Having traveled the world in pursuit of music, we managed to have a few words with Michael Fabro about his entry into the CBC Spotlight contest.
Hammer Records: Is this the first time
you’ve entered into the CBC Spotlight Contest?
Michael: Yes, it’s the first year I’ve submitted. This year I feel I have something that needed to be shared!
Hammer Records: Which of the prizes are you most excited about?
Michael: I think more than anything the
biggest prize is national exposure. It’s so difficult to break through
as an artist and this competition provides a great platform
to do so. That being said, a two-week song-writing residency in Banff
is something I’d jump on in a heartbeat. To focus on writing alongside
some great mentors in an ideal environment would be invaluable!
Hammer Records: How would you describe your music to a brand new listener?
Michael: Pop, Singer-Songwriter with a
bohemian twist. Imagine an acoustic pop artist playing a flamenco
guitar and adding subtle elements of Spanish guitar fusion
within a very accessible pop sound. That’s the music I make.
Hammer Records: What made you pick the piece of music/video to enter?
Michael: This piece of music is real, raw and
honest. There’s no hiding behind the writing, it’s an expression of
unrequited love and a story that I lived. I moved
to Barcelona for two years to study a Masters in classical music and
while I was there I met a local girl. The way that I felt about that
relationship led me back to song writing, as I felt it was the only way
to properly channel my emotions back into my music.
I think beyond that, at some point or another, many of us have gone
through a similar experience. “Waking Up Alone” is universally
relatable and I hope that it connects with people and their own
Hammer Records: If you could send a message to the judges, what would it be?
Michael: I think all I can do is send a
message of thanks! There are 1200 submissions that a highly talented
panel of industry professionals are objectively sorting
through. I think Searchlight is an unbiased, original music competition
that isn’t involved in music industry politics. It’s about the writing
and the music and it takes an incredible amount of time, energy and
patience to give every submission a fair chance.
I have nothing but gratitude for all the judges involved and for
providing their expertise.
To find out more about Michael Fabro check out his Facebook page here: