Yep.. this year, i'm releasing 5 ALBUMS of covers. My plan is to release the next chapter in my Songs Of Other People (SOOP) series.. #3, in the next few weeks. Then after that i'll release the first disc of the Cuban Heels subscriber covers recorded last year as part of the release of the debut Cuban Heels album. Following that will be the next installment of the SOOP series, followed by the second disc of Cuban Heels covers.
But the best part is the content of the last album. You see, following on from the success of the Cuban Heels "pay to have any song recorded" thing from last year, and requests to do something similar again, i'm making an option available for people to pay to have any song recorded by me! They can even be a part of the recording if they like! As many of these as we get will be part of the final album, just before Xmas.. SOOP #5!
So.. how can you help?
Well... i'm boldly trying a 'subscriber' deal for this whole thing, to help keep the thing funded, and achievable. What you'll see below are a whole bunch of 'plans', as generous as i can make them, for you to look over, and perhaps buy into, involving "pre-purchasing" all 5 albums. If you do, you'll get immediate password access to a special project blog with exclusive videos, snapshots, lyrics, extra liner notes, random thoughts, extra bits of audio and whatever else comes to mind, where you'll be able to comment and interact (somewhat) with the project. You'll also get a bonus 6th album of outtakes and alternate mixes at the end of the package.
(The individual albums will also be available from my Bandcamp store, and iTunes/Emusic etc.)
OK.. So, here goes!
The 2011 SOOP subscriber plan
Package 1 - $70 (All prices in Australian dollars)
All content available through special login access for plan subscribers
5 albums of covers (3 by MC, 2 by MC & The Cuban Heels) by download only in a selection of either 320 kbps mp3s or 44.1/16 bit .wav files
1 bonus disk at the end of the project with outtakes, alt mixes, acoustic versions
Regular subscriber videos with news/info/fun content
Extensive downloadable artwork/liner notes for each release
Notifications of new content via exclusive emails.
Package 2 - $120
All content from package 1, including immediate download of albums as they’re released
CDR in slimline case or plastic wallet with basic artwork for each release
Postage included for all 5 releases
Package 3 (limit of 15 packages) - $450
$400 for download only
Subscriber selects any song for MC to record, in MC’s own style, with basic creative input encouraged from subscriber.
If subscriber is interested in being part of the recording process, this can be arranged at the subscribers cost (if not located in the proximity of MC)
Subscriber will receive a demo of the track, progress emails, videos and a final mix before the track is included on album #5 for the year.
MC will aim to do a completed studio video for each subscriber for this package.
Subscriber receives credit for selection of the song on all artworks.
(Note: For people who subscribed to the Cuban Heels pay for a song package last year, please contact me directly for a discount price for the remaining discs.)
Loose schedule of releases
April – SOOP #3
June – The Cuban Heels: By Request – Volume 1
August – SOOP #4
October – The Cuban Heels: By Request – Volume 2
December – SOOP #5
Ok.. over to you. Any thoughts/comment, please let me know.