Color Theory is creating Music
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patrons
$583
per month


I started running after college, but I didn’t start running seriously until 2011.


Since then I’ve immersed myself in the online running community: the science, the shoes, and the stories.

One story I see over and over again is this: middle-aged couch potato takes up running and, within a few years, surpasses lifetime athletes. For example, John Shaw took up running at age 59, and is breaking world records at 65.

The commonly accepted explanation is that runners have ten good years. Those that run hard through high school and college aren’t likely to be winning ultramarathons in middle age.

Why am I talking about running? Because I think the same thing holds true for my favorite recording artists. With few exceptions, their best material was recorded within a ten year span.

I started making music after college, but I didn’t start making music seriously until 2019.

Up until now, I only worked on my music when I finished working on other people's music. Oftentimes that meant taking months off for a big project. You can see it in my pre-Patreon release dates: 2003, 2008, 2010, 2016.

The past three months have given me a taste of life as a full-time recording artist. In that span I’ve written and mostly recorded an entire album. You can read through my process here.

With your help, my goal for 2019 is to quit my day job. That doesn’t mean I’ll never work on other peoples’ music again, but it will allow me to be selective about the projects I take on, and to put my music first.

Loathe as I am to admit it, I’m going to turn 50 at the end of this year. The clock is ticking. It’s now or never.

It won’t be easy. For the past 20 years, people have expected to get digital content for free. Last year I spent far more on advertising than I made in sales, despite the fact that my music reached more ears than ever before. The only consistent income I get is from Patreon.

Looking at the cost of producing a song relative to what I need to make in a month, I'm setting a goal of $3000 per month.

Crazy? Maybe. Putting that number out there definitely makes me feel uncomfortable, but what’s the alternative? Waiting a few more years?

Of course I’m not asking for a handout. There are a variety of rewards, including exclusive tracks. But most of all I’m offering an experience you won’t get anywhere else.

2019 promises to be the biggest year yet for Color Theory! I hope you’ll join me for the ride.

With appreciation,

Brian.
Tiers
The Theorist
$2 or more per month 7 patrons
  • MUSIC DOWNLOADS. A new song to stream and download every month, in mp3 and lossless WAV format
  • ACCESS TO MY PATRON-ONLY FEED where I post exclusive updates, audio previews, and behind-the-scenes content
  • VOTING POLLS. Help me decide what comes next!
The Completist
$3 or more per month 55 patrons
  • REMIXES. You'll get every new remix! Even the ones only a collector could love.
  • INSTRUMENTALS. Stream and download vocal-less versions of my monthly patron releases
  • DISCOUNTS. Any and all of my releases on Bandcamp can be yours for half price!

+ ALL PREVIOUS REWARDS

The Collector
$5 or more per month 45 patrons
  • PHYSICAL ALBUMS. Receive an exclusive CD every six months containing the previous six month's releases!

+ ALL PREVIOUS REWARDS

The Producer
$15 or more per month 9 patrons
  • SPECIAL THANKS. I will include your name in the credits of new releases!
  • PRIVATE CHAT. A 30-minute chat by Skype, FaceTime, phone, or email every six months

+ ALL PREVIOUS REWARDS

Goals
$583 of $3,000 per month
When I reach $3000 per month, I'll quit my day job and become a full-time recording artist!
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I started running after college, but I didn’t start running seriously until 2011.


Since then I’ve immersed myself in the online running community: the science, the shoes, and the stories.

One story I see over and over again is this: middle-aged couch potato takes up running and, within a few years, surpasses lifetime athletes. For example, John Shaw took up running at age 59, and is breaking world records at 65.

The commonly accepted explanation is that runners have ten good years. Those that run hard through high school and college aren’t likely to be winning ultramarathons in middle age.

Why am I talking about running? Because I think the same thing holds true for my favorite recording artists. With few exceptions, their best material was recorded within a ten year span.

I started making music after college, but I didn’t start making music seriously until 2019.

Up until now, I only worked on my music when I finished working on other people's music. Oftentimes that meant taking months off for a big project. You can see it in my pre-Patreon release dates: 2003, 2008, 2010, 2016.

The past three months have given me a taste of life as a full-time recording artist. In that span I’ve written and mostly recorded an entire album. You can read through my process here.

With your help, my goal for 2019 is to quit my day job. That doesn’t mean I’ll never work on other peoples’ music again, but it will allow me to be selective about the projects I take on, and to put my music first.

Loathe as I am to admit it, I’m going to turn 50 at the end of this year. The clock is ticking. It’s now or never.

It won’t be easy. For the past 20 years, people have expected to get digital content for free. Last year I spent far more on advertising than I made in sales, despite the fact that my music reached more ears than ever before. The only consistent income I get is from Patreon.

Looking at the cost of producing a song relative to what I need to make in a month, I'm setting a goal of $3000 per month.

Crazy? Maybe. Putting that number out there definitely makes me feel uncomfortable, but what’s the alternative? Waiting a few more years?

Of course I’m not asking for a handout. There are a variety of rewards, including exclusive tracks. But most of all I’m offering an experience you won’t get anywhere else.

2019 promises to be the biggest year yet for Color Theory! I hope you’ll join me for the ride.

With appreciation,

Brian.

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Tiers
The Theorist
$2 or more per month 7 patrons
  • MUSIC DOWNLOADS. A new song to stream and download every month, in mp3 and lossless WAV format
  • ACCESS TO MY PATRON-ONLY FEED where I post exclusive updates, audio previews, and behind-the-scenes content
  • VOTING POLLS. Help me decide what comes next!
The Completist
$3 or more per month 55 patrons
  • REMIXES. You'll get every new remix! Even the ones only a collector could love.
  • INSTRUMENTALS. Stream and download vocal-less versions of my monthly patron releases
  • DISCOUNTS. Any and all of my releases on Bandcamp can be yours for half price!

+ ALL PREVIOUS REWARDS

The Collector
$5 or more per month 45 patrons
  • PHYSICAL ALBUMS. Receive an exclusive CD every six months containing the previous six month's releases!

+ ALL PREVIOUS REWARDS

The Producer
$15 or more per month 9 patrons
  • SPECIAL THANKS. I will include your name in the credits of new releases!
  • PRIVATE CHAT. A 30-minute chat by Skype, FaceTime, phone, or email every six months

+ ALL PREVIOUS REWARDS