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…!

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A Glass And A Half Of Santa…!

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A beer and a half goes into every Tone Def Tony Christmas song!

I doubt we’ll get any Kickstarter funding from JC Decaux, but this was a photo opportunity not to be missed!

Forget about chocolate advertising for a minute… Just how many beers does it take for Tone Def Tony to write a cracking Christmas song…?

BTW: If you happen to work for JC Decaux and really WANT TO donate to our music video fund, we’d really appreciate the offer!

Crowdfunding is hard work! If you’ve never done it, try it. It’s as hard as producing a smash hit Christmas song! Well, we don’t know we’ve got that on our hands yet, we’re still dotting the semi-quavers and crossing the tweeters, but we’re hopeful some of our DJ friends will like what we’ve done with it enough to play it at some Christmas parties, and hopefully some of the others we know will plug it on the radio!

Over the years (since we’re all old farts!) we’ve learned that to be successful it takes PATIENCE, persistence, hard work, and most of all… Not caring if you make a complete tit of yourself!

OH, did we mention we’re still raising money for our music video?

You can help us out by promoting our Kickstarter here!

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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Inside The Studio

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Thanks, as ever, for all your continued support and encouragement as we get closer to launching our novelty Christmas song I GOT PISSED WITH SANTA CLAUS by Tone Def Tony and the Ho-ho-hos. As a reward for keeping in touch, sharing, reposting, and all that other great social media stuff, we’ve decided to give you a sneak peek into the studio earlier in the year when we’d finally sorted out the technical issues. Here we are listening to a playback of a very early version of the song (I think this was take two, so still not totally polished!)

Although the sound quality of the song isn’t crystal clear, you do get the benefit of hearing Finch, Davey, and Donnelly in the background discussing the structure and strategy of the song. Stay tuned for more posts and insights into our journey.

Please keep talking up our song, and do get in touch and say hi!

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Crowdfunding Is Live Now…!!!

After a lot of hard work in preparation (and a HUGE c*ck-up with our first crowdfunding site!), we are finally able to launch our fundraising activities to build awareness for our funny, Christmas song “I GOT PISSED WITH SANTA CLAUS” and generate a little bit more dosh to help fund our music video.

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In true Band Aid style, here’s an impassioned plea from Tone Def Tony…

If you CAN dump in some dosh, that would be amazing, but if not, please be a good sport and help share the word about our song, our charity efforts, and our music video.

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Until the next time…!

Davey On Guitar

Here’s another sneak peek inside the studio of Finch, Davey, & Donnelly Enterprises. This time it’s Davey on acoustic guitar strumming out some very early chords for the smash hit song, I GOT PISSED WITH SANTA CLAUS.

It’s only short, but right at the end you’ll get a rare peek at Finch, the studio master!

Almost time to start crowdfunding ready to shoot the music video. Please support us, if you can by clicking on the link below and spreading the word:

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The song is coming together nicely, and we can’t wait to share the finished article with you in November. Thanks for all the continued support.

Until Next Time!

#free-santa.com: Not Everyone Wants To Go #Viral…!

A bit of a f**k-up last time around! (I got a severe ticking off for THAT one! Far too many beers… hic!)

It’s too early for this to go viral, besides, nobody has ever read this blog, so we don’t have to worry about that! BUT on the point of f**k-ups, is Joe Public too dumb to know the “**” represents a “U” and a “C”… So, it’s really FUCKED-UP and PISSED in our song, but the BBC might not find that okay!

So… we’re trying to think of funny sounds to cover the rude words up, and we’d like your help deciding:

  1. Just use a pause, i.e., silence
  2. A Christmas party tooty-thingy
  3. A very big belch/ burp!
  4. Use “drunk” instead?
  5. A fart!
  6. All of the above

So, what do YOU think? You’re our target audience, if you’re reading this. So why not give us your opinion…

UNTIL NEXT TIME…!

PS – Don’t forget our fundraiser is coming very soon. If I can stay sober enough, it will probably launch on Monday! Please help to share the word far and wide…