Every musician wants to do a solo album, the defining opus that establishes an artist’s musical vision by making full use of his talent and skill. The fans who go to concerts want to hear more from the artists they enjoy. But in today’s cutthroat entertainment industry, the ambitions of the artist and the enthusiasm of the fans all too often play second fiddle to the demands of the financial backers who want to see dollars before they’re willing to listen to notes. But when music fans are clamoring for the album, it’s time to pay attention. Jason Richardson has been touring and promoting his music for nearly six years and during that time, the fans keep asking for a solo album. In response, Richardson plans to deliver what he calls one of the best, most epic instrumental albums of 2016. With his Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign to raise $20,000, over 60 percent of which has already been donated, Richardson is ready for the next stanza in the musical song of his life.
The crowdfunding donations will pay for the studio rental, the flights that must be booked in order to get everyone to the studio; compensation for all the musicians who will be part of the recording; the merchandise; and CD and vinyl printing. Helping with the mixing and tracking, along with writing and production help, are Taylor Larson, who worked with Matriarch to produce, engineer, mix and master Veil of Maya, and with Periphery as the engineer for Periphery II: This Time it’s Personal, will be helping out with the mixing and tracking, along with writing and production. In addition, Richardson plans a very ambitious list of guest soloists. Of the assembly of talent, Richardson says, “If I am able to pull this off, you guys are seriously going to freak out!”
Richardson is looking forward to this project, his most ambitious effort ever, so that he can write music at full potential with nothing holding him back. He’s proud of the songs that he’s already written, but promises that when they’re recorded in a studio, with an engineer at the helm to make the sound of the mix as punchy, heavy, and clear as possible, the tunes will sound the way they’re meant to be heard. In fact, Richardson says that if he can get the guest spots that he has in mind for the album, “it’s going to be one of the craziest guitar albums you guys have heard in a long time.”
The support from crowdfunding will liberate Richardson from the “label nonsense” that makes it so difficult for musicians to get the financial assistance that they need in order for their vision to be realized.
To reward the backers who donate to the project, Richardson is providing tee-shirts, hoodies, digital downloads and physical copies of the album, autographed copies, physical tab books, snapbacks and other items. A special perk awaiting $1500 donors includes one month of lessons, once a week, via Skype, a guest solo spot for your band, free merchandise, free access for life to Richardson’s tab store, and his signature protone pedal that’s currently in the works.
A successful campaign that leads to a successful album will make Richardson’s musical dreams come true.