You Gots To Grill – Vol. 8
“To Pimp A Butterfly Shrimp”
No shows booked at the moment.
I’ve been waiting patiently to have something to show you and here it is…
Soundtrack: The Story of the DJ is a documentary about the history of DJing. While certain films have chronicled niche aspects of DJing, “Soundtrack” will take viewers through the evolution of radio DJs, turntablists, DJ producers, DJs as part of hip-hop groups, DJs controlling the main stages at some of the world’s biggest festivals and more. Learn more about the film, support and follow the progress at:
@SoundtrackDJDoc on social media
Thank you to Chris my editor, Kelly my graphic designer, Mayeda for the music and everyone that has helped turn this idea into more of a reality every day.
If you’re in the Carolinas, I’ll be giving a talk at the University of North Carolina on Tuesday, April 7th. I’ll be discussing the documentary, the importance of DJing in popular culture, a wide variety of other DJ-related topics and there will be a Q&A. (I’m also hoping for a BBQ&A on my trip. Ha.) The discussion will be held at 2pm in Hill Hall. Please forward this to any DJs you know in the area and reach out to me with any questions. Major shout out to Mark Katz and DJ A-Minor for hooking this up.
To schedule a discussion at your school, please email through the contact page.
Later that evening I’ll also be rocking alongside A-Minor on Chapel Hill.
There’s a lot happening with Soundtrack: The Story of the DJ. Give a listen to the update below to see what that means for the podcast. Thanks for the support!
Disclaimer: This is a long post. I should have written this up months ago, but, as my mom would say, it’s better to be late and brutally honest than on time and skimp on details. (She never said that.)
In case you weren’t aware via an annoying email, call, text or social media message from me, earlier this year I ran an unsuccessful Kickstarter campaign. The campaign would have fully funded Soundtrack: The Story of the DJ, a documentary about DJing that I’m currently filming. The campaign was not successful in terms of reaching it’s funding goal. It was however successful in spreading the word about the project and also in making me dislike crowd-source funding (for the most part). In the following article I will walk you through my Kickstarter experience and tell you how I feel about the whole thing.
Note: You can donate to my documentary project at www.TheDJDocumentary.com and every single donation goes towards making the film. Thanks in advance.
Hurry Up… And Wait
Once I decided that I was going to run a Kickstarter campaign, I sat down at the computer, cracked my knuckles, took a swig of coffee and thought that in no time, I’d have a campaign set up. I knew that I could get the campaign approved and then launch it when the time was right. It was November 2013. Boy was I wrong.
All your Kickstarter donations are processed through an Amazon Payments account you have to set up. (Don’t like Amazon? You’re SOL.) To set up this account you need an EIN (employee identification number) which means you need to set up a corporation. (hits brakes) So I spent the time and money figuring out what I’m calling my new company and then filed for a corporation. (Didn’t want a corporation? Too bad, dissolve it later I guess.) After the corporation was set up I had to wait for Amazon to verify my bank account. This whole process took at least a week if I remember correctly. Ok here we go again! (makes more coffee)
Once you set up your Kickstarter campaign with all your Amazon information, the campaign needs to be approved by Kickstarter. (hits brakes again) The Kickstarter staff checks out your campaign and reviews your rewards (things you give people who donate money) to make sure everything looks good. This involved a few back and forth emails to the staff, most of which made zero sense. I had several rewards that were very similar and they’d single out one, ask me to explain it (every reward had an explanation) and then not respond when I explained why I priced something a certain way or what a reward meant. I changed a few words and they approved the campaign. It’s now December 26th, 2013. I launched on January 13th, 2014
Pricing note: I’ll break down “Kickstarter math” as I call it later so you can see how much you really (don’t) pocket once you send out rewards. Muy importante.
In This Edition:
Australia Tour // DJ Movie // Four Color Zack Interview // MOM Remix Album
Read the full newsletter HERE!
I’m heading down under once again for probably the most legendary tour I could imagine. I’ll be supporting hip-hop gods Pete Rock and DJ Premier on their first ever tour of Australia and New Zealand. I’ll also be kicking off production of the DJ documentary I’m making with the interviews and footage I film on the tour. Check out all the details of the film at www.TheDJDocumentary.com, follow on social media, sign up for the email blast and donate to support the project. Amazing posts are coming!
Thur 5/1 – Capitol – Perth
Fri 5/2 – 170 Russell – Melbourne
Sat 5/3 – The Hi-Fi – Sydney
Wed 5/7 – Corner Hotel – Melbourne
Thur 5/8 – HQ – Adelaide
Fri 5/9 – Oh Hello! – Brisbane
Full Details: http://www.frontiertouring.com/collusion
And we’re off! Production on the DJ Documentary starts next week. Watch the video below for all the news including an Australian tour with Pete Rock & DJ Premier, the new website and more!
Hot off the presses we’ve got the artwork for the Soundtrack documentary posters. Showdeer did a great job with these and since the final posters for the film might be different, these will most likely be a limited collector’s item. Donate now and tell a friend!
I’ve been hitting the promo tour full force trying to raise awareness and raise funds for my documentary about DJing. (Donate to the #DJMovie Kickstarter HERE.) One recent stop was 90.7 FM KBOO Portland Radio to talk to my man DJ ATM and spin some tunes. We hit the record button and now you’ve got a tasty little mixtape off the top of my head. Share it, donate to the cause and spread the good word.
We’re now two weeks into the Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for “Soundtrack: The Story of the DJ“. If you haven’t checked out the project yet, go HERE to watch the promo video with DJ Jazzy Jeff, read about the movie, make a donation and share it. Thank you again for all your support!