Steven Blane -10 Questions Music Interview
Steven Blane has released a new Hanukkah EP as well as a brand new Christmas song. The six song EP, Hanukah , includes five traditional Hanukkah songs with new English interpretations and the song "A Little Light," which he wrote for Hanukkah years ago as a Hebrew School teacher. His newest album, I Walk Alone, is a collection of songs that Blane wrote and produced. He played all the instruments on the album, and recorded, mixed and mastered it.
“Stylistically, Blane fits in the Americana category. But there’s more going on in his music than simply Americana. There’s a pop influence in there, along with a 1950’s rock vibe that gives his sound a unique signature. It’s much different from the usual run-of-the-mill stuff most bands turn out today." - The Huffington Post
In addition to I Walk Alone, Blane has released six other albums. I Confess was produced by White Heart core member Billy Smiley and recorded in Nashville, and The Shed Sessions received excellent reviews and airplay on radio stations across the country.
Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
Actually when I was in High School, I had an assignment to write a short story. And I did and it was received well. My teacher was named Mr. Schwartz. Anyway, from there I migrated to songs when I was about 15 and I've never stopped writing.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
I've had a long music career. Not as a singer-songwriter. But as an audio-book producer and as Cantor (singer of Jewish ritual music). There are so many things I could share. BUT if I have to pick one thing- it would be the mean looking guy who was scowling at me each week I would sing from the sanctuary podium. One day I asked a friend of his why he disliked me so much and he laughed and said, "some people just look angry." And he was right I later found out he always like me :-)
What has been the high point of your music path?
Today. Every damn day I just am so excited by all the music that comes to me and needs to be produced and performed and shared and also how the technology helps someone me to sound so good!
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
I write every day. I walk and listen and watch. And ideas come to me. Most of the time that is- usually when I'm very happy- or very sad :-)
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be?
The biggest challenge is rising above the din of like thousands of artists each day who are doing exactly what you are doing! The industry can't change- it's driven by $$$ and that's the American way. But they might help aspiring artists more by curating more streaming playlists that allow genre mixing and links to gazillion mainstream lists.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
LOL. I think it would be a blast to work with literally any Country, Americana or Jazz artist- because those are the genres at the heart of my tunes. And we would roll.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
Hate rehearsals. BUT when I need them- they are family affairs. We eat, we go over the tunes, we hug and we're gone until the show.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
Honestly that's not fair. But the hardest songs for me to write are the ones that simply are not meant to be. If it just won't work, I will let it go.
What's coming up in the future? More. A lot more. A new album is already in the can. I've got a new EP in my head right now- total Americana stuff- might be my best. I'm hitting it when I'm done answering these questions :-)
Tell us where fans can access your music?
My website - All roads lead there :-)
Steve Blane'ss "First Christmas" will be airing on National Indie Radio (WNIR) commencing December 1st through December 31st as part of BWH Music Group’s Holiday Radio Special. WNIR features the best independent artists in the world and is part of the highly selective and nationally renowned BWH Music Group platform. The Holiday Radio Special will feature original holiday songs as well as covers by exceptional independent artists. Station information can be found at www.wnir-radio.com