Tommy Odetto's 606 Recording Dream
HOW IT BEGAN.
October 2015, Tommy Odetto, from Fairfax, CA published a video to YouTube. A seven minute mini-documentary about a young singer/songwriter/guitar player from the Bay Area who simply wanted to “Jam with Dave Grohl. ” Oh sure, just Dave Grohl – Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Them Crooked Vultures. Well, sure, what aspiring rock guitar player doesn’t? Tommy was different though. This guy isn’t just a good guitar player. He is talented. He is gifted. And he did everything in his personal power to make sure that anyone and EVERYone that might have means to making it happen would see the video.
KINDNESS OF STRANGERS.
A few months later, in January 2016, Tommy had managed to get his video to a Foo Fighters fan who lived in Milwaukee. That would be me, Sandy Ploy. (Shown below: Me and Tommy in Chicago last November.)
I will be honest, at first, I ignored it. Thought he was just some random Facebook guy. But, he kept asking for me to watch it. I finally did. I was literally blown away. I immediately thought of my friend David “Veggie” Vieria who owned Moorpark’s Rock & Roll Pizza and was responsible for booking the bands for Conejo Valley Days in Thousand Oaks. (Tommy and Veggie this past Thanksgiving, shown below.)
We quickly agreed that it would be a good idea to book Tommy and his band as one of the opening acts for Chevy Metal. Chevy Metal was just the festival headliner, that just so happened to be the band of the Foo Fighter’s drummer Taylor Hawkins; they also had an unannounced special guest planned, Dave Grohl.
Around the same time, a staffer for the Foo Fighters also shared the video with Dave Grohl. They also agreed that this guy was a real talent.
DREAM COME TRUE.
Fast forward to May of last year. Conejo Valley Days. Tommy is there. Dave is there. They MEET! And then...about half way through the Chevy Metal set, Tommy is invited on stage...by none other than Dave Grohl. And he KILLED it. His talent buzzing through Rolling Stone’s Miss You. Friends and Family in the crowd, Dave Grohl looking him eye to eye, as they play note for note with one another. A DREAM COME TRUE. Literally, someones dream was granted right before our eyes. (No caption needed.)
In the past year, Tommy and I began working together. I do Promotions, PR, Website and even a some Manager-esque things. We have become the absolute best of friends and if I could write a check for this whole thing myself, I would do it in a heartbeat. I love him. I love his mom Cindy, Aunt Lisa and his brother, Nicky, too. And I am sure as I meet the rest of his family, that list will grow! (Shown below: Cindy, Tommy's Aunt Lisa and me on New Year's Eve at his hometown venue, Peri's Bar.)
LEAP OF FAITH
That is what lead us here today. The exposure from that show and a whole lot of gigs since then with a ton of networking and hard work has garnered Tommy ANOTHER DREAM. The opportunity to record with legendary record producer, Barrett Jones, who has worked with Grohl in Nirvana and Foo Fighters many times. As if that weren't exciting enough. We have also managed to secure studio time at Studio 606, the one with the epic Neve Board from Sound City...yes, THAT Studio 606 and that Sound City!
WE NEED YOU.
That is where WE step in.
Tommy’s friends. Tommy’s family. His neighbors, fans and the passionate family of Foo Fighters Fans who have now adopted Tommy into their fold. He did what so many of us will ever only dream of. SHARE A STAGE WITH DAVE.
And now he gets to work with the people that launched Dave's career. This is a magical moment.
BUSINESS AT HAND.
We have 90 days to raise a minimum of $16,606 dollars to make THIS DREAM come true. This will pay for the studio, producer, musicians, transportation, the production, travel, accommodations, food, you get the idea. This business ain’t cheap. But, I believe in us and Tommy.
We can do this.
PLEASE & THANK YOU.
Please give what you can. It is a lot easier than it seems. Skip a few trips to Starbucks --- even I have cut WAY back. Make dinner in once a month. Recycle those old cans in the garage. Drag all that loose change to the bank and cash it in. This money is under our noses. We just have to find it.
We all know there are few things in this world that are better than Tommy's electric smile and one of his smokin' guitar solos.
In the coming days we will announce a few incentives to nudge the path along. If you give ahead of that announcement, your dollars will still count toward those items.
My heart is shaking as we get this ready to launch. Thank you SO MUCH for helping his dream...which has now become my dream as well.
Hugs and Kisses and Rock & Roll -
Sandy Ploy and
David "Veggie" Vieria
Incentive Delivery Details:
ALL DONORS will be listed either on the CD sleeve or insert and on the Tommy Odetto website.
Poster, Picks & Stickers to be delivered via USPS prior to the end of September 2017.
All video prizes to be delivered prior to December 31, 2017. Dates may be discussed once campaign has closed.
All Live Performance prizes, via feed or in person, will occur on a mutually agreed upon date no later than April 1, 2018
Tommy is out here for the weekend to help me perform at my birthday with our friends from Smells Like Dave Grohl. And to meet alot of my friends. Only seems fitting since I got to meet alot of his while in Fairfax for New Years.
Quick update, after a surprise Chevy Metal Hot Mom Squad auction comma it looks like we are only $400 away from the halfway point. Then it is all downhill from there!That is incredible, thank you all so much for your generosity. Whether you've given a dollar or hundreds of dollars, every single one of them counts towards the goal and are equally important :-)
I have asked all of my party guests this weekend to donate rather than provide presents, because the best present in the world is about to get off this airplane I don't need anything else :-) I promise you some Tommy video later this weekend. Thank you all so much for your support as always. It's payday spread the word, spread the love, AND rock and roll!
Xoxo - Sandy
We passed our 1/3 mark which means we are ahead of goal. All because of amazing friends and family and music believers. THANK YOU.
A few updates for the weekend.
> Tommy has been focusing on writing music and lyrics. OH, MAN, he has got some good stuff brewing!
> When I made our Valentine ad, I didn't realize that only a few hours later would I get a text message with a photo of this new person. Like a caterpillar about to bust out some hardcore rock and roll butterfly wings, Tommy made another big change this week. See included photo. Meet the new, next level Tommy O. Lookin' good, Tommy.
> One week from today, he lands in Chicago to coheadline my birthday bash with Chicago's Smells Like Dave Grohl. We are all so excited for this gig, and I really do have the best friends to do this for me. I know it's a long shot, but if you find yourself in the Milwaukee area, be sure to come by.
> Our February auction is live and ends Monday morning. There are incredible items including rare Foo Fighters collectibles, Tom Petty at Milwaukee Summerfest tickets, 3-Day Pass to Bottlerock Napa Valley, a 2-night stay in Palm Beach, a one-hour photography session and more. You can find it at: http://ebay.to/2lo5FlG or just go to eBay and search for #tommy606. We will have another auction, with new items launch in mid-March.
> If you are in the Vallejo area, Tommy opens for Tommy Castro at the Empress Theater on March 18. It's going to be a great gig, and you should grab your friends and go!
Our goal is to kick 6K this weekend (only 240 to go) and hit 7K in time for Saturday's party. Can we do it? I think we can! It's payday for a lot of people. Give a little, several times and it really adds up. Please share at work, with friends, on social media. Empty out your coin can. Sell those old CDs no one listens to anymore. Be creative! We CAN and WILL make this happen.
Thank you all from the bottom of my heart.
Next week, a video update from the man, himself.
Have a great weekend, everyone.
We could not thank you enough for the support on this long road to 606.
When Tommy and I dreamt of this opportunity over the past year, we never took into consideration that when and if the time came to actually launch...that LIFE might not really care that a dream is being chased. The realities of real life, and how they would effect us as we worked toward this goal, didn't really cross our minds. It's been a trying month in REAL LIFE, for both of us, but rather than discourage, it has made us even MORE FOCUSED on the prize. I would like to take a moment to really shine a light on Tommy's incredible soul. He is a high quality human being and I am so impressed with how he handles the obstacles thrown in his path. This is one of the million reasons why I am on this ride with him.
Now that we are into February, we have SO MANY great things to look forward to.
Tommy comes to Milwaukee 2 weeks from today. He will help the guys from SLDG/Smells Like Dave Grohl usher in my, cough cough,40-somethingth birthday. (No, not my 50th...yet.) If you are in the Milwaukee area on 2/25, I encourage you to come celebrate life and music with us. ( https://www.facebook.com/events/1379639705402500/)
We have started developing some very intriguing industry relationships and look forward to seeing where those lead.
And this Monday, we will be launching our eBay Campaign Auction where ALL proceeds will go to this adventure. Very cool items up for grabs, including concert tickets, hotel stays, rare rock and roll and Foo Fighters collectibles and more. Seriously COOL STUFF.
It's Friday, payday for a lot of us. If you could take a moment to share this campaign and Tommy's story on social media and to your friends, co-workers and family, that would be amazing. We have created some fun images promoting the campaign, feel free to grab them and use them as you share. (Tommy also a very good sport) :-)
NONE OF THIS IS POSSIBLE without incredible friends and family. We can not thank you enough.
– Sandy and Tommy
YOU ARE INCREDIBLE! THANK YOU!
11 days in. Almost $3,500 dollars!
PARTNER: I wanted to share some exciting news. Our friends at TourBusLive.com are joining the Rock & Roll Pizza Truck as partners of our incredible campaign. They will be the official photographer/video providers of the 606 session. We can not wait to see what they come up with, they always have some of the best shots of every show in L.A. So excited to have them. Thank you so much for joining the party.
GIGS: In addition to writing a TON this week, Tommy had a surprise last night when he pulled up to the Boom Boom Room in San Francisco for a gig. There was literally a line out the door and around the block. Turns out Ninet Tayeb, the act he was sharing the bill with, is a mega star in her homeland of Israel. And the crowd was ready to rock. Tommy was on point. She was fierce. It was a killer show. If you would like to take a peek, check out Tommy's badass solo on his cover of Jimi Hendrix' Spanish Castle Magic.
PRESS: Next week we start sending out press releases to the media. If you have any contacts of creative ideas for tv, radio, print, music bloggers, etc...please pass them Sandy's way.
INCENTIVES: If you haven't already taken a peek, our campaign incentives were posted this week. Check it out. Your early donation can apply to those incentives...but we need your address to make that happen. Please contact us via GoFundMe. Include your address, whether you would like to keep or waive your incentives. You have until April 30, 2017 to provide this information. Anyone who does not provide that info will be considered a "waive incentive" and we will apply the value of those items to our total.
Have a GREAT weekend. We love ya!
Peace, Love and Rock & Roll.
Sandy and Tommy