Erica Lee Martin

is creating Electronic Pop Songs + Music Videos

1

patron

$9

per song or music video
My Songwriting Journey

I'm a Canadian singer, songwriter and actor currently living and working London, UK. Although I started writing songs in high school, I ended up studying opera at university. This was a 10 year-long journey which taught me a lot about music but didn't allow me to fully explore all aspects of my creativity.

After moving to London and attending drama school, I started writing songs again. And I wrote a lot of them. At one point I was writing a song a day just for the experience of doing it. This prompted me to explore the possibility of writing an album. 

Since I don't have a band, I turned to GarageBand to make my tracks. I've been enjoying using the keyboard to lend different atmospheres to each song as well as using a variety of drum sounds. It's been a brilliantly creative process and I now have a full album of 10 songs called Out of the Playground available on most streaming platforms.

Now, I can't stop writing. The process is soothing and inspiring and sharing my music with people makes me feel like I'm connected to them. It's the best feeling in the world.

My Goal

I would like to be able to consistently release great new songs and music videos on a monthly or even biweekly basis. Right now a lot of my time is taken up by temping in office jobs and tutoring to pay the bills. Writing a song doesn't necessarily take a long time but producing it takes A LOT of time and effort. And, of course, money.

Music videos are an integral part of the music business and go a long way to selling your tracks to a new audience. I've had a blast conceptualising music videos which tell the visual part of the songwriting story; but making them can be costly, even if you're as frugal as me. Right now most of my videos have been filmed in my flat or friends' flats. I even turned my living room into a makeshift operating room for my RBF video.

With an actual budget we could use different locations, get better costumes and better equipment. I'd also be able to market my material properly and gain more exposure. And most importantly, I'd be able to compensate my creative partners for their work which is so so important in an industry that often pays creatives in "exposure bucks". 

Why Patreon?

It's amazing that music is readily available for anyone with an internet connection. It allows people to listen to their favourite songs whenever they need to, and it allows me as a creator to upload new tracks whenever I want. However, most music platforms don't pay the artists as well as they should. Spotify currently pays musicians roughly $0.006 per stream. So if I wanted to make just $1000 from Spotify, I'd need to have at least 150,000 streams. To make a real income that number would need to grow significantly.

Patreon is a great way for fans to contribute to an artist they admire without a contract or a monthly subscription. You pledge what you want and you can change that amount at any time. In turn, it allows the artist to connect directly with fans and actively work to make material for these generous patrons. I'm asking for small pledges per creation which in my case means per song or per music video. As a starting point, I'd love to be able to put out one whole album's worth of songs + 5 music videos a year. And with your help, it could really happen!
Tiers
Tabby
$1 or more per song or music video

Just like my favourite tabby from back home, you bring light to my life. Thank you. Opting for this tier allows you access to the patron-only feed where I post updates on my musical progress and just the general nonsense of my creative journey.

Wildcat
$3 or more per song or music video

This furry little one packs a punch! What a generous feline you are. Folks on this tier will get access to the patron-only feed, as well as downloads of my work so you can listen over and over and over <3 

Cheetah
$5 or more per song or music video

Of course you went straight for the fiver you ambitious go-getter! I'm so blessed to have you on my team. Together we'll hang out in the patron-only feed, you'll get a shout out on social media and a few extras in your inbox. Wanna learn the secret of how I pulled that crazy stunt in that one vid? This is the tier for you.

Tiger
$10 or more per song or music video

My goodness that's a whole lot of kitty! What sleek fur, what boundless energy and what PASSION for MUSIC! Actually tho, tigers are bad-ass. You'll get access to the patron-only feed, downloads, extras in your inbox, a mention in my stories, and I'll write you a little ditty about anything you want. How could it get cooler than that?

Lion
$20 or more per song or music video

Ruler of the jungle indeed! The art jungle, that is! Thank you for this massive contribution--it means the world to me and completely changes how I get to make music. For this tier you'll receive all the things above PLUS I will send you a handwritten poem in the mail every once in a while as a token of my gratitude. 

Goals
1 of 100 patrons
Reaching this goal would be amazing. Look at me! I have true fans out there who actually want my music! It would inspire me to create more awesome stuff for you and allow us to expand as a creative community.
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My Songwriting Journey

I'm a Canadian singer, songwriter and actor currently living and working London, UK. Although I started writing songs in high school, I ended up studying opera at university. This was a 10 year-long journey which taught me a lot about music but didn't allow me to fully explore all aspects of my creativity.

After moving to London and attending drama school, I started writing songs again. And I wrote a lot of them. At one point I was writing a song a day just for the experience of doing it. This prompted me to explore the possibility of writing an album. 

Since I don't have a band, I turned to GarageBand to make my tracks. I've been enjoying using the keyboard to lend different atmospheres to each song as well as using a variety of drum sounds. It's been a brilliantly creative process and I now have a full album of 10 songs called Out of the Playground available on most streaming platforms.

Now, I can't stop writing. The process is soothing and inspiring and sharing my music with people makes me feel like I'm connected to them. It's the best feeling in the world.

My Goal

I would like to be able to consistently release great new songs and music videos on a monthly or even biweekly basis. Right now a lot of my time is taken up by temping in office jobs and tutoring to pay the bills. Writing a song doesn't necessarily take a long time but producing it takes A LOT of time and effort. And, of course, money.

Music videos are an integral part of the music business and go a long way to selling your tracks to a new audience. I've had a blast conceptualising music videos which tell the visual part of the songwriting story; but making them can be costly, even if you're as frugal as me. Right now most of my videos have been filmed in my flat or friends' flats. I even turned my living room into a makeshift operating room for my RBF video.

With an actual budget we could use different locations, get better costumes and better equipment. I'd also be able to market my material properly and gain more exposure. And most importantly, I'd be able to compensate my creative partners for their work which is so so important in an industry that often pays creatives in "exposure bucks". 

Why Patreon?

It's amazing that music is readily available for anyone with an internet connection. It allows people to listen to their favourite songs whenever they need to, and it allows me as a creator to upload new tracks whenever I want. However, most music platforms don't pay the artists as well as they should. Spotify currently pays musicians roughly $0.006 per stream. So if I wanted to make just $1000 from Spotify, I'd need to have at least 150,000 streams. To make a real income that number would need to grow significantly.

Patreon is a great way for fans to contribute to an artist they admire without a contract or a monthly subscription. You pledge what you want and you can change that amount at any time. In turn, it allows the artist to connect directly with fans and actively work to make material for these generous patrons. I'm asking for small pledges per creation which in my case means per song or per music video. As a starting point, I'd love to be able to put out one whole album's worth of songs + 5 music videos a year. And with your help, it could really happen!

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Tiers
Tabby
$1 or more per song or music video

Just like my favourite tabby from back home, you bring light to my life. Thank you. Opting for this tier allows you access to the patron-only feed where I post updates on my musical progress and just the general nonsense of my creative journey.

Wildcat
$3 or more per song or music video

This furry little one packs a punch! What a generous feline you are. Folks on this tier will get access to the patron-only feed, as well as downloads of my work so you can listen over and over and over <3 

Cheetah
$5 or more per song or music video

Of course you went straight for the fiver you ambitious go-getter! I'm so blessed to have you on my team. Together we'll hang out in the patron-only feed, you'll get a shout out on social media and a few extras in your inbox. Wanna learn the secret of how I pulled that crazy stunt in that one vid? This is the tier for you.

Tiger
$10 or more per song or music video

My goodness that's a whole lot of kitty! What sleek fur, what boundless energy and what PASSION for MUSIC! Actually tho, tigers are bad-ass. You'll get access to the patron-only feed, downloads, extras in your inbox, a mention in my stories, and I'll write you a little ditty about anything you want. How could it get cooler than that?

Lion
$20 or more per song or music video

Ruler of the jungle indeed! The art jungle, that is! Thank you for this massive contribution--it means the world to me and completely changes how I get to make music. For this tier you'll receive all the things above PLUS I will send you a handwritten poem in the mail every once in a while as a token of my gratitude.