A man from Sutton-in-Craven is enjoying the plaudits after he and his fellow band members had their song selected as Record of the Week on BBC Radio 1.
Sebastian Santabarbara, a former pupil at Sutton C of E Primary and South Craven Schools, is lead guitarist in rock/pop band My Forever, whose new song – The World Won’t Wait – is being played every day this week on the popular radio station.
Seb, 22, and fellow band members lead singer Dave Ingham, bass player Daniel Twohig and drummer Ben Watson got together in early 2012 and since that time My Forever have enjoyed a string of successes.
They have completed two national tours, signed a deal with Fierce Management and released two highly acclaimed singles.
Their first single, ‘Til The End, was released in June and the song attracted interest from the NFL, which wants to use it on a soundtrack for its coverage of American football games on the USA network CBS.
“This is an awesome achievement off the back of that single,” said Seb. “They really like the track and to have it included in the coverage of such a massive sport would be amazing.”
The band has not rested on its laurels and since The World Won’t Wait was played on BBC Radio 1 on Monday and the song’s video was released on Youtube on Sunday night, interest in the song has skyrocketed.
“We’ve had so much support from our fans, who have been tweeting and going crazy for it,” said Seb. “It’s absolutely incredible to be on BBC Radio 1. It’s one of our biggest dreams.”
He said filming the video in the hanger of the retired supersonic turbojet BA Concorde at Manchester Airport was “surreal”.
“That was an absolutely ace experience,” said Seb. “The people at Manchester Airport were excited to see and hear the song as well.”
Seb, who started playing guitar 13 years ago said practising four hours a day every day had paid off.
“People should follow what they love the best and work hard at it so they can make a career out of it,” he said.
Sutton C of E headteacher Tim Phillips praised Seb for his achievements and said the band would be coming to the school in January to play an acoustic session for the pupils. “We mentioned Seb in an assembly as someone, who in going for his dreams and goals, has made it happen,” said Mr Phillips. “We’re lucky to have the band coming.”
To find out more about My Forever, visit the website myforeverofficial.com.