I Hope You Like It
Here's a true story: It was a phone message he'd never forget: 'Call Beverly at Geffen Records' was written on the chalk board. His head was spinning. 'This is it!,' Inigo thought. 'It's really going to happen! Everyone's going to hear my music and I'll be famous.' Then again, it could just be a cruel joke. So Inigo calls the number the next morning (yes, it is Geffen Records! Not a cruel joke!) and speaks to the woman who left the message. 'Hi, this is Beverly. I'm calling for Carole Childs in the Geffen A&R office (yes, THE Carole Childs - longtime A&R executive).' OK, now he's getting really excited. The years have faded from memory the exact dialogue of the conversation, but it went pretty much like this: 'We received your demo of 'Just A Substitute' and we liked it a lot. We don't normally do call backs on unsolicited demos but we liked it so much that we thought we should let you know.' Ahh, fame is so... 'Unfortunately...' Fleeting. '...we aren't signing your style of music at the moment. But Carole wanted me to let you know how much we thought of it and to keep trying. And thank you.' It's the closest Inigo has ever come to 'making it.' But because of that one phone call many years ago, he's never stopped making music. Because it's all about songs. Not fame, not fortune. Just the songs. Always. Armed with an acoustic guitar, a microphone, some choice drum loops and a bit of computer savvy, Inigo Figuracion has created a collection of songs which harken back to his songwriting heroes, yet evoke a sound that's timeless and fresh at the same time. Take the pure pop of Marshall Crenshaw, the wry observations of Squeeze's Difford and Tilbrook, the earnestness of the Goo Goo Dolls, the rootsiness of Springsteen and Fogerty and the simplicity of Jack Johnson and you might begin to understand where Inigo's muse lies. 'I Hope You Like It,' Inigo's self-released CD in which the versatile musician plays nearly all the instruments and sings all the vocal parts, is the distillation of his admiration for the well-crafted, classic pop song. Undiscovered? Perhaps he is. But no less deserving to be heard. There was one moment years ago when he was *that* close to being discovered. Inigo remembers it as if it was yesterday. And it gives him inspiration to keep writing. So give his music a listen...he hopes you like it.