Last Day In The Studio…

Song CoverWell, it’s the 6th of November. We’ve survived Hallowe’en and Guy Fawkes’ Night, and now we have only 20 days to get the song ready for it’s official release date! But we’re in the studio today putting the finishing touches to the song. Based on feedback from the early versions we’ve shared, we’re adding some exciting (hopefully) extras to the song to pump it up a bit and make it more appealing to the masses. Whether that will be the case or not, we have no idea!

We thank you for all your support, and there is still just over a week to hit our Kickstarter goal of £1,000 to make our music video, but we’ve sort of shelved that for the moment – unless a Christmas miracle happens! If you’d like to support us, you are more than welcome to pledge something by following THIS LINK.

“If you don’t try, you’ll never know how far you can go.”

We’re having fun with this, so it doesn’t really matter how far we go with it, we feel accomplished having built our own sound studio and to be using it to produce music. Right now we are just trying to be an example of what you CAN achieve if you take that next step from just talking about something and actually do something about it.

Again, thank you all for your continued support. It’s not over yet, we’ll be needing your help once the song is released to pester your local radio station to play the song and get the word out!

Until next time…!

 

Charity Midlife Crisis…!

WHEN THE AVERAGE BLOKE of our age has a midlife crisis, they usually go and buy a flash car, or a super-bike, or have an affair, or go traveling to ‘find’ themselves, but -since we can’t afford any of that – our midlife crisis consists of working together to build a recording studio and producing a smash hit to raise money for charity!

crash3.jpg.galleryHaving realised that none of us has actually achieved anything in our lives, this felt like a good thing to do. I mean, I can think of worse things to spend your time and energy on, can’t you? Starting a project to help inspire other people to follow suit, surely has to rate as a noble undertaking, right? I know it’s probably quite unusual in a ‘what’s in it for me?’ society to spend your ‘confusing forties’ doing something altruistic, but it’s where we are being called.

“Stay optimistic, but realise the world will think you crazy, until what you are doing becomes normal!”

It’s quite staggering that back in the summer when we began this project we had a huge support from people around us (even my family members that usually snub my crazy ideas!) However, as we near completion of the song and get ready for the big, final push, those closest to us seem to be dropping like flies! Perhaps they are bored with is now, or it could just be the colder weather! We know what we are doing is a bit mad, but unfortunately (or fortunately) in true Mastermind fashion, “We’ve started, so we’ll finish!”

Thanks for being along for the ride. We’ve all but given up on our Kickstarter – even though we picked up a new backer over the weekend! – but if you feel like spreading the word, you can use this link: BACK OUR PROJECT PLEASE!

The real work lays ahead… we’ll do it with or without a music video, but we do need to get the word out there about the song. Stay tuned, we’ll be sharing the finished song after tomorrow, which is our last day in the studio!

Until the next time…!

 

 

 

Keeping The Faith

cloudWell, we’ve got under two weeks to go before our Kickstarter is over, and although we are still only 10% funded, we KNOW we’ve got a hit on our hands with our Christmas song, I Got Pissed With Santa Claus. We don’t know HOW it’s going to be a hit. We don’t know HOW we’re going to hit our Kickstarter target, but we are keeping the faith.

It’s actually quite fun to make believe what will happen, which DJ will be the first to be brave enough to play it on air! Okay, so you may say we are old, piss-head daydreamers, but that worked through school! We also don’t care. As we’ve said before, this isn’t so much about outstanding success, but about actually DOING SOMETHING. We were tired of people just talking about doing stuff, but doing nothing about it. We hope our project at least inspires some other people to act on their dreams!

We are all back in the studio on November 6th to lay down the final version of the song. We’re cutting it fine, but it’s hard to co-ordinate all of us together in the same space at the same time – we’re not yet fortunate enough to be professional musicians that don’t have a ‘day job’! We’ll keep you in the loop, and thank you so much for all your continued support.

Celebrity Backing…! I Got Pissed With Santa Claus

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Well, the public might not be getting behind our charity Christmas song yet, but we still have to get Hallowe’en out of the way first, don’t we, but that’s okay as the celebrities are starting to line up to help us!

In true StarTrek fashion, William Shatner aka Captain James T. Kirk willingly volunteered to recite part of our song to help promote I GOT PISSED WITH SANTA CLAUS by Tone Def Tony and the Ho, ho, hos! Have a watch and a listen below:

DISCLAIMER: Obviously this isn’t William Shatner, it’s Tone Def Tony doing yet another one of his silly voices to help break the monotony of constantly asking people for money! We have to write that just in case we get sued and any money that we do actually manage to raise for charity will go straight back out again.

You know we hate to ask, but…

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Until Next Time…!

Expectations vs. Acceptance

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2000px-Kickstarter-logo-k-color.svgWith just over two weeks to go, we are way off target to hit our crowdfunding goal, which is a real shame, as we’ve put an awful lot of effort into this project, and it’s getting harder and harder to keep our spirits and hopes up. For that reason I thought I’d write a short piece about hoping for the best, but being open to failure.

THE EXPECTATION

When we set our target of £1,000 we figured that between the three of us we must know at least 20 people each that would have a tenner spare, which would have put us at £600. Some we hoped would have pledged between £30 – £100, and then we’d make up the balance from either their acquaintances or new people that heard about it.

THE REALITY

We had a huge cock-up using http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk who declined our fundraising platform because we used the word PISSED in our description, which wasn’t brought to our attention until the night before we were supposed to launch. Not only did this mean ALL of our preparation and promotion was wasted (and made us look really stupid!) it meant we rapidly had to find another platform to launch on, and it delayed everything. Thankfully www.kickstarter.com came to our rescue, and we were able to relaunch the following Monday.

BUT this now meant approaching ALL of our contacts with a new link, which the majority probably thought was either spam or a duplicate email, so they ignored it! In such a technological age where we are already highly desensitized to most promotional material we are constantly bombarded with, this most likely justifies the lack of interest in our project. Additionally many people have a lot less spare cash floating around, and Christmas IS just around the corner!

THE ACCEPTANCE

It has been a learning experience. We are doing our best to keep our hopes up, but we have to accept that we’re not going to hit our goal. This means we won’t have enough money to make our music video (or at least not the way we wanted to) and that means the promotion and reach of our Christmas song will be more like a soggy Yorkshire pudding rather than a red-hot sparkler!

It’s a real shame, as we have put months and months of effort into the song and the project as a whole, not to mention money. We just have to sit back, put our expectations in check, lick our wounds, and learn for the next time. What we have learned is:

“Success isn’t about NOT failing, it’s about how quickly

you can LEARN and REBOUND from failure!”

We still see the project as a success, in fact we believe it’s quite an accomplishment to build our own recording studio and release our own song. I mean, how many people just TALK of doing something like that? We ACTUALLY did it! Additionally there are big record companies out there that have really deep pockets and they have flops too. You don’t see them roll over and disappear, so we won’t either!

There IS still time, though, and we haven’t given up just yet, so if you do feel like lending a helping hand…

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We Now Have A Facebook Page!

The wonders of old people and technology! With great frustration and A LOT of persistence, we’ve finally worked out how to get a Facebook Page. Click on the image of this happy chappy to go there…

Happy Finch

Can you guess who it is…? Add a comment below, if you know!

We still need your help with our Kickstarter, so please share and support if you can.

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Many thanks as always!

Who Writes Christmas Songs In Summer?

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In our series of continuing to share some tid-bits of trivia about Tone Def Tony, the band, and the folks behind I GOT PISSED WITH SANTA CLAUS, here’s a little insight into the man responsible for the crazy lyrics and how they got written.

for-web-copyright-vanessa-champion-07747-025361-83-of-130.jpgThe hottest summer since 1976 seems a really odd setting for writing a Christmas song, but Donnelly is actually old enough to remember that summer – and the brutally cold Winter that followed! For those that know Donnelly, although he’s not a fan of Christmas, he sings Christmas songs all year round. It’s annoying. It’s silly. But he does it anyway! He doesn’t do it to be an arse, he just really likes Christmas songs. A strange quirk, I guess.

Flashback in time for a minute… The turn of the millennium. Donnelly was living in the US of A and came up with some fun lyrics for a spoof World Cup Song (CHANT LIKE AN ENGLISH FAN) which he ended up producing with his late, old school mate, Richard Eyre, with mixed success. As they were developing the song, Richard happened to mention that Christmas songs were also a good avenue for ‘one hit wonders’. Back then no lyrics were forthcoming, but the seed was planted in Donnelly’s mind. How cool would it be to have his own Christmas song?

It took almost 18 years for that seed to germinate. Whilst promoting his old chestnut of a World Cup Song, sat in his garden sunbathing, guess what happened? Yep, that’s right, he got a cosmic download of the song lyrics! First it was just the first line of the chorus, as he mused about getting drunk with Santa Claus (as you do, right?) and then the whole lot just whooshed into his pea-brain! Not being very musical, he had to record it so he didn’t forget the tune.

At their monthly poker meet up, the song was shared with Finch and Davey, and the rest, as they say, is history…

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Finch’s Folly – Learning the Software!

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Who would spend two years building their own sound studio? We must be mad! If you haven’t read the story, you can read it here: Building The Studio – Part One. Building the studio was hard enough. Here it is finished:

Roof on

Well, almost. But that was really only half the battle! Now we had to wrap our heads around the hardware and software behind the studio!

It was originally only built so that Finch could give drum lessons, or at the very least drum in peace and quiet, without disturbing anyone else.

However, as Finch started to buy more kit, it started to morph into a recording studio…

Sound desk

Here’s his desk. Looks like the control panel for a Boeing 757…! But thank god this thing stays on the ground, as the early teething problems with the desk and the Logic Pro X software have been a minefield! If we had actually been flying a plane, we’d have killed more passengers than every plane-bomber to date!

Credit to Finch, he’s worked through it, and now knows what he’s doing! But it wasn’t always that way. We were in the studio a few times and belted out some cool sounds, but the hardware and software weren’t playing ball. Weeks went by working on the song, but not being able to actually record anything!!! Talk about fucking frustrating!

The hardest thing with digital, as opposed to analogue, is that one thing doesn’t just do ONE THING. If you pre-set something, then press the wrong buttons in the wrong order… Oh me, oh my…! To say this part of the project was annoying would be an understatement. BUT… we’ve got it all sorted now, and the track is getting laid down. Hoo-rah!

Keep reading and stay in touch for a sneak peek of the song as it progresses to being a massive top 10 hit this year…!

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Until Next Time…!

Christmas Starts Earlier And Earlier…!

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IF WE KEEP ON at this rate, we’ll be celebrating Christmas in July! This is part of the reason for us producing our song, I GOT P**SED WITH SANTA CLAUS. The commercialization of Christmas just seems to start earlier and earlier! And, yes, we ARE trying to sell our song at Christmas time, but we’re trying to bring a bit of fun and comedy, and a sense of giving back to the season.

Snowy AllentownWe remember playing fun, family games, people getting together that haven’t seen each other for a while, drinking and eating far too much, and just having fun. Simple, innocent pleasures. It wasn’t about giving the biggest most expensive gift, it was about sharing and spending time with people you care about.

This is a picture of the last proper Winter I experienced in North America. I haven’t experienced a Christmas like that in the UK in years! BUT, the last time I did was 1976… the last time we had a Summer like the one we’ve just had…!

As you get sucked into the ‘propaganda’ of Christmas this year, we hope that our song is playing in the background somewhere that reminds people that there “WON’T BE NO PRESENTS ON CHRISTMAS DAY!” for many people at home and around the world. Don’t worry, we’re not going all ‘Band Aid’ on you, we’d just like to remind you to think about what you already have, and perhaps feel grateful that you have it.

However, if you feel like you have too much and would like to donate to our Kickstarter…

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Until Next Time…!