Rob Fillo: A Bold Songwriter For A Brave New World
Rob Fillo’s music is medicine for the soul with an ability to evoke emotion while creating a deep sense of connection. Fans are drawn to his honest and vulnerable lyrics while being captivated by his soulful melodies, unique sense of rhythm and passionate delivery.
Rob's alternative folk stylings contain aspects of many artists, but imitations of none: Jeff Buckley’s passion for subtle innovation and dynamic vocals, Townes Van Zandt’s blend of cerebral yet accessible lyrics and country stylings, and Tom Wait’s courage to write and produce songs in his own unique way. Fillo has also been compared to Eddie Vedder, Dave Matthews and even Leonard Cohen.
Rob holds his own as a powerhouse solo-acoustic artist. His mesmerizing voice and originality win the crowds attention with no gimmicks, no cheap thrills, no loopers, no special effects. Fillo has an authentic and magical way of manipulating space and time to weave a tapestry of sound that captivates the spirit and takes the audience on a journey of mental and emotional discovery, holding space for both joy and catharsis.
Rob Fillo's Music is at hit at festivals (Harmony Arts Festival 2022 & 2023, Salmon Festival 2022,) municipal events (City Of Victoria's Fort Common Events Kick-Off 2023, City Of Victoria's Beacon Hill Bandshell Series 2023, City of New Westminster's Canada Day Celebrations 2019,) corporate events (Back In Motion Christmas Party 2019 & 2020, Janome America Inc. Retreat 2022,) and non-profit events (Point Ellice House Music In The Garden 2022, Prospect Lake Community Centre Summer Party 2022, The Gift Of Music Fundraiser 2022, The Dog Go Project Charity Event 2022,) to name just a few.
Fillo's first official Spotify release is streaming as of this June (2023.) His single 'This Old Train' produced by multi-award-winning John Ellis (The Be Good Tanyas, Colin James, Bruce Cockburn, Jim Byrnes, Doc Walker, and many more) is an alt-country road-tripping song with a happy message and a wholesome energy.
And so, the task has begun to publish and record more and more of the 150 original songs (and climbing) that Rob has written over the years. The journey is off to a strong start thanks to his growing network of colleagues and friends that have come out to support and encourage him since he moved to Victoria BC. in 2022 and began an organized and focused approach towards advancing his music career.
Whether performing alone or with his team, Fillo emanates love and a passion for existence in every note. He has a deep sense of meaning and responsibility when it comes to creating music and it’s very evident with every word he sings from his dynamic and diligently trained vocal cords. He has spent half a lifetime mastering the craft of songwriting while continuously growing his unique, self-taught, intuitive musical stylings on multiple instruments. Rob Fillo is a world class artist, ready to be discovered.
Well hello there! My name is Rob Fillo. I am a man of many talents with a big heart steeped in empathy and compassion. I feel very deeply with a razor-sharp sense of emotional detail. I am a songwriter and I compose a wide variety of songs: from folk songs that I perform solo with my acoustic guitar, to blues and rock tunes that I perform with others, as well as various instrumental and choral compositions. Music is a way I can share my love on a grand scale- my love for life, my love for humanity, my love for the energies that bind all things as one. Existence is a fascinating and truly amazing experience.
Art is a therapeutic device for me, and it has been since a very young age. I have had to overcome serious barriers to get to where I am today, and my experience has given me a lot of empathy and compassion for others. Music is my way of coping with this complicated and often overwhelming world. I see my performances as a form of public music therapy and so do many of my audience members. I will make you laugh, make you cry, and send you home with a sense of joyful wonder and catharsis. My performances are based around my intuitive connection with the audience, feeling out which songs fit best on the fly and what the crowd is reacting to.
Throughout my music career, I have been engaged in a multitude of creative projects. After receiving my education in Audio Engineering for Music and Post-Production from Recording Arts Canada in 2002, I began growing my own company, Rob Fillo Media Services, into what eventually became Vancouver Media Services Inc. (2007-2020.) During these years, I worked on all things media including, but not limited to non-profit consulting, audio engineering, graphic design, photography, filmmaking and studio design consulting. My experience also includes project management and community building- both independently and as Chair of the Vancouver Artists Collective Association (2008-2011), and also as the Executive Director of the Richmond Arts Coalition (2017-2019.)
Additionally, my advocacy work has been a source of great pride and satisfaction for me- this work includes advocating for more community arts programs in the City of Richmond, as well as my grass roots charity project “Music Is Love”, in which I repaired and distributed instruments to low asset youth. I have a passion for empowering others to see their creative dreams become a reality, and I have had the esteemed honour of working with so many amazing clients and mentors. These days, I am focusing my experience and skills towards developing my career as an independent songwriter, performer and recording artist while working with the University of Victoria in Media Services.
At this point in life, I no longer try to change the world by engaging in political debate or ideological philosophy. Instead, I write music, talk with strangers, share a kind embrace and tread lightly on this beautiful blue marble in space, while singing my heart out whenever and wherever possible. I truly feel the essence of ultimate truth and beauty when I tap into my creative flow and let the music play through me.
I do hope you find some joy, catharsis, and solace in my music. I write for all of us because I truly believe that music is a universal language with the power to catalyze something very special in humanity. I take great responsibility in my artistic practices and have a great appreciation for those who are willing to share their time to engage with my artistic endeavours. Thank you for visiting my website and various social media, I love you for it. I hope my projects serve you as well as they serve me.