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INTERVIEW: Steve Young

Hi Steve, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Hello – I’m good and thanks for talking to me today J. I’m very busy getting all the last minute jobs done to finish the album. Just about to head into London for a press showcase and I’m a little nervous….

Can you talk to us more about your single “Back To Mine”?

I’ve always had a connection with this song because it was the first of the album songs that really connected with the audience Live. The reaction I got after gigs really boosted my confidence and helped me believe recording an album was the right thing to do

Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?

Yes but I don’t want to go into details. In a nutshell – don’t go to sleep on an argument because you might get that feeling when you wake up where you have totally forgotten that it even happened but then you have that sudden realization that all is not well……

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Yes, it was released a few weeks ago and has been cause for lots of discussion 🙂 Check it out – it has a twist!!

The single comes off your new album Troubadour  – what’s the story behind the title?

Most of the songs were written whilst I was working on Scandinavian Cruise Ferries. My official job title was ‘Troubadour’ and all the posters around the ship reflected that. For almost two years at sea I was referred to only as ‘The Troubadour’

How was the recording and writing process?

It was good, Things took a little longer than expected but that was mostly down to diaries and people’s availability. I think the thing that helped the most was I had already written the songs, and in the case of many, been singing them live for quite a while. I have a local open mic and they get first listen of any new songs I’ve written. Right from the start I had a very clear vision of how I wanted things to sound. There were a couple of creative scuffles with Tim, the producer, but nothing out of the ordinary. He definitely saved a couple from ending up as 80’s rock epics.

Known for having worked with different artists in the past – do you take a different approach when you are collaborating with someone else than when you are working on your own music?

Yes completely. I have worked with producers and artists and there is always a clear path right from the start. Writing ‘Taken By The Sea’ with Darren Hayes started with some chords and a vibe and he pretty mush steered it from there. When I’m working on my own stuff I try to be as open and free as possible. I don’t really sit in any particular genre so it just comes down to making each song sound like it came from my heart and not my head. Writing pop songs with producers is very much the opposite.

How much has your previous musical background influenced you as a solo artist?

Well I guess it accounts for a lot. Interestingly my folk/country sound, which clearly comes from my early childhood, has lain dormant until now. For years I was into ‘Heavy Rock’ & ‘Blues’ and always assumed that would be my solo style but when I started writing in that way it felt wrong. My parents were huge music fans. My dad loved Johnny Cash and all things Country and my mum was all about Freddie Mercury! It’s strange, my dad died 20 years ago and yet now I feel closer to him than ever because I think he would totally get my music. The other major influence is my day job which is playing a million covers at weddings, parties and corporate events. Singing these songs day-in day-out has given me a very clear set of rules for songs, presentation, hooks etc

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics on this record?

My life….. nearly all the songs are based on real experience. Relationship stuff mostly 😉

Any plans to hit the road?

Haha! I’ve been playing an average of 250 gigs per year since 2004 so ‘Hitting The Road’ is like eating cereal for me. I do it every day. Would I like to play more of my own stuff and do less covers gigs? Yes! but then I would starve haha! I would love to get a cool support tour or something for a couple of weeks or hit the USA but not until everything is in place. Little steps – starting with my support slot with Carlene Carter in a couple of weeks. Nashville royalty, the Carter-Cash family history and I’m on the bill – Yeehah!!

What else is happening next in Steve Young’s world?

The album comes out on general release on July 1st so the plan between now and then is for me and my manager to get people to make as much noise as possible. Get reviews, get social media shares and hopefully get people excited about my music so I can play some shows.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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