Nov 23, 2018
autumn winter 2018
Stealth, a singer-songwriter with soul and blues influence, brought his unique sound to our special Christmas edition of the Barbour International Sessions. We had a chance to chat with the Birmingham born songwriter/producer about his music, his love of performing live, and what he’s looking forward to in the new year.
What kind of music can those tuning in to your Barbour International Session expect from you if they are not familiar with your sound already? How would you describe your sound?
Soul & Blues is my bag. You’ll see me performing two songs from my new EP ‘Chorus’, Prisoner and Won’t See Me Cry, along with a little Christmas surprise.
Who or what inspired you to pursue a career in music? Is there anyone in particular who has influenced your sound?
I was a huge Elvis fan growing up; I used to dress up in sparkly pyjamas and put shows on, so I would probably say that without watching him as a kid and hearing his music, I wouldn’t be doing what I’m doing now.
Music and style have always been associated with one another, how do you use clothing to project your musical persona?
I want people to see me and kind of already know what music I make from how I dress; it’s all part of the show.
Barbour International has its roots in motorcycle clothing, why do you think motorcycle style is so often adopted by musicians?
Motorcycle culture has an image of rebellion and freedom, and I think musicians can really identify with that, and in turn embrace all aspects of the culture. You have to have an appetite for risk if you choose a career in music, much like riding a motor bike.
Who is on your playlist at the moment that you just can’t stop listening to?
Clean Cut Kid for sure. Their song ‘Emily’ is on repeat in my car. It’s very Fleetwood Mac, which is a huge tick in my book. I’m also in love with ‘Nobody Does it Better’ by Carley Simon. It’s by far my favourite bond song.
What exclusive news can you give us – is there a new single/album coming out or a show you are playing soon that you are especially excited about?
I’m very excited to be playing SXSW next March! It will be my first time there and everyone says it’s a great experience. I will also have some new music out in January which I’m excited to share, but I can’t say too much just yet.
You play a lot of gigs, and performing live requires confidence, particularly as a solo artist – how do you prepare for playing live?
I play a lot of sport so I channel similar skills. I like to focus on the job at hand, and warm up (warming up is vital!)
You recently performed for the Barbour International Sessions, what did you enjoy about playing live? What was your favourite part about being involved?
Performing live is the whole reason we get into music, so it’s something I always enjoy. The Session was a nice opportunity to strip the songs back as well and play them in a different guise to usual.
Can you tell us a bit about your latest EP ‘Chorus’ – what inspired it and what is the story behind it?
Chorus is the most personal body of work I’ve put out. It’s a culmination of everything I’ve gone through over the last few years. ‘Gotta Stop Loving You’ is about a long-term relationship that fell apart and me coming to terms with that. ‘Truth Is’ is about falling in love with someone new. ‘Won’t See Me Cry’ is my apology to all who are close to me that I push away when I’m in a dark place, and finally ‘Prisoner’ is about the realisation that living in a big city with millions of people can be one of the loneliest places on earth.
We’re nearly at the end of 2018. What has been your greatest achievement this year and what are you excited for coming up in the new year?
I think it has to be signing my deal with Ultra Music, but there is much much more to come in 2019!
Tune in to the Barbour International Facebook page to catch Stealth’s Session, coming out Thursday 29th November.