Mathias Kom is creating music, music videos, interviews, writing
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patrons

Who are you?

That's what I want to know, and I'm hoping that this Patreon thing can help us get acquainted. As for me, my name is Mathias Kom. Over the years, I've made a lot of music and done a lot of touring with my main outlet The Burning Hell, as well as with side projects like Spring Breakup or Ariel Sharratt & Mathias Kom. Songwriting consumes a lot of my time, but I also make videos, write fiction, poetry, blogs, and essays—mostly about music, but sometimes also about people, animals, notable economic conferences, fictional Scandinavian history, which common garden weeds are edible and which are poisonous, and the secrets of life under the sea. But mostly about music.

What is Patreon? Well, it's a chance to return to the glorious days of the Renaissance, minus the religious persecution, internecine wars, and pox. Back in those days, folks with a few extra groats or ducats would support creators and thinkers like Michelangelo, Copernicus and Shakespeare so that they could focus on making stuff without having to sling mead behind the bar at the local discotheque. Patrons back then were mostly super rich and powerful and (often) very evil—but with Patreon, you too can become a patron of the arts, even if you're virtuous, kind, and not the Pope.

I wouldn't have spent the last ten years writing and thinking about and making music without the support of people like you. I've always believed that the most exciting thing about art isn't the reduction of creativity to product, but rather the chance to share our work, talk about it, engage and argue with people, reflect, and then create some more. With Patreon, I have a whole new platform bursting with exciting possibilities to do just that.

If you'd like to support me by subscribing, you will automatically receive my love and thanks, and my solemn promise that this thankfulness will be everlasting even after death (pending confirmation of afterlife). You'll also have exclusive access to the songs, videos, and writing that I've done over the years that I've never made available before, and believe me, there's a lot. Even better, your patronage will result directly in the creation of a lot of new work, made available first and often only to patrons. Here are some examples:

1) Sneak peeks and first listens to new songs and videos, even including works in progress, demos, and the various ideas that the little voice in my head often tells me not to share publicly;
2) A regularly updated blog for patrons only;
3) Hangouts and chats with loosely-structured themes—focused, for example, on songwriting, touring tips, or how to build a ukulele out of a Volkswagen engine;
4) An ongoing series of audio and video interviews, in which I invite musicians to my farm, chat with them about what they do, and ask them to demonstrate their secret talents. For example, did you know that Monteverdi was an incredible juggler?
5) Postcards from tour, delivered to your door!
6) Custom songs, mixtapes, handmade lyric booklets, and more...

Your support means a lot to me—it means that I can keep doing what I'm doing, and do even more of it. So, kindly patrons, welcome to the newer, fairer Renaissance. Renaissance Fair? Or Fayre? Renaissance Redux? Ren 2.0? Whatever we call it, your doubloons will keep my lute tuned and my pantaloons groomed, and allow me the freedom to write and create and share it all with you, online and in person, from Sicily to Saskatoon. Thank you.



Tiers
Friend Army
$1 or more per month
Friend Army inductees get access to my patron-only feed, which will feature a selection of new songs, videos, and writing, as well as an ongoing blog, keeping you regularly updated on what's happening in my creative life. 


Friend Army members will also get access to a series of video and audio interviews I'm currently working on, featuring many of my fellow musicians from around the world, chatting about music and sharing their hidden talents. 



Wallflowers
$5 or more per month
Wallflowers get all the same stuff as folks in my Friend Army, plus:


Once a month, you'll get to download a bundle of choice items I've excavated from my archives: early demos, writing, live shows, album art, photos, and all sorts of other things that have never seen the light of day before. 


Participation in monthly online hangouts where we'll chat about new music, upcoming shows, baby animals, famous conferences of the 20th century, or whatever else you feel is important to discuss. I'll take a request or two and play you a song as well.

Amateur Rappers
$10 or more per month
Amateur Rappers get all the same stuff as my Wallflower and Friend Army patrons, plus:


Free downloads of any new singles, EPs and albums I'm planning to release publicly, before anyone else gets to hear them. 


A postcard, once a year, from an exciting location somewhere on tour. I choose the time and place, and you get surprised with a old-school snail-mail greeting, telling you all about how fabulous the weather is in Birmingham (for example).


A personalized video / audio message for you or someone you love. Tell me the occasion and any special requests (want me to play a particular song from my back catalogue? compose a birthday limerick?), and I'll do the rest.

Grown-Ups
$20 or more per month
Folks in this tier are obviously Grown-Ups, and as such they get everything my Friend Army, Wallflower, and Amateur Rapper patrons get, plus:


An immediate download of my entire back catalogue. As of the time of writing, this includes 13 albums, various splits, singles, EPs and special projects.


A personal online tutorial, lesson, or workshop, once per year. The form and content is up to you—maybe you want a music lesson? A songwriting workshop? Life coaching? Baseball coaching?* As long as it's at least mostly possible and entirely legal, we'll make it happen!


Your name (or your alias, or the name of your pet) in the credits of my next album. As a Grown-Up patron, you're a big part of making what I do possible, you deserve some public acknowledgement!


*FYI, I am not a very good baseball coach. 








Professional Rappers
$50 or more per month
As a patron in this tier, you're rolling with the professional rappers. You get everything all the other patrons get, plus:


A one-time only custom song, written just for you, at the end of your first year of patronage. As far in advance as you can manage, you give me some basic input, and I do the rest. I'll send you a  recording of the song plus hand-written lyrics, and it's yours forever.


A personalized, handmade booklet of lyrics and chords. You choose a selection of my songs, and I will take out my crayons and safety scissors and labour long into the night, creating your personal songbook. Once it's all done, I'll wrap it up and mail it straight to your door.


An annual mixtape of my favourite songs of the year, and when I say "mixtape," I mean an actual tape. As in a cassette. Or, if you're more of a 90s person, a CD. You choose the format, I choose the music—and it comes complete with handmade cover art.








Goals
63 of 250 patrons
Thank You Song & Video
As a way of saying thanks to my first 250 patrons, I'll make and send you a special video, telling you about my immediate goals, what I'm eating for lunch, and featuring either a) a special thank you song I'll write for the occasion; or b) a cover of Alanis Morrisette's classic hit "Thank U"—depending on which gets the most votes.
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Who are you?

That's what I want to know, and I'm hoping that this Patreon thing can help us get acquainted. As for me, my name is Mathias Kom. Over the years, I've made a lot of music and done a lot of touring with my main outlet The Burning Hell, as well as with side projects like Spring Breakup or Ariel Sharratt & Mathias Kom. Songwriting consumes a lot of my time, but I also make videos, write fiction, poetry, blogs, and essays—mostly about music, but sometimes also about people, animals, notable economic conferences, fictional Scandinavian history, which common garden weeds are edible and which are poisonous, and the secrets of life under the sea. But mostly about music.

What is Patreon? Well, it's a chance to return to the glorious days of the Renaissance, minus the religious persecution, internecine wars, and pox. Back in those days, folks with a few extra groats or ducats would support creators and thinkers like Michelangelo, Copernicus and Shakespeare so that they could focus on making stuff without having to sling mead behind the bar at the local discotheque. Patrons back then were mostly super rich and powerful and (often) very evil—but with Patreon, you too can become a patron of the arts, even if you're virtuous, kind, and not the Pope.

I wouldn't have spent the last ten years writing and thinking about and making music without the support of people like you. I've always believed that the most exciting thing about art isn't the reduction of creativity to product, but rather the chance to share our work, talk about it, engage and argue with people, reflect, and then create some more. With Patreon, I have a whole new platform bursting with exciting possibilities to do just that.

If you'd like to support me by subscribing, you will automatically receive my love and thanks, and my solemn promise that this thankfulness will be everlasting even after death (pending confirmation of afterlife). You'll also have exclusive access to the songs, videos, and writing that I've done over the years that I've never made available before, and believe me, there's a lot. Even better, your patronage will result directly in the creation of a lot of new work, made available first and often only to patrons. Here are some examples:

1) Sneak peeks and first listens to new songs and videos, even including works in progress, demos, and the various ideas that the little voice in my head often tells me not to share publicly;
2) A regularly updated blog for patrons only;
3) Hangouts and chats with loosely-structured themes—focused, for example, on songwriting, touring tips, or how to build a ukulele out of a Volkswagen engine;
4) An ongoing series of audio and video interviews, in which I invite musicians to my farm, chat with them about what they do, and ask them to demonstrate their secret talents. For example, did you know that Monteverdi was an incredible juggler?
5) Postcards from tour, delivered to your door!
6) Custom songs, mixtapes, handmade lyric booklets, and more...

Your support means a lot to me—it means that I can keep doing what I'm doing, and do even more of it. So, kindly patrons, welcome to the newer, fairer Renaissance. Renaissance Fair? Or Fayre? Renaissance Redux? Ren 2.0? Whatever we call it, your doubloons will keep my lute tuned and my pantaloons groomed, and allow me the freedom to write and create and share it all with you, online and in person, from Sicily to Saskatoon. Thank you.



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Tiers
Friend Army
$1 or more per month
Friend Army inductees get access to my patron-only feed, which will feature a selection of new songs, videos, and writing, as well as an ongoing blog, keeping you regularly updated on what's happening in my creative life. 


Friend Army members will also get access to a series of video and audio interviews I'm currently working on, featuring many of my fellow musicians from around the world, chatting about music and sharing their hidden talents. 



Wallflowers
$5 or more per month
Wallflowers get all the same stuff as folks in my Friend Army, plus:


Once a month, you'll get to download a bundle of choice items I've excavated from my archives: early demos, writing, live shows, album art, photos, and all sorts of other things that have never seen the light of day before. 


Participation in monthly online hangouts where we'll chat about new music, upcoming shows, baby animals, famous conferences of the 20th century, or whatever else you feel is important to discuss. I'll take a request or two and play you a song as well.

Amateur Rappers
$10 or more per month
Amateur Rappers get all the same stuff as my Wallflower and Friend Army patrons, plus:


Free downloads of any new singles, EPs and albums I'm planning to release publicly, before anyone else gets to hear them. 


A postcard, once a year, from an exciting location somewhere on tour. I choose the time and place, and you get surprised with a old-school snail-mail greeting, telling you all about how fabulous the weather is in Birmingham (for example).


A personalized video / audio message for you or someone you love. Tell me the occasion and any special requests (want me to play a particular song from my back catalogue? compose a birthday limerick?), and I'll do the rest.

Grown-Ups
$20 or more per month
Folks in this tier are obviously Grown-Ups, and as such they get everything my Friend Army, Wallflower, and Amateur Rapper patrons get, plus:


An immediate download of my entire back catalogue. As of the time of writing, this includes 13 albums, various splits, singles, EPs and special projects.


A personal online tutorial, lesson, or workshop, once per year. The form and content is up to you—maybe you want a music lesson? A songwriting workshop? Life coaching? Baseball coaching?* As long as it's at least mostly possible and entirely legal, we'll make it happen!


Your name (or your alias, or the name of your pet) in the credits of my next album. As a Grown-Up patron, you're a big part of making what I do possible, you deserve some public acknowledgement!


*FYI, I am not a very good baseball coach. 








Professional Rappers
$50 or more per month
As a patron in this tier, you're rolling with the professional rappers. You get everything all the other patrons get, plus:


A one-time only custom song, written just for you, at the end of your first year of patronage. As far in advance as you can manage, you give me some basic input, and I do the rest. I'll send you a  recording of the song plus hand-written lyrics, and it's yours forever.


A personalized, handmade booklet of lyrics and chords. You choose a selection of my songs, and I will take out my crayons and safety scissors and labour long into the night, creating your personal songbook. Once it's all done, I'll wrap it up and mail it straight to your door.


An annual mixtape of my favourite songs of the year, and when I say "mixtape," I mean an actual tape. As in a cassette. Or, if you're more of a 90s person, a CD. You choose the format, I choose the music—and it comes complete with handmade cover art.