We are Gavin and Jess, aka The Kondoors. We have been a couple for 15 years and have somehow managed to sing, write and perform together, without killing each other!
We knew when we first sang together we had something special. People couldn’t tell who was singing what and amazingly, we found that people wanted to come to our gigs.
The most important thing for us musically is to be real. All our songs have ended up reflecting our relationship and everything that has gone on over that time. It has been a hard and emotional journey at times, to the point of giving up, but what we have created we are really proud of. Our passion and love of what we do and sharing this with you is what has kept us determined to keep going, despite it being such a hard industry to break through in.
Realness is so important to us, not only with our approach to songwriting, but also with our recording methods. We do everything in a raw way to give a real sound which is the heart of our music. We want to honour the old and heartfelt sounds of those great records from back in the day and also have elements of today in the sound too. This can be pretty costly, once we’ve paid for all the musicians, studio, producer, mixing, mastering, PR, Promo etc, as an unsigned act without funding, we simply can’t afford to do much more. We made our first album this year at Monnow Valley Studio in Wales. It was recorded live, 11 songs in 3 days. It probably cost us about £10k to do and would have been impossible if it wasn’t for deciding to spend money from family and friends, given as a wedding present (we already had an oven and fridge) and most of our savings. We can’t wait to release it, but before we do we want to do one more thing.
A huge dream of ours had always been to go to Nashville and make an EP, but we have never had the time or money to do it.
We were given the opportunity to work with the legendary Producer Ray Kennedy (Willie Nelson,Solomon Burke, Taylor Swift/ Joan Osbourne) in Nashville. We recorded it in January this year with the most amazing band and it sounds incredible.
BUT here’s the thing… We had orginally started a campaign on Pledge Music and in the middle of the Nashville trip, we found out they were on the brink of collapse and artists were not receiving pledgers money. Due to this and other factors, at the time of recording we didn't have the money to pay for producer Ray, the studio or any musicians and had to borrow money to do make it happen so are now in debt.
This is where we need your help.
If YOU could help us raise £5,000 we can pay back what we owe and get this out there.
In return for your help and support, we have some fun rewards for you (if you are kind enough to pledge) and if we go over budget (which would be unreal) then we can make vinyls of our album, pay for social media marketing, PR and maybe even another EP. Every little bit helps!
Your support so far has been amazing and we are so grateful. We have so much more we’d like to do and share with you and we’d love it if you would come on this adventure with us.
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Thank you in advance
Gavin and Jess xx