Make your Pledge Music campaign a success story

Pledge Music is a fantastic way to partly or fully fund your next album or EP. However, it is not easy to achieve your target within the deadline if you have never run a structured marketing campaign before. Working with James Hawkins Music, you can make your Pledge Music campaign a success story with hard work and our specific help!

We have the expertise and experience to guide you from campaign inception to project completion.  We will work with you to plan, co-ordinate and integrate your campaign using social media, events, email, your website and word of mouth. And then we do the fun stuff – we make the music! (By that time we’ll know inside-out what you want to achieve musically as well).

The Rockabellas Pledge Music Success StoryThe Rockabellas Pledge Music success story was a result of creative planning as a team.

We recently completed the full production of the Rockabellas’ album (released on April 3rd 2015). Their Pledge Music campaign success followed four months of planning, activity, analysis and refinement with us to achieve their financial goal. You can hear some of the album and the story of the album’s production here.

Please get in touch if you’d like to hear what we can offer on a similar project.

The Rockabellas’ Debut Album 2015 – “Bring It Back!”

From Pledge Music through to Project Completion

Following their successful Pledge Music campaign last year, I set about producing the debut album for The Rockabellas.

Having been fully invested in the project from the start of the Pledge campaign, my role as producer covered a broad range of musical duties and I took a very hands-on approach. I was there to assist The Rockabellas in generating creative ideas as well as producing the songs and melodies they brought to me.

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The Rockabellas debut self-penned album, "Bright it Back!"
Album produced by James Hawkins Music

Composition, Arrangement and Production

The Rockabellas are known for having a vintage vibe, and I thoroughly enjoyed writing the string arrangements, brass and other instrumental parts. Then actually recording them with session pals made this album an absolute joy to produce.

The songwriting was a team effort for the first few songs, but then the girls found their stride and went on to complete the album, which is an assortment of sounds centred by The Rockabellas’ trademark close vocal harmonies.

We recorded in various studios, including my private studio in Kingston, The Bunker, and most notably, Studio 2 at Abbey Road Studios.

The great George Shilling mixed and mastered the album and I’m extremely happy with the result!

Production values

I’ve selected some favourite moments from The Rockabellas’ album which you can hear below. These are backing tracks so that you can hear the musical arrangements and production layers. If you’d like to hear more of the album it’s on iTunes, or to purchase a CD copy please visit www.therockabellas.com. It’s a great feel good and fun listen so don’t miss out!

 

 

Bromley Vintage Vocals Workshop

We are excited to announce that, following the success of our first Vintage Vocals Workshop, we are doing it all over again! This time we’ll be visiting Bromley Baptist Church on Saturday 20th September 2014.

Fantastic workshop James Hawkins and a brilliant evening performance from the Rockabellas… Really successful day, looking forward to the next one!

 

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Bromley Vintage Vocals Workshop details

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Social mingling ahead of the workshop at Normansfield

The workshop will be from 1pm to 5:30pm on Saturday 20th September and the evening show will be from 7-9pm.

We will learn two songs in the style of the Andrew Sisters and spend some time with The Rockabellas, one of the UK’s most popular vintage harmony groups. The girls have offered to sing with us and we’ll have an open Q&A session to learn expert tips and advice for this genre, covering anything from costumes to vocal technique!

We promise you a wonderfully friendly atmosphere, the chance to have fun whilst learning new skills and most importantly an encouraging approach to singing togther.

There will be an exclusive evening performance by The Rockabellas to round off our day of vintage song! The Bellas will perform a concert covering classic songs from “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy..”, “Moonlight Serenade”, “Alexander’s Ragtime Band”, through to modern hits with their vintage twist such as “That Man”, “Creep” and “Crazy In Love”. You’ll be invited to join in with the songs we will have learned during the day and perhaps take on their choreography challenge….

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The Rockabellas have some very tight routines (and bodices!)

Had a fab day. The vintage vocals workshop was brilliant and the evening performance by The Rockabellas was amazing. Thank you James Hawkins for arranging such a great day.

 

Vintage Vocals Workshop Itinerary

12:40 onwards: Arrival and registration

13:00 – 15:00: Vocal warm up and “That Man”

15:00 – 16:00: Tea, coffee and cakes

16:00 – 17:30: “Chattanooga Choo Choo” and performance of both songs

17:30 – 19:00: Break for evening meal. We will recommend some local places to eat.

19:00 – 21:00: The Rockabellas 2-part show, including our workshop sing-along and meet & greet.

Please see a map of Bromley Baptist Church below.

 

 

New Vintage Vocals Workshop

Thank you for joining us at our workshop on Sat 23rd Aug 2014!

It was a real pleasure to have you there and we hope you had a great time.

Absolutely brilliant! Thanks Jim for another fabulous day x

Brilliant day Jim, thank you so much for the hard work that you and your team put in and to the incredibly talented Rockabellas-I think you found lots of fans today!

Please note, that we are planning a series of Vintage Vocals Workshop around London and the South East in the next few months. The next one will be at Bromley Baptist Church on 20th September.  Find out more and come along!

 

 

Vintage Vocals Workshop details

We are excited to announce our Vintage Vocals Workshop on Saturday 23rd August at the Normansfield Theatre, Teddington.

We will learn to sing two songs in the mode of the Andrew Sisters and spend some time with The Rockabellas, one of the UK’s most popular vintage harmony groups. The girls have offered to sing with us and share expert tips and advice for this genre, which could be anything from costumes to vocal technique!

We promise you a wonderfully friendly atmosphere, the chance to have fun whilst learning new skills and most importantly an encouraging approach to singing togther.

There will be an exclusive evening performance by The Rockabellas to round off our day of vintage song! The Bellas will perform a concert covering classic songs from “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy..”, “Moonlight Serenade”, “Alexander’s Ragtime Band”, through to modern hits with their vintage twist such as “That Man”, “Creep” and “Crazy In Love”. You’ll be invited to join in with the songs we will have learned during the day and perhaps take on their choreography challenge….

“My highlights were the great atmosphere throughout the day… Good to use a score and be taught more about music theory… The band… Jim’s sense of humour and energy.  The free pencil – obviously!”

Booking is now closed. Check out our next workshop on Saturday 20th September.

Vintage Vocals Workshop Itinerary

12:40 onwards: Arrival and registration

13:00 – 15:00: Vocal warm up and “That Man”

15:00 – 16:00: Tea, coffee and cakes

16:00 – 17:30: “Chattanooga Choo Choo” and performance of both songs

17:30 – 19:00: Break for evening meal. We will recommend some local places to eat.

19:00 – 21:00: The Rockabellas 2-part show, including our workshop sing-along and meet & greet.

Please see a map of the Normansfield Theatre, situated at the Langdon Down Centre.