The Pet-Tich-Eye project is something I have been excited about since the second I first heard about it. I was literally the first person to donate to the Kickstarter campaign. So when project mastermind Ashlie White asked me if I would make a poster for the record release show, I jumped up and down in my living room from excitement. Remaining posters are available on the PTE Bandcamp page, along with some other cool stuff AND THE RECORD. In case you’re unfamiliar with the project, I have pasted Ashlie’s concept statement below the poster photo. I implore everyone to check this record out.
The goal of this project was to create something unlike any record previously released in the Triangle by introducing a creative dynamic in which the musicians had never worked together or, at least, never written music together. The musicians were given several months to create and demo a song. Each group was given one day in the studio to record the final version. The groups chose a photographer to document the studio experience, a visual artist to create album art for the song and a community organization to benefit from record sales.
One dollar from every sale is directly donated to one of the 10 community beneficiaries. “Sales” include vinyl packages, digital album downloads, digital single downloads, teeshirts, posters, stickers and any other item that might be sold in support of this project.
Pet-Tich-Eye is the nickname of a historical character from the Triangle area. We liked his name and thought it would be cool to name the project something that, when searched for on the internet, would only populate results related to our project and results about the history of our area. You can read about Pet-Tich-Eye in Durham: A Bull City Story by Jim Wise andDurham County: A History of Durham County, North Carolina by Jean Bradley Anderson.
Sustainable design: The release of this record is the hopeful beginning of a constant creative collaboration in the Triangle. This website will function as a destination for musicians to partner with community organizations to create and release original music in a way that benefits both the artists as well as the organizations. We encourage all the musicians in our community to pitch their ideas about collaborations for future releases.