Tommy Odetto has had a love for music since getting chills as a child when he came across Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly and The Beatles. As Tommy got older, he picked up a guitar after discovering guitarists like Jimi Hendrix. This passion grew within him and a few years later, Tommy Odetto was a finalist for Guitar Center’s King of Blues! After running with two bands successfully, Tommy decided to pursue his dream of becoming his own front man and since then has been so fortunate to be invited to perform at Bottlerock Napa 2018 and opened for huge names! Tommy Odetto’s latest EP is an unapologetic Rock and Roll album packed full of love lost, depression, addition, recover, self-discovery and redemption. Let’s tune in to “Runaway”!
“Runaway” is your classic yet modern rock and roll track. From beginning to end there are blazing guitars, tons of drums and intensified vocals. A track that is ultra satisfying and gives you a gratitude for the Hard Rock world. I can hear some blues tones, rock and roll, with a little grunge pop. A blend so hard that you will keep listening in. This artist is not new to this music world and you can hear it in the production of this track. Giving us a taste of Tommy Odetto’s world and his truest passions. And even with the video, I love the choice of visuals. It doesn’t take away from the song which is done a lot these days. Classic with a touch of modern!
Listen to Tommy Odetto's new song "Runaway".
Hey! Do me a favor and could you introduce yourself to our readers?
My name is Tommy Odetto. I’m a 30 years old guitarist from the Bay Area. I grew up obsessed with Rock and Roll, and spent hours and hours in my room listening to and trying to play along to records I loved. As a teen, you could find me standing outside of clubs with guitar in hand, trying to sit in with any band I could. Over the years I’ve been in a few bands, and have played gigs all over the Bay Area and beyond. In 2016, I decided to start singing and front my own band under my name. Since then I’ve released a couple of EPs, and have had the honor of opening for a handful of notable artists that I love. I feel like I’m just getting started now, and I look forward to playing as many shows as I can, and to keep developing as a musician.
When did you discover your sound?
A few years I just started writing music that I wanted to hear more of. I wanted to try to marry all my influences together in one sound. I wanted the Heavy Rock feel, with undertones of 60s pop, and the soul Drenched Blues Rock Lead Guitar.
Your latest EP is full of life. What would you say is the deepest track on the EP and why?
Thanks so much. For me, I’d have to say the track, “In The Know”. It’s very simple and almost stark, in its arrangement, a lot of space, but it’s a very emotionally direct song. To me, it has a Phoenix rising from the ashes type of feeling to me.
Where in the process of creating this EP did “Runaway” come to you?
Runaway was actually the first song out of all these songs that was born. I was just playing my guitar at a friend’s, and it all just fell out. The best ones usually do. I’m really proud of that song, because it’s a great hard rock pop song, but there’s a lot detail under the surface.
What is your most favorite performance to date?
Wow that’s a hard one. I’ve been blessed to play so many fun shows. One that sticks out at the moment, was performing at the Bottlerock Festival in Napa last year was really fun! All of my family and friends were there so it was a real treat for me.
What can we hope to see from you this year?
A lot of new music, and a lot of shows!
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