Nearly five years of hard work and perseverance paid off for a Branson entertainer and songwriter who released his first full album this summer.
Earlier this year, Santino Tomasetti began slowly releasing singles from his debut album, but now all 12 songs on the album are available to listeners. The album, called A Long Time Coming, has such a name for a reason; as the compilation of songs has been in the works for a long time. Tomasetti explained that the idea of writing, recording, producing and releasing his own album first came to him around 2016 while he was living in Los Angeles.
“I had a roommate who worked for Atlantic Records and I watched him every day at home or at work. Sometimes I would meet up with him in the studio and help track him and was more excited about it. Los Angeles was nice to me for the live music scene, “said Tomasetti.” I started thinking, ‘I’m interested in doing it, but in a way I want to do it myself because it’s just a part of my type A. , what I am, I’m a controlling type, so I want to know as much as possible about every aspect.
Tomasetti shared when he moved from Los Angeles to Branson and started working full time as an artist, he realized he had both the time and the money to start making his first album.
“I started buying the computer, buying the programs and continuing to be frugal and finding free ways to learn mixing and mastering and free trials on LinkedIn Learning that I could learn from these mixing and mastering lessons,” said Tomasetti. “I just spent the day studying it and downloading it to my tablet and taking it to work as I performed at the Showboat and sat there taking notes on my phone.”
While he was learning, Tomasetti said he was also writing. In 2017 she wrote 35 to 45 songs to eventually be included on the album. In 2018 Tomasetti bought all the equipment to record and produce her music, but in 2019 and 2020 her enthusiasm for the album slowed and so did his progress.
“But there’s nothing like a global pandemic to make you say, ‘You don’t know how long you’ll be here. You don’t know what’s happening in the world. The only thing you can be sure of is the things you are in control of. ‘ I started to stand back and record things, “said Tomasetti.” I really did it last year, because I finally had the ease and understanding of knowing comfortably that I can do it inside my dining room. “
After several months of dedication, Tomasetti released his album.
“The album came out on May 28. Until then I was still fixing and re-recording,” said Tomasetti. “I’m a bit of a perfectionist, so a lot of things were coming into play and I just had to say, ‘No, that’s not fair, go back and do it again. I don’t like the tone of the guitar, let me go back and track it down again. ‘”
Since the release of A Long Time Coming, Tomasetti has shared that the reception has been extremely positive.
“The funniest thing is that there are 12 songs on the album and I’d say at least nine or 10, someone told me it’s their favorite song,” said Tomasetti. “So it probably won’t be this, this and this. They have affected people differently and that’s so good to me.
In addition to Tomasetti, there are songs on the album that feature the talents of other artists from the Branson area such as Mallory Cunningham, Kayleigh Dominish, Alex Dominish, Ashley Jo Deaton, Janie Johnson, Zach Perko, Avilla Martin, Carlos Morales, Steve Parrish , Mandi Rosales, Chaunery Kingsford Tanguary and Macy Watts.
“Coming up with a strong idea, it’s so nice to have people I trust, people who also love to be a part of something with their friends, who love music and I’m lucky they love me and were mostly giving their time, ”said Tomasetti. “This city has so many talented people, they’re not necessarily the most articulate, but they could take their style and be independent enough not to rely on what I have to say and they can just raise the bar. Here’s what’s so beautiful here. It’s just the people who want to help and are good enough to get paid. “
Looking back on the past few years, Tomasetti shared that there are several things he has taken away since he finished A Long Time Coming.
“I mean the inspiring motivation is that if you can stick to something, you can do it and not settle for it. I learned a lot. I improved on the guitar, I improved in singing, I learned several trades that I thought five or six years ago I would not have thought of joining, ”said Tomasetti. “Give yourself every opportunity to be independent. It gets a lot harder when you don’t have the money, when you don’t have the facility, but technology is such a blessing and a curse. The blessing is that you don’t have to spend tens of thousands of dollars to write a song or to create anything, to make art, to write, to build a business. You can practically do everything from the thing in your pocket. “
As for the release of any subsequent singles or albums in the near future, Tomasetti has shared his game plan.
“I’ve already started going back to my computer and whenever I get an idea, try to invest as quickly as possible to bring the idea into its final form as much as possible,” said Tomasetti. “As for the release, the only thing I’m thinking about releasing this year would be a Christmas song, because I have one that I wrote nine years ago that I had to do at Lincoln Center in New York for this series songwriter. they did and it’s a fun song and I’ve always wanted to release it … I think this album will probably be on its own for at least a year or a year and a half. “
A Long Time Coming is available online via a variety of platforms including Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube, Snapchat, TikTok, Instagram, Facebook, and just about anywhere you can find music.
“I’d like people to tell me what they think,” said Tomasetti. “They can reach out to me on social media if there’s something they like or don’t like or if they want me to come and play in their backyard. I’ve finished. I will come to do it. I will come to give them a concert. “
Fans of Tomasetti’s music will be able to see him perform live in Branson this season in Anthems of Rock, New Jersey Nights and Dancing Queen at The Kings Castle Theater.
A link for A Long Time Coming can be found with this story at bransontrilakesnews.com.