In this First Concert Ever segment, the indie pop artist, STVN, talks about the story of his first experience with live music. You can check out the story, after the break.
The first big concert I attended that I can remember was seeing Jon Bellion perform back in 2016 in Philadelphia. I went with my best friend Isaac from high school and was absolutely blown away. I had been a fan of his for years but seeing him live was incredible and so inspiring to me. I’ve had a passion for music and the intricacies of production since I was young, and Jon was the first artist I found that really blew me away on all aspects – from songwriting and lyricism to melody and crafting a world through music.
At the time, I was mainly making electronic music and discovering new music through SoundCloud, where I first heard his song All Time Low. Ever since that time, I became convinced that music was whatever you wanted it to be, and that it doesn’t have to be contained inside a box of genres. I’ve kept this idea close to my heart as I explore all kinds of styles within my own music, combining elements of jazz with pop and acoustic folk, and often with a dash of orchestral textures.
For my song Gravity especially, I stepped away from my traditional upbeat and energetic pop production of my previous songs and made room for a gentle acoustic atmosphere, something that I haven’t yet done. I’m excited to keep exploring the world and possibilities for my music. Another style of music that I enjoy creating is cinematic scores, and I hope to weave more orchestral and cinematic elements into my art in the future. In fact, there is an extended “cinematic version” of Gravity releasing on December 9th. 2022, as I was so inspired to take the song further. Someday I hope to tour and play on the same stage at Franklin Music Hall in Philadelphia, and maybe inspire some other artists and musicians to step out of box and not be afraid of stretching yourself when creating.