I don’t think I’ve ever posted anything personal on a social network – I express myself through music because that’s really the only way I know how. I’ve been working on this album called ‘Parkway Divides’ for about a year now for my band Ill-Advised…which really isn’t a band. I write, record, sing, and play every instrument on the album. I started this band when I was in high school. A lot of people told me to give it up – in fact, a lot of people told me I sucked. I took a lot of shit, but I stuck with it because these songs mean everything to me. I’m the type of person who when someone tells me I can’t do something, I work even harder. I’ve spent the past three months working until 6 AM 7 days a week, writing, recording, playing, engineering, producing, and arranging every note on this album. With only a few final overdubs to go, I’m in the home stretch.
The reality is, it costs a lot to make a record: studio time, mixing, mastering, distribution, etc. By doing everything myself in my own studio I built in my basement with the help of a few friends and my mom, I’ve been able to do as much as I can on my own – no studios, no other musicians. When I set up the Pledge Music pre-order page, I wanted to offer some cool stuff that if I were a music fan, I would think might be cool to have. The type of person I am, I don’t like asking people for things, and I never do. Thinking about using a ‘crowdfunding’ site was something I refused to even think about for a long time…it’s just not how rock bands do it. But, times have changed and no one is investing in artists, the old system of selling albums is gone, and despite the fact that bands are essentially small businesses and that in 2015, you have to be a music entrepreneur, no one will invest in a band or a label. Crowdfunding seems to be the only option.
So, I’m humbly asking you guys to pre-order my album over at PledgeMusic.com/IllAdvised if you can spare $10. There is tons of other stuff like exclusive T-Shirts, actual CDs (if you’re still into that), and vinyl that will be offered soon along with opportunities to have a part in a music video, a personalized cover song done just for you, house concerts, and a producer credit on the album that also gives you free concert tickets and VIP passes + free merch for life. Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a hard worker and that I never give up, and I promise you guys that if you help me bring this album home, you won’t be disappointed.