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Looking to help raise funds for my new EP being produced by Johnny April of Staind.
Otan Vargas
New York, New York
United States
3 Team Members

Otan Vargas’ honest lyrics and raw emotion, likened to such culturally defining artists as Staind, Pearl Jam, and Alice in Chains, have captivated fans from around the world via his personal YouTube videos.

This Filipino born New York based artist received due recognition in 2009 when Staind frontman, Aaron Lewis, discovered Vargas on video covering one of his songs. Lewis later invited Vargas onstage at The Music Box Borgata Hotel and Casinos to perform Staind’s “It’s Been Awhile,” his rendition eliciting a standing ovation from the crowd.

from left Frank Hannon of Tesla, Corey Taylor of Slipknot/Stone Sour, Aaron Lewis of Staind, Otan Vargas, Rhett Akins, Jeff Keith of Tesla.

Support ITAC: http://itacf.org/

2011 had Vargas performing alongside Aaron Lewis, Corey Taylor of Slipknot/Stone Sour, Tesla, and Lo-Pro at the "It Takes A Community" benefit show. This 2-night charity concert in Northampton, MA supported the non-profit organization founded by Aaron Lewis and his wife, Vanessa, in order to raise funds for reviving rural communities throughout the greater New England area. 

His lyrics confer self doubt, yet Vargas remains humbly grateful. In a 2011 Resonance interview he said of his fans, “The best thing you can have is someone who truly believes in you.”

The Recording process of an album is one of the greatest expenses incurred when you add up studio time, production, producer, etc.  Your contributions go directly to helping the artist offset some of these fees.

In return you are given some pretty cool perks for helping out, such as Shout Outs, Signed Albums, or for those who can afford a larger contribution, Studio Hangs and Associate Producer credits.

This is a flex funding campaign which means you can rest assured that even if the goal is not reached, your contribution will still go towards the production of the new EP and drastically cut costs for the artist.

For many Indie artists, the reward of creating music is experiencing the kindness of fans and witnessing the bond among the many who help share the gift of music to the world.  Even if we do not complete funding, we have started taking those steps to help music live on.


  1. Pre-Production
  2. Recording/Tracking
  3. Mixing
  4. Mastering
  5. Digital Distribution
  6. CD Packaging/Replication
  7. Album Promotion

If we reached 100% of our goal, all contributors will be included on the special thank you section of the CD which will be promoted and distributed all over the world, all contributors will forever be part of this Album's journey.

*sample artwork

Even if we don't reach 50% of our goal, all contributors will still be included on the THANK YOU video that is being updated every week and also on the official THANK YOU video that will be uploaded after the Funding Campaign ends.

Pledge now! And share this project to you friends and family! Copy this link - www.igg.me/at/otanvargas and share it everywhere.


Otan Vargas knows the long and hard walk of life. He was born and raised in Tondo, an area known as one of poorest towns in the Philippines.  In this town he would sit and listen to Staind as he played his guitar, hoping that maybe one day he would meet the band that was so inspirational and influential to his music. Looking for a way to share his passion, he began to use YouTube as a bridge between the world and himself. This platform would forever change the Otan's fate.  During Otan's first meeting with Aaron Lewis of Staind, he was astounded to learn that not only was he a fan of Lewis but Lewis was also a fan of his from watching these very same YouTube videos of Otan performing. The very next year, while attending a sold-out Aaron Lewis acoustic performance, Otan would encounter the huge surprise of being called on stage to perform , "It's Been Awhile," one of Lewis's biggest hit songs.

Watch the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rFvAbu_7FNQ

"A lot of things happened after that.  A lot of opportunities came, including performing at Aaron's "It Takes a Community" benefit show with well-known musicians like Corey Taylor of Slipknot/Stone Sour, Tesla, Lo Pro and many more.  Another opportunity was having one of my songs featured on  the soundtrack for the documentary film, "Battlefield of the Mindl" directed by Fran Strine and Co-produced by Aaron Lewis.  The soundtrack also featured songs by Eye Empire, Mike Mushok of Staind, David Ellefson of Megadeth, Troy McLawhorn of Evanescense, and many more. We performed the whole album live at the legendary Whiskey A Go Go in Hollywood, CA," says Vargas.

"If you dream about something and if you are really passionate about it, it will happen" - OTAN VARGAS

Johnny April is no stranger to the music community, spending  the better part of the last 20 years playing bass for the multi-platinum rock group Staind.  When you think of who you would want helping produce one of your first professional records, the first thing that comes to mind is someone who has already been through the process many times and dealt with the trials and tribulations of producing a top notch record. 

Johnny’s ability to create music is equal to his continuous generosity to both the music community and his own local community. Just last year, Johnny made headlines when he donated $150,000 to the Highland Ambulance Services in order to replace their outdated medical response vehicle which services 6 towns on around 550 calls per year.

It shows something incredible when a musician like Johnny April will take time out from his schedule and donate his time on a project he believes in. It shows what the true nature of music is about, as well as the importance for musicians and fans to unite for the good of keeping Indie music alive.

Otan Vargas knows that being an Indie artist goes beyond music. It is about a bond amongst fans and artists alike. coming together for a common purpose. It is believed that there is no power greater than the power of music, and for years Otan has lived on this belief that coming together for a solid pupose, no matter the distance or ethnic background, will show a bond to the world that is generally believed to not be possible. This belief has led Otan's career journey to be supported by some of today's great artists.

For Otan this journey is coming full circle as just years ago he could only dream of meeting the members of Staind and the inspiration and dedication that they stood for. It was to Otan's suprise when Staind bassist Johnny April was seen showing his support by wearing an Otan Vargas shirt during Staind tours. Johnny and Otan became friends and started jamming together.  Today the connection is complete as Johnny April has decided to volunteer his services to produce this album and help complete Otan's dream. 

Otan Vargas was featured on the Battlefield of the Mind Soundtrack CD along with David Ellefson of Megadeth, Lo Pro, Eye Empire, Troy Mclawhorn of Evanescence and many more.

Support Battlefield of the Mind: https://chill.com/fran_strine/battlefield-of-the-mind

D.C. of Eye Empire & Otan Vargas: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J1ztFibZvCg

Otan has also been able to give back recently through supporting P.T.S.D and our homeless vets during his involvment with 'Battlefield Of The Mind.' This documentary produced by both Fran Strine and Aaron Lewis (Staind) goes deep inside of what it is like to be a homeless vet suffering of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

A humbling train ride across the country landed Otan at the Whiskey A Go Go in Hollywood. California to share 'Battlefield Of The Mind' live on stage with many of the musicians whom he has admired: Dave Eleffson (Megadeth), Troy McLawhorn (Evanescence), Pete Murray (LoPro), Sal G. (Staind).  Otan even did a solo with D.C. from Eye Empire. For all of this to happen is a dream of Otan's, that he has his fellow musicians and fans to thank for supporting him.  "When you do what you love, things just work out on their own," Otan offers. 

By supporting this campaign you are not only supporting Otan Vargas but saying to the world, "We Are United."  You are showing your love and passion for something that will forever outlive us but always keep us bonded: music.

Otan Vargas performing at the world famous Whiskey A Go Go in Hollywood, CA for the Battlefield of the Mind Documentary Film Premiere.

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- Email family and friends and encourage them to get involved!

Thank you very much for the support and dedication! 

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raised by 85 people in 2 months
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$10,000 USD goal
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This campaign ended on September 29, 2013
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  • $5USD
    Shout out on Facebook

    Otan Vargas will Thank you on facebook in his own unique way. This is more then a simple thank you on your wall as it will be creative and in the form of a photo so you may print it or share it with your friends.

    7 claimed
  • $10USD
    Private streaming of Album

    You will be able to listen to the entire Album online via a non downloadable link atleast 30 days before the release date plus above perk

    2 claimed
  • $15USD
    Download of the new Album

    You will be able to download the new album via an online link atleast 2 weeks before album release.

    4 claimed
  • $20USD
    Album + Exclusive song

    You will get both the download of the Album plus an exclusive song that will be found no where but on this perk. plus above perks

    8 claimed
  • $25USD
    Autographed hard copy of Album

    Otan Vargas will personally hand sign and send you out a copy of the new Album 2 weeks before release (Domestic shipping add 5.00 International orders add 10.00 shipping) plus above perks

    36 claimed
  • $75USD
    Download+Hard Copy+Video

    This is a really nice Perk where you will get the Download version of the Album, signed Hard copy when released plus exclusive in studio video updates from Otan Vargas. (Domestic shipping add 5.00 International orders add 10.00 shipping) plus above perks

    1 claimed
  • $100USD
    Phone Call+Album

    Otan Vargas will personally give you a call thanking you for your contribution as well as sending you out an Autographed copy of the Album when released. (Domestic shipping add 5.00 International orders add 10.00 shipping) plus above perks

    2 claimed
  • $125USD
    Personal Thank You Video

    A personal thank you video from Otan Vargas sent to your email. plus above perks.

    1 claimed

    Signed CD from Otan & Johnny

    Both Otan Vargas and Johnny April will personally hand sign and send you out a copy of the new Album 2 weeks before its release. (Domestic shipping add 5.00 International orders add 10.00 shipping) plus above perks

    5 out of 5 claimed
  • $250USD
    Thank you inside Album

    Your name will be placed under the very special Thank You section of the Liner notes (Domestic shipping add 5.00 International orders add 10.00 shipping) plus above perks

    3 out of 5 claimed

    Studio Hang

    You will have the chance to drop by the studio to see Otan Vargas record, hang out, and ask him questions. (date TBD and all transportation cost and lodging the responsibility of the contributor) plus above perks

    1 out of 1 claimed

    A. Producer Credit on Album

    The Ultimate supporters should get Ultimate credit..You will get the exclusive title of Associate Producer inside the Liner notes on the album as well as an Autographed hard copy when released plus above perks besides studio hang and private show

    1 out of 1 claimed
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