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Here it is!  The Wendy James New Album 2017 Pledge Campaign!

 

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I’m half way through writing my next LP and this time, unlike ’The Price Of The Ticket’ where the record was already finished, this time my pledge campaign will take part in all the stages of making this record: From the writing, to the recording, to the mixing, to the mastering to the artwork and videos and finally a finished album! I will announce the title, the track listing, the band members and other all-important details! Along the way there will be the opportunity for studio visits, playback listening parties, live shows playing the new material, test pressings, original artwork, q&a live broadcasts and a certificate of contributors for those who would like their name included in the credits! The album is going come out on Regular CD, Deluxe CD with outtakes and bonus tracks, a Double Gatefold Vinyl containing all tracks and of course a Digital Download and I am certain there will be additional things I haven’t even anticipated yet! So… there is a lot of work to do! but it is all possible!

 

All the items that were still available from ‘The Price Of The Ticket’ campaign have moved onto this site, including the Picture Disc Vinyl individually numbered and signed within the vinyl itself. ‘The Price Of The Ticket’ continues to grow in reputation and I think there are even a few copies of my previous album ‘I Came Here To Blow Minds’ on CD and Vinyl too!

 

There is a lot here! So!

 

- As it has been said:

“Danceable art punk rhythm and blues, full of breathless New Wave rush. Razor sharp lyrics. Bare soul with beautiful harmony. An adrenaline fueled sound reminiscent of the Velvets or even a young Bobby D. The perfect cocktail of dirty blues and punk attitude. Sweet soul, arousing the lowdown groove that sparks the impressive and sensual sensation of Wendy James. Riffing garage pop/rock sliding. Seductive New Wave serenading. Quality boom and bap. Essential underground for your ears. Wendy James is for dancing like a jive-assed motherfucker. Every Song Is Dope”

 

“This is where it Counts. More Rock 'N' Roll, not one ounce of Fat or Bullshit on It!”

 

Thank you! and Much Love, Wendy

 

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THE PRICE OF THE TICKET WENDY JAMES

PLEDGE CAMPAIGN ANNIVERSARY UPDATE

Recollection and onwards…

 

A year ago today (19th February 2016) THE PRICE OF THE TICKET was released and entered the UK charts at No.15! THANK YOU to ALL of you who supported and loved this album! It was such a trip this album took!

 

From my bedroom in NYC writing the songs, demoing them up, meeting with James Williamson (The Stooges guitarist - Raw Power) and deciding to start recording with him and getting the wonderful James Sclavunos (Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds) on drums. Jim (in his finest three-piece suit!) and I flew to Berkeley, CA and checked into a hookers roadside motel with nothing but a 4 channel TV screwed into the mustard wall, a plastic cup for a toothbrush, an ancient shower and an ice-machine in the forecourt! We rendezvous’d with James Williamson in the parking lot and made our way to Fantasy Recording Studios where we were joined by the legendary saxophonist from Fun House by The Stooges Steve Mackay (R.I.P.) and our great engineer Jesse Nichols. After this, back in NYC, the album progressed yet further and Lenny Kaye (The Patti Smith Group) came on board as the guitarist for the body of the album and of course my dear friend Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols) on bass.

 

How wonderful we all felt as we recorded! It was the depths of winter in New York City and distinctly I remember being up and out on Broadway at 8am each morning, through feets-high snow making my way to the East Village and, in part, Brooklyn to record with Ivan Julian (Richard Hell & The Voidoids) engineering… it was freezing! sub-zero icy blasts tearing through the grid system of New York streets, I was bundled with my guitar, bags full of pedals and leads and mix notes and lyrics! Head down against the freezing air. Dressed in the studio in sweaters, two coats, a hat, gloves and holding onto an old portable iron radiator to try and unfreeze my hands! We worked long hours and inspired each other from start to finish. It was a wonderful musical time… I am so grateful to all these musicians for this experience in my life! I am also so grateful to my friends who helped me get through times when reaching the finishing line seemed nearly impossible! but I got there and much in part to their support and help. I am lucky!

 

I flew back to Berkeley to mix with Jesse and once again my routine turned the clock inside out, up at 7am for coffee, walking to the studio through the pretty, sleepy streets of Berkeley with the pastel painted houses and front garden flower beds, starting to mix at 10am and finishing at midnight, getting a couple of beers from the 24 hour deli and back to the house I was staying in to make notes for the next day. As always in the studio, no matter how much time you have you never have enough and in the end Jesse and I pulled mammoth hours, we mixed two songs through the night on one occasion with Jesse going for a walk around the block at 3am to clear his ears and me just lying on the floor staring at the ceiling! We felt we were on a mission and we saw that mission completed and to success!

 

Then!!! Pledge Music came into my life and we started this adventure that has proven so perfect for my music, for me, for you! I work closely with a team at Pledge, helped by so many people within this empire that Malcom Dunbar is building, in particular Barney, Luke, Paula and now Anna… my team! Thank you! I must also mention and thank Randy Boyd out there in California who has distributed my music across the world for quite a few years now, he is such a constant figure of reliability in my life and honest as the day is long and Ian J. Taylor with whom I built my website and who works tirelessly on keeping it up to the moment. I did the photograph for the album cover in Paris on a Sunday morning with my friend Kym Ellery, I’d just flown in from NYC and caught a taxi direct from Charles de Gaulle to Kym’s apartment on the Rue de Rivoli and we had coffee, caught up and then I lay down on her sofa and she got the snap! The rest is history… THE PRICE OF THE TICKET came out and you all embraced it! We gigged, the live band incorporating James Meynell, Jared Fisher, Louis Elliot, Bob Wilson and Richey Rose with James Sclavunos and myself. I met a lot of you, we all bonded I think and we made a firm foundation for 2017 and beyond! It continues! I’ve rounded out the 2016 campaign by commissioning a picture disc of TPOTT, signed and numbered individually, a proper collectors item.

 

In a few days time I will be drawing a line under THE PRICE OF THE TICKET Pledge Campaign and re-opening THE WENDY JAMES NEW ALBUM 2017 campaign! Everything from TPOTT will carry over into the new campaign but it’s coming back bigger and better and more to find than ever and this time the campaign will follow through the whole process of the new album. I am on song 6 in my writing and I hope to have an album’s worth by April, then… gather musicians, book recording studios, and we’re off to the races again! I love you all! THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING YOU GIVE ME. It is love, it is friendship, it is generosity and it is loyalty. I hope I prove myself worthy of you all…

 

Love and my best regards to you all, Wendy xxxx

 

PLEDGE UPDATE READ HERE:

THE PRICE OF THE TICKET BUY HERE:

WENDY IS WRITING HER NEW ALBUM!!

 

Here is the first video update from Wendy for her new campaign THE WENDY JAMES NEW ALBUM 2017! She is in the writing process of her new album and in this clip tells us what’s in store!

 

Wendy’s new campaign has so many new offerings…

 

NEW ALBUM ITEMS - Buy Here:

 

1) Digital Download

2) CD *Signed

3) Deluxe CD *Signed

4) Double Gatefold Vinyl *Signed

5) Your name on a Certificate of Contributors added into any of the formats

6) New Official Poster *Signed

7) New Official T-Shirt

8) Lyric Sheet or Chord Chart *Signed

9) Original Artwork of the New Album *Signed

10) Recording Studio Visit

11) Test Pressing of New Album

12) Appearance in a Wendy James music video

13) Attendance at New Album playback + Q&A

14) Private gig playing the New Album

15) V.I.P. concert experience

 

THE PRICE OF THE TICKET ITEMS - Buy here:

 

1) Download

2) CD

3) CD *Signed

4) 12” Vinyl

5) 12” Vinyl *Signed

6) Official Poster *Signed

7) Official T-shirt “Signed

8) 7” Vinyl Single No.1

9) 7” Vinyl Single No.2 *Signed

10) Picture Disc *Signed and Numbered

11) Test Pressing

12) I CAME HERE TO BLOW MINDS CD

13) I CAME HERE TO BLOW MINDS Vinyl

 

Enjoy!

WENDY JAMES 12 INCH VINYL PICTURE DISC

‘THE PRICE OF THE TICKET’ UPDATE

 

So! Here is a video of Wendy signing 1-250 images for THE PRICE OF THE TICKET vinyl picture disc!

 

The process here is to sign the raw art which will now be sent back to the pressing plant and embedded into the vinyl and cut as a record. Wendy had to wear gloves and use special pens so that the image is neutral for chemicals which would otherwise disturb the vinyl! Every image is signed by Wendy and numbered from 1 through to 250. Now they are all collected by DHL and shipped back off for the final stage!

 

This is a bona-fide collectors item and the amount of work that has been put into it is not your average production!

 

DO get your copy here:

WENDY JAMES EXCLUSIVE NEW ALBUM INTERVIEW

 

Wendy James is no stranger to PledgeMusic and we are more than pleased to be continuing a friendship with her that began last year with her critically acclaimed chart album The Price Of The Ticket. Wendy has just started a PledgeMusic campaign for her as yet untitled new album and – although still writing and recording for the project – generously took time out to tell us all about it. So here we go… over to you, Wendy.

 

Tell us about your latest PledgeMusic project?

 

I had such a great experience last year when I released and promoted my album THE PRICE OF THE TICKET through Pledge so it was not even a question that I would continue the journey forward, simply how to expand the premise. THE PRICE OF THE TICKET charted at #15 and fans had access to all the different associated items like test pressings, individually signed and numbered collectable picture discs, V.I.P. gig experiences, T-shirts and posters.

 

My new album campaign is again designed to have fans take part and contribute to the entire journey of the record – a visit to the recording studio, appearance in the videos, names in credits, attending playback and Q&A sessions.

 

PledgeMusic has become the one-stop-shop for all items and all news direct from me to existing fans and all new ones. I find it a wonderful concept! For me as an artist and also equally from the point of view of the fan, the fan or follower has so much more access to 24/7 news from me than they would have done in the old days.

 

How did you first hear about PledgeMusic?

 

Malcolm Dunbar, who runs PledgeMusic in the UK, I’ve known for many years. I met up with him, he explained the whole Pledge idea to me, I got it! I understood everything he was saying about the modern music world and from that point on it has been a natural fit.

 

If you were to make a split single with another artist/band, who would it be and why?

 

I think, off the top of my head, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Vanessa Paradis or Soko, they are all such integral and talented and charming females. Of course Bob Dylan, Iggy Pop etc. etc. But I must say I’m pretty happy with who is in my world already… consider the line-up of musicians playing on THE PRICE OF THE TICKET – Lenny Kaye (The Patti Smith Group) James Williamson (The Stooges), James Sclavunos (Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds) and Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols)… that’s some great band! I have no idea who else will come into my life over the course of this new album.

 

If you were to produce/remix another artist or band, who would it be and why?

 

I think I’m a pretty skilled producer now so I could probably produce an array of bands in alternative Rock n Roll and have them sound great. I listen to a lot of Hip-Hop, but I don’t know the studio standards for producing Hip Hop. Rock n Roll, Alt-Indie and Pop, yes.

 

What one question would you ask your musical hero and who is that person?

 

I don’t think I have any heroes per se. I will definitely ask Lenny Kaye to play the guitar again and I hope he’s available when I do propose it to him! One never knows… Patti Smith has first dibs on him of course and whatever else he’s up to. Schedules are as much key to everything as musical choices are if Lenny is busy when I propose a recording schedule then that will be his answer. Of course, James Sclavunos and I are already committed to playing together whenever anything happens.

 

If you were to hold a record-listening party, which record would you play, and who would you ideally invite to discuss it?

 

I am holding a listening party for my new album when it’s completed and it is one of the items that you can buy from my Pledge site. It will be conducted as a professional Playback Night and I will do a Q&A afterwards, fun times but also the ‘big reveal’! One always has a playback for the people you work with and selected friends, so this time I’m opening out that experience to my Pledge fans and followers too… very exciting! For us to all be able to take part in it together in real-time!

 

Which band would you most like to have been in and why?

 

Definitively I would have been in the huge line-up of musical guests when THE BAND did their THE LAST WALTZ gig at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco, November 25, 1976. I’d have been up on stage when Bob Dylan and The Band sing ‘Forever Young’, ‘I Shall Be Released’ and ‘Baby, Let Me Follow You Down’. No question that is the one musical night in history I would have loved to have been part of and sung my heart out for.

 

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For more of Wendy…

 

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WENDY JAMES INTERVIEWED

ON JOHNNY NORMAL’S RADIO SHOW!

 

LISTEN IN:

Wednesday 29th March 2017

Time: 9pm GMT

Listen at www.radiowarwickshire.com and click on the media player or on mobiles and laptops via TuneIn App at http://tunein.com/radio/Radio-Warwickshire-s202885

 

Archive playback:

 

The interview covers Wendy’s history from her days of demo-ing Transvision Vamp, meeting with EMI and then signing with Universal Records, TVV life, forward onto her collaboration with  Elvis Costello, moving to New York and her journey as a solo recording artist, resulting in last year’s THE PRICE OF THE TICKET working with James Williamson (Iggy & The Stooges), Lenny Kaye (The Patti Smith Group), Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols) and James Sclavunos (Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds) and her very successful 2016 via Pledge Music charting at NO.15 in the UK. Through to today, now! THE WENDY JAMES NEW ALBUM 2017 CAMPAIGN where fans and followers may have yet more involvement! Owning the new album and also taking part in many different ways throughout it’s recording. PLEDGE HERE:

 

NEW ALBUM ITEMS:

1) Digital Download

2) CD *Signed

3) Deluxe CD *Signed

4) Double Gatefold Vinyl *Signed

5) Your name on a Certificate of Contributors added into any of the formats

(CD. DELUXE CD. GATEFOLD VINYL)

6) New Official Poster *Signed

7) New Official T-Shirt

8) Lyric Sheet or Chord Chart *Signed

9) Original Artwork of the New Album *Signed

10) Recording Studio Visit

11) Test Pressing of New Album

12) Appearance in a Wendy James music video

13) Attendance at New Album playback + Q&A

14) Private gig playing the New Album

15) V.I.P. concert experience

 

THE PRICE OF THE TICKET ITEMS:

1) Download

2) CD

3) CD *Signed

4) 12” Vinyl

5) 12” Vinyl *Signed

6) Official Poster *Signed

7) Official T-shirt “Signed

8) 7” Vinyl Single No.1

9) 7” Vinyl Single No.2 *Signed

10) Picture Disc *Signed and Numbered

11) Test Pressing

12) I CAME HERE TO BLOW MINDS CD

13) I CAME HERE TO BLOW MINDS Vinyl

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