Solo Artist Relies on Fan Community to Finance Debut Album
Santa Ana, CA – Like legions of other artists do for their first recording, Morgan Mallory could have set up shop in a spare bedroom and record a decent quality product. But his ultimate goal was to work in an inspiring recording studio, surrounded by the best gear and trained professional ears to produce an album of major-label quality. And after moving to Southern California from Portland two years ago, Hybrid Studios, Orange County’s premier recording studio and sound stage, fit the bill perfectly.
When it came to the matter of how to finance a commercial recording in a world-class studio, Mallory had another goal: he wanted the album to be 100% crowd funded.
After raising $8,000 from 150 donors over 6 months through a GoFundMe account, Mallory’s debut studio album, MANIFESTO, was recorded, mixed, and produced at Hybrid Studios by Grammy Award-winning producer/engineer Philip Allen and mastered by Hybrid’s Billy Klein.
“Making this album at Hybrid Studios with this talented team of people was really a dream come true,” said Mallory. “I am completely blown away at the sound quality, the depth, and the dynamics of the recordings and know that I could have never come close to bringing this project to life the right way without the Hybrid Studios team and Hitstorm.”
Backing Mallory in the studio was the band The Hitstorm; Justin Norman on guitar, Ryan Smith on drums, and Phil Allen on bass, who tracked the songs together in Hybrid’s spacious 1,000 square foot acoustically-pleasing live room.
“Morgan is an incredible talent, so it’s no surprise that he made an incredible album here at Hybrid,” said Studio Manager Mike Miller. “I think the amazing fans that crowd-funded this project are going to be blown away when they hear Manifesto; you can really hear the dedication that Morgan, Phil, and the Hitstorm put into every track.”
Mallory believes that the fact that so many people came out of the woodwork to support Manifesto is a testament of the importance of community: “This project is a message to young, budding artists that they should dream bigger, plan farther, and forge their own path towards making themselves heard.”
For more information about Hybrid Studios, visit www.HybridStudiosCA.com.
For more information about Morgan Mallory, visit http://www.morganmallory.com.
About Hybrid Studios
Hybrid Studios is fully integrated multimedia production facility in Orange County, CA. Not only does Hybrid feature a state-of-the-art analog & digital recording studio; it also boasts a massive sound stage, including a pre-lit cyclorama. Equipped with the best gear and an experienced staff, Hybrid provides a variety of products and services to clients across the creative spectrum from recording, mixing and mastering to video and photography.