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Starkid I love you to death but the total lack of responsiveness on the video party line is getting a little crazy. It's been more than a year. Please provide us with an update of when we can expect that reward to be fulfilled. Thank you!

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PROJECT UPDATE
FORM Media Music
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12 days ago

Project Update: Merch Update!

Yo awesome people!

SURVEYS

70% of you have already completed your backer surveys! We appreciate your quick response as it helps figure out the quantity of products to make and the logistics on where it has to go.

For the 30% of you that haven't yet completed your backer survey, please do so as soon as you can as it really helps us out! You will have received emails about it but you can also click here to gain access to it!

MERCH

Here are first looks at some of the awesome Shao merch that is coming your way, thanks to our incredible artist Krissy Diggs!

Meeerccchhhhhhh!

STICKERS!


I don't know about you, but I think this stuff looks sick!

We've also heard from Shao that Volume 2 of his Manga series is almost completed!

Announcement From Shao!

We have a message from Shao for you all!

I can FINALLY announce, because of all of you supporting the Genki Dama Japan Tour 2024, we've recieved additional funding and support from the UK Government in the form of the MUSIC EXPORT GROWTH SCHEME from the BPI, the DCMS and Department of Business and Trade!!

This is HUGE for me because MEGS funding and support demonstrates that an artist is export ready and indicates that they are a musical talent that can contribute significantly to the British music industry and economy on a global scale. So begins the legend of International Shao.

Thank you all SO MUCH!!!!

This means the UK government will help us make an even bigger and better Genki Dama Japan Tour! And its all thanks to you all. You're awesome.

What's Next?

In March, we hope to update you on our production schedule AND our tour details.

As always, please let us know if you have any questions!

- Deren and the Shao TeamΒ 

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PROJECT UPDATE
FORM Media Music
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about 1 month ago

Project Update: Shao Surveys Sent!

Yo awesome people!

The Backer Surveys have now been sent! You should be able to find them in your inbox (or spam folder) of the email address you registered with BackerKit. You can also click here to gain access to it!

Survey
In the survey you will:

  • Choose options for your pledge, such as t-shirt size and chosen name on t-shirt
  • Include add ons if you want something extra
  • Upgrade your pledge if you want to
  • Give us your shipping address (which can be altered later)

After doing that, you're shipping fee will be calculated, depending on your address and pledge. And that's it!

Schedule
Please respond to the survey as soon as you can, as we need your chosen name details for the Genki Dama Japan Tour T-shirt!

You will not yet be charged for shipping until we begin the production and shipping. We will give you plenty of forewarning for when that will happen.

Pre-Order Store
If you missed the campaign, not to worry, we will be soon opening a pre-order store. It cannot feature things exclusive to the BackerKit campaign (such as your name on the tour t-shirt and certain bundle deals) but it will let you support the Japan tour and get its merch!

Please let us know if you have any questions!

- Deren and the Shao Team
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PROJECT UPDATE
The Black Piper
CREATOR
about 1 month ago

Project Update: REFRACTIONS: Off to Mastering

Hi everyone,

REFRACTIONS NEWS

Guess what??? FINALLY after more than a year of preparation, Refractions is now off to the mastering engineer! Oh my, we are SO STOKED!

What a year+ of effort looks like in spreadsheet form


The attentive reader will notice that there are some blank checkmarks above. That's because the mastering engineer will also be mixing those tracks.

You'll also notice that there are 25 total tracks. Yeah, we kind of snuck a few in there we didn't originally plan on. Sorry about that....


Timeline


The mastering engineer will be looking things over today and giving me an estimate on timeline, but it really isn't that much farther to go!! I might guess 2 weeks, but he does work fast. We'll let you know, though.


Notes


Whew - I just have to say - this album has taken so much more effort than we thought it would. A lot of sleep sacrificed, but, you know, I think it's so worth it in the end for the art. (We hope you'll agree once we get this thing into your hands!)

Now, just have to settle on a cover...


Streaming


One note about streaming: once the music and cover are done, we'll send the tracks out to all those who paid for Refractions (which you'll recall was an add-on to the campaign.) We are looking to put the album up on streaming platforms and put it up for sale, but that might not happen for a few months. So, those who helped fund this album will get to enjoy it for a few months before the public release.

We hope you'll all be ready to help us hype it when it drops!!


Ramping Up On the Next Thing

#excited!

With all of that completed, we can now focus our attentions on our next project, Tales of The Black Piper, while we await the mastering engineer. Tales, for those who haven't been following that news, is essentially complete, with regards to the stories. We'll be heading into writing music for it full-steam!


Well, that's it for now. We'll keep you updated with more soon!

All the best,
Michael & The Team @ The Black Piper
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PROJECT UPDATE
FORM Media Music
CREATOR
about 2 months ago

Project Update: 2024! Surveys Soon

Hello everyone!

Happy New Year! 2024 will be a big year for Shao and you backers thanks to your pledges last year.

We're especially appreciative of your patience as we've been sorting out payment issues. Many of you have reached out to us to sort out problems and we thank you for it.

If there was an issue with your payment, then Shao Dow will have emailed you about it directly. So if you haven't had that email, you have nothing to worry about, your pledge is registered and your money received.

Backer Surveys
We are currently finalising shipment plans and costs. Once they are finalised you will be emailed a survey from BackerKit. In the survey you will:

  • Choose options for your pledge, such as t-shirt size
  • Include add ons if you want something extra
  • Give us your shipping address (which can be altered later)

After doing that, you're shipping fee will be calculated, depending on your address and pledge. And that's it! We will let you know when the survey be on its way to you.

Speak to you then!
Shao, and the Team
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Have any script tier backers gotten the NPMD script or even the Jangle Ball script yet? I know they said for NPMD they'd wait until after the YouTube release and it's been a couple of months with no word and it's getting a little concerning since I don't want my script to be lost in the mail. They say to contact them through here for questions but I don't think they even check these boards. I don't want to sound sour but there hasn't been any update on the rewards that were put off for later like the live streams and scripts, and the method of contact they say to use appears ineffective. Have any fellow backers gotten anything, even an email or DM response?

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Hello, I wanted to make sure that my contribution was successfully processed. It does not appear that I have been charged just yet, is there a way I may be able to ensure that there are no issues in processing? Thanks!

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PROJECT UPDATE
The Black Piper
CREATOR
about 2 months ago

Project Update: REFRACTIONS - Progress/Timeline Update

Hi everyone,

Just dropping in to let you know that we've posted a new update, re: Refractions here. I realized that the last update only allowed comments from backers of the Tales project, so I've rectified that in this update, in case you are interested in commenting.

In short, we had some slowdowns due to sicknesses in December, but we've made significant progress and are nearing the end!


Thank you all for your patience as we wrap up what we feel is a meaningful project.


All the best,
Michael & The Team @ The Black Piper
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PROJECT UPDATE
Shao Dow
CREATOR
3 months ago

Project Update: A Short Update about the Genki Dama Tour

Hey! Thanks for following the tour, we'll have more public updates soon! For our backers, we have an important message for you, so read on to the 'Backer Only Content' section!
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Hey so it’s not charging myself I have looked and no matter what I try it will charge my card. I know previously it was mentioned there might be a different way of charging my card or paying for it

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