Park City’s Robyn Cage looks to crowdsourcing to finish albums
December 12, 2014
Park City-based singer and songwriter Robyn Cage, has finished a new album.
She took off to Los Angeles, California, during Thanksgiving break and recorded the final tracks with producer Dan Burns.
Burns is the producer of Cage’s five-song extended play "Tale of a Thief," which was recorded earlier this year.
The new album is tentatively titled "Born in the Desert," and Cage wants people to hear it. So she has started up a crowd-sourcing campaign on Kickstarter.com.
"I spent all my money on the recording process and I realized a few weeks ago that I would have this album that I was super excited about and no money to use to get the album out there so people can hear it," Cage said during an interview with The Park Record. "The decision to do Kickstarter was actually made before I headed out to Los Angeles."
Bryce Johnson, a Park City-based videographer who filmed Cage’s song "Burning Now" earlier this year, helped her get the Kickstarter going.
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"We put a ton of energy into that and decided to go for it," Cage said. "There is a huge lull around the holidays, through January and half of February. So I decided I had better do the campaign now, or wait until March, and I didn’t want to wait that long."
The campaign will end Thursday, Dec. 18, at midnight. She has met her $10,000 minimum goal and is working on her $14,000 stretch goal that will help her work with a public-relations firm.
As it is with all crowd-sourcing campaigns, donors to Cage’s project will receive some unique items, which will include, from lowest to highest donations — a social media shout out, digital downloads, signed CDs, T-shirts, voice and piano lessons, co-songwriting sessions with Kemp, appearances in a Robyn Kemp music video and a song personally written for a donor.
"Someone who donates $400 or $500 can give me a lyrical idea or melody and I will turn those into a song," Cage said.
Cage is excited for people to hear the new album.
"The first half of the album are made from songs that were written during the past five years of my life and are on the ‘Tales of the Thief’ EP," she said. "They chronicled the development of myself as an artist.
"The next batch of songs that I recorded last month are brand new and many of them haven’t been heard before," Cage said. "They are mostly about where I’m at now."
One of the songs, however, is a commissioned piece.
It’s called ‘Larger than Life’ and was written for the aforementioned videographer Johnson and Park City-based photographer Carla Boecklin.
"They do fashion films and the song was inspired by my experience in fashion," Cage said. "All the others are about things I’m going through right now."
The album’s tentative title track, "Born in the Desert," was inspired by Cage’s life as a musician.
"It’s about determination and feeling the frustration an artist feels on a day-to-day basis," she said. "It’s about giving all you have in an agonizingly slow process. I mean, you feel, at times, that you’re not getting anywhere but having a deep-seated belief that something will happen and pay off."
There’s another song called "Anabelle’s Dance."
"It’s about how you remember having all these dreams about what you want to do when you grow up, and then find that life turns into something you didn’t dream of," Cage said, laughing.
The other songs are called "Capacity" and "Letting Go."
"’Capacity’ is about love and me feeling like I need to expand my own capacity to love," she said. "This song I’ve actually played live in the past few months."
The most personal song on the album is "Letting Go."
"I lost my grandma in August and we were very close," Cage said. "She was my most-trusted friend, and the song is about her letting go and me letting go. When it came time for my grandma to go, she was ready, but she needed her family to let her go, as well,"
Cage knew some of the songs she wrote for the album were extremely personal.
"There is a balance between not revealing enough in the lyrics, and not revealing too much," she said. "You don’t want to over-share, but those personal details need to be there. But you can’t make the song so specific that it’s no longer universal."
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