Debut Release from Ted Sirotas Heavyweight Dub

November 14, 2013

Lessons Learned From Our Kickstarter Campaign

Note 1/25/15: This Kickstarter campaign took place in May 2013. Keep this in mind as things change so rapidly in the cyber-world and I have no idea what changes have occurred with Kickstarter since that time.

A number of people have come to me asking for advice about doing a Kickstarter campaign. I knew nothing about Kickstarter before I launched mine, but I learned a lot in the process. A couple days after the end of our campaign I sat down and typed out some thoughts about the experience so I wouldn’t forget what I learned. I’ve shared this with a few friends, but I’m making it available publicly now in case it might help others. I’m not trying to present myself as an “expert” or anything like that. This is simply just my advice when people ask me…

Here are some things I learned from running our successful Kickstarter campaign to bring legendary Jamaican engineer & “Dub Chemist”, The Scientist, to Chicago to record and mix the debut album from Ted Sirota’s Heavyweight Dub.

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October 7, 2013

Interview with Ted Sirota & The Scientist on “The Riff with Dermot Hussey”

I was fortunate enough to be interviewed by Sirius XM host and legendary Jamaican DJ Dermot Hussey for The Friday Riff/Midnight Raver Blog. He interviewed The Scientist as well about our new record and a number of other topics. Dermot is atrue pro! Check him out on SiriusXM The Joint if you have satellite radio. Our segment starts about 30 minutes in…

The Friday Riff w/ Dermot Hussey, October 4, 2013 by Midnight Raver Blog on Mixcloud

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May 4, 2013


Great News! We surpassed our base goal and ended the Kickstarter campaign with $25,930! Look for The Scientist vs. Ted Sirota’s Heavyweight Dub recording towards the end of the summer. We will keep you posted every step of the way. BIG THANKS to everyone that supported us in this campaign. It wasn’t easy by any stretch of the imagination, but we did it! Everyone involved should take pride!
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May 2, 2013

Kickstarter – The Final 48 Hours! Backers Needed! Help Us Reach Our Goal!

sirota scientist kickstarterWe’re down to the final 48 hours of our Kickstarter campaign! Crunch time. Thanks in part to another $5000 pledge from an anonymous fan, we are that much closer to our goal of $25,000. As I write this we have a total of $17,092 in pledges! Remember that Kickstarter is “all or nothing”, so we have to reach $25,000 to collect the pledges. For those of you who haven’t pledged, but have been considering it, NOW’S THE TIME! Friday May 3, is a great day to do it as well, considering it’s my birthday! You could help make it the best birthday ever for me! For those that have already pledged, you can help by continuing to spread the word in any way you can.

  • We’ve added a stretch goal to our campaign as well. If we reach $30,000 we will press 200 gram vinyl 12″ records. Backers who pledge, or have pledged, $50 or more will receive an album as well as the rewards that are already in place.
  • The Sonor drum kit is still available to the next person that pledges $750 or more!
  • Neil Tesser wrote a great article about the campaign here. Check it out!

Thanks again for all your support. I’m REALLY looking forward to not bugging people about this anymore, but for the next 48 hours it’s nose to the grindstone!

I will be available to answer any questions for the next 48 hours via email, phone, or Skype. You can contact me at and I will send you my phone number or Skype ID if needed.

Best Regards,

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May 2, 2013

Time running out to bring Dub legend The Scientist to Chicago!

Thanks to Neil Tesser for writing this article about our Kickstarter campaign.

Ted Sirota aims to raise $25,000 on Kickstarter to import Jamaican studio legend The Scientist for his upcoming album.

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April 29, 2013

Ted Sirota Talks Kickstarter on DJ Grandpa’s Crib Podcast

Here’s an interview I did with DJ Grandpa’s Crib about our Kickstarter campaign. You can hear the entire podcast which features other projects and subjects at his website or iTunes.

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April 21, 2013

Kickstarter Campaign – 13 days left. We need your support!

We are in the final 13 days of our Kickstarter Campaign and we need your pledge! Be a part of recording history by backing this project! We need people to print, post, tweet, instagram, forward, hand out, and generally disseminate this flyer! With your help we can reach our goal. We are at 33% of our goal as of now. Remember, there are great rewwards starting with a pledge of only $10. The world needs a great new Dub record and we’re ready to provide it!

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April 5, 2013

The Scientist Meets Ted Sirota’s Heavyweight Dub Kickstarter Campaign!

We are poised to record with the Legendary Jamaican Dub Chemist – The Scientist. Please check out the Kickstarter page to find out all about the project, and then please help us out in any way that you can! This is an awesome opportunity for the band and listeners alike!

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