Hailing from the beachside town of Wollongong, NSW, 18-year-old musician Stevan is a young musical powerhouse on the rise. The multi-talented producer, singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist combines his many musical skills to create woozy, dreamlike pop songs that defy genres and classification.
Influenced in his early adolescence by his father's cassette collection which featured musical greats such as Bob Marley, Al Green and Stevie Wonder, Stevan began to develop an interest in music and taught himself the drums. Soon after his older cousin came to live with his family and exposed Stevan to his collection of underground hip hop mixtapes and bootleg mp3s from the likes of Childish Gambino, Frank Ocean, Kendrick Lamar and Joey Bada$$ which he immediately connected with. This musical discovery deepened his interest in music and the collision of the classic and contemporary is evident in his sound today, which infuses classic R&B songwriting with modern production.
Stevan expanded his musical ability and taught himself guitar by watching live videos of John Mayer on YouTube and started making beats by emulating production masters such as Pharrell Williams and Kanye West. Over time his musical prowess evolved and he began putting demos on Soundcloud, quickly gathering a loyal underground fan base and attracting industry attention. The last 18 months have been a time of rapid change for Stevan, including recently graduating from high school, he was signed to the US label Honeymoon Records (an imprint of Lyor Cohen’s 300 Entertainment) alongside a notorious roster that includes the likes of Rejjie Snow and Anna Of The North. On top of all of this, Stevan has became Astral People’s latest management signing sitting alongside fellow Australian artists like Cosmo’s Midnight, Winston Surfshirt and Milan Ring.
His debut single ‘Time’ boasts Stevan’s greatest songwriting to date featuring laid back guitar licks, lo-fi drums and instantly catchy vocal harmonies. With an arsenal of musical talent and a devoted fan base, Stevan is on his way to big things.
Matt Thomson (AUS & NZ)