First of all, THANK you for checking out our Kickstarter! This project is a project of complete and utter passion. Let me give you some background first:
This is Likewise (one of the couple of versions but this is the original). Made up of (Left to right) Kevin (vocals), Eloy (drums), Matt (guitar/vocals), John (guitar/vocals), and Will (bass). This group was responsible for some of the most memorable musical moments in the Northern Virginia area for many years. Their intoxicating songs, absolutely mind-blowing stage presence, and their writing capabilities made theirs a show not to be missed. The band existed in the early 2000s and were around for several years before adulthood took hold and caused the band to have to split. This was devastating to many of the music lovers in the region as all felt this band had the talent and passion to go very very far.
Ron West, owner of Keytone Records currently, was the producer for Likewise for almost their entire career. He was responsible for all but 4 songs recorded by the band at his studio, Graystar Productions, also in Northern Virginia. Ron, from a young teenager, learned his chops alongside Likewise as they all worked very hard to perfect their craft both musically and from the engineering side as well. Essentially, these two entities "grew up" together in the music scene. Ron went on to become a successful studio and live sound engineer and worked on many great works in many studios both in Virginia as well as Maryland and Florida. He also was the live production manager for a regional act in VA for nearly 10 years. Ron has since moved back in more of the studio recording world and, after gaining all of that knowledge and experience, has a new-found drive to go back and right some "wrongs" in his past. One of those "wrongs" was the low-quality of his initial recordings with this amazing group.
Fast forward to 2018. All members are adults with homes, families, jobs, and the rest of what comes with real life. The silver lining is that all of the members still live in this region and are still close friends. Ron decided to approach the band's former members and pitch this project of going back and remaking the recordings to make them everything they should have been in the first place! With the passion and love for this group of men that this region had and still has today, they agreed and are excited to get working on this project to truly make it shine!
We are asking for YOUR help in making this dream come true. Any and all donations will be used for the following items to make this project happen:
1. A few pieces of additional hardware required to ensure excellent quality of the recordings (a recording interface with an expansion, a piece of monitoring equipment, and new sound controlling devices to ensure the room sounds perfect)
2. A small amount of software required to perfect the recorded sound.
3. Outsourcing one aspect of the recording (Mastering) to a true mastering engineer, also local to the Northern Virginia region, and also a close friend of the team.
4. Old school pressing of the completed CDs for distribution.
5. Finally, securing a location for a FREE reunion live show to be performed as a CD release party entertaining this whole region and of course, anyone who wants to fly in!
Our team has already invested thousands of dollars in to this project and but we need YOUR help to overcome the last hurdle to make this project a true masterpiece. There are GREAT rewards for people world-wide and we hope that you will check those out and support a great project sure to make everyone smile!
For more information, check out www.KeytoneRecords.com