Growing up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, music has always been a passion and first love for Michael Fairman.
As a teen, he released his first recordings through a small label in Chicago. Once he graduated high school, he moved to Los Angeles, and then to New York to pursue his career as a recording artist.
Being riddled with rejection and the financial drain that came from his first attempt in the music industry, Michael Fairman placed his music on hold and moved back to Los Angeles where he began a career in TV Production and entertainment journalism. Now returning with a fully charged sense of purpose, he’s here to share his passion with the world, and give his dreams another chance at flourishing.
Basking in the atmospheric realm of vibrant R&B/Pop meeting electronic components, Michael Fairman has us all thriving in the animated single, “Better Late Than Never.” What we admire almost immediately after pressing play has to be the fact that you’re transported into a textured dimension that signifies the blossoming of newfound hopes and dreams.
Wrapped up in the ethereal feel of the sonic arrangements, Michael Fairman’s passion-fueled croons cascade upon this ambiance in a way that seems effortless; as if he’s destined to do this. Instilling the faithful message of if you can believe it, you can achieve it, into the songs empowering narrative, Michael Fairman projects an illuminating sense of triumph through the speakers. Although “Better Late Than Never,” means one thing to the emerging artist, the way that he establishes the amplified lyrical motifs has this record acting as the soundtrack to many people’s lives out in the real world.
Fighting against the odds, and leaping in the direction of success, Michael Fairman’s irrefutable virtuoso has us doused in comfort and certainty. If you need that boost of energy in order to victoriously climb the ladder of success, Michael Fairman and his heartfelt timbres have you covered in “Better Late Than Never.”
Hello Michael Fairman and welcome to BuzzMusic. We love how the release of “Better Late Than Never,” has such a powerful message behind it. At what point did you know this single would be your debut back into the industry?
“Better Late Than Never” is actually my fourth single back into the music industry, but the first recorded release since the start of the pandemic. However, I knew that this track was one that would be part of the journey, the story, and the trajectory of my comeback.
Since taking a hiatus to shift your focus, what differences have you noticed in the way you approach your music?
As I mentioned, I have actually been releasing other singles and music over the last few years, and the difference coming back into the music industry later in my life, after taking a long hiatus, is that I feel more prepared for it – the ups and downs of it and the expectations. In life, when you feel it’s necessary to create an opportunity for yourself, because you stepped away from something, and then realize you are missing something that is a vital part of you, you come back into it refreshed, determined, and for me, as a better songwriter and performer. Also, I am such a huge lover of music, that I feel the kind of tracks I am doing are in line with some of the artists I am a huge fan of on radio, and streaming platforms today. So, the timing feels right for me to try to be back in the game.
Could you please share a glimpse into what it was like working with Kyle Mangels in order to bring this record to life?
Previously, Kyle and I recorded three other tracks together all at his studio in Los Angeles. With “Better Late Than Never” we finished writing it in early 2021, virtually, as we were still within the confines of Covid-19 protocols and restrictions in California. When we finally had the time in our schedules to record it, we were still under Covid-19 protocols by late winter/early spring. So, I used the SM7B microphone, purchased the interface, got the headphones, and we used Zoom for our sessions, and then Logic to track the vocals and literally, recorded the whole thing without being in the same place – which was a unique experience for me – but one, I know so many artists utilized during the pandemic to record new music and put it out to their fans. Thank God, Kyle knew what he was doing! (Laughs)
What are you looking the most forward to in your artistic journey now that you’re back and better than ever?
First and foremost, I am looking forward to people hearing my music and getting it in front of them – building the audience to become familiar with my particular sound and message, which I hope resonates with them. Second, getting back in front of a live audience and performing and putting on the type of show I have so missed doing.
What's next for you?
Right now, I am in the middle of writing and recording more songs as a follow-up to “Better Late Than Never”, and in the planning stages of a potential Livestream concert, and putting the right pieces in place so that this time I can sustain this career path without having it to take a back-seat again. We all were thrown a major curveball with the pandemic and it gave me and so many others pause and time to reflect on our priorities in life, and for me, I didn’t want to live in regret that I should have tried something, but didn’t, because I let others tell me it can’t be done. If it’s in your soul, sometimes you just have to go for it and let the chips fall where they may.