“I’ve done work on other projects that were funded by Kickstarter,” says Ian. “We’ve always done DIY things. In the past we had to go into debt, this time we’re able to release it already paid off. [KickStarter] takes middle man out. Let fans get active.”
The Red Sea Pedestrian’s funding drive kicked off April 15th and just 10 days later were already %25 closer to their goal. Through the support of 120 backers, tt took them only 3 months to raise $6,000.
“We’ve built a fan base around different towns,” continues Ian. “It was cool to see people we know support us…A lot of the people that pledged to us treated it like pre-ordering the CD. As you went up in pledge levels people got various things, signed copy of the CD, poster. We had someone donate for a house concert, where we [will] set up in a house living room.”
“With Kickstarter we’re able to get it professionally mastered, rent more professional gear for the recording sessions. Hire studio musicians for the more produced tracks. It made the difference between scraping by and making the album we wanted to. “
Throughout the funding process the Red Sea Pedestrians shared posts highlighting the album creation process, from recording, to artwork, to mixing and mastering.
Ian adds, “We were able to hire Robert Shimmin, who is skilled in old school photography techniques, 19th century type photography, wet plating. We were able to do a real true to the form old school photo shoot. [Glen] developed the plate on the spot and we were able to change things as we went, really compose a scene.”
“We were able to get the album mastered by Glen Brown in Lansing. Incredible studio with old gear he knows how to use. Put it all to analog tape. Give it the flavor of an older album.”
“It, [The Electromagnetic Escape], fits in well with our other work,” Ian adds some special notes about the album. “We have a sound as a band that is consistent, but this album, more than in the past, has more classical influences. We have a new violinist, Cori Somers, it was great to get to showcase her. There is also alot more co-writing on this album. We have 5 different songwriters in this band. The co-writing lets us have a ton of different sounds.”
Now that the album is finished, you can have a piece of this project as the Red Sea Pedestrians are releasing the album, The Electromagnetic Escape, Friday, June 24th at Bell’s Brewery’s, Eccentric Cafe. Album Price: $15. Show starts at 9:30p. 21 and up show. Cover $8.
Read the the album review and hear a sample track from the album.