Introducing Stevan, who takes a big step forward with his debut single, Timee
Bringing classic, 90s R&B into the future, the Wollongong musician's debut single comes with a bunch of big announcements.
Header photo by Jordan Munns.
It's incredibly special when you can listen to an artist's debut single and hear a completely fleshed out and understood direction and musical personality, and that's something you can pick up on straight away when diving into Stevan's first offering, Timee. On Timee, the Wollongong-based multi-instrumentalist and musician sounds like someone who has become a master of his craft through years of tiring hard work and persistence, crafting together a shimmering piece of alt-R&B not too far of cultural innovators like Moses Sumney; uniting woozy, soulful vocals plucked out of 90s R&B with productions taken from the future; lush guitar melodies meeting refined percussion that comes from Stevan's upbringing on the drums. "I’ve been living with this song for quite some time," he says on the single, which if nothing else, showcases the potential and promise held in an artist who may easily be among Australia's most exciting newcomers. "I wrote it when I was 16 and can’t say much as has changed since then, I’m 18 now and I still relate to the song hope you do too."
The release comes with a combination of exciting announcements for the young-gun, which further solidify his place as one of our scene's ones-to-watch. There's a management signing to ASTRAL PEOPLE; an international record deal with Honeymoon Records (Rejjie Snow, Anna of the North) and 300 Entertainment (Young Thug, Migos); plus bookings through Niche Productions, who place Stevan alongside his management mates Winston Surfshirt at their forthcoming New South Wales shows in May/June. Dive into the track below, find him on the tour dates at the end of this article, and while you're doing that, also get to know him before he blows up - it's only a matter of time.
Tell us about yourself?
I’m an 18-year-old kid from Wollongong. I graduated from high school last year and I’ve been making music since I was 12. I really love making music.
What’s the vibe music-wise?
I’d describe my music’s vibe as a warm mix of R&B, hip hop, rock and jazz. I take inspiration from all of these areas. My themes tend to reflect my experience, so basically being a teenager. Sometimes my writing and production is inspired by people around me too.
What are your production and writing processes like?
I write and produce all of my songs in my room. I play all the instruments and write all my lyrics. I like doing it this way because I get to express my thoughts and get stuff off my chest, it’s my way of expressing emotions.
Can you tell us about your new single, Timee?
Yeah, Timee is about finding out a girl I was interested in liked my music and listened to it and how that affected me at the time. I wrote it when I was 16 - it’s hard to believe that after all this time I can still relate to some of the thoughts I was having. I’m happy to know I’m a lot more confident and sure in myself now.
Any tour dates coming up?
I’ll be supporting Winston Surfshirt on the NSW leg of their tour, which is a crazy opportunity considering it’s my first offical show!
What does 2019 have in store for you?
2019 is the year for me - I think the world is gonna get to know who I am and what my music is all about. I’ve got a very good feeling about it.
Where can we find more of your music?
I’ve got music on Soundcloud, Youtube and all major streaming platforms, go check it out!!!
Tour Dates (supporting Winston Surfshirt):
Friday, 31 May - Enmore Theatre, Sydney
Saturday, 1 June - Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle
Friday, 7 June - UOW Bandroom, Wollongong
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