Men We Admire: Steve Foster

Singer/Songwriter Steve Foster has recently released his first album Sad Love Songs available on iTunes and Amazon. This 11 track CD produces captivating lyrics and a mix of various genres that can relate to all listeners. Sad Love Songs (see the video at the bottom) is quickly climbing the horizon as it debuted above one of his inspirations, Michael Jackson’s Thriller on the iTunes pop chart.

The Man Sphere was able to sit down with Steve, and get some insight into his work, his life, and his motivation to make things happen.

Name: Steve Foster

Age: 10 x 3!

Occupation: Singer/Songwriter

Pets? I wish. I had a cat when I was younger and I’d love to have one again but I have no time right now.

Car(s)? Nope, my two legs and taxis!

Gadgets? iPad & Macbook Pro Retina. I also have 2 HTPC’s loaded with XBMC and connected to a 15TB media server. I’m an Onkyo loyalist as well.

Stats? 6’4, 210lbs…I eat and workout a lot!

Favourite instruments? I love Vibraphones! When I was younger my music teacher used to play it all the time. There is something about the tone that makes me feel totally calm. I guess that’s why I’ve always had a love for Roy Ayers who uses them in his music.

Sports? Monopoly….seriously, I’ve trained my whole life. Nobody can beat me…lol. I’ve never really had a love for competitive sports like basketball or football, I’d rather spend my time creating music.

How did you get started on your current career/lifestyle path?

I honestly cannot remember a time when I wasn’t musically active, I have always known that music was the path for me. When I was 4 years old I would take my Fisher Price turntable to Kindergarten and my teacher would let me have 10 minutes at the end of class once a week to put on a dance party. My first public performance was a talent show 2 years later, I did Michael Jackson’s ‘The Way You Make Me Feel’ and came in first place. I was hooked from then on.

Did you have any mentors who helped steer you on this path?

I would have to give my parents credit. Although they never really wanted me to choose music as my profession they always encouraged it as a hobby. My father somewhat pushed me into piano lessons as a child, I loathed it but it taught me a lot about composition.

How has your work contributed to your development as a person?

At heart I’m extremely introverted. Music has given me a way to express my thoughts and connect with people. As much as I love performing, I don’t like being the centre of attention.

If you had one piece of advice for someone just entering your field, what would it be?

Get all the education you can, whether it is creative or business make sure you have the tools to present the best version of yourself possible. Also if you believe in yourself don’t let anyone convince you that you’re not worth success.

Do you have a personal work philosophy?

I love pressure and high expectations. I actually get nervous when I have too much time to get things done. When I was working on my album I feel I was also working a 9-5 job and I gave myself an aggressive deadline of 5 months to finish everything. My philosophy is to work as if someone is always looking over your shoulder. I’ve always been that way, I guess it speaks to my competitive nature.

What do you do for fun?

I love finding ways to tweak my computers…I know, it sounds pathetic. Aside from music I’ve always loved all things tech!

What motivates or inspires you?

Love… life. I love kids, I like watching them create and evolve.

What has been your greatest achievement (personally, professionally or both)?

Completing my first album has been my greatest achievement. When I turned 20 I gave myself a personal goal of making my mark in music before my 30th birthday. I literally wrapped up my album 10 days before my 30th birthday.

What is the one thing you hope to achieve?

I would be very happy to have a long lasting career in music but in all honesty I want a Grammy lol. To be recognized and rewarded by my musical peers would be the highest honour.

What is your super power?

If being a mother is a super power…then I’m a mother. I have a tendency to want to fix all my friends problems, I’m a nurturer at heart.

What are you reading (or watching) these days?

I’m currently reading the Autobiography of Malcolm X. Unfortunately growing up in Canada didn’t give way to much Black history at all. I may even say I’m somewhat infatuated with Mr. Malcolm Little at the moment.

Thinking back to a time when you had to make a hard choice, how did you decide, and do you feel, in retrospect, that you made the right move?

I would have to say that giving up my job to pursue my dream was probably the hardest decision of my life. I’ve always been really conservative in my decision making so following my heart was a really big deal for me. It basically came down to the fact that I wasn’t happy doing work that wasn’t music related. My goals were not pushing me in the direction of realizing my dreams. The decision was met with a lot of anxiety but once I said I was resigning it was the biggest relief, that’s how I knew I had made the right decision.

If you had it all to do over again, would you change anything?

I wouldn’t. I now know that I have such a huge support system around me that I will never go hungry or homeless. It’s great to know that I have people around me who genuinely want me to succeed.

What’s next for you? What’s your next big idea, project etc.?

I’ve just completed my first album and I’ve already started work on my next album. My follow up singles ‘Cold’ & ‘2012’ are upcoming and I have some great ideas for music videos. Basically I plan to take over the world.

Be.One.Of.A.Kind. People will respect you much more if you stand out from the crowd.

The album is available on iTunes and physical copies can be purchased on Bandcamp (stevefoster.bandcamp.com)