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.

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Some Comic Relief…

As a thank you to everybody that is helping out with our fundraising project – Especially Lisa in Dublin…! We decided to give you all a break from our persistent pestering, and just share something rather silly instead… Enjoy and thank you all!

 

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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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Weekend Recap – Silly Santa Song Project

Pumpkin340WELL, THE WEEKEND IS UPON US once more! Most people are gearing up for Hallowe’en, pumpkins, fireworks, and Guy Fawkes’ Night, but we are burning the candle at both ends to promote our song and Kickstarter project.

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We thought it might be a good idea for those of you that are only just finding out about our upcoming Christmas hit I Got Pissed With Santa Claus, we’ give you some easy links to some earlier posts you may not have had a chance to read yet. Obviously you can use the menu tabs to read about the background and read the lyrics, but here are some links to topics that might be of interest, and a link to an early version of the song. Enjoy the weekend!

Listen to the early version of the song.

Building the recording studio.

About how it got written.

A peek inside the studio.

Some bad press!?

Well, that’s just a little taster. We’re trying to stay optimistic about our Kickstarter, but we’re not doing very well, sadly. Please keep helping us spread the word. Fingers crossed we’ll actually hit our target, but we are a long way off…!

Thank you! Until Next Time…

 

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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Until Next Time!