So, Who Are Behind TONE DEF TONY AND THE HO-HO-HOS…?
If you haven’t already heard the catchy, novelty Christmas song, I GOT PISSED WITH SANTA CLAUS, the wait will soon be over, as it is set to be released late November this year (Go to our contact page to be added to our mailing list to keep up-to-date). Early forecasts say it will take the world by storm and climb up the charts rapidly, but who exactly is behind this surprising hit?
Enter stage left: Finch, Davey, & Donnelly Enterprises, a new music production partnership formed earlier this year. Even though – by their own admission – they are all just normal, middle-aged blokes – and their company sounds more like a branch of solicitors than musicians – they all share a ‘have-a-go’ attitude to life.
The three collaborators met for the first time three and a half years ago on a TV film set, and although music wasn’t the main topic of their early conversations back in 2015, they all went out for a beer once the shoot had wrapped, and have stayed in contact ever since. Little did they know where that chance encounter would lead them!
Finch, a drummer and accomplished musician in his own right, had dreamed of having his own music studio since he was just sixteen years old. Davey, a single parent father, had dreams of being a musician and artist, but life got in the way! Donnelly, a published author, actor, and entrepreneur, felt he’d f**ked up his eclectic life, having lived outside of the UK most of his adult life, and followed the whims of his various passions (which included, art, music, acting, construction, business, motivational coaching, and writing – to name but a few!)
A strange trio, one might think, to form a musical partnership, but as soon as Donnelly learned about Finch’s dream to build a music studio in his back garden (You can read about building the studio here), the first seeds were planted. Without the full budget to farm out the building project, they thought, ‘How difficult can it be to do it ourselves?’ That year, the plot was cleared, and first ground was broken. It would be two years later that the studio was finally completed. Little did they know, as they worked diligently on the construction of the studio, that they would actually be the first musicians to produce a song in that space.
Although all of them are highly creative ‘ideas men’ in their own right, it was Donnelly’s funny Christmas song that gained early attention from the group. In the midst of this year’s summer heat wave, whilst promoting his World Cup song (CHANT LIKE AN ENGLISH FAN by The Laddz, from back in 2006) Donnelly got the lyrics for I GOT PISSED WITH SANTA CLAUS. He recorded a very rough proof-of-concept on his laptop and added a crude drum beat and sound effects, but it captured the idea. At their monthly lads’ get-together and poker night, he played it to the team. Although crude, out-of-time, off-beat, and badly sung, Finch and Davey thought it had merit.
That was that. Everything else was shelved, and the trio decided to go ‘All-in’ and set to work recording the track. Tone Def Tony was born! It hasn’t been plain sailing, as you’ll learn in the next few posts, as we keep you updated on our progress, but it’s all good fun.
For a sneak peek at the lyrics, go here and remember to like us, share us, reblog us, and wait patiently for the first taster reels of the song…!