Heavily influenced by the working-class steelworks of Newcastle, Steph employs a simplistic approach to his music. He’ll join the likes of Monday Morning, Benson, Shantan Wantan Ichiban, Luen and Made In Paris on THE OTHER STAGE when the THIS THAT festival hits Newcastle Foreshore on November 5.
We caught up last week for a quick Q and A.
NL: Can you tell us how you came to work with Boys Noize, and what it has brought to your career.
STEPHANE 1993: Alex is a cool dude. He’s always busy yet still finds time to listen to tracks and respond to emails in a timely fashion which I really appreciate. Being associated with someone like that brings a level of legitimacy to everything I do.
NL: Tell us about the process of recording your new EP.
STEPHANE 1993: Well most of it was done simply using Ableton Live 9 and a few vsts. Nothing too special. No real production wizardry at play. I do have some other gear which I use for other projects but for this one, I kept it pretty simple.
NL: One of your songs was named as one of the top five songs at Field Day in the UK. What does that sort of attention bring to an artist like you?
STEPHANE 1993: Well it all started when Four Tet got a hold of my track “Never Come Back” (under a different alias). He started playing it and I guess people really wanted to know what it was so there was this witch hunt to find out the ID. Shortly after it was found, the article was posted naming it as one of the top five songs. Pretty crazy. It’s definitely exposed a few people to my music.
NL: What have you got in store for THIS THAT?
STEPHANE 1993: Something special. Can’t say yet.
STEPHANE 1993 will play the THIS THAT festival on Saturday, November 5. Tickets are on sale now!