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Well folks, it's official.

After umm-ing and ahh-ing for many months, I have decided to forge ahead and bring the songs I have been scratching away at these past few years into the world.

As some of you know, I spent two years making my debut EP (pictured below).



To get it done, I sold everything I owned. I put together a 50 piece orchestra. The first recording didn't work out, so I sold the rest of my things and took out a bank loan. I recorded another 50 piece orchestra at Trackdown Film Scoring Studios with Daniel Brown and Craig Beckett (Australia, Happy Feet). I finished the rest of it with engineer Chris Vallejo (Empire of the Sun, Josh Pyke, Passenger). Finally in late 2011, I had the EP mastered at Abbey Road in London by Sean Magee (Paul McCartney, Pink Floyd, Coldplay). He called it "one of the most interesting things [he had] heard in a while".




I released the EP in March 2012, and it's reception to date has blown my wildest expectations right out of the water. I have performed with some of the most awe-inspiring and talented musicians I have ever met. Fellow musicians like The Falls, Jack Carty, Kate Martin, Hayden Calnin, as well as having been blessed to share the stage with musical luminaries like Clare Bowditch, The Punch Brothers, Sam Amidon, Jen Clother and Mount Eerie. I have had the opportunity to meet hundreds of wonderful human beings from all over the globe - I even had one lovely fellow approach me out of the blue to make me an incredible stop motion music video (check it out below) - in fact, writing all of this down is starting to make the last year feel a bit surreal!



After experiencing so many wonderful successes as an independent musician, it would be an absolute dream come true to be able to continue to share my music with you.



Well, a four-part album thematically based on the four major seasons, of course! 

It will work like this: I will release each part every three months over the course of a year, corresponding to the respective season in which they're released. Each part will be between twenty to thirty minutes in length, meaning by the end of this campaign I'll have almost two hours worth of new music for you all. The songs will be much more vocal and banjo-centric than the EP, so I won't be recording with a 50 piece orchestra this time around. But fear not!  There will still be lush strings, horns, woodwinds, and beautiful, beautiful harmonies aplenty...and I really mean aplenty! Some songs will be short and catchy, others longer (the longest stands in at 16 mins and counting), but all will very much be the Packwood you know and enjoy.

In addition to all this good news, the incredible UK illustrator Richey Beckett will be designing the album artwork - below is a recent sample of his work for a special project commissioned for HBO television show Game of Thrones.



My aim is to raise $12,800, which is my absolute minimum requirement to make this happen. Every single cent raised will go towards funding the production of the album, and any additional costs incurred I will put forward myself. I am 100% independent, self-managed and self-funded. Whether or not this album and its seasons are released depends entirely on your wonderful support - the generosity and interest of which has allowed me to create and release my music into the world so far.


The basic goal and budget for this is very straightforward:


Recording Budget
11 days recording - $8800
5 days Mixing - $4000

Total: $12,800


However, If I am lucky enough to raise any money above my target, below is how that money will be spent:


Bonus Goals
$15,000 - Four extra days recording, as well as mastering at Abbey Road studios.
$17,000 - 1000 CD's + Packaging by Stumptown Printers.
$20,000 - Vinyl print run! Vinyl print run! Vinyl print run!


So, with your support I will be able to:

1. Record, mix and master the album.

2. Press it to CD in beautifully designed, letterpress printed box-set packaging.

3. Release it in Australia.



If you have any questions, queries, quirks or quarks you would like to ask or share with me, feel free to message me here via the Pozible page, or over on facebook.



Love,

Packwood

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on 16th May 2013 at 1:00am. The payment portal is closed now.
A$2 +Pre-Release Digital Single The lead single, sent to you before it is released anywhere else.
7 Chosen | 393 AvailableEst. delivery is September 2013
A$5 +Pre-Release Digital Season An advance digital copy of any of the four seasons. Simply choose the season/s you would prefer. If you want more than one, but less than four, then just select this option twice or thrice. + All of the above.
29 Chosen | 271 AvailableEst. delivery is September 2013
A$20 +Digital Pre-Release Album An advance digital copy of all four seasons. + All of the above.
85 Chosen | 215 AvailableEst. delivery is September 2013
A$30 +All GoneDigital Pre-Release Album & Polaroid An advance digital copy of all four seasons AND a unique Polaroid taken during writing/recording sent out to you. If you want a photo of something in particular (nothing cheeky, mind you) - just ask! + All of the above.
16 Chosen | 0 AvailableEst. delivery is September 2013
A$42 +Physical Album Pre-Release The fantastic physical copy of all four seasons, signed and sent out to wherever you are in the world ahead of its release date. + Advance digital downloads of each season.
55 Chosen | 245 AvailableEst. delivery is June 2014
A$50 +Seasonal Seasons Pass An all-shows pass for two including every show played between now (March 2013) and the release of all four seasons/the album. There will be at least four shows taking in each of the seasons in as many major cities as I can get to, and I'll be making unique passes with your name + 1. + Advance digital downloads of each season. + Digital copy of existing EP.
27 Chosen | 23 AvailableEst. delivery is May 2013
A$70 +Four EP Physical Box Set - Pozible Exclusive Edition Custom-made physical edition of the four seasons of the album, just for you guys! No spoilers, but it's got features that the retail version won't have. + Advance digital downloads of each season. + Pressed leaf/flower/semi-precious gemstone relating to each season. + Digital copy of existing EP.
19 Chosen | 81 AvailableEst. delivery is June 2014
A$80 +A Banjo or Guitar Lesson. If you live in Sydney or Melbourne in Australia, I am more than happy to meet in person. But regardless of where you live - skype can always be a thing! I don't like to limit lessons timewise normally, so we'll sit down and work on whatever it is you wish for as long as need be. You bring the tea, I'll bring the banjo. + Advance digital copy of all four seasons. + Digital copy of existing EP.
7 Chosen | 3 AvailableEst. delivery is May 2013
A$120 +Deluxe Packwood Package Advance digital and physical album, plus: + Your name in the liner notes. + Access to a digital archive of instrumentals, demos, alternate mixes, live shows, documentaries, music videos...whatever we can think of! + Limited edition art prints of the EPs artwork. + A DVD of all documentary/music video content. + Pressed leaf/flower/semi-precious gemstone relating to each season. + Digital copy of existing EP. + An individual, hand-written letter of thanks.
16 Chosen | 84 AvailableEst. delivery is September 2013
A$300 +A Good Day triple j newsreader, photographer and generally amazing lady Elize Strydom and I will take you on an adventure in or around Sydney and photograph the whole thing! We'll chat about some ideas closer to the date, but it could be out bush, in the city, a nice feed somewhere - let's work it out together. + Advance copy of the digital and deluxe physical album. + Digital copy of existing EP.
3 Chosen | 3 AvailableEst. delivery is May 2013
A$500 +Row, Row, Row Your Boat! (Sydney only) Be treated to an intimate show featuring new and old songs for two at the end of a creek in the Royal National Park. + Two advance copies of the digital and deluxe physical album. + Two digital copies of existing EP.
1 Chosen | 7 AvailableEst. delivery is September 2013
A$600 +Packwood Album Preview and Dinner (Sydney and Melbourne only) Be the absolute first to hear the whole album in full in the studio, and let us treat you to dinner afterwards! + Advance copy of the digital and deluxe physical album. + Digital copy of existing EP.
0 Chosen | 2 AvailableEst. delivery is August 2013
A$1000 +LIVE CONCERT (within three hours of driving distance from Sydney and Melbourne only) Packwood will play an intimate show at your home/venue/event of choice. + Ten advance copies of the digital and deluxe physical album. + Ten digital copies of existing EP.
1 Chosen | 9 AvailableEst. delivery is September 2013
A$2000 +A Song For You I will write a song for you, about you - whatever you want! We'll work on the song throughout the whole process - swap notes, try out lyrics together.. it's all yours. Where possible, I will record the song and deliver it to you personally in it's own bespoke packaging. + Advance copy of the digital and deluxe physical album. + Digital copy of existing EP.
0 Chosen | 4 AvailableEst. delivery is August 2013
A$5000 +Packwood Pozible Producer Position Want to visit us in the studio while we record and have production credits on the album? Well, here you go! + Advance copy of the digital and deluxe physical album. + Digital copy of existing EP.
0 Chosen | 2 AvailableEst. delivery is September 2013
A$10000 +A Bespoke Packwood EP - Just For You I will write and record an EP from the ground up - entirely for you and you alone. You will be involved in the entire process from start to finish. I will create the packaging by hand out of something entirely unique (e.g two-halves of Amethyst, or other similarly unique materials), deliver it to you and perform the EP in it's entirety at a mutually agreeable location. + Anything from the above that also takes your fancy.
0 Chosen | 2 AvailableEst. delivery is September 2013