Tommy Odetto's Recording Dream
$14,596 of $14,500 goal
UPDATE - APRIL 2017
It's cold, rainy and thinking about snowing here in Wisconsin tonight. At the same time, it's hot and sunny in Fairfax where Tommy is. The significance of this day is not lost on us. For starters, we are 90 days into this adventure. And if all had stayed on schedule, we would be packing up the gear and heading to our respective homes after having been in the studio. But, as we mentioned a while back, schedules got shuffled. And we were shooting for mid-summer. Well, we are now looking at another possible schedule shuffle, and a change in the production team, but we view all of it as a blessing. As of today, we have more than ten thousand dollars in the crowdfund...HOLY COW, THAT IS INCREDIBLE. But we are still a bit short. This extra time is on our side. So, it's time for the second wave.
We are launching one last auction on Monday, May 1 --- more really cool things to win, including concert tickets, autographed books, and rare posters.
Tommy is booking up like crazy and has at least a dozen shows in the next couple months, with more to be announced soon.
We have new shirts, buttons, and stickers for sale on his website. All money from those goes directly into the crowdfund, so please go and check them out. tommyodetto.com/merch .
Additionally, we will be starting a second round of PR efforts in hopes to drumming up attention for the campaign.
You may notice a new video at the head of the page. Check it out. You might recognize a few people including our very own Tommy. If you listen carefully you will get a sneak peek at one of the songs he is hoping to record at 606. The original video can be seen on YouTube at https://youtu.be/9OaXwkxBYv8. The original campaign story is just below this post.
Thanks again to all of you who have donated, are about to donate for the first time or may consider donating again. I know that Tommy is beyond moved at all of this support. And we all know, I could just cry at the drop of a hat over any one piece of this.
We look forward to seeing some of you at Conejo Valley Days and once again, want to especially thank David "Veggie" Vieria and Rock & Roll Pizza and our friends at TourBusLive.com.
Thanks so much!
Peace, Love and Rock & Roll,
Sandy and Tommy
-----original story below-----
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 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
I am thrilled to announce that the first single, RUNAWAY, from the upcoming EP Curses and Revelations, is now officially live on Spotify, many of your favorite streaming services and at tommyodetto.com. Runaway was recorded in November 2017 at Studio 606 and produced by John Lousteau and Ethan Turner. Music and Lyrics by Tommy Odetto with Tim Baker on Bass, John Mader on Drums and Milo Horstman on Rhythm Guitar. Shout-out to David Veggie Vieria, our friends Jill and Gary at TourBusLive and to each and every one of you who donated to help make this "what-if" a "done deal."
As a token of thanks, the first single is waiting for you at:
You will need a password, which is TOCF051316 (all caps).
This page expires at midnight (cst) on March 31st, so be sure and download today.
Thanks again and stay tuned. We have few surprises up our sleeves.
Peace, Love and Rock & Roll.
Sandy and Tommy
As the year winds down, we are almost ready to send the incentives out. A massive project in itself. Before we start labeling packages and paying for postage, we wanted to reach out. We believe a lot of you donated to support a dream and may or may not be interested in receiving the physical incentives... pick (+$50), sticker (+$75) and/or poster ($100+ incentive). We want you to receive the incentives you want and deserve. And if you are not looking for the extras, we will respect that as well. Either way, with that in mind, IF YOU WANT your physical incentives, PLEASE EMAIL SANDY at email@example.com with your current mailing address and we get them out over the weekend. Picks are due to arrive on Friday...finally. BUT...if we do not hear from you, we will not send physical incentives and consider your donation complete with our most sincere thanks. The video incentives are still in progress and may not arrive until early 2018. 2017 was an incredible and busy year for Tommy Odetto and it was possible BECAUSE OF YOU. We wish you the happiest of holidays with your family and friends and can not wait to see what 2018 holds.
All the best!
Peace, Love and Rock & Roll
Again...IF YOU WANT your physical incentives, PLEASE EMAIL SANDY at firstname.lastname@example.org with your current mailing address and we get them out over the weekend.
Last week was the week. Tommy recorded. Music was made. Dreams came true.
At the end of this post is a note from Tommy, but before I share I just want to take a moment thank each and every one of you for your donation – every single penny really did make a difference. Thank you to David Veggie Vieira for helping us find our way into the studio and for being a great friend. Thank you to Jill & Gary of TourBusLive.com for documenting the final day, more photos to come when the record is released. Thank you to Tim Baker on bass. Milo Horstman on guitar and John Mader on drums; together they helped Tommy bring his creations to life. Thank you to the team at 606 - John, Scott, Wiley, and Oliver for their graciousness and making the experience more than we could have imagined. And last, but not least, thank you to both Tommy's family and mine for supporting this journey.
A note from Tommy:
Last week was a dream come true. Got to make my record, at Studio 606, with an amazing band, and amazing engineer, John Lousteau!! I still can’t believe it happened, and I’m so excited to share the record with everyone in the not too distant future. Would never have done it without all of my friends donating to get me there. It was a dream come true! Thank you all so much!!!
Incentives will be mailed before Christmas. And if you are owed a video, we will be working on that in the coming weeks.
Thanks Again Everyone!
At this very moment, Tommy, his brother Nick and his buddy Tim; are crashed in my living room watching movies. The rock and roll afterglow of two killer performances in Milwaukee.
Me? Well, I woke up this morning and got my calculator out and started to sort through the donations. The auction totals. The gains and expenses. I needed to see if we were in a place safe enough to call this crowdfund a success.
It is with a little shake in my voice and a huge amount of pride that I am writing to tell you all...
WE. ARE. DONE!
We will leave the fund "ACTIVE" for the time being, for those of you who were still planning on giving. We do have a few more expenses that will ultimately need to be covered, but we are confident that we can pull it together when the time comes.
What matters right now is this...
TOMMY'S DREAM WILL BE A REALITY.
We could not have done it without each and every single one of you. What a milestone?! What a wild damn ride?!
THANK YOU ALL for this amazing journey. The next time we post about the GoFundMe, it will be to share the stories of recording and beyond.
Because of you, a dream is more than just a hope. It is actually going to happen.
As always, peace, love, and rock & roll.
Sandy and Tommy
Next stop for Tommy...SANTA MONICA at the legendary Harvelles THIS FRIDAY NIGHT. Los Angeles, this one is for you!
In the coming months, we will work on the fulfillment of the incentives. I have 4 of you that made special song requests. We will get to work on those as well. But...regardless, by the end of the year, this thing will be complete.