How to

Support

Kingdom

$4 USD
PER MONTH

NOTE: The first 100 patrons (accumulative for both tiers) will receive an extremely limited edition “SRVENT Kingdom” T-Shirt (only 100 will be printed), where they get to pick their own size and colour preference.

  • Exclusive access to a monthly article where I answer patron questions, give insight into my art behind-the-scenes, and/or talk about what I accomplished each month.
  • 50% off Physical CD’s in my online store with discounts to come toward merchandise in the future.
  • My immense gratitude.

Kingdom Lite

$2 USD
PER MONTH

NOTE: The first 100 patrons (accumulative for both tiers) will receive an extremely limited edition “SRVENT Kingdom” T-Shirt (only 100 will be printed), where they get to pick their own size and colour preference.

  • 50% off Physical CD’s in my online store with discounts to come toward merchandise in the future.
  • My immense gratitude.

Why become a patron?

The name SRVENT is in part derived from well… “servant”, naturally. I see my goal as a human being to chiefly be in service to others. I try to do that primarily through music, the thing that has helped me grow the most through every stage of my life.

As an artist, I aim to always bring something meaningful and of value to my listeners, but also something true and authentic from my perspective. Too many artists out there—particularly Hip-Hop types—are so focused on trying to have a certain kind of image that they lose who they really are in the process. I don’t want to be like that. I try diligently to just tell the truth as I understand it through the medium of poetry.

Despite being crazy and immensely impulsive/compulsive at times (ask my wife), I’m an advocate for good mental health. I aim to add value to peoples’ lives by role-modelling and fostering a supportive mindset. I try to always be bettering myself. I want people to be bettering themselves too and always engaged in the act of confronting their personal demons. I attempt to help inspire this through my music, and by doing things like telling my story at youth groups and schools—or anywhere else people like to hear me speak and perform.

Of course, supporting this Patreon gives you a few perks.

By becoming a patron at the Kingdom tier you will pledge the equivalent of a Starbuck’s latte per month ($4 USD), which you can stop doing at any time, in exchange for:

  1. An Exclusive discount to purchase Physical CD’s at any time for 50% off. Also, once I add some more merchandise (t-shirts, hoodies, etc), I’ll be adding some discounts here as well. These items are coming soon (well, once I can afford them.)
  2. Exclusive access to a monthly article where I answer patron questions, give insight into my art behind-the-scenes, and/or talk about what I accomplished each month.
  3. My undying gratitude and thanks. Choosing to support me as an artist is an amazing and generous thing to do. It will add agency to my creative life and and allow me to accomplish more and more ambitious work. Creative costs add up very fast and with another baby on the way, I can’t afford nice things.

Another option: By becoming a patron at the Kingdom Lite tier you will pledge the equivalent of a Tim Horton’s latte per month ($2 USD), which you can stop doing at any time, in exchange for 2 out of the three benefits mentioned above. (Everything but the monthly article).

ALSO, once we cross over 100 patrons (both tiers combined), those first 100 patrons will receive a Limited Edition T-shirt designed exclusively for those first 100 Kingdom Tier members! Never to be remade again. Patrons will be able to select their own size (from SMALL up to 5XL) AND colour preference.

But enough about that… Let me tell you about myself before I go into why I need the support.

Who am I?

My name is Spencer Richard, which literally translates into “Servant King”.

Where I grew up, and maybe when, I didn’t know of a single local rap artist or producer. I thought you had to be from some big inner city in the United States to rap. I didn’t even know what a producer was exactly until I was in my late teens. I didn’t know you could become a rap artist. I loved fast-rhyming, lyrically intricate music but… I never thought I would actually make it someday.

See, I played piano my whole life, composing original work and winning talent shows when I was young, wanting most of all then to be a composer for film. I still want to do that sometimes. Flash forward to 17 and I started writing contemporary singer-songwriter type stuff on the guitar. I started dreaming about becoming a more traditional contemporary artist. That seemed more attainable, and I did love writing music… I mean, I loved writing stories too, but the dream of being a contemporary artist was central and reached its peak with my first ever music video, On The Way.

This was all exciting stuff (I’m STILL mega pleased with it) but somewhere along the line I started to explore the quicker rhyme schemes and found myself thinking, Wait. Why CAN’T I be a rap artist? I didn’t have this realization until 2014. I was 24 years old, freshly married, and soon to become a father for the first time.

I dedicated myself to the craft and dived in.

If I was going to be a rap artist, I wasn’t about to start paying thousands of dollars to producers for beats… I was creating a family. I was working jobs I didn’t like and I had (have) student debt—despite not even finishing my Psychology degree. I knew I wasn’t going to be throwing stacks of cash into a, well… into a hobby.

And a hobby is what it used to be.

Fast forward to now and I find myself in the very position I never thought I would be. I’m writing music and recording from my home studio, putting out work as professional as what you hear on the radio (but still learning every day). I’m collaborating with amazing artists across the world and sometimes getting booked for shows. My music videos have gained dozens of thousands of views on social media and it’s safe to say there’s generally a good handful of people out there who actively anticipate my releases.

I launched my career as a rap artist in 2016 when I bought Ableton Live, technically, but I personally don’t feel like my career started until January 2018 when I opened for a band in my third ever Hip-Hop performance to a packed house in Edmonton, AB. That year I launched my debut album, ‘Identity’ which was 100% produced, mixed, and mastered by myself. Except for track 3 (Hope ft. Fran Minney—who wrote her own lyrics inter-weaved with mine), every word was written by me too, including what my features sang. And though I’ve improved as a sound engineer since, it was a huge accomplishment and major benchmark in my career. Feel free to check it out wherever music is streamed here.

Basically, at the start of 2018 I finally felt like I managed to find my voice in the Hip-Hop genre, strongly influenced by my roots in composition and narrative. I made an album about something meaningful and authentic to my perspective and didn’t give a shit about trying to be something I wasn’t.

Besides this, between 2016 and 2019 I’ve made 16 music videos (and counting).

Despite my emotional ups and downs, I’ve managed to put out several singles since then, as well as releasing “Ammunition”, a 7 track EP on November 29th, 2019. Listen to that here.

And on March 24th, 2020, I released “Battle Angel”, another 7-track EP. Listen here.

But trust me though, there’s PLENTY more on the way.

Anyway…

Why do I need financial support?

Truth told though, life of the independent artist isn’t always easy. I work a full-time job, watch my youngest during the day, and have recently taken up some freelance video work to try and make ends meet. My wife works as well but she is presently gearing up for her 3rd maternity leave and without her full income, we do have financial challenge to say the least.

All my projects and work responsibilities make it so that I don’t see my wife as much as I’d like… I’m constantly busy, sacrificing sleep and sanity for the sake of my art. Juggling everything like I do can lead to a lot of stress.

I feel called to making meaningful art. I know without a shred of doubt that it is intrinsically tied to my ultimate purpose in life. If you’ve been following my work for sometime or know me personally, you’ll believe me when I say that besides raising my girls, being creative is the reason I live.

Independent artists like me have a lot of costs that can build up. Here are a few examples of mine:

  • I pay for Adobe Premiere CC, which costs about $22 USD a month. This is a need because it allows me to edit my music videos in the professional manner that I do.
  • Distributing music through my distributor costs anywhere from $10-$70 USD, depending on the size of the project…
  • Video gear: I still owe about $1400 for my camera gear, and for me to continually improve I need to purchase professional lighting as well. The gear for video work is seemingly always evolving and requiring more and more things to achieve the desired effect. (And don’t get me wrong, I’ve done music videos with a cellphone before, but admittedly, I would like to be past that stage in my career at this point). The caveat for this one is that thankfully I’m starting to get more freelance work, which helps pay for video gear.
  • Music video props, venue rentals, etc.
  • Merchandise. I have virtually none left atm (13 ‘Identity’ CDs at the time of this writing), and to get sweaters or t-shirts or whatever, that costs lots of investment money, and it might not even pay off. If it does, it might take the year of touring to do so.
  • Paying for contest entries, award applications, festival applications, etc.
  • Education costs. For instance, getting the lighting gear has been a long time coming, but it’s going to take a lot of self education to learn how to work with it best in Adobe and by utilizing professional colour correction, etc.
  • Travel fees for gigs (that don’t always pay)…
  • Etc, ad nauseum…
  • You get the idea.

Anyway, financial challenges aside: I know I’m going to get there. I know deep down that it was what I was made to do, and as cliche as this sounds… I know for damn sure I won’t be getting there alone.

Thank you kindly for reading all of this. Hope to see you inside my Patreon. 🙂

At your service.

-Spencer