Citizen FitzThe Very Best Safari Synth Pop
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My first full-length album! Nine songs of safari synthpop goodness.
I also played with a rock band called The Mesmers (sounds a little like The Doors meet Beck). We have two albums out.
The Mesmers: Fitz's Subway to Another Life
The Mesmers: The Mesmers
Greetings. I'm a singer / songwriter who uses lots of synths. My music kinda sounds like Thomas Dolby meets a National Geographic Special. It's great for your road trips, travels, or simple office escapes.
Citizen Fitz(Aka Michael Fitzgerald) is my one-man electronic act formed in 2011 (forming is SO much easier with only one person - I did it over coffee one morning). My goal is to grab the synthpop genre, shake it soundly by the scruff of its robotic neck, and fashion a more organic, "someone actually played that" sound - often with exotica and reggae elements.
Oh, and with killer songwriting. Why can't synthpop songs be as well crafted as country tunes? I write all my songs so they could be covered by wildly rich rock or country acts (hint, hint). I also write a few instrumentals with dreams of hearing them on NPR between news segments or as soundtracks for indie films.
- Who's in this act?Citizen Fitz (aka Michael Fitzgerald) who sings, plays and programs the synths.
- What type of music?Singer/songwriter & Synthpop with touches of Exotica.
- What does it sound like?Maybe Thomas Dolby meets a National Geographic Special.
- What's your dreary list of influences?Harry Nilsson, Vangelis, The Magnetic Fields, Gary Wright, Carol King, Duran Duran, Elton John, Thomas Dolby, Howard Jones, Men at Work, Jean Michele Jarre, Toto (only for that Africa song), Brian Eno, Steve Miller, lots of singer/songwriters and electronic acts.
- Are you experienced enough to hire?Yes. I've played live music for years in a wide range of venues. I only choke on stage if offered a ham sandwich.
- What cool electro-cred gear do you use?Well, I'm glad you asked. Please see my exhaustive blog postsabout all my synths and gear.
The Travel Angle
A lot of my music is about the romance and experience of travel: exotic lands, strange customs, and that remote island filled with dinosaurs. In fact, I write most of my material whiletraveling. Something about the drone of the road, the isolation for the familiar, and the pushing of personal boundaries brings the songs right out.
My upcoming first album was mostly written on a three and half month trek across the U.S. From Virginia to Florida and almost all the way to California I roamed and wrote. I saw amazing thingsand met many fascinating peopleand blogged all about it.
I hope to travel more. Maybe to Sri Lanka and visit that cafe where "Hungry Like the Wolf" was filmed. Maybe to Cambodia and see Angor Wat. Maybe to India to see the Taj Mahal. Travel, blog about it, and write many more songs. That's the dream.
I can perform all my music live with a small laptop and keyboard rig. I've got a Bose L1 Compact PAwhich is perfect for small venues. For larger venues or those who prefer to run their own sound I'll need:
- 1 Shure SM-58 Mics or similar for vocals
- 1 DI for Keyboards
- 1 Floor Monitor
- Power draw is 6 Amperes @ 120VAC
For really big shows I can rope in a slew of top-notch musicians (no, seriously, they get paid to do studio work). So if you're looking for something larger contact meand I'll see what I can pull together to fit your needs.
Special thanks to Kate Davisfor helping with this site's design and Jared Leefor the album art.