Yellowgold

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Ever One is released

Today's the day that I've been waiting for with extreme patience, and it hasn't been easy. But thanks to an incredible amount of hard work, and a Kickstarter that was way more successful than I ever dreamed, I can finally pull the covers off of my latest Yellowgold album, Ever One. The Kickstarter did so well that I was able to get The Mellower along with the previously unreleased Three For You EP mastered into a brand new release too, so I'm unveiling that today also!

I am taking the "put 'em everywhere" approach, so I'm hoping that most of the major avenues are covered.

To summarize the many ways you can get Ever One, here you go:

  • Free download of the 192kbps MP3, un-DRM'd, ZIP'd and ready for your earholes. No holds barred.
  • Pay what you want via Bandcamp, starting at $1 for the album. Think of this as a tip jar, if you feel like you really have to kick down a few bones. Buying through Bandcamp also gives you access to a number of different compressed and uncompressed audio formats. You will also find the double-CDs (Ever One and The Mellower including the Three For You EP) that are left over from the Kickstarter if signed physical media is your bag. And you can order a poster of Scott Johnson's original art there as well.
  • Buy the album at iTunes, Google Play, or Amazon. Each place has the album priced differently, so take a look. Stores like these name their own prices for music downloads, so I'm really at their mercy. Sorry for the confusing price points, it's simply part of playing ball with those services.
  • Stream the album at Spotify,  Soundcloud, YouTube, or right here on this site.
  • Buy a shirt from Slashloot!

To summarize the many ways you can get The Mellower (remastered), here you go:

My goal all along was to release Ever One for free, with the option to pay if you decided you wanted to do that. I hope that these options make it easy enough for you to find a method that works best for you. For me, it's about the music more than anything. So really, I don't care how you find it, just as long as you enjoy it.

Now that the albums are live, do check back to this blog as I intend on following up on the entire process to detail some of the things I've learned along the way. From running a Kickstarter, to distribution, to insight into the making of each track on Ever One.

Oh, and one more thing. I've already started writing material for a new album. Yes, it's a sickness. But one that I'm honored to share with you once the time comes to do so. THANK YOU for your support.

Also, a personal thank you to David Michael who has been a godsend in helping me drive the Kickstarter campaign, and so much more. And, of course, KRAMER, for without his masterful ears and incredible work ethic, these albums wouldn't sound nearly as polished as they do.

Ever One arrives December 2

The public release date for Ever One is set for December 2, 2013. That means its only two week away, and I couldn't be happier about that. The Kickstarter campaign was an enormous success, and incredibly satisfying, but it's taken a long time to get to this point and right now, I simply want you to hear the damn music already!

Pre-orders for the album are available starting today at my Bandcamp page. There you have a few options.

1.You can pre-order the digital download by paying what you choose, starting at $1 for the whole album. You'll get the first track from the album, Lonely Nights, right now to whet your appetite. Then you'll receive an email when the album goes live December 2.

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2. Or you can purchase one of the remaining stock of double CDs from the Kickstarter, which means you get Ever One, The Mellower (re-mastered and as of yet un-released) and a newly mastered un-released EP called Three For You. I've already signed them for the Kickstarter so hey, for what it's worth, you get my sloppy signature too. All that for $12 plus shipping, and that stock is limited. You'll also get the instant download of Lonely Nights, as well as an email on December 2 giving you access to the digital download while you wait to receive your CDs.

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Finally, if you are interested in one of Scott Johnson's terrific posters for the album, I'm selling that through the Bandcamp page as well. $12 for those if you'd like one for your wall.

One note: I said all along that my goal was to release this album for free with the option to pay what you want. That is still happening, though the free part doesn't factor into the pre-release. If you want the album for free, simply come back to this site after December 2 and you will find a direct download link to the album. You are welcome.

But, if you want to throw me a bone, hey, I won't stop you! You can do so starting now with the pre-release at my Bandcamp page.

Make sense? I sure hope so. Ultimately, those are all details that get in the way of what I'm most excited about: The album is almost released, and once that happens I can celebrate the culmination of a year and a half of solid hard work and dedication to the music. Thanks for taking the journey with me. It's even better having you along for the ride.

 

Yellowgold on NSFW

I had the pleasure of joining the NSFW gang this Tuesday to take part in the Summer Music Series. I brought along my acoustic guitar and played three songs from the upcoming Ever One release. Care to get a sneak peak at the material on the album? Here you go! 

And now for the part where I pull the curtain back a little.

Being that it was my first time ever really performing like this (solo with only an acoustic guitar, live before who knows how many people), I was definitely a tad nervous. Not as nervous as I expected, but those butterflies were fluttering in the stomach a bit.

As a result, I played nearly every song at least 20-30 percent faster than I probably ever have. It's funny listening to this after the fact. I'm not sure I'm ever rehearsed them at this speed, but the situation affected me and I obviously had adrenalin setting a higher tempo than I would have liked. 

Overall, I'm pretty happy with the performance. No major failures, but there are a handful of things I can latch on to that I'd change if I did it over again. But hey, isn't there ALWAYS room for improvement? 

You can watch the full episode here from which this mix of songs was pulled here.

Ever One - The Kickstarter campaign

I'll just get right to the point: My new album as Yellowgold entitled Ever One is complete. I want to get it professionally mastered. You can help by going to Kickstarter and pitching in

If you have followed the writing on this blog when I was super active (factoid: I had spare time before our second daughter was born three months ago) then you might already be familiar with some of the music on the album. This project is the next phase of my production.

From day one, my goal has been to write 9-10 songs about themes in my life, people I care about, stories I wish to tell, and all along, I planned to release this album for anyone who cared enough to listen.  I didn't want to just throw together ten random tracks. I wanted cohesion in some way.

The Kickstarter page and video should answer any questions you might have about my plan for Ever One. But in case you don't make it over there:

The ultimate goal in the end is to release Ever One on Band Camp as a "free/pay what you want" album. This Kickstarter is the "pre" before the release. This is a way for you to pitch in before the album hits the web. Doing so in advance of the release would enable me to get the album professionally mastered so it sounds as good as it possibly can everywhere its played. It also means you can get it in other playable formats, score some hangable art by none other than Scott Johnson, get a second digital album full of alternate takes that illustrate my process of songwriting, and so much more. Plus, if the project is over-funded, I already have some stretch goals in mind. That means everyone benefits with even more stuff.

For those not interested in the music, take a look at some of the higher levels. I'm making myself available to you in an effort to help you improve the quality of your digital media productions, be it video for the web, podcasting, or music production. I love it all and would love to have a conversation with others trying to do the same thing.

So that's that. I hope you'll join me in bringing this project to the next stage.