I'm heading to Nashville

But I'll need your help to get there....

April 5th 2017 is the 10th anniversary as a full time self employed musician. This is a massive achievement so I'm celebrating this by undertaking my most ambitious project yet. In January 2018 I intend on going to Nashville for three weeks to go and record my second full length album. It's also been five years since "Love, Life, Loss and Tea" so it seems like the perfect time to take on such a project. The truth is, most people don't care for albums these days and making EPs is both easier and cheaper, but as a musician, you can't beat the challenge of trying to make a full length album and the idea of going to Nashville just adds to that.

Why Nashville? All of my favourite new music is coming out of that city and I want to go and take my own brand of songwriting and use the sound that they create so well. Of course I could do it locally cheaper, but I feel that making an album should be an adventure and I think this is the kind of adventure I really need in my life right now.

I really need help in trying to fund this project. It's likely to cost somewhere in the region of £20000 to get me out there and hire the studio and musicians etc. (that depends on the exchange rate) which is where I really need your help.

I'm going to put every penny I earn from my original music from April 5th 2017 onwards into this. I've purchased lots of new merch items , using some old favourite products and some new ones too (including my own brand of tea), so if you're someone who has money and wouldn't mind spending it on me, please go and have a look: NEW STORE

From 30th July until the end of August I'm doing a pay what you want house show tour, where every penny of profit will go into the fund. If you'd like me to come and play a gig in your house for your friends and family please send me an e-mail . I'd like to go all over the UK and have already had requests in Bournemouth, Lancaster, Cardiff, London, Derby, Grantham, Leeds, Newcastle, Birmingham, Rugby, London, Portsmouth, Barnsley, Stoke, Chichester and Leighton Buzzard. So if you're near any of those places it would be very easy to come to you, if not, e-mail me anyway as I will do my very best!

On 15th August I'm doing a pay what you want gig at The Green Note in Camden where I'll be publically previewing the songs that I've been writing for this album for the first time There are only 12 ticket left for this, so please book up as soon as you can if you can make it. You can get your tickets here.

The Get Dave To Nashville Tour takes place in October of this year. I already have 11 confirmed shows: 2 in London, Cardiff, Portsmouth, Brighton, Leeds, Manchester, Nottingham, Newcastle, Sheffield and Birmingham. Dates are getting close to selling out already, so  please check out the dates and reserve your tickets by clicking here.

For those of you who have no expendible cash, but would still like to help out, please stream my music on Spotify or Apple Music as much as you can. Maybe leave my songs playing on mute when you're not in the mood for listening to any music, or add my songs to your playlists and send them to your friends. Last year I made over £600 just from Spotify, so it could be a massive help for me this year.

These days most musicians use crowdfunding like Kickstarter or Pledge Music to fund their projects, however, they take 10 to 15% of your revenue, which could be as much as £3000 of my overall budget, which seems a lot just for a website and have some exclusive content. To counter this, I've set up a private Facebook group for those who have purchase merch, donate money or are helping me in other ways so that I can put up those exclusive updates and make the adventure a more collective experience. The link for this group is sent in the confirmation for any merch orders and I'll invite others into that group that I know are going the extra mile for me even if they can't afford any merch etc.

If you're really keen, I've made every item on the merch store  to be "pay what you want" with a minimum price, so you can add an extra donation onto every item. Or you can just donate money via paypal using the button on this page, or purchase music on my bandcamp page for whatever price you see fit!

I'm also going to apply for some grants that I know exist to help independent musicians on projects like this. I imagine that the competition is very high, but it's worth a shot right?

Thanks so much for reading this much, and if you've got involved in any way, no matter how big or small in my career over the past ten years then I'm very grateful, and I hope that this album springboards me into making another great ten years.

If you have any ideas which you think could help me, please do get in contact.

Thanks so much.

Dave

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