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

– Thank you and I’ve been really good. Pretty busy which is an amazing thing. I’ve worked very hard to be busy.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “I’m A Lover”?

– Sure, it’s my first release in a year and a half. Music has shifted a bit since I put something out which excited me a bit. With this song, I could tap into a genre I’ve never done before which would be trap. I was able to put my own flavor to this sub-genre which I’m a fan of with “I’m a Lover”.

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

– Ha! Yeah. Maaaaan. . . .There’s this beautiful woman I would see and talk to at the gym all the time. I mean, I fell for her pretty quickly but she had no clue. Long story short, this joint is my conversation with her in my head.

Any plans to release a video for the single? 

– Most definitely. I know who’s going to direct it, choreograph it and I already have ideas of what the visual is going to be.

How was the recording and writing process?

– This one was pretty smooth. I perform all the time so I remember there being some crunch time to the process to get it done. I had to write the bridge of the song in the studio while they were getting the levels right for the studio mic. I had about a 1 minute and half to come up with something as strong as the rest of the song but it was recorded in very few takes, just how I like it. In and out.

What was it like to work with Malcolm Horne and how did that relationship develop?

– Working with Malcolm isn’t work at all. He knows what my sound is, what takes I think are good or bad, we pretty much communicate telepathically. Malcolm and I actually met in church when I was 12 and he was 13. He produced back then and I remember how abnormally good his music was. I sang for him and he was equally impressed with my vocal ability. We did our first song in 2001 called “The Ones Around Us” in his dad’s living room and the rest was history. When you work with someone that long, it’s bound to become second nature.

How much did he get to influence the song?

– He’s the reason the song is a thing. The production was originally just a minute of something he threw together because he was trying some cool ideas out. Like always, I heard it and asked if I could have it. We sat down, made it a full song and I had the lyrics written shortly after. It kinda wrote itself. This process is probably how most of my music comes to be.

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

– There’s a LOT coming. I’ve been out since 2008 and 20 of my fans brought to my attention that I’ve never done an LP. I couldn’t believe it but they were right. With that, I sat down with Malcolm and said: “We gotta do an album, even if it’s just ONE”. “I’m a Lover” was probably the 3rd song we worked on for the LP. The debut album is coming together pretty nicely, can’t wait for everyone to hear it.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

– I have neither LOL. I’m going to let all of that naturally speak to me.

Any plans to hit the road?

– I do plan on doing an actual STEE tour in 2020. We’re talking a full show with nothing but my music and some of my favorite covers. That would be amazing!

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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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