Poignant New Single from The Voice Season 10 Contestant. - Mike Schiavo: Blame It on the City
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posted 11 Mar 2022 by Krister Axel
An exploration of the lonely, aspirational self-talk that emerges from periods of isolation and self-doubt.

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Mike Schiavo is a native of Woodbridge, New Jersey, and got his start as a blind audition contestant on Season 10 of NBC's The Voice (Team Adam, of course). Since then he has stayed busy writing, building on the success of his audition take on Tove Lo's "Talking Body."

Mike wrote "Blame It on the City" in his childhood bedroom at the end of 2020 in the process of having to quarantine away from the family he had gone to visit. It's an exploration of the lonely, aspirational self-talk that emerges from periods of isolation and self-doubt. His unforgettable croon comes together with electric guitar and a gorgeous arrangement for strings as a love letter to anyone whose struggles with mental health leave them feeling out of place.

Mike's music is perfect for fans of Shawn Mendes and Lauv, with sticky pop hooks and a natural relatability that shines through this wistful and poignant ode to the quiet moments in our head.

The song outlines the way depression can make you feel out of place even where you should feel most comfortable and surrounded by everyone you love. It was an emotional experience letting the honesty pour out on this one and I hope it gives a voice to to anyone who can relate. — Mike Schiavo

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Krister Bjornson Axel

Ogdensburg, New York

Paris, France. Madison, Wisconsin. Los Angeles. Ashland, Oregon. Ottawa. I write music, I write about music, and I write code. See also: photography, prose, podcasting. I have 1 gorgeous wife, 2 amazing kids, and many interests.


Recent Awards: 2020 ND (Photo) Honorable Mention, 2020 Accenti Writing Contest Finalist