The CDs should be arriving tomorrow - can't wait! Most importantly, I am hosting an album release party this upcoming Tuesday, June 17th from 7-10pm at The Loft in Costa Mesa. RSVP on the facebook page (or email [email protected]) to waive the $10 entrance! Bring friends and family - all ages are welcome. Here is the event: Sam Avalon's Album Release
Join Sam Avalon this Tuesday night to celebrate the release of her album "Room 325". Food, wine, beer, art, music, and friends. What more do you need?
There will be artists showcasing their work including Moore Damm Art, Karen Lilly, Alexander Peuchot from The Art Box, Ty Rose, RickandGigi Valdes, and musicians including Mark Wood, Lacey Marie Heston, Zach Sorgen from Wake The Wild, Rick Sherman, Ali Coyle from This Time With FEELING, Dannie Hofmann from Private Property, Jürgen Anthony Riedelsheimer, and Bart Broadnax.
I am leaving for my job in Japan in 2 weeks, so this is the perfect opportunity to have a good time and see me before I'm gone!
This is a public event. All ages welcome. If you RSVP via Facebook (or email [email protected]) you don't have to pay the $10 cover charge. ;) If you are not in the area, please watch the live stream at Concert Window at the same time.
The LOFT is located at Suite 108, 1954 Placentia Ave. between 19th and 20th St. There will be signs and lots of parking (but if we overflow turn left directly after entering the gate for underground parking).
Just got off the phone with disc makers (www.discmakers.com). Dede and Amy from Moore Damm Art (www.MooreDammArt.com) have been working SO HARD and losing so much sleep over this album cover and I could not have been more picky, difficult, and grateful. These are the two kindest hearts I could ever work with and I am SO EXCITED to hold the art in my hands!
I had a little trouble yesterday and was worried about making the deadline in order to get the CDs in time. I was desperate need of a more recent professional headshot... At 2pm yesterday, I called my dad's friend Bleu Cotton (www.bleucotton.com) if there was any way he could squeeze me in. By 3pm I was at his studio. After the first click of his camera, Bleu stepped back and said, "Okay that's great, we're done!" We took a lot more photos, but the photograph on the back cover of the album is actually the first picture he took - he has mad skills. So I grabbed that photo and sent it to Amy and Dede again and let them stay up really late (again) to get it all done!
If I proof all the album art right now and approve, 1,000 CDs will be at my doorstep by Friday, June 13th! This is just in time for the annual Relay for Life event that weekend, where I will be playing music and selling CDs to donate all the money to the American Cancer Society.
Then it's the album release party on Tuesday, June 17th. (More info soon!) I reached out to all my musician friends in Orange County and they have all been enthusiastic about playing with me at the party so it is going to be a great night! Thank you to everyone who has supported me so far - I am writing the thank you letters already!
We are past $5,000! This means that the money from here can start to go towards paying these musicians for their fine work on the album... so keep spreading the word and sharing me around. :)
I just got off the phone with Mark, who is mixing and mastering the album. He is sending me the final tracks within the next hour! I sat with him for two days (and he worked a little bit on his own obviously) to edit the tracks... It was incredible to watch him work. There are a few clips I took of "before-and-afters" of the tracks he was fixing up that I am including in the "behind-the-scenes" video that you might have bought! I brought a few Vassar Devils in too (from my a cappella group) and they were amazed/so inspired. If anyone is reading this and wants their stuff mixed and/or mastered, go to www.markdannrecording.com. He is super fast and very aware of your budget.
I also have been talking to Dede and Karen, who are doing the artwork for the album and the portraits that are included in the benefits on the main page. They are looking really factastic. Theme colors are my favorite: tourquoise and red. :)
I also just flew in to CA last night... happy to be here, but already missing Vassar. Never again will I be 5 minutes away from a free recording studio, amazing musicians, best friends, endless amounts of alcohol, endless amounts of books, and infinite fun and love. I'm hoping to find that wherever I go, but right now, I am feeling for Vassar like I've never been homesick before. The album is going to be an incredible piece of nostalgia for me, forever. :)
Well, I guess you can say my album is done, at least as far as everything I can do myself. We finished the final marathon "pre-mastering" session with Mark Dann (over 10 hours!) around midnight last Friday, and now it's up to him to work his mastering magic for me. Terry, my guitar teacher who is SOOOO much more than that, was of course by my side all the time. I owe him so much! Going to post a couple of clips of his comments on the process up here soon (excerpts from the "behind the scenes" video).
And, I graduated on Sunday. So you're no longer supporting a college kids I guess!
It's time to adjust to being a grown-up, so this project will really help to keep my mind off the sadness of leaving the incredible home I had the past 4 years at Vassar College.
Yes, I made it to 50% of my $10,000 goal by the time I graduated! THANK YOU everyone who has backed my project so far. Please tell your friends, and also send them to my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/SamanthaSmithMusic . All that networking is what I need!!
Hi guys! A few things:
1. I just did a presentation at my Media Studies Thesis Symposium on this project, in which I explained the collective and collaborative work that went (and is still going) into the production process of this album. I shared some of the unmixed, unmastered tracks with the group of students and professors and the reactions I received makes me even more impatient to show it to you all!
2. I have ONE MORE recording session left, and then I'm heading on over to get it mixed and mastered by the one and only Mark Dann in the Hudson Valley of New York. Here is his link if you are a musician yourself and looking for someone who works quick and clean: www.markdannrecording.com
3. I am graduating in TWELVE DAYS. I can't believe four years have gone so Currently freaking out, so if you could send this link along to all your friends there would be one less thing for me to worry about!