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
- Renting a Recording Studio in New York
- 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, it would be a great experience to record my songs at a top of the line studio in New York City.
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 14th 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
How are you? I hope you are having a great weekend! It's getting warmer now here in New York, its a beautiful day today, hopefully it stays that way. :)
I just wanted to update you, we reached 25% of our goal! thank you all for your support!
Also I wanted to ask your opinion about me adding a cover song to my new album "Melancholia" Here are the cover songs I am thinking about, pick one and let me know which one should be included in the new album! Thanks
1. Mad World - Tears For Fears
2. Hallelujah - Leonard Cohen
3. Hurt - NiN
Thanks again for the support and please keep sharing! And donate if you haven't yet! Thank you!