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Barefoot iano

Keep it simple

About the project

Barefoot iano new album

Welcome to my "Ulule" page.

It is here that I am presenting my crowdfunding in the hope that I may, with your help, raise the money I need to auto-produce my next album - Keep it simple.

It's been a long time coming, but I have finally set dates on the calendar, lined up people to do things that I can't do myself, and the hardest thing of all - here I am asking for money...

In spite of have played on the streets, it's not something that I am comfortable with.

But it has to be done.

Some of these songs have been waiting since the early eighties to be put down in an album, and here I am thinking that I am finally up to the task.

The songs I am to record still have meaning for me - they are not throw away teenage love songs.

Please bear in mind that I am a "no expectations" type of person and I am grateful for any support you may give me, be it financial, or just passing the word around to people you know - music is a sharing thing and new discoveries sometimes happen as easily as "Hey, have a listen to this bloke".

So...below you will find information about how this thing works.

Thanks for being here,

iano

What are the funds for?

So what are we doing ?

And when ?

Let’s start with the music.

I’ve hired a producer, Florian Pessan, who will take care of the recording, mixing, help with song arrangements and choices of extra instrumentation. I have a high respect for his work and am confident of his ability to bring out the best of this project.

The following clip was his work.

In the third week of February 2019, we start recording the 10 songs which we have carefully prepared. This should take about two weeks.

Then the mixing, which will take another two weeks.

Next comes the mastering, the process whereby the individual tracks are treated to give a homogenous sound – a sort of general polishing to make them all shine the same way.

This procedure should take another week.

Work on the graphics has already begun – the album cover as well as the set up for the lyric booklet.

All going well, I should have our album (well it’s mine, but it’s yours also) in hand sometime around the end of May or early June 2019.

 

Why am I telling you all this ?

Well in spite of the fact that I’ve been able to save a few dollars playing on the streets of Grenoble these last years, I am none the less in need of your help.

I ‘ve been very lucky in life to have been surrounded by people who have helped, supported and encourged me, sometimes without even realising. Thanks to them I’ve grown, evolved and advanced in this life which doesn’t always treat us so kindly – the song « Helping me out » which will be part of the track list speaks of them.

And of you.

In exchange for your financial support, I’ve prepared a number of « PACKS » which you can discover below. (As the project has already been launched on the site Ulule, I can no longer make changes to this part of my page, so they’re listed here)

 

Keep it simple will be auto-produced (by me with your help), and I can assure you that the quality will be up to your expectations.

 

All money collected will be deposited into the account of Blues ‘n’ Stuff, a legally bound non profit association which will pay the bills for the different stages of the project.

Here are the approximate costs of those stages :

6000€  to record mix and master the album, and pay the musicians.

4000€ to pay for the artwork, to press 1000 CDs and pay the rights for the reproduction on CD of the music.

2000€ extra will provide the possibility to create a video clip for one of the songs from the album. The visual side of things has become more than ever a necesecity in this day and age.

I’d like to thank you all for any help you may be able to provide and sincerely hope to share a moment with each and all of you.

Cheers,

iano

...and here are the « PACKS »...

FIRST AID PACK

10 € or more

Very big thank you on my facebook page

+ KEEP IT SIMPLE AS A DIGITAL TRANSFER - high quality MP3 and WAV or AIFF

 

 

ON YOUR FEET PACK

15€ or more

Very big thank yous on my facebook page

+ The Album as a digital transfer – high quality Mp3 AND wav or aiff

+ A PERSONALISED HANDWRITTEN LETTER JUST TO SAY CHEERS AND THANKS AGAIN.

+ 2 STICKERS

 

 

THE REAL ALBUM PACK

25€ or more

Very big thank you on my facebook page

+ The Album as a digital transfer – high quality Mp3 AND wav or aiff

+ A personalised handwritten letter just to say cheers and thanks again

+ 2 stickers

+ THE ALBUM "KEEP IT SIMPLE" - A VERY NICE DIGIPACK WITH LYRICS, in your letterbox.

 

DISCOGRAPHY/VIDEO ou HARMONICA POUCH  PACK (50 available)

50€ or more

Very big thank you on my facebook page

+ The Album as a digital transfer – high quality Mp3 AND wav or aiff

+ A personalised handwritten letter just to say cheers and thanks again

+ 2 stickers

+ The real album – a very nice digipack with lyrics, in your letterbox

+ A digital copy of Barefoot ianos three first albums :

« I got a feeling », « High on life », and « Acoustic Rack Trip » with jackets and lyrics (also digital)

+ YOUR CHOICE

A LEATHER HARMONICA POUCH unique and handmade by iano himself. A very good thing to have even if you don’t play harmonica – you can use it to put make-up, a comb, pens...

OR

A PERSONALISED VIDEO OF A SONG FROM iANOS REPERTOIRE (to be determined with you : either you choose something i know, or i choose...could be for you of for someone else – birthday or whatever....)

 

PHOTO – LYRIC BOOK PACK

100€ or more (20 available)

Very big thank you on my facebook page

+ The Album as a digital transfer – high quality Mp3 AND wav or aiff

+ A personalised handwritten letter just to say cheers and thanks again

+ 2 stickers

+ The real album – a very nice digipack with lyrics, in your letterbox

+ A digital copy of Barefoot ianos three first albums :

+ YOUR CHOICE

A LEATHER HARMONICA POUCH unique and handmade by iano himself.

OR

A PERSONALISED VIDEO OF A SONG FROM iANOS REPERTOIRE

+ A REALLY VERY NICE BOOK WITH PHOTOS? ALL SONG LYRICS AND AN INCLUDED CD

 

 HARMONICA INITIATION PACK

100€ (10 available)

Very big thank you on my facebook page

+ The Album as a digital transfer – high quality Mp3 AND wav or aiff

+ A personalised handwritten letter just to say cheers and thanks again

+ 2 stickers

+ The real album – a very nice digipack with lyrics, in your letterbox

+ A digital copy of Barefoot ianos three first albums :

+ YOUR CHOICE

A LEATHER HARMONICA POUCH unique and handmade by iano himself.

+ TWO HOUR HARMONICA LESSON WITH iANO, somewhere near Grenoble or by skype for those who are too far.

About the project owner

Who am I  and what’s my story ?

Barefoot iano (with a little « i ») is the stage name I have gone by since 1995, the year I came to share France with the French.

I call my music "Australian Blues ‘n’ Stuff ".

In answer to the question (what the hell is that???), it’s a mix of blues / country / pop / folk and rock, like the music i grew up with.

The songs are snapshots of the life I lived since I began writing songs in1981, in a small seaside village called CoalCliff, 55km south of Sydney on the east coast of Australia.

For the album « Keep it simple » and the following tour I will be accompanied by two excellent musicians.

On bass and backing vocals, Jean Berthon, with whom I crossed paths in France, shortly after he’d returned from a 7 year musical interlude in London.

On drums, Patrick Argentier, the drummer from my second album « High on life » and five years of touring in the early 2000s.

There will also be some special guests, but they will be revealed in due time.

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