Steven Scott - 10 Questions Music Interview
New Hampshire based, singer-songwriter and producer, Steven Scott describes his music as 'acoustic folk rock for dreamers.’ Meticulously crafted, yet always room for exploration, nothing is written without a purpose. His debut EP, Albino Road, is a musical endeavor that is searching for a soul; a purpose. Passionately crafted and full of emotion, Steven searches both in the light and the darkness. What he finds is balance. The Albino Road EP chooses to travel the backroads and avoid the highways with the hope of human connection and shared emotions.
Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
I started writing poetry in my early teen years. That obsession linked up with music as I traveled through my childhood and crossed multiple music genres. I think the catalyst was I found a way to say what I wanted to say without having to speak it.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
There are a few haha. Opening up for one of my music idols at a venue steeped in musical history was one of them. Stage nudity was another lol.
What has been the high point of your music path?
Realizing that I don't care to chase fame or fortune and that I only want to write music that moves people in one way or another. On a more selfish note - I've had the grace of sharing the stage with some of the musicians that helped shape the man I am today.
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
I'm an odd duck in the sense that I usually write lyrics before I write and sort of music or melody (this probably goes back to my poetry story in the 1st question). Although now - with technology - if I get an idea I usually record a minute or so into my phone. Otherwise, it sails away. Writing ideas on cocktail napkins is still a thing for me. Sometimes I write 3 songs in a week. On the flip side, sometimes I don't write for months.
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?
I mean, COVID hands down. It's been an odd journey, but I do see hope. Getting to see bands I wouldn't normally get to see via streaming has been awesome. Now that things are slowly opening back up, I think people realize how important music is in a society. As far as what I would change in the industry...I wish all genres of music would get the same backing as pop music. I think we could all learn and become better by crossing "musicial borders" and opening our minds to different ways of thinking.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
This probably depends on my mood, but I would have to say either RUSH (RIP Neil Peart) or George Winston.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
Back in the day, rehearsals generally involve trying to feed my perfectionist mind. I've let that go a bit as of late and realized that sometimes the mistakes aren't a bad thing. Preparation is a beer to calm the nerves and some laughs with fans and friends. With all that said - the perfectionist is still there and I want the show to be as magical as emotional as I can make it.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
Honestly, probably the new single - "Anywhere But Here." Coming from a full on rock n roll band it was my 1st attempt at creating something outside of my comfort zone. It challenged me to keep it simple while attempting to create emotion. I adore that. "Anywhere but Here" really opened the flood gates to what I could do.
What's coming up in the future?
The new EP should be out late summer/early fall. After that I am hoping to share the stage with the amazing musicians around me and present to the fans the music that I love to create.
Tell us where fans can access your music?
The best place to go is my official website. All other social media links can be accessed from there.