Cary Balsano

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Every Monday we will be bringing you an unsigned singer or band as part of our Independent Music Monday feature. After watching him busking in Liverpool city centre, we interviewed Cary Balsano find out more about him…

Where are you from and how did you first get into music?
I'm originally from Italy, I moved in the UK after completing my studies in foreign languages last year in Turin. I started singing with my grandma when I used to spend my holidays with her, while she was playing the piano (she was a great singer).

Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
My first albums were by Coldplay, R.E.M and curiously Eminem. I still listen to Coldplay even though I prefer their early works, I love listening to 30 Seconds to Mars, the 1975, Paolo Nutini and Jack Savoretti.

How would you describe your sound?
I believe my sound is a mix of acoustic and pop.

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What is your latest single called and what was the influence behind it?
My last single is called "Horizon". It's inspired by hope, love and by the loss of the man who brought me up and passed away a couple of months before the recordings.

What’s your local music scene like?
I am still quite new to Liverpool but I got the chance to know so many amazing musicians. I absolutely love this city. I am regularly performing in a pub in the city centre, hoping to find more space for my own music besides busking and selling my own CDs.

What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
I am gonna release a few singles this year that I recorded at the Motor Museum and I'm very excited about them all. Hopefully there gonna be a few more festivals coming up. I am gonna hold a venure to introduce my album in the following weeks.

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Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
Locally there are so many talented artists that is hard to choose one, thinking big I would love to collaborate with Daft Punk though but it's a dream of course.

Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
I think the funniest and saddest at the same time happened to me when I was performing and somebody came to me and whispered when was karaoke starting right in the middle of a song, quite demotivating but I suppose it's what happens when you perform in a pub so I took it with a laugh (and told her that karaoke would start at 7).

What is the one thing that you want readers to know about you?
I am a simple guy and a hopeless dreamer, I breathe music. I left my own country, family and friends to follow this dream. The power of music takes over everything for me.

You can find out more about Cary via Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or YouTube.