A week ahead of this year’s upcoming Pollygrind Film Festival, which was to take place at the Cinemark Theater inside the Southpoint Casino here in Las Vegas, the venue decided to cancel the event because the films it screens are “softcore porn.” While films I’ve seen at Pollygrind can definitely push the envelope in the some of the most glorious ways… The films are in no way “softcore porn” and some, like my “If Only Tonight I Could Sleep” video, aren’t even sexual and/or violent. Not to mention that the Cinemark theater chain will still show movies like “Machete” and “Saw” and “Gone Girl” (which was amazing by the way)… Nope. This is just straight up, run-of-the-mill, CENSORSHIP. BUT… When it looked like the festival might have to be cancelled altogether due to the last minute bad news, the organizer (and my buddy) Chad Clinton Freeman got tons of support from the indie film community and within 24 hours managed to find a new and even better theater to show the films at… The Galaxy Green Valley Luxury Theater. Yes, the one with the cushy recliner seats that I’m gonna be sitting in from 2pm-Midnight on Thursday, October 16th watching some of the films I’ve scored on the big screen!
It was originally supposed to be 3 days, but this will be one long condensed schedule, which can be found on Pollygrind’s Facebook page. There will also be screenings taking place the following two days at the venues that were originally slated to have the after parties, Helltown and The End.
Now, on to the part you guys all want to know about… What things that I scored will be playing? Here’s the rundown:
“The Gradations of Purgatory” (Directed by Doug Farra) – This is a short film that I shared with you all in a previous blog post. It’s a really cool, unique film in which a man in purgatory must make a decision that will affect his next reincarnated life.
“If Only Tonight I Could Sleep” (Directed by Doug Farra) – My new music video! On the big screen! I can’t wait.
“Paranormal Encounters: A Haunting In Rialto” (Directed by Connor Biddle) – A really cool paranormal web series, created by the same director who made my “Broken Circuits” music video… Speaking of which…
“Broken Circuits” (Directed by Connor Biddle) – My previous music video, which has so far screened at 3 other film festivals, including FilmQuest where it was nominated for Best Music Video!
“Ch05En” (Directed by Doug Farra) – A book trailer about superheroes that I did some music for that I’m really proud of. As a matter of fact, it’s the first track on my new music player back on the homepage of www.bydavidrosen.com
“The Milkman” (Directed by Doug Farra) – Doug Farra keeps me busy with yet another short film that I’m just now finishing up the score on right now! It’s a great film and I think it will go over really well at the fest.
The films I scored are playing in the 4pm and 10pm blocks on Thursday, October 16th at the Galaxy Green Valley Luxury Theater, as well as at the Wild Eye Releasing Event at The End on Saturday, October 18th at 10:30pm. I also have a lot of friends with films in the festival, some of which I haven’t seen yet and I’m really excited to see, especially Alex Colonna’s “Black Mask.”
I hope to see a lot of you from Las Vegas at Pollygrind! I love this festival. It’s the one film event in the town I live in that feels like “my” film festival and I know that that’s kind of the idea. You can check out the Festival Promo Video HERE… And tickets can be purchased on Eventbrite. Independent things like this deserve to be supported, so please, show some support and come out for a great time!
Before I get started on this edition of This Thing Rules I just wanted to say sorry for taking so long to get back to this series! I had a constant string of composing work, promoting my “If Only Tonight I Could Sleep” Video and Fundraiser, and just lots of other stuff that kept me incredibly busy. I’ve got a backlog of about 6 This Thing Rules posts to finish up, but I wanted to get started getting back into it with something brand-new… The amazing new Omnisphere expansion pack The Coilby Plughugger. Let’s give the song “Fallen Angels” a listen.
The first thing you’ll notice in the track are those sinister, dark drone sounds at the beginning. That’s a preset in The Coil called “The Day After” and it’s just so… EVIL sounding haha. I love it (update: I realized just as I was getting ready to post this that it’s also used in the opening of their promo video)! The Coil is an expansion based all around one sample of electricity. That’s right… the people at Plughugger took one basic sample of raw electricity from a Tesla Coil and using the power of Omnisphere, transformed it into 150 new presets including atmospheres, arpeggios, pads, leads and basses. These things aren’t just overly similar sounds either… Everything is completely different and completely playable and usable. Plughugger claims that the sounds are “set in a zone between the normal and the weird” and that’s a perfect description.
Aside from the drums, every single other track within “Fallen Angels” comes from The Coil. The bass line is a combination of a bass preset called “Distorted Menace” and a very dirty arp called “Quantum Heap.” The main echoing synth line is created with a sound called “Ambiano” which is a lot of fun to play with. I didn’t want to get too crazy on this simple demo track, but I can already tell you that I’ve used “Ambiano” for a solo-like piece on one of the songs on my next album. There’s about 4 or 5 more tracks mixed in there with more sounds from the collection as well and I could have easily continued to layer without running out of ideas.
Is there anything missing from this collection? Not really. It’s pretty much perfect, especially for the price of $18.87 (or $12.54 if you get in before October 12th!). Please note that those US prices are roughly converted from the Euro price listing on their website. I’d love to hear these guys make a companion drum kit using electricity based sounds… Although Omnisphere wouldn’t really be the right place for it… Maybe make it for Native Instrument’s Battery or something.
If you already have Omnisphere, there’s really no reason not to pick up The Coil. The included sounds are highly usable in any kind of composition, and the price is absolutely killer.
It was one year ago today, September 3rd, 2013, that I finally released my first album,Echoes In The Dark. I can’t even fully put into words how proud I am of the album and everything that’s come since, so I figured today would be a great day to look back, as well as look forward to what’s next.
It was a long time coming when I made Echoes In The Dark. I had been composing music since roughly 1997, but it wasn’t until at least 2008 that I felt I was getting towards the possibility of making an album. Not that I didn’t put out a lot of other stuff in that time, but never an album of mymusic, under my name. It took me another 5 years to not only find the songs, but find the confidence to release an album that represents me as an artist. The funny thing is that now that I finally did it, I feel like I’m better than I’ve ever been and I’m actually almost ready to release my 2nd album… But more on that later…
You might remember that I went up against Nine Inch Nails’ Hesitation Marks on that day, and while “Copy of A…” is a great freaking song, my album got a lot more plays by me over the past year (haha). It started off a couple months before that date with the video for “Lights In The Sky” which went on to win two awards and be accepted into 5 film festivals around the world. I then had the soft launch of the album at the 2013 Paracon Convention at Binions downtown where I got a ton of great feedback. Once the album came out on September 3rd, I got a couple of great reviews and released the second video, “Whirlwind,” as well as the three interactive videos, “Dark Rain,” “Embers,” and “Reveal.” We then started working on the “If Only Tonight I Could Sleep” Music Video with House of DON Productions. Before it was completed, however, Connor Biddle of the show “Paranormal Encounters” created a video for the track “Broken Circuits,” which went on to so far be accepted into four festivals, getting nominated for Best Music Video at the Salt Lake City FilmQuest.
With the completion of the “If Only Tonight I Could Sleep” video, I started the fundraiser which did incredible. It blew way past my expectations, and I can finally say that it will screen on Saturday, September 20th at the REEL Recovery Film Festival at the Container Park in Downtown Las Vegas (I’ll have more details and showtime soon in its own blog post). After that screening, on Monday, September 22nd I’m going to finally release the video online for everyone to see! And then we will also have it at Pollygrind where I just found out this week that it is officially an Official Selection (and “Broken Circuits” is too!). After both “Lights In The Sky” and “Whirlwind” were Official Selections (and “Lights In The Sky” won an award) at last year’s Pollygrind, I couldn’t be happier to see both of the new videos get selected too.
It wasn’t just the music videos that made this album a special experience. I’ve been working hard to become a well-known, constantly-working composer for a long time now, and I think in the past year since the album was released, I’ve probably doubled the amount of work I did in all the years preceding it. I think it’s probably just the exposure of being out there, promoting the album and its videos, as well as collaborating with directors on my own videos which leads to me composing for their films. With the director of “If Only Tonight I Could Sleep,” Doug Farra, alone I’ve scored I think 7 film projects already, and we still have his first feature, “Finding The Truth” coming up soon.
So that brings us to now. What’s next with this new year? Well first of all we’ve got a bunch more film festival notifications to wait on. You win some, you lose some, but I still have plenty to hear back from on “If Only Tonight I Could Sleep” and a few left on “Broken Circuits” and I’m confident that when all is said and done, they’ll have screened at a lot of festivals. Of course I have more film projects I’m composing for too, some of which you’ll get to see soon. Most importantly however, I think it’s a good time to announce officially that if all goes well… My sophomore album might be ready THIS YEAR. I’m not gonna rush it. There’s no need to. I might even have one more video in the works from Echoes In The Dark, so there’s no reason to rush it… But I have an album title, a possible album cover, and more importantly… 18 songs so far. Of course these song need to be tweaked and perfected, and ideally I want to have between 20 and 25 to choose from for a perfect 12-14 song album. But I can tell you, I’ve been listening to these new tracks constantly, and I think it’s an even better album than Echoes In The Dark. Maybe a song will end up online soon… We’ll see.
Thanks for reading. Thanks for listening. I hope to see some of you at the September 20th screening and at Pollygrind!
So one of the main themes of my career as a composer so far is “when it rains it pours.” I might go weeks between projects, but usually when I get one, I get a whole bunch… And last week I ended up having to score 3 short films in one week. It was a nice little challenge and I figured it would be fun to share the story and the results with you. Oh, and that’s my famous cat, Lily Bear up in the picture up there helping out with some of my work. I figured I’d extend her 15 minutes of fame a little further… Anyway, on to the story…
“The Gradations Of Purgatory”
First up is “The Gradations of Purgatory,” directed by Doug Farra of House of DON Productions, who also directed my upcoming “If Only Tonight I Could Sleep” Music Video. This was a film that was made to be submitted to the HBO Project Greenlight competition. It tells the story of a man being given choices that will seal his fate upon being reincarnated. It’s a very cool, unique film and I really love how my score turned out. I’ve got a bunch of great comments on it and you can watch it here:
Also for the Project Greenlight competition was “Pathos,” directed by Eduard Osipov for Cohencidence Productions. Eduard and most of the rest of the crew on this film were all Las Vegas-based people that I hadn’t worked with before, and it’s great to be able to keep finding new, talented people to collaborate with. This film is also about a man that has to make a choice, although it’s a different kind of story. It came out great, and I really hope to be able to work with Eduard and his collaborators again in the future. You can watch “Pathos” here:
UPDATE: Due to Project Greenlight voting, the video has been temporarily been made private. When it’s made public again I will update the video link!
The third film I worked on was actually for a 48 Hour Film Project and I actually had a total of 6 hours to finish it from the moment I received the file to when I had to get the finished score over to Ben Yonker, the director. I had never directly worked with Ben before this, but he worked on a film I scored earlier this year called “The Hoarder” directed by David Michor. I like working fast, but this was probably the fastest I’ve ever had to finish a project and to be honest, I loved the experience and I think my score and the film came out great. It’s called “Dig” and it’s very, very dark and probably best left unexplained. Just go watch it here:
So what’s next? Well, sending out the rewards and stuff from the “If Only Tonight I Could Sleep” Film Festival Fundraiser, that’s probably number one. I’m also getting ready to announce the first public screening of “If Only Tonight I Could Sleep” which will be in September at the Reel Recovery Film Festival. I’ve also been working on a lot of new music that is almost definitely going to turn into my second album… And definitely be ready sooner rather than later. And aside from all of that, I’ve got a bunch more projects in the pipeline… Just gonna keep on taking on great project and making music. Thanks for reading!
Thank you so much for all your support on the “If Only Tonight I Could Sleep” Film Festival Fundraiser. I didn’t even think we’d hit $500.00 but as of the time of this writing we’re at $1,001.00. As I’ve mentioned before, my family’s record store, Wax Trax Records is matching all the contributions, so that means even if we don’t get another dollar between now and midnight, we’ve hit over $2000.00. That’s just insane. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate it.
At this point 22 people have submitted some dollar amount between $5 and $101. I kind of lost count of the people who shared the fundraiser but it’s somewhere around 60. Just amazing. So happy with the way people actually were willing to help out by sharing or contributing. I’ve got a lot of Thank You’s to post on Social Media, and a lot of music (including a few custom songs) to send out for the people that donated! Speaking of which, the extra bonus for me is that so many of you are going to get to hear more of my music! I love sharing it with you, including my Echoes In The Dark album and its Further Into The Dark bonus disc.
With this money we’re going to be able to expose “If Only Tonight I Could Sleep” to a lot of film festivals. I was hoping to have another acceptance announcement or two to include in this message, but these festivals can take a while, even after their notification dates, to get schedules out, and I’m still waiting on confirmations. I’ve submitted to a whole lot of festivals so far though, and am still planning on submitting to a bunch more. I am totally confident that when all is said and done, we’re going to have a great success rate. Some of these fests aren’t even until 2015, so the news on this video will be continuing well into next year. Getting the video screened at film festivals is just one goal on the journey… Like we’ve mentioned many times in the fundraiser, this video has a great message about the struggles of addiction and recovery and I’m hoping to get it shown at events where it can also be beneficial to people who are going through their own struggles. I believe this video will have a long life ahead of it.
So now that the fundraiser is over, I want to thank our director, Doug Farra and his company House of DON. Of course, thanks to all of his crew, all of the actors including Victoria Cameron who did an amazing job in the lead role. The full list of cast and crew can be found over at the IMDb page (along with your Thank You credits if you donated over $25!). You guys all did such awesome work, and I can’t wait for people to see this video… And I can’t wait to work with you all again! I’m actually scoring another of Doug’s films this weekend, and am looking forward to scoring his first feature-length film, “Finding The Truth,” later this year.
Lastly, I know you’ve all been asking over and over again… When can we see the video? I know I keep saying soon, but the answer is… Soon! I wrestled with the idea of releasing the video today to coincide with the ending of the fundraiser, but it would just be a disservice to all the hard work we’ve done to just throw it up online without getting some kind of local screening going first. I’m working hard to secure our first screening, and once that happens, it will definitely be up for everyone to see. Thanks so much for your patience, and thank you again for your contributions… I’ll be in touch with your rewards over the next couple weeks! And in the meantime… You’ve still got a few hours left! I’ll shut off the Paypal button when I wake up tomorrow morning!
First of all, my music video, “Broken Circuits,” which was originally just an Official Selection for the festival ended up getting nominated for Best Music Video! We didn’t win but believe me when I say, just getting nominated is good enough! I’m extremely proud of the video and so happy that it got recognized. Congratulations also to Connor Biddle, the director of the video. I hope he’s proud of how well “Broken Circuits” is doing. We still have some more festivals coming up that I’ve submitted it to, so hopefully it continues to have success.
The festival itself was a wild, crazy time. Walking through the crowd of 100s and 100s of fans dressed as knights, elves, warriors, comic book heroes, video game characters, princesses, fairies and more. Total madness but totally fun. I met a lot of great people, watched all kinds of crazy stuff like the battle arena in the middle of the show floor, and even got a chance to catch up with Too Many Legs Studios, the team behind the game Bimey, which I’ve done some music for. It was great getting to meet those guys in person, and they were doing a special live drawing competition where they battled each other trying to draw someone in 10 minutes. That ‘s where the picture at the top of this post came from. Thanks Ben! I’m looking forward to working with those guys again sometime soon. And yes, I did hold that pose for pretty much the whole 10 minutes, like an idiot.
Then there were the films. I saw a load of great films during the FilmQuest portion of the festival. Some of the stand-outs for me were:
“I Helios” – a really inventive and beautiful sci-fi film.
“Lessons Learned” – a puppet-based film created by Toby Froud from “Dark Crystal”
“Pac Man: The Movie” – pretty self-explanatory and really well done!
“The Last Ten” – a really unique and tense one-shot film.
“Carolina Parakeet” – a smart spin on the zombie genre.
“Rise Of the Kitchen Appliances” – a funny dark comedy about a man whose kitchen appliances plot to kill him.
“Cockroach” – another funny dark comedy with a guy who dies and comes back as a cockroach.
I’m sure I’m forgetting some because I saw quite a few good ones, but these ones all stuck in my mind. I got to meet some of the filmmakers after their movies screened, and we all talked and discussed filmmaking and who knows, maybe we’ll keep in touch and I’ll get to work with some of them in the future. Plus I met Doug Jones (the guy in the picture in the slide-show up above)… If you don’t know who he is, it’s because he’s usually covered with all kinds of crazy make-up and costumes… Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy and all kinds of other crazy character-based films. It was really cool getting to meet him.
So that about does it for this post. I’ve already submitted “If Only Tonight I Could Sleep” for next year’s festival. I’m not sure if it’s exactly the right fit, given the genre-focus of FilmQuest, but they were having a $5 submission special for anyone who screened this year, and I had such a great time that I figured why not? Speaking of “If Only Tonight I Could Sleep” … the Fundraiser is almost over! Just over a week to go. You can probably tell from this blog post that I had a great time at this festival, and I’d like to get into and attend more festivals like it so I can see these great videos we’re making get screened with an audience, and so I can meet and network with more filmmakers… So get over to the fundraiser page and get in those contributions! Lots of great stuff to get for your money. I promise I will make it count!
Oh and one more thing. Connor, the director of “Broken Circuits” is having a fundraiser right now for a new project called “The Unseen” that I’m also doing music for. Go check it out at http://www.gofundme.com/btsttc and consider throwing in a few bucks if you think it looks cool! I definitely think it’s gonna be awesome!
Last week, I posted a blog post about the 8 bonus tracks that make up the bulk of Further Into The Dark, the collection of B-Sides & Remixes taken from the sessions that led to my debut album, Echoes In The Dark. If you don’t have this bonus album, you can get it by supporting my Fundraiser, or buying the CD version of Echoes In The Dark at Bandcamp. This week, I’m going to talk a little about the 4 remix tracks on this album.
1) Broken Circuits (Bent & Glitched Remix) by Elemental Spark – I sent out tracks to 8 musician friends of mine and in the long run got back a total of 4 finished remixes. This was the first one. It’s also the first time I ever heard one of my pieces of music remixed by another musician, and it’s such an interesting and cool experience. This one uses elements of the original song as sort of a backbone and then composes new music all around it. It came out really cool, and the synth lead is awesome. He’s also using this track in an upcoming video game that he’s designing, so it’ll have a life outside of this album, which is always great for a composer like me. You can find out more about Elemental Spark and his other projects at his website.
2) Bandwidth (Black Camarican Remix) by Brian Garth – Black Camaro is one of my favorite bands in Las Vegas, and I was really happy that Brian Garth was down to do a remix for this project. He replayed some of the parts on real instruments, rearranged things, and added some new elements. It’s a killer remix and I hope he’ll be down to do another one for the next album. You can find out more about Brian Garth and Black Camaro at their Bandcamp profile.
3) 1000 Years (Feral Remix) by Shawn Lee Farrell – Shawn is a fellow Sonar user (the software I use to compose music) that I met online and a great composer. His remix is the most “traditional” of the four. It’s kind of what my mind expected when I imagined someone remixing one of my songs, and it’s really awesome. He totally nailed it, taking my original song and changing it in a way that gives the whole thing a different feel. I’d almost say he turned it into a “dream-like” version. You can find more about Shawn Lee Farrell at his website.
4) Broken Circuits (FUBAR Nation Remix) by MC Randumb – Any of you who know me personally know MC Randumb. We’ve put out a lot of funny, silly, ridiculous rap music (the kind of stuff I don’t normally talk about on this website) as MC Randumb & Jewish Dave. So it only made sense that I asked him if he wanted to try doing a remix, since he is a musician too. He did an awesome job of taking “Broken Circuits” and making it sound even dirtier and grungier than the original. The added synths and snares and hi-hats, as well as the way he pulls some of my original layers out at parts really transformed the song in a really cool way. He did an awesome job. You can find more about MC Randumb and his music at his Reverbnation Profile.
So that’s it. Between this and the first part of this 2 part blog post, that covers my thoughts and reasons behind the tracks on Further Into The Dark. I hope you enjoyed listening and reading. Now I’ve got a bunch of film projects lined up, as well as promoting the “If Only Tonight I Could Sleep” video release. I’m already working on a full 2nd album, but it will be a while before that comes out. In the meantime, I hope you keep listening. Thanks for reading.
Also, if you don’t have Further Into The Dark album yet, and haven’t checked out the fundraiser… Now is the time! Just a little over 2 weeks left until I pull the plug on it! A lot of really talented people worked on the “If Only Tonight I Could Sleep” music video and it’s got a great message and it’s just absolutely beautiful and I want to share it with as many people as possible. The fundraiser has gone great so far, but there are some things (like this bonus album) that you’ll never be able to get again. Plus you can get your own personal song, which I mean, if an artist I liked offered that, I’d jump on it! So check out the fundraiser page and consider supporting. You can even do the free option which includes leaving an album review and sharing the fundraiser which gets you the album without having to donate any cash. The full details are at the fundraiser page, so go check it out!
By now, a whole bunch of you have gotten a chance to check out Further Into The Dark, the bonus album of B-Sides & Remixes from the Echoes In The Dark sessions. If you haven’t, just go support my fundraiser, or buy the CD version of my album from Bandcamp to get a free copy. These next two blog posts are going to be a somewhat stream of conscience breakdown of the tracks on this release, and why I left them off of the main album.
Up first, the B-Sides.
1) “Escape” – I love this track. I think it’s one of the most exciting and fun pieces I’ve ever written. Plain and simple, the only reason I left it off of Echoes In The Dark is because I felt like it had probably been heard already by anyone who had ever checked out my website or Reverbnation profile. It was the first track on my profile for a long, long time. As it is, the album is almost half and half between tracks that, although updated, had been in some form on my site in the past, and new never-before-heard music… Including “Escape” would have pushed it over into more tracks that people might have already heard before.
2) “Neon Halo” – The track I pretty much made with the bonus tracks / B-Sides album in mind. This and “Bandwidth” were the last two pieces I wrote while creating the album. I love it but I wanted to add some cool stutter effects to fill it out some, and I couldn’t quite get it right, so I figured this would be almost like the center piece of the bonus album. It’s also the first track I put up for everyone to hear after releasing the album, so it’s almost like a “single” in a way.
3) “Forgotten World” – A very cool track that just felt too long. In the end, I decided not to cut it down at all because I really like how all the sections work together. I’m glad I held it off the main album, because it would have made the tracklist drag a little, but I’m glad people get to hear it now. And it just so happens that a bunch of people have told me it’s their favorite track on this release.
4) “Am I?” – I always considered “Echoes,” “The Necessary Steps,” and “Am I?” to be a sort-of three part trilogy. They fit really well together, but including all three on Echoes In The Dark would have been somewhat redundant. In the end, I decided to to pull “Am I?” and I’m glad I did because I ended up adding some extra layers of piano towards the end that, while very simple, add so much to the song.
5) “Moving Backwards” – This is the track that I had the hardest time cutting from Echoes In The Dark. Right up until the last minute, it was a 13 song album, but I just decided that a) I wanted a 12 song album for my debut full length (OCD? maybe…), and b) the track just wasn’t perfect. I ended up playing with “Moving Backwards” and changing things over and over until I was finally happy with it. I really love this song even though it’s overall a pretty simple piece of music.
6) “On The Outside” – A really cool track that I just couldn’t get the mixing down right on. It was a real tough one to get perfect, but I think I finally got it. It would have been great on Echoes In The Dark but again, 12 songs was my goal, so it probably would have gotten cut even if I had finished it in time.
7) “The New World” – This was one of the first tracks that I made and decided “I think I’m ready to make a full album.” I was so proud of it when it was finished. I must have listened to it a hundred times in a row. I left it off for two reasons… a) I consider it to be a little too similar to “Takeover” and I didn’t want to include both, and b) this is another of those tracks that had been heard a ton of times on my website and I wanted to keep the balance of previously unheard music above tracks that people had heard.
8) “Where Shadows Go” – A really cool track that I actually almost left off this compilation. I was worried first of all that the tone is too far off from everything else. I also had trouble properly working the transition to and from the slow part. But in the long run, I got it right, and I felt like it’s too cool of a track to hold back on.
In the next blog post I will go over the four remixes and the people who did the remixes.
I am so excited to announce that “Broken Circuits” has been accepted into not one… not two… but THREE film festivals! The FilmQuest Film Festival in Salt Lake City, the Wasteland Weekend Film Festival in California City and the Las Vegas Lift-Off Film Festival happening at the Palms here in Las Vegas! I’d be lying if I said I expected it to do so well at festivals, but I submitted it to about 7 before the “If Only Tonight I Could Sleep” video was finished, and now that I’m starting to get confirmations… Let’s just say, I am so happy and excited! I love the video and Connor Biddle did an amazing job with it. I’m hoping to be able to attend all three and I’ll definitely be keeping you posted on how we do at the fests and if we get into some more.
And that brings us to the “If Only Tonight I Could Sleep” Music Video Fundraiser. Like I said in the last update, I’m aiming for a first goal of $500.00 (but the more the merrier, right?) and we’ve now hit $411.00! I will be keeping the fundraiser running until JULY 20th. That will officially be 60 days… and that means if you’ve been waiting… NOW is the time to show your support! Remember by contributing just a little cash you get a copy of my CD, Echoes In The Dark AND the exclusive, digital-only Further Into The Dark featuring an extra 12 tracks. There are also other rewards you can get including a song written for you, your very own IMDb credit, and more! So please check out the fundraiser and consider giving. We’re almost to that $500.00 mark, and with Wax Trax Records matching all of our donations, that would make for $1000.00 which would go a long way towards getting this video seen. It has a great message about strength and addiction and recovery and we feel that the video will really mean a lot to a lot of people. Not to mention, getting it seen for all the amazingly talented Las Vegas filmmakers who worked on it.
I’m working on some new projects right now, and I’ll also be posting some blog updates about the Further Into The Dark album over the next couple weeks, explaining some of the choices that went into making the album. In the meantime… Show some support, share share share (and yes I’ve been keeping track of everyone who has shared so far!), and thank you so much to everyone who already has checked it out and shown some love.
First and foremost, I want to thank everyone who has supported the “If Only Tonight I Could Sleep” Fundraiser! The campaign is moving along at a great pace. At the time of writing we’re up to $285 raised, after less than a week. That’s well on its way to my “level one” goal of $500. Remember, my family’s store, Wax Trax Records will be matching whatever is raised, so if we hit that $500, that’s a total of $1000 and that will go a long way towards getting this video submitted to a lot of film festivals. Speaking of which…
Our first acceptance! The Reel Recovery Film Festival, which specializes in films that deal with addiction and recovery, has named “If Only Tonight I Could Sleep” an Official Selection for its 2014 Las Vegas edition of the festival. This is actually a travelling festival that takes place in multiple cities and they may even show the video at some of their other stops as well. The fest hits Las Vegas in September and I’ll be sure to post more details as we get closer to the date.
I’ve also submitted to a bunch of other fests, mostly in California and Nevada, and have been working on a list of festivals around the world to submit to next as we continue to raise money. I’d love to be able to go to any and all festivals that accept the video, so keep supporting the fundraiser! And by supporting the fundraiser, you can also get your hands on my new album, Further Into The Dark, which features 8 new songs and 4 remixes of tracks from Echoes In The Dark. Remember, even if you can’t afford to donate any money, sharing helps too! Whatever you can do to get the word out to as many people as possible. All the details on how you can help are available at the Fundraiser page.
I will most likely keep the fundraiser going through all of June to maximize what we can raise. Technically, since I’m running this independently and not through IndieGogo or Kickstarter or any of those, I could keep it up for as long as I want, but I want to have some kind of cap on the thing.
One last thing before I go back to promoting… I’ve been asked by a lot of people, “When do we get to see the video?!” The answer is SOON! I’m just trying to get a bunch of festival submissions in before the video is publicly available. The video is ready though, and I’m sure we’ll find the right time to release it sometime this summer.