Mike Schiavo is a 22-year-old singer/songwriter raised in Colonia, New Jersey. His style of urban pop began stealing hears all over the world through YouTube where his channel has received over half a million views. Mike's hard work and talent led him to Los Angeles, California to chase his dream and eventually the stage of NBC's Emmy-Winning show 'The Voice' on Season 10. There, he landed on Team Adam after a spontaneous duet with Adam Lvein singing Maroon 5's classic "She Will Be Loved". Mike became a quick favorite of the viewers, with his audition video receiver over 5 million views on YouTube and his iTunes recording spending over a week the the Top 150 iTunes Pop Charts.
CEO and Founder of Fader Plugs, Blaise Delfino, had the opportunity to interview Mike Schiavo on Blaise's radio show 'Ridin Solo' on 90.3 WESS FM. During the interview, Mike shared his daily grind, as well as provided the listeners with advice on getting involved in the music industry. Mike shared with the listeners that following his appearance on NBC's 'The Voice', he had to capitalize on the opportunity. This resulted in Mike scheduling shows throughout the nation and continuously sharing musical content on all social media platforms. Today, the music industry is more competitive than it has been in the past. Hard to believe, right? With social media being a platform where musicians can share their talent(s) for low to no cost, Mike expressed the importance of consistently working on your craft. Whether your a guitarist, singer, or have dreams of playing in the NFL, working on your craft daily is essential to breaking and remaining relevant in the industry your passionate about.
Fader Plugs had the opportunity to ask Mike some questions about how he protects his hearing. Check out his answers:
1.) When you're in a loud environment, what are some of the things you notice about your hearing sensitivity? (For example, ringing in your ears, sound sounding dull, etc.)
When in a loud environment, especially any full band gigs I do or attend I definitely notice the ringing in my ears if I’m not wearing plugs. After being a band and playing hundreds of shows where I am either in a full band or seeing one you can definitely feel the difference when you’re not properly protecting your ears.
2.) What precautions have you taken over the years to protect your hearing?
I’ll be the first to admit that there have been plenty of times I have forgotten or neglected the importance of using earplugs. But anytime I can I use plugs to ensure I’m taking the proper measures to protect my hearing as it’s pretty much the most important sense for me as a career musician/artist.
3.) As a musician, someone who relies on their hearing, are you or have you ever been concerned with hearing loss?
I definitely have been concerned at times about it. As I said, I have in the past neglected the importance of protecting my hearing at shows. It’s scary to think of the negative effects that can have on me if I were to continue it but luckily i try my best now to avoid forgetting these things.
4.) Is it possible for you to imagine to do your job with a high frequency loss? Can you at all imagine what it would sound like to not have auditory access to those high frequency sounds?
I can’t imagine what that would be like. Its terrifying actually to even try haha. This is what I live for so the thought of compromising the ability to continue doing it is not something I take lightly.
5.) What lengths have you gone to protect your hearing when you know you will be exposed to loud noise? What precautions do you currently take today?
I use plugs and watch where I am standing in relativity to main speakers at loud events.
6.) Some of the issues with conventional types of earplugs has been with comfort and durability. If you had a quality pair of earplugs, is this something you would be more willing to use?
I would 100% be more willing to use something comfortable. That is absolutely the biggest issue that I and I feel many others find. People are irritated by how they feel and it ultimately causes some people, including myself in the past, to ditch them. So having a more cozy pair would change a lot of peoples minds.
7.) Throughout your music career, what would you consider your most memorable highlight? (e.g. The voice, etc.)
My most memorable highlight so far is definitely my experience on The Voice. It was such an unreal time for me getting to work with people I’ve listened to for years. I have an EP coming out that I’ve been waiting a LONG time to release, so I’m hoping that will soon become the most positive experience thus far. All up from here!