Michael Fairbrother

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I am an eclectic progressive rock musician, most known for my instrumentals. Over the past thirty years I have worked with a wide array of musicians; notably the short-lived alternative rock trio, Gateway, in 1995. Since then, I have forged ahead as a solo recording-artist, releasing several albums in the 2000's, including fan favorite: Tribe Of The Red Tiger's Eye [2013], and more recently, New Earth Warrior Soul [2021].

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What is music to you? What does it give you?

Music is my connection to a realm of utmost happiness where only harmony manifests. It gives me a way to reach a greater emotional awareness, further strengthening my meaning in life.

What is your music dream?

My music dream is to create aesthetically pleasing music for others, enhancing their environment, while fulfilling their need for musical entertainment. It would also be nice to make a living from it. ;)

If you could change the world - what would you start with?

If there was a way to change the world, it would surely involve the awareness of the beauty of every living thing and the power of now as it pertains to a united consciousness.

Which is the most memorable song from your childhood?

The most memorable song from my childhood is "The Logical Song" by Supertramp.

Who are your favorite musical artists or bands?

My favorite musical artists and bands: -Genesis, Yes, Rush, Eloy, Pink Floyd, Survivor, Def Leppard, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Uriah Heep, Blue Oyster Cult, Styx, The Alan Parsons Project, Boston, and Journey

What inspires you to make music?

Inspiration to make music comes from the feelings produced from life experiences, lessons learned, emotional situations... the whole journey, and the insatiable desire to create (or attempts to recreate) that connection with the sound.

What is the message you want to send with your music?

I wish to convey that we are all one, all connected, all sharing in this great experience of life.

How do you feel when you perform in front of an audience?

Super conscious of the moment every single time.

How do you see the musicians’ reality nowadays? What could be improved?

The reality for the musician nowadays is the struggling attempt to fit in somewhere between the force-fed programming of the mainstream fads, which seem to say, "If you are not listening to this, then you are not cool." The general public has a difficult time discerning what to listen to because of the innate need to fit in, lest one feel rejected for their personal tastes in music. The only thing a musician can do is continually chip away at the stone and encourage people to seek out music beyond what they are "told" to listen to.

What do you think of Drooble?

I think it is a great platform for the musician to reach others.

What frustrates you most as a musician?

Ever-changing technology. Once you get accustomed to a way of doing things with certain instruments, equipment, and recording processes, something new comes along to completely upset it. You have to constantly learn and relearn, which interferes with the actual joy of just creating the music you love.

Do you support your local scene as a fan? How?

I support my local scene by encouraging other local musicians.

What qualities should a musician nowadays have in order to get their music heard by a larger audience?

The qualities of a musician should be determination, discipline, focus, patience, and the tenacity to put in the work required to achieve the goals one has set for themselves. OR... do what all the popular artists are doing today: take off all your clothes, sing about sexual organs, and pretend to be something you are not! ?

Share some awesome artists that we’ve never heard of.

Here are a handful of amazing bands that most people have never heard of: FM (Canada), Dust, Magic Pie, Presto Ballet, and Ash Ra Tempel.