Matt Cabuloy ’09

Matt Cabuloy ’09

Classmates who remember Matt Cabuloy ’09 for his interest in Japan or his singing at local cafes and festivals might not at all be surprised to learn that he had a No. 1 R&B album in Tokyo last year.

A San Francisco native of Filipino descent, Matt Cab (as he is professionally known) says he always had an interest in Japan. At Lowell High School, he started studying the language. That just led to more curiosity. “I’ve always thought of Japan as an interesting and innovative place both artistically and technologically and found myself drawn to the culture since childhood,” Cab said.

So it was natural for him to go on a study abroad trip to Sophia University in Tokyo for a year to gain more experience with the culture and the language, which he also studied at USF. “When I came to study here as an exchange student I immediately fell in love with Tokyo.” Following his graduation from USF with a degree in business, Cab started to pursue music more seriously, producing videos and posting them on YouTube to go along with his local performances.

“Luckily the videos got a lot of good exposure and even the attention of some industry people, including Jordan Knight (lead singer) of New Kids On The Block,” Cab said.

Within six months of graduating, Cab moved to Tokyo to pursue music and then received a huge break. “I was blessed to receive a call from a Japanese music label who saw my videos on YouTube and offered me a music deal,” Cab said. “From there I released my debut album, “The One,” and fortunately it did really well, reaching number one on the R&B album Japanese iTunes chart for three consecutive weeks.”

Since then, things have picked up for Cab, who has done a number of shows in Tokyo and around the country to promote his music. He’s released a cover album, “Flashback,” and also is writing and recording his second original album, scheduled to be released this fall. He’s hoping to write songs for major U.S.-based artists while continuing to develop his own career as an artist in the U.S.

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