Just like the title of the 17-year-old singer-songwriter’s first single, the time is Now or Never for Mac Faoro’s music career!
I have been working with him for the past few months, helping him get his career on track. From arranging music videos, interview practice, to media coverage, I am doing what I can to help him succeed. As soon as the world gets to know him, I know he will be the next big hit! What’s not to love really? He is talented, stylish, good-looking and he has a fantastic slightly goofy personality to match.
Want to know more about him? Check out the profile I wrote below!
Most of Mac Faoro’s high school friends are unaware he’s been recording for months in a studio in downtown Vancouver – balancing the rigors of homework and a social life with his appetite for pop music.
But with his first music video now on Youtube and the upcoming release of his independent album, the 17-year-old’s reputation is sure to change.
The North Vancouverite’s video features his first single titled Now Or Never, which will be available for purchase on iTunes on Jan. 24. The video is a preview of what’s to come this spring with the release of his eight-song album all written, recorded and co-produced, by Faoro.
Since August, Faoro has been recording at the Warehouse studio in Gastown. He was willing to make sacrifices for his music: giving up his spot on a school soccer team to help finance the project.
“I realized I had to get out there and do it for myself,” says Faoro.
After all the hard work and cab rides home from the studio on school nights, Faoro is excited for people to get to know him as an artist.
“I don’t describe myself as the typical musician type. I have a sensitive songwriter side, but that is just not me as a person. I love to just chill out, play road hockey and NHL on Playstation,” Faoro says.
His catchy pop style and relatable lyrics may be surprising to those who know him, but for Faoro finding himself in this genre is just a part of his artistic journey which began at age six.
Faoro began studying music by taking classical piano lessons. He completed grade 5 of the Royal Conservatory of Piano Examinations. Furthering his music education, Faoro completed his Preliminary Rudiments Theory Examination with the Royal Conservatory.
Eventually Faoro decided that playing Bach and Mozart didn’t allow him to explore the budding songwriter within, so at age 13 he picked up the guitar. He took lessons for the next three years.
“My parents told me if I wanted to be successful in the music industry that I should start writing my own songs, so I did,” he says.
Faoro later performed one of the first songs he wrote at the Capilano University Theatre for his guitar teacher’s end of year concert. After nervously singing and playing his guitar, Faoro says the feedback he received that evening was motivational.
“As silly as it sounds, this guy came up to me and put a note in my pocket with two girls numbers on it and that inspired me to keep performing,” he says laughing as he remembers the moment.
Faoro then decided he wanted to start a band. The band performed at small venues and community events on the North Shore, but after about eight months Faoro decided he wanted to go solo.
“I realized where I felt the most comfortable was me with my guitar in my room writing,” he says.
The more Faoro was writing, the more he found himself composing melodies and lyrics suitable for pop music.
“When I am writing I always picture the final product, how it will sound in the studio and how powerful it could be on stage. I guess I went in the pop direction because of the singer-songwriter quality,” he says.
With high school graduation coming this June, Faoro says he plans to turn his passion for pop into a career. Faoro hopes that one-day people will be walking down the street listening to him on their Ipods.
“I guess my ultimate goal has always been to sell out Rogers Arena. It’s my hometown stadium and I’ve watched concerts and hockey games there my whole life,” he says.
Until then, Faoro will be promoting his music, continuing to write, and hopefully getting closer to his dream of becoming a signed artist.
Check out the article published today by the North Shore News about Mac Faoro here: Mac Faoro North Shore News
Also stay in touch with Mac on Twitter @macfaoro, myspace, and Facebook.
Until next time…