High Voltage is creating YouTube videos and written reviews involving fandom culture
22

patrons

$174
per month
Well you've made it this far, do you have time for a story? Because we'd love to tell you the story of High Voltage.

High Voltage was created by a group of passionate music lovers in the Fall of 2003. We wanted some way to give back to the musicians who were helping us discover who we were, break us out of our shells and define us. Eventually we branched out from only covering music to covering all types of fandoms & entertainment. Over the years High Voltage has been a print magazine, a radio show on the Independent FM, a web publication, a YouTube series and everything in between.

The current team that keeps High Voltage afloat dreams to do this for a living, full-time. What we want to do is be able to cover all the events that nerds, like us, can't attend around the world (premieres, conventions, concerts, festivals, etc). We want to bring your favorite musicians and actors into your living room via our videos and articles. We want YOU to be involved in what we cover and what we ask. We want High Voltage to be for the people, by the people. An outlet that lets those who can't break away on their own adventures for whatever reason feel connected to something in this world. We want to provide hope, laughter and joy by sharing the arts in ways that haven't been done yet. Sort of like the way Twitter makes you feel connected to your favorite personalities.

Why We Need Your Help
It's been 14 years since High Voltage started and every year it gets a little bit harder to maintain, financially speaking. We know we have a quality product. We have an audience that we adore. We don't want to go anywhere, but we need your help to make this a self-sustaining situation that allows to create content full-time.

Sure, we could add more advertisements but 1) We aren't sales people (nor do we want to be) and 2) We hate websites that are covered in ads on the top, left, right, bottom and middle of the article you're trying to read. Let's not do that.

So, we've come to Patreon to find people who want to be involved in this dream.

Do you dream of connecting with a certain actor or musician? Are you a pop culture collector who can't always make it to the events with the exclusives you want? Do you long for quality over quantity in your products? Or wish that you could attend a certain music festival or comic convention? Have you wanted to be part of the fandom culture you love in a bigger way? Then please, help us make our dream a reality.

What We'll Use The Money For
1. Reinvesting in High Voltage: A certain amount of the funds will be allocated to boosting posts on Facebook, growing our YouTube channel, MailChimp, Meetup.com and other types of marketing that allow us to grow the High Voltage community. Then some funds will allow us to purchase and/or upgrade our equipment so that we can produce higher quality content. One member of our team doesn't even own a laptop and writes reviews on a smartphone! Other members are using laptops so old that Apple considers them "vintage" and will no longer service them. Then there's the standard bills like Web Hosting and Internet.

2. Creating Content: The majority of the funds will allow us to create content on a full-time level. We have dreams of other YouTube series' and podcasts and more we'd love to bring you. Plus live streams from events, etc. But while we all work other jobs full-time, our options are limited in terms of what we can produce. For example, we have a pile of books to review that stretch from floor to ceiling twice, but no extra time to get through more than two a month.

If you're just discovering us, here are some highlights from our various YouTube series:



And that's our story. We hope you'll join us on this adventure.

Tiers
We Love Raffles
$1 or more per month 11 patrons
Access to our Patreon only content. Plus participate in our monthly raffle (only available to our Patrons). What are the prizes? Each month will differ; could be anything from an autographed item from someone we interviewed/met, to exclusive merchandise found at a convention or even a brand new tabletop game. 1 ticket/month. Tickets will not roll over.
Video Appreciation
$2 or more per month 4 patrons
Get your name listed in our "We Heart Our Patrons" title screen at the end of our videos that month. Your support helped make those videos happen and we thank you! This tier also includes the perks of We Love Raffles.
Listening Party
$3 or more per month 1 patron
Love music? Join Trina's listening party and receive a private stream, twice a month, of a new artist that will tickle your earbuds. Plus the occasional free download. All curated by Trina. This is an exclusive to patreon digital music party!
Players Wanted Rewards
$4 or more per month 1 patron
You can now earn Players Wanted rewards points, good for our Monday night events at Scum & Villainy, from the comfort of your couch. Every month you remain an active patron of this tier you will earn 30 points. What a great option for those who live too far away, yet want to participate. This tier also includes the perks of Listening Party and We Love Raffles.
Interview Committee
$5 or more per month 3 patrons
We like to think of this committee more like a brain trust. You'll be the first to know whom we're about to interview and have a chance to ask him/her/them a question! If we use your question, we'll include your name when we ask it (credit where credit is due!). Some of these interviews will be on-camera, others will not. This tier also includes the perks of Listening Party and We Love Raffles.
Let's Be PenPals!
$8 or more per month 1 patron
Get a customized postcard in the mail from one High Voltage staffer each month. And we mean snail mail, no eCards here. The postcard may even feature our own concert or event photography. Plus this tier includes the perks of We Love Raffles, Listening Party & Interview Committee.
High Voltage Q&A
$10 or more per month 1 patron
Each month you'll get to spend a hour with one member of the High Voltage team. This will be held in a private live video chat. Ask us anything you want, help us brainstorm ideas, or critique our work if it pleases you. Maybe you just want more stories from our recent adventures. We're happy to share. This tier also includes the perks of We Love Raffles & Listening Party.
Event All Access
$15 or more per month 2 of 20 patrons
Keep payments current at this reward level and never pay for another event produced by High Voltage again. This includes any game nights, tournaments, concerts or convention after parties we host. This tier also includes the perks of We Love Raffles, Listening Party & Interview Committee.
VIP Tabletop Treatment
$35 or more per month 0 of 4 patrons
THIS TIER ONLY AVAILABLE TO PEOPLE IN THE GREATER LOS ANGELES AREA: Be part of our exclusive tabletop gaming group. Help us test out new games, often before they are released, then brag about it to all your friends! This tier also includes the perks of We Love Raffles & Listening Party.
Sponsor A Video
$100 or more per month 1 of 5 patrons
Your choice: We will either post your company & web link permanently in the description of ALL videos for one month OR place/wear your product in three videos. We retain the right to approval on sponsorships, will refund anyone who we feel isn't an appropriate fit.
Goals
$174 of $500 per month
We currently limit our content to one post a day. By hitting this goal we will be able to start creating enough content to post double that amount. That’s two articles a day on our website! More interviews, reviews, discoveries, festival and convention coverage, etc. Plus we will be able to pay a small stipend per article to our writers! Awesomesauce!
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Well you've made it this far, do you have time for a story? Because we'd love to tell you the story of High Voltage.

High Voltage was created by a group of passionate music lovers in the Fall of 2003. We wanted some way to give back to the musicians who were helping us discover who we were, break us out of our shells and define us. Eventually we branched out from only covering music to covering all types of fandoms & entertainment. Over the years High Voltage has been a print magazine, a radio show on the Independent FM, a web publication, a YouTube series and everything in between.

The current team that keeps High Voltage afloat dreams to do this for a living, full-time. What we want to do is be able to cover all the events that nerds, like us, can't attend around the world (premieres, conventions, concerts, festivals, etc). We want to bring your favorite musicians and actors into your living room via our videos and articles. We want YOU to be involved in what we cover and what we ask. We want High Voltage to be for the people, by the people. An outlet that lets those who can't break away on their own adventures for whatever reason feel connected to something in this world. We want to provide hope, laughter and joy by sharing the arts in ways that haven't been done yet. Sort of like the way Twitter makes you feel connected to your favorite personalities.

Why We Need Your Help
It's been 14 years since High Voltage started and every year it gets a little bit harder to maintain, financially speaking. We know we have a quality product. We have an audience that we adore. We don't want to go anywhere, but we need your help to make this a self-sustaining situation that allows to create content full-time.

Sure, we could add more advertisements but 1) We aren't sales people (nor do we want to be) and 2) We hate websites that are covered in ads on the top, left, right, bottom and middle of the article you're trying to read. Let's not do that.

So, we've come to Patreon to find people who want to be involved in this dream.

Do you dream of connecting with a certain actor or musician? Are you a pop culture collector who can't always make it to the events with the exclusives you want? Do you long for quality over quantity in your products? Or wish that you could attend a certain music festival or comic convention? Have you wanted to be part of the fandom culture you love in a bigger way? Then please, help us make our dream a reality.

What We'll Use The Money For
1. Reinvesting in High Voltage: A certain amount of the funds will be allocated to boosting posts on Facebook, growing our YouTube channel, MailChimp, Meetup.com and other types of marketing that allow us to grow the High Voltage community. Then some funds will allow us to purchase and/or upgrade our equipment so that we can produce higher quality content. One member of our team doesn't even own a laptop and writes reviews on a smartphone! Other members are using laptops so old that Apple considers them "vintage" and will no longer service them. Then there's the standard bills like Web Hosting and Internet.

2. Creating Content: The majority of the funds will allow us to create content on a full-time level. We have dreams of other YouTube series' and podcasts and more we'd love to bring you. Plus live streams from events, etc. But while we all work other jobs full-time, our options are limited in terms of what we can produce. For example, we have a pile of books to review that stretch from floor to ceiling twice, but no extra time to get through more than two a month.

If you're just discovering us, here are some highlights from our various YouTube series:



And that's our story. We hope you'll join us on this adventure.

Recent posts by High Voltage

Tiers
We Love Raffles
$1 or more per month 11 patrons
Access to our Patreon only content. Plus participate in our monthly raffle (only available to our Patrons). What are the prizes? Each month will differ; could be anything from an autographed item from someone we interviewed/met, to exclusive merchandise found at a convention or even a brand new tabletop game. 1 ticket/month. Tickets will not roll over.
Video Appreciation
$2 or more per month 4 patrons
Get your name listed in our "We Heart Our Patrons" title screen at the end of our videos that month. Your support helped make those videos happen and we thank you! This tier also includes the perks of We Love Raffles.
Listening Party
$3 or more per month 1 patron
Love music? Join Trina's listening party and receive a private stream, twice a month, of a new artist that will tickle your earbuds. Plus the occasional free download. All curated by Trina. This is an exclusive to patreon digital music party!
Players Wanted Rewards
$4 or more per month 1 patron
You can now earn Players Wanted rewards points, good for our Monday night events at Scum & Villainy, from the comfort of your couch. Every month you remain an active patron of this tier you will earn 30 points. What a great option for those who live too far away, yet want to participate. This tier also includes the perks of Listening Party and We Love Raffles.
Interview Committee
$5 or more per month 3 patrons
We like to think of this committee more like a brain trust. You'll be the first to know whom we're about to interview and have a chance to ask him/her/them a question! If we use your question, we'll include your name when we ask it (credit where credit is due!). Some of these interviews will be on-camera, others will not. This tier also includes the perks of Listening Party and We Love Raffles.
Let's Be PenPals!
$8 or more per month 1 patron
Get a customized postcard in the mail from one High Voltage staffer each month. And we mean snail mail, no eCards here. The postcard may even feature our own concert or event photography. Plus this tier includes the perks of We Love Raffles, Listening Party & Interview Committee.
High Voltage Q&A
$10 or more per month 1 patron
Each month you'll get to spend a hour with one member of the High Voltage team. This will be held in a private live video chat. Ask us anything you want, help us brainstorm ideas, or critique our work if it pleases you. Maybe you just want more stories from our recent adventures. We're happy to share. This tier also includes the perks of We Love Raffles & Listening Party.
Event All Access
$15 or more per month 2 of 20 patrons
Keep payments current at this reward level and never pay for another event produced by High Voltage again. This includes any game nights, tournaments, concerts or convention after parties we host. This tier also includes the perks of We Love Raffles, Listening Party & Interview Committee.
VIP Tabletop Treatment
$35 or more per month 0 of 4 patrons
THIS TIER ONLY AVAILABLE TO PEOPLE IN THE GREATER LOS ANGELES AREA: Be part of our exclusive tabletop gaming group. Help us test out new games, often before they are released, then brag about it to all your friends! This tier also includes the perks of We Love Raffles & Listening Party.
Sponsor A Video
$100 or more per month 1 of 5 patrons
Your choice: We will either post your company & web link permanently in the description of ALL videos for one month OR place/wear your product in three videos. We retain the right to approval on sponsorships, will refund anyone who we feel isn't an appropriate fit.