Tommy Villafranca

Sights & Sounds: Spring News 2014!

by on Apr.24, 2014, under News & Announcements

It’s a busy 1st quarter for 2014!  Here is what’s been happening these past few months…

NAMM 2014
January took me to NAMM for the first time with the TRX Cymbal Co. I was fortunate enough to meet and chat with legendary drummer Bernard Purdie and saw some talented musicians throw down on stage. I was taken back by the plethora of new technology that is forever refining and evolving what we hear and the tools we use to create with.

Rather than putting valuable energy into convincing directors, producers and casting directors that my range, talent and technique will prepare me to play any role, I’ve been investing better time into refining my reel with more cast-able archetypes. Call it typecasting or stereotyping, the fact is, booking the role requires that I create specific storytelling characters that an audience can quickly believe and identify. With that said, I was recently approached to play the part of a real nasty and arrogant prosecuting attorney. Looks like I found my niche.

It was time to edit a montage of my drumming experiences from some past performances and recording sessions. I landed in the Los Angeles music scene in 2005 and along the way I sought out a couple of key mentors who have influenced my drumming style and approach. That being primarily of Phillip “Fish” Fisher, the founding drummer of the prolific band Fishbone. Fish’s mastery of the drum set and knowledge of music history and genres has inspired me to reach new heights. In the past three years the growth has been exponential. From digital distribution with a record label, a collaboration with Motown legend Brian Holland, (watch video with Brian’s session here) ( recorded four additional EP’s, music videos and regional touring through California and the Northwest. Grateful to have worked with so many talented artists during the journey and blessed with all your support. Thank you for listening.



When I’m not out playing music, sharpening my chops back at the woodshed, or grabbing some screen time on a film set, you can find a camera in my hands making films and shooting bands. I’ve been documenting Fish’s legacy and musical journey with Chali 2na, House of Vibe All-Stars, Bernard Fowler and others. Here’s a montage of a concert in Nevada City with the fellas of HOV.

Lila French (Actor/Director) has been screening her debut film “Birdbath” based on the Leonard Melfi play. What started as a scene in our acting class, turned in to a staged production at the Skylight Theater in Los Angeles. With the help of a successful campaign, she was able to secure the rights and shoot the movie in New York. See the “Birdbath” trailer here! 

Kerim Imes (Drummer) is a mentor and my drum teacher before he introduced me to Phillip “Fish” Fisher. Kerim is the founding member of the band Off Color, “an original and dynamic band that blends Alternative, Punk, and Soul to create a sound that’s more than the sum of its parts.” Watch “Plant Me” Here! 

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