Nicole Andrews

Second Album Recordings

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I am recording an experimental electronic album and need your help to finish it.

I am an indie musician from Portland Oregon, turned Kiwi and now living in Wellington New Zealand; singer, songwriter, pianist and synthesizer player. I'm about to step into the studio with some new songs to record what will become my second album.

I am known for my piano driven style in the indie alternative realm, and typically hear comparisons to Tori Amos and PJ Harvey. However, lately I've been working on some new tunes, and have stepped back from writing on piano and have refocused my writings to be centered around the Prophet 6 synthesizer. The result is a much more electronic sound that draws inspiration from artists like Bjork, Arca, Deru and Goldfrapp.

These new songs are gritty, raw and dark. They were recently described to me as "love spread across an ambient deathscape."

I'll be working with Thomas Voyce from Rhombus for this album, who also worked on my first album, In the Shallows (recording the piano and producing the electronic track Goodnight Sweetheart). This time around Thomas will be taking the reins as recording and mixing engineer, as well as producer. Then mastering will be done at Munki Studios with Mike Gibson (who also mastered my first album).

I am lucky to be able to cover all of the recording costs and album art with my own savings, but I've fallen short of being able to cover everything needed to make this album available to the people. I hope you might like to help me finish it!

I need to raise $3000 to cover the remaining costs of making the album, such as mixing and mastering. Anything I raise above this goal amount will go towards getting phycial copies of the album printed and music videos made, along with other marketing and promo costs.

Thank you for your support and thank you in advance for donating. I really look forward to sharing this music with you.

UPDATES

  • New Song - Sneak Peek

    7 MONTHS AGO

    There's only three days left, and I'm still busy in the studio getting the production of the songs all sorted (aka, recording them).

    Here's a little sneak peek of my new song Cauterize while we're sorting out some other synth parts in the studio... Just a peek though!

  • 5 days to go, and I wanna try for a record label!

    7 MONTHS AGO

    There's only 5 days left and I'm going to try and reach my stretch goal of $3800 (127%), which will help me be able to hunt for a record label that I can release the album with.

    The extra $800 will go to pay for a few tracks getting mixed early, then get them mastered at a separate mastering session (a bit more expensive doing it this way, but worth it so I get get these tracks done asap and send to record labels). Then it will also get me started in saving for a music video so that I sort of have a total package to go to record labels with.

    So if you've been thinking of donating and just haven't done it, now is the time because the campaign is almost done!

    Thank you again to everyone who has helped with a donation! Again, if it wasn't for your help I wouldn't have made it! xxx

  • I made it!

    7 MONTHS AGO

    I am very extremely thankful to have raised 111% ($3333.33)!

    With only 6 days left, I hope to raise a little bit more... It would be amazing to be able to raise money to afford to release some singles early so that I could shop for a record label and create some buzz for my album before it's release...

    If I could reach $3800 (126.66%) then I could afford a separate mastering session and mixing of 3 early release tracks, and start working towards the costs of a music video for one of the songs...

    Also, have you noticed the battle on social media I'm having over my OCD desire for the numbers to be even?...

    Basically, I've had multiple friends battling to either make the total donation amount an uneven number (example: $3333.33) or to clean it up (Example: $3300.00). Just depending on your OCD-ness, people are choosing to either mess with me or clean it up.... It's cracking me up. Who knew that if you let people know your neurosis it will work to your advantage?

    Also, back in the studio tomorrow after having to reschedule like 3 recording dates with this sudden cold/flu that is going around... Ugh!..... But tomorrow I'm back at it and we won't actually get too far behind for finishing the album because of it. Is just a pain.

    Thank you again! You are wonderful and I couldn't have done it without you.

    I made it!
  • Interview about the album

    7 MONTHS AGO

    Thank you everyone who helped me get to 68% so far! I can't believe it! With just over 2 weeks left I am hopeful that the last 32% is possible!

    Here's an interview I did talking about how the next album will be different, plus a little conversation about how I left a naughty word out of my last album and why. So be warned, naughty words ahead.

  • My Recording Process

    7 MONTHS AGO

    I wanted to share with you what the recording process is going to be for this album. I know that not everyone is a musician and understands what is all involved, or even what mixing and mastering is. So check out the video and hit me with any questions you have.

  • Almost to 30%!!

    7 MONTHS AGO

    Only 1% more to go until I reach my target to get 30% by Thursday (which is tomorrow for me, here in New Zealand)! This means that you guys who have donated have helped me stay on track, and it's possible this might happen! So please, if you haven't donated yet, help me get over the 30% mark today!

    Thank you so very much! And watch my video to get an update on how the album is going.

  • Recordings Phase 1 done!!

    8 MONTHS AGO

    I've finished phase 1 of recording my album! And I've got to 21% of my goal! Thank you everyone who donated!

    I'm trying to reach 30% by Thursday in order to stay on target, and it's been really amazing to see it jump from 11% to 21% in just a few days! We can do this.

    I spent this week in the studio recording the base parts for synth, which will then be used later during the production process (which is scheduled for March). So, basically this is really just phase 1 of the whole recording process.... I might just be the beginning, but it means that the songs are structured, we have the synth sounds, we know where we're going and then just need to refine, record the final vocals and get some other things going on in there (like drums, bass, whatever).

    Thanks again!

  • First Day!

    8 MONTHS AGO

    Thank you everyone who donated to my project today! The first day is always a bit scary because you just don't know what is going to happen! But we achieved 10% with 9 donors, so we're certainly making it happen!

    I'm heading into the studio tomorrow, so I'll be sending through some updates about it. So excited!!