive while I do it. Every little bit goes a long way, as they say, and once this page gets going I'm going to do my very best to make it worthwhile for everyone involved. I have some ideas for exclusive music, giveaways and even in-studio insights on my whole process, which might be of interest to those of you who wonder just how all of this music comes from just one person!
Tiers
[Level 1] Viewers Like You
$1 or more per month
  • Access to patron-only content (informal studio photos and videos, etc)
  • First access to new and upcoming projects, generally before the public gets it
  • Patron-only polls, giveaways and any other contests I can think of running
  • Unlimited digital hugs & long-distance high fives
[Level 2] Hugs & High-Fives
$5 or more per month
  • Streaming access to demos/works-in-progress
  • Monthly downloadable digital sampler (your choice of Milieu, Coppice Halifax or Brian Grainger material)
  • 5% discount on all physical/digital store items
  • Plus all previous rewards
[Level 3] Coffee & Donuts
$10 or more per month
  • Monthly patron-only livestream (studio jamming, philosophical rambling, possibly appearances from collaborators, my daughter or my cats)
  • Two monthly downloadable digital samplers (your pick of Milieu, Coppice Halifax or Brian Grainger material)
  • 10% discount on all physical/digital store items
  • Your name appearing in the "thank you" section of every subsequent digital release at Bandcamp
  • Plus all previous rewards
[Level 4] Gas In The Tank
$20 or more per month
  • Your pick of any CD-R (single disc) or cassette release at Milieu Music, once each month (so long as it's in stock!)
  • Three monthly downloadable digital samplers (one each from Milieu, Coppice Halifax and Brian Grainger)
  • 15% discount on all physical/digital store items
  • Plus all previous rewards
[Level 5] Dinner & A Movie
$30 or more per month
  • Your pick of either 2 CD-R/cassette releases or a double-disc set, once each month (so long as it's in stock!)
  • Plus all previous rewards
[Level 6] You're Keeping My Lights On
$50 or more per month
  • Your pick of either 3 CD-R/cassette releases, a double-disc set & a single disc/cassette release or a triple-disc set, once each month (so long as it's in stock!)
  • Personalized video message
  • 20% discount on all physical/digital store items
  • Your name printed on every subsequent physical release, so long as you remain a patron
  • Plus all previous rewards
[Level 7] Saving Up For The Next Synthesizer
$100 or more per month
  • Once per year, I will record a special completely exclusive album just for you. You will be able to provide some input on the moniker used, the style of the sound and even the titles of the pieces. You will receive one of the only two physical copies produced. (As this is an incrementally-calculated thing, you must remain a monthly patron for at least 6 months before I can deliver this reward, but we can discuss it as much as you like beforehand)
  • Plus all previous rewards
[Level 8] One Less Bill I Have To Worry About
$250 or more per month
  • Private, password-protected access to my entire back catalog in 320 KBPS MP3 format, across all monikers, collaborations and even secret projects. Includes all new music as long as you remain at this tier. (Note: like the $100 reward, you must remain a patron for 6 months before this reward is delivered. Also, I need time to upload and tag all 600+ releases) 
  • Plus all previous rewards
[Level 9] Well, That Was Unexpected
$500 or more per month only 5 left
  • At this point, I'm just going to give you my cell phone number and we can have a conversation about what you'd like me to do as your newly minted indentured servant. I'm open to doing private live performances, digging into my archives for rare and out of print releases and even setting up a monthly surprise package delivery with Instax photos, CDs, mixtapes, drawings from my daughter and notes from my (immensely grateful) family. 
  • Plus all previous rewards
Goals
$598 of $600 per month
When I reach $600 per month, I will put together another surprise package identical to the one mentioned in reward level 8 (containing all kinds of goodies, such as sets of Instax photos, signed copies of rarities and out of stock releases, stickers, mixtapes, posters, test pressings, drawings from my daughter and notes from my family) and put every patron's name into a hat (maybe just a container of some kind, actually), and hold a raffle to determine who will receive it. Subsequent secondary prizes will likely be conceived and raffled off as well - input on what these can be would be welcomed from the patron community while we work toward this goal. NOTE: Every patron can only win this drawing once. If a name is drawn more than once, a special consolation prize will be given.
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Hello there, I'm Brian. I record and release music as Milieu, Coppice Halifax and (surprise) just Brian Grainger, among many other names. Since 2004, I've issued over six-hundred albums & EPs, most of which were assembled and released independently, and since 2007 I've been lucky enough to call music-making my full-time job. In addition to generating a large catalog of my own work, I have a long-running mastering and design service (Analog Botany M&D), where other artists and labels can affordably use my ears to fine-tune their own materials. I also do scoring/soundtrack work for video games (EufloriaEufloria AdventuresZEN), nature films (Discovery ChannelPBS) and all manner of other media-based art forms.

For several years of the last decade, I've routinely logged close to 80 hours a week doing what I do. That isn't a complaint - I love what I do, and I love that I can do it at all, but many times it is very much a labor of love, and there are never any guarantees of records sold, mastering and scoring work coming in or even breaking even on my material costs to operate. I've equated working full-time in the creative arts to "pushing a snowball up a hill, in Hell", as the job can be unpredictable, stressful and sometimes even hopeless. Yet, I keep returning to the work all the same, because creating things is simply what I do and who I am, and even when the business side of that work becomes overwhelming, it is still very worthwhile.

As with many creatives, life as a self-employed artist is hardly a glamorous one, and is often "feast or famine", with a very hand-to-mouth existence of continually trying to simply break even on costs and pay your bills every month. I'd been asked about starting a Patreon page before by a few supporters, and having looked into it, now I am here. This page is an attempt to connect in a more personal way with my supporters, many of whom have been with me for up to ten years (you know who you are, thank you) and are somehow still not exhausted by my prolificity. It is another option for helping me keep this creative vessel afloat through the turbulent times, and especially relevant for those who want to help my creative operation, but don't necessarily want to buy lots of records each month either.

Perhaps you'd come see me if I toured and performed live in your town? Or perhaps you'd buy a t-shirt if I had any for sale? Maybe you heard my work in a video game or a nature documentary and you wanted to pass on some appreciation for it. Maybe you just really like my beard, and would feel sad if I got a 9-to-5 and had to cut it off. Jokes aside, Patreon will allow me to be supported by all kinds of people, who appreciate my work in many different capacities, even if I cannot go out on a tour or sell t-shirts. It will, hopefully, provide me with some added financial stability that I can use to pay a bill each month, or buy groceries or gasoline, or even handle incidental things now that I have a 6-year old daughter (and trust me, kids have a lot of incidentals). The more stability I have with the mundane stuff like that, the more time and energy I'll have to focus on doing what we both really want me to do - create, share and grow in the process. It will exist alongside my current duties as a musician, record label owner and mastering guru, and the more help I get here on Patreon, the better things will get in my creative process.

For a job without many guarantees of income or success, Patreon will give me some assuredness of financial reliability - assuredness that I haven't had since I was giving myself an ulcer processing claims for military insurance. So thank you, thank you so much for helping me do what I love and survive while I do it. Every little bit goes a long way, as they say, and once this page gets going I'm going to do my very best to make it worthwhile for everyone involved. I have some ideas for exclusive music, giveaways and even in-studio insights on my whole process, which might be of interest to those of you who wonder just how all of this music comes from just one person!

Recent posts by Brian Grainger

Tiers
[Level 1] Viewers Like You
$1 or more per month
  • Access to patron-only content (informal studio photos and videos, etc)
  • First access to new and upcoming projects, generally before the public gets it
  • Patron-only polls, giveaways and any other contests I can think of running
  • Unlimited digital hugs & long-distance high fives
[Level 2] Hugs & High-Fives
$5 or more per month
  • Streaming access to demos/works-in-progress
  • Monthly downloadable digital sampler (your choice of Milieu, Coppice Halifax or Brian Grainger material)
  • 5% discount on all physical/digital store items
  • Plus all previous rewards
[Level 3] Coffee & Donuts
$10 or more per month
  • Monthly patron-only livestream (studio jamming, philosophical rambling, possibly appearances from collaborators, my daughter or my cats)
  • Two monthly downloadable digital samplers (your pick of Milieu, Coppice Halifax or Brian Grainger material)
  • 10% discount on all physical/digital store items
  • Your name appearing in the "thank you" section of every subsequent digital release at Bandcamp
  • Plus all previous rewards
[Level 4] Gas In The Tank
$20 or more per month
  • Your pick of any CD-R (single disc) or cassette release at Milieu Music, once each month (so long as it's in stock!)
  • Three monthly downloadable digital samplers (one each from Milieu, Coppice Halifax and Brian Grainger)
  • 15% discount on all physical/digital store items
  • Plus all previous rewards
[Level 5] Dinner & A Movie
$30 or more per month
  • Your pick of either 2 CD-R/cassette releases or a double-disc set, once each month (so long as it's in stock!)
  • Plus all previous rewards
[Level 6] You're Keeping My Lights On
$50 or more per month
  • Your pick of either 3 CD-R/cassette releases, a double-disc set & a single disc/cassette release or a triple-disc set, once each month (so long as it's in stock!)
  • Personalized video message
  • 20% discount on all physical/digital store items
  • Your name printed on every subsequent physical release, so long as you remain a patron
  • Plus all previous rewards
[Level 7] Saving Up For The Next Synthesizer
$100 or more per month
  • Once per year, I will record a special completely exclusive album just for you. You will be able to provide some input on the moniker used, the style of the sound and even the titles of the pieces. You will receive one of the only two physical copies produced. (As this is an incrementally-calculated thing, you must remain a monthly patron for at least 6 months before I can deliver this reward, but we can discuss it as much as you like beforehand)
  • Plus all previous rewards
[Level 8] One Less Bill I Have To Worry About
$250 or more per month
  • Private, password-protected access to my entire back catalog in 320 KBPS MP3 format, across all monikers, collaborations and even secret projects. Includes all new music as long as you remain at this tier. (Note: like the $100 reward, you must remain a patron for 6 months before this reward is delivered. Also, I need time to upload and tag all 600+ releases) 
  • Plus all previous rewards
[Level 9] Well, That Was Unexpected
$500 or more per month only 5 left
  • At this point, I'm just going to give you my cell phone number and we can have a conversation about what you'd like me to do as your newly minted indentured servant. I'm open to doing private live performances, digging into my archives for rare and out of print releases and even setting up a monthly surprise package delivery with Instax photos, CDs, mixtapes, drawings from my daughter and notes from my (immensely grateful) family. 
  • Plus all previous rewards