Recording of new album(Melancholia)
Hello for those of you who don't know who I am, my name is Otan Vargas I'm an independent singer-songwriter, I was born and raised in Tondo Manila, Philippines and I am currently based in New York.
At The Grand Theater in Foxwoods Resort Casino for the Reach Foundation Benefit Concert/Acoustic All Stars.
I've moved here in the United States 10 years ago and its been an amazing musical journey so far. Over the past few years I've written a lot of songs, recorded 3 albums and performed at different amazing venues in the United States like The legendary Whisky A Go Go in Hollywood, CA, Jones Beach Bandshell in Long Island New York, House Of Blues in Dallas and Houston, TX. The Music Box at the Borgata Hotel and Casinos in Atlantic City, NJ. The Legendary Bitter End in New York City and most recently at The Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut just to name a few.
Performing Nutshell by AIC at The Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino for the Reach Foundation last November.
I am also very lucky to share the stage and work with the musicians that I look up to like Johnny April and Sal G of Staind, Dave Ellefson of Megadeth, Corey Taylor of Slipknot/Stone Sour, Tesla, Eye Empire, Lo Pro, Aaron Lewis of Staind and most recently Shaun Morgan of Seether, Adam Gontier of Three Days Grace/Saint Asonia, Corey Lowery of Saint Asonia and Mike Mushok of Staind/Saint Asonia.
I've been involved at tons of charity events during the past 10 years as well. I've performed for charity foundations like "The Boot Campaign" a foundation that support US veterans who endure significant physical, emotional and circumstantial hardships resulting from their service and sacrifice., "ITAC - It Takes A Community Foundation" a foundation that help support the schooling system in Massachusetts, "Adam's Hope House" a grassroots community based project in the early stages of development created to provide a solution to the ever-growing pandemic of suicide, they are based in New York and most recently "The Reach Foundation" based in Connecticut the primary mission of The REACH Foundation is to reach out to advocate and help children in need and to provide programs to improve their environment.
For someone who just used to post his videos on Youtube of him singing and playing acoustic guitar in his bedroom I think I have come a long way, but I choose to stay an independent musician so that I can share my music directly with my audience and not have some corporate person tell me what I need to do with the songs for marketing purposes, I love what I do and I feel purposeful doing it, that to me is success already.
Singing my song "Alone" in my bedroom back in 2006
WHAT I NEED HELP WITH?
NEW ALBUM (MELANCHOLIA) FUND
I'm looking to raise funds for my new album(Melancholia) that I plan to release late 2017 or early 2018. I've recorded some of the song demos and shared it exclusively on Patreon, thank you to all my Patrons for supporting me throughout the songwriting process. All current patrons will be in the thank you section of the CD.
Here is one of the songs that will be included in the new album.
NEW ALBUM RECORDING EXPENSES
- Hiring a Producer and Engineer
- CD Replication and Distribution
- Marketing Expenses: Online ads, radio and television promotions.
My goal is to record a full solo acoustic album with just my voice and an acoustic guitar. I plan to record solo acoustic, but if I go over my original goal of $4,000 I will add string ensemble, ethnic percussion and electric guitar in some songs.
I hope to raise these funds by April 1st to begin the production of the new album.
Here is my original song "Hollow Destination"
I've accomplished a lot in 10 years, but I know I didn't do it all by myself, my family, friends and fans are the reason, the motivation and the inspiration behind these little successes. So once again I want to ask your help, help me go further and accomplish bigger dreams and share my music to many more people. ANY kind of help you can offer would be greatly appreciated. Cents, Dollars, Hugs, Spread the word. Thank you.
SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS
Below are links to my online streaming and social accounts to see what I have been upto.
Bandcamp - http://www.otanvargasmusic.bandcamp.com
Youtube - http://www.youtube.com/schizoe68
Website - http://www.otanvargas.com
"If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours."
- Henry David Thoreau
Here are some of the acoustic cover songs I've recorded during the past few months, using just one mic and performing it live. I hope you like it.
You can still contribute to my GoFundMe new album campaign till all rewards/perks are taken.
Thank you for your support,
I hope everyone is doing well, finally Spring time is here, it is a little bit chilly still, but not as bad as the past few weeks. I just wanted to say hi and make a quick update.
After two months of this campaign we've reached $2580! To tell you honestly I wasn't even expecting it to reach half of the goal because its solo project with just me recording my vocals and acoustic guitar, but you guys have been very generous and it really means a lot to me.
You might be asking why record a full album with just your voice and acoustic guitar? I've always been an admirer of simplicity not just in music but in every aspect of my life.(like riding a train to my out of state shows) I know in this day and age we have all the technology to create different kinds of music with unlimited possibilities, but recording a song live with just a voice and an acoustic guitar has this special character to it that cannot be duplicated by technology, its raw, its imperfect but it shows sincerity, which I think what music and art should be.
Yes we can inspire others during our triumphs and successes, but It's during the times we show our vulnerability and imperfection is when we actually connect with each other.
This is my goal for this album and in my career in general, it might not be perfect, but I would rather share with you something that is imperfect yet sincere, than something that is fabricated to fit this world's definition of perfection.
Thank you for your time, God bless you all.