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INTERVIEW: STF

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

Great! Thanks for having me.

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

Yes. “Lookalike” comes from a very real place and it’s the first single of my new project STF.

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

“Lookalike” is basically the story of my last serious breakup. I was in a long-distance relationship that unfortunately came to an end because of circumstance. Turns out that not long after we split, this girl was already seeing someone that was practically my doppelgänger. She told me she simply missed me and that this new guy was just a reminder of me (hence the phrase “You’re faking love to my Lookalike”). It was such a surreal and crazy situation that I had to write a song.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

You bet! Expect the music video to drop January 18th, 2019 😉

How was the recording and writing process?

After the events that led to the idea for “Lookalike,” I wrote several versions of the song in the past 5 years. Finally, I brought the latest version to producer Duddy Brown who instantly loved it. We made some tweaks here and there and thanks to him and his team, we brought the song to life with full production.

What was the remix process like? How much were you involved?

This really is an amazing story… Many years ago, I had recorded a bilingual album. One of my co-writers was this legendary Italian songwriter Saverio Grandi. Fast-forward to 2018, I meet this young Italian DJ in LA that goes by badhabit. I soon come to find out that his name is Giovanni Grandi and that coincidently he’s Saverio’s son! It couldn’t have been anything short of destiny. We quickly became good friends and I asked Giovanni if he’d remix my song “Lookalike” which he did and knocked it out of the park on his first attempt!

Were you presented with the remix proposal or were you seeking for something like it?

Initially, I approached badhabit and I really just wanted him to do his thing. I believe so much in his talent so I didn’t want to be involved until I heard his first take. He’s a dear friend so he knows what I like and what I don’t. In fact, he couldn’t have made me happier with his remix.

Do you tend to take a different approach when you are collaborating with someone else rather than in your own?

Typically, if I’m writing by myself, I like to start writing with a guitar and sing melodies over chords. If I’m writing with other people, it all depends what their medium of music is. If it’s a producer who specializes in beats and soundscapes, I like to vibe on their creations and sing top-lines and add lyrics. If it’s a fellow musician, we might just jam with our instruments until something we like catches our ears. Other times, I’ll coop up in my apartment and make entire demo productions.

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?

Absolutely! I have a ton of new material on the way.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

You can already expect my second single “Boyish Looks” to drop in February. This song is another true story about falling for sexy, androgynous girls in North Hollywood, CA haha. After this song, I’d like to release one more single and then an EP.

Any plans to hit the road?

I’m dying to tour with my music as soon as possible! Ideally Summer or Fall of 2019.

What else is happening next in STF’s world?

Well, I’m actually touring with Jack & Jack as their guitarist in Europe Feb ’19 and the US April ’19. They’ve been so good to me and it’s always a blast playing with them. I’m also flying back and forth to Italy these days as I’m recording and shooting a 3D show along with Andy Grammer’s music director/bassist Zach Rudulph for the Italian cruise line Costa, which will be featured in their new ship the Smeralda in the Fall of 2019. I’m also working a lot with the super talented artist Cailee Rae for her new songs. Other than that, I’m looking to partner up with anyone who might be interested in my project. I am after all a completely independent artist.

Listen to “Lookalike (badhabit Remix)” here

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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