INTERVIEW: Steve Young

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

Hello and I’m very good thanks. It’s been a crazy busy summer and I can’t believe it’s September already!!!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Trembling Heart”?

Sure, it started as a song called ‘Wandering Heart’ – I fiddled around with it for a few months and it grew into ‘Trembling Heart’ – as with all my songs it centers around ‘love’ & ‘relationships’ and is about losing your faith in a situation or a person. The message is basically ‘Hang In There’.

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

Kind of, I had a potential booking for the Radio 2 Sunday Morning show and I wanted something that ‘could’ be about faith – the show fell through and the song became more about love instead.

How was the film experience?

When I commissioned the video I knew I had a lot of festivals coming up, especially Cornbury 2017, which was a big deal for me. I decided the video should be a montage of the studio sessions followed by all the live performances. I like the idea of showing a song in the creation stage and ending up on as a live performance.

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

Troubadour was my 2016 album. Trembling Heart is from my latest EP ‘The Great North Road’ which to most people is simply the A1. In 2016 I had 223 gigs written in my diary and as I live on J6 of the GNR I decided to write a song about it J

How was the recording and writing process?

I always write songs quickly, I get very impatient and if I don’t finish the song in a few hours I normally write it off as a non-starter. The recording process was awesome. I hired Nashville producer Justin Johnson, who now lives in the UK, and has recorded many of the UK’s up and coming Americana/Country acts. Justin put together an amazing band, who, literally smashed through the songs in less than a day. Fantastic experience.

What made you want to release the record solely on physical?

For an artist like me, iTunes & Spotify as well as all the other streaming sites are pretty pointless. If you are an unknown songwriter then you are simply buried under the deluge of new music. They pay almost nothing for 1000’s of streams and iTunes takes 30% and pays in USD. I have sold nearly a 1000 hard copies of my album at gigs and so I decided to make my EP completely ‘Indie’ – you can buy it at gigs and from my website as a CD or an MP3 Zip File – the album cost over £10K to make and the EP nearly £4K so I think I ought to get a little of this back don’t you think?

You brought some special guests into this record – did you handpick them or how did they come on board?

I always wanted Toby Shear to play fiddle on my record ever since I saw him play at the Jazz Café on one of Ray Jones’ Rising Stars Nights. I used to play with Coleman Smith in the USA who is one of the best in the country and Toby has a bit of the Coleman in him, the others were all brought in by Justin Johnson.

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

It finds me, life happens, mine has been quite rocky of late so I have quite a bit to write about 😉

Any plans to hit the road?

I never leave the road – I’m still averaging around 5 gigs a week although September is slowing down a bit so this leaves a little more time for playing original gigs, open mics etc.

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

After having such a positive experience with Justin & Parr Street Studios I think I want to record the 5 songs I still have in the wings and out an album next year. I also still want to re-mix and master Troubadour and bring it out on Vinyl but that all takes a lot of cash…

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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