RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW LA ARTIST STEPHEN LIND
What made you decide that music is a thing for you?
I’ve always been drawn to music. It took me a moment to figure out my place in that world but some of my earliest memories are of me discovering music.
What was life like for you before music?
Music isn’t my sole source of income, so my life preand post music aren’t too different. I am a web developer and graphic designer as well, and I spend a lot of time working on my crafts. But, prior to music I did not feel the same excitement about life that I do now.
What was the first song you heard that steered you into a music path?
I think it was when I heard ‘Autobiography’ by Ashlee Simpson that I fully understood that I wanted to make my own music.
Where do you feel you currently sit within the music industry?
I’m still in the beginning stages of my career. I understand that the content I’m releasing now isn’t going to just take-off overnight and it might even get ignored, but it’s about the journey and creating a catalog you stand behind and if you go hard enough, it’ll work out how it’s supposed to.
What’s the biggest thing you have learned from someone else in the industry?
Don’t let your ego squander your opportunities.
If you could wish for one thing to aid your career what would it be?
Someone to give me unlimited funds so I could create visuals for all of my music.
Do you ever worry about people taking things the wrong way or “cancel culture”? Discuss….
Yeah, I definitely try to be conscious about what I’m saying; and not out of fear but because I don’t actually want to hurt people’s feelings. Life is hard enough as it is and if I can take a beat to make sure I’m respecting someone’s identity and experience, I want to do that.
Do you subscribe to any conspiracy theories? If not, why not?
Yes, I am obsessed. Nothing in the political realm; but every part of me wants to believe that Avril Lavigne is a body double and that the Illuminati is very concerned with pop music.
What was the worst experience on stage?
My 7th grade talent show; turns out 13-year-olds are not that interested in classic disco hits.
I hear you have new music, what can you tell us about it?
“Nosebleeds” is a response record. I had an eye-opening experience last summer where a “toxic” friendship hit its end and I needed to get the anger and frustration out of my system. The hook, in my opinion, is incredibly catchy and the song itself is a fun little journey.
What was the recording process like?
I work with a childhood friend from back home (Tucson, AZ), Taylor Sparks, so he and I just hang out, and laugh and when the time feels right he’ll ask ‘what’s the vibe’ and we start playing around with the story and music. It’s a really fun experience because no matter what the subject matter is, he and I are always having fun and making light of whatever ‘dark’ stuff I was going through.
What was the biggest learning curve in writing the new tunes?
Make sure that you don’t write the same exact song you already did but with slightly different words.
Would you change anything now it’s finished?
Nope; I love to let a record live. It might not be ‘perfect’ to anyone else, but it’s what it is because everything was recorded in an authentic moment. It’s hard to revisit a song weeks, or even days later because you’re now working on ‘fixing’ something that you can’t really duplicate.