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Watch the silly video and contemplate chipping in 88 cents or $8.88 or $88.88 to help us make the next one. We'd surely appreciate it.
"Treadmill Trackstar is interested in music for music’s sake. No band member receives any money. All funds go toward recording the next project. Our only goal is to make the next record. And the next…"
Don't let Patreon confuse you. This is not a monthly thing. This is only a pledge and you only get charged when we have a new record ready to go. If you have a question please [email protected] .
8 is a magic number. It signifies infinity which is what we're going for. 8's are lucky.
The Short Version:
The goal is to make a Treadmill album every couple of years until the day I die. I love the idea of creating music with a community behind me, with the end goal simply being the creation itself. We've made 3 records this way so far (download them for free here). I need your help to keep doing this!
The Long Version:
I realize that people are sick and tired of Kickstarter and crowd-funding in general. But I believe that giving music away for free and paying for its creation in some way other than selling it makes for better, more pure, more honest music. Unfortunately there are some obvious problems with this business model!
No money raised through this campaign will be used for anything other than the next record. Recording, mixing, mastering, art, graphics, packaging, online distribution costs... and that's it. Not one cent goes into anyone's pocket. Ever. That goes for income outside of this campaign too - shows (if we ever play live again), merch, iTunes sales... it all goes into the pot. If by a miracle we get pledges of over our goal, we'll use that for more time in a real studio - which would rule. Rinse, repeat... until the day I die.
We've gotten very good at making high quality records for cheap. "I Belong to Me" cost $13,000 in '07 and I thought that was cheap as hell (especially compared to the 85k we [they] blew on Only This in 97). The last two albums have come in between 4 and 6 grand. We do not waste a penny, but we truly need about a few grand to make a decent record that sounds as good as it needs to sound to be worth making. And the more resources we have, the more we can do. Truth.
Because we need the money before the record comes out so we can pay for everything, this is the plan. If you pledge, you'll have access to the stream here at Patreon. I'll keep you up to date on songwriting and progress for the next project. When I have all of the songs for the next project written and demo'd - I'll release those demos as the content that will trigger the pledges to actually go through so that we then use the cash to make the record which we'll give it to you as soon as it's ready to go.
You only actually pay when we're ready to record the record, which is only going to happen every couple of years - so pledge with that in mind! And you can cancel at any time. I need over 150 people at $18.88 to make this happen. (Or 1 at $2,888.88.) That seems completely impossible. I don't know 150 people! Pledge boldly. Pledge recklessly. Pledge knowing that you're only going to actually pay what you pledge every 2 years or so!
On my end - I swear to the Lord above that I will work my ass off to make you the most interesting and best record I possibly can... every couple of years... until the day I die.
And man - use those little social media icons at the top of the page there. Sharing is caring and that is some powerful stuff. It really REALLY helps.
Thank you ~ ang