Hello, my name is Tony Mecca and I am a performing singer/songwriter based in Philadelphia, PA. As always, my upcoming (5th) CD/album - Heavy Mental Gypsies - was recorded at the wonderful Opera House Recording Studios in my hometown of Philadelphia. Well, okay ... The Opera House is my studio and I'm a bit biased.
Located as far south as inhabited South Philadelphia reaches, it is here, off the main hall - 'round the corner from the toilets, and at a safe distance from the paying customers, that I am allotted a 9' X 9' room to spin my little tales of life, love and the never-ending joy and pain of the Human Drill.
There's even an occasional Sci-Fi thriller like "Witch Jenny?"
So what does this have to do with a fundraising effort ... well, almost everything! Owning a studio does afford me the opportunity to record the music for next-to-nothing, however, since I am no longer affiliated with a record label, the expenses for post-production, mastering, artwork, and manufacturing a finished product are still needed.
I must admit that I was very humbled, and a bit embarassed, by the prospects of a fundraising effort at first. However, the encouragement that I've received from our many friends at live shows, and via e-mail, has made me feel much easier about asking for help, and has safely delivered me to this point.
The recording phase and most of the mixing is complete. It is now time to bring this project across the finish line, shiney and proud.
This is where I need you to step into the limelight, and be a hero to me, and to this project.
To fans of adventurous singer/songwriter and roots rock music, and to family, friends, close supporters, and all of the Gypsy Freaks from every state in the USA, and every continent in the world who contact us about our music, I truly believe this CD/album will reward your generosity with our finest artistic statement to date. The band and I have poured our souls and collective spirit into the music, and we have faith that you will enjoy this song cycle for many years to come.
Risks and challenges
Balancing time and schedules has always been the primary element in maintaining the ability to continue recording and performing my music. I am among the majority of independent artists - probably 99% - that must hold down a full or part-time job to support ourselves, our families, and the pursuit of artistic fulfillment.
Excepting a 10 year period, when our 5 children were young, and I spent most all of my time producing outside bands to earn the extra money needed for my family's survival, I've written, recorded, and performed my music from Washington D.C. to New York City every year of my adult life. There are very few obstacles that I haven't had to dodge or defeat to earn the right to exercise and share my art.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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