Throughout 4 albums, the band STEVANS, founded by the French-Swiss Yvan Franel, has really left its mark on the music scene: a catalog of strong songs (‘Take me back’, ‘The Backyard’, ‘When the Light is Gone’, etc.), concerts on the world’s biggest stages (Paleo Festival, Montreux Jazz, Reeperbahn Festival, London, New York, Paris, China, Peru, Vietnam, to name a few), prestigious sideshow concerts ( Deep Purple, Kaiser Chiefs, Coldplay)…STEVANS has forged his own unique path on the way to releasing new song «THE STORM», (written by Yvan Franel and Andrew Phillips)
“THE STORM” is a song about that progressive feeling that your life is in free fall, but you can’t help but fight back, even if you’re just punching through the air.It’s a powerful track with a strong vocal performance rising above hard-hitting guitars and pianos. «THE STORM» draws inspiration from pop, rock and indie and offers a commercial theme with a twist.
We have had the pleasure of interviewing him and this has been the result.
Hi there! Where can we find you right now? How did you start your day?
Hi Who Music! You can find me in my kitchen in Geneva, having a good coffee and eating a banana, before going to the gym (yes, some artist do sports…;)
When did the idea of starting a project start to take shape? Has it always been something you wanted to do?
I think it really started when I watched Metallica and Guns’n’Roses for the first time. I was convinced that I could actually play Slash’s solos after one week of practice…in my dreams probably!
How would you define the sound of your latest work? What is the concept behind?
“The Storm” is a song about that creeping sense your life is in free fall, but you can’t help fighting back – even if you’re just beating the air. I think the them can talk to many people, whatever age they have
What artists are you interested in these days?
I became more attracted by the production in general, and I have to say that Dua Lipa’s last album as well as The Weeknd are really great in terms of arrangement and prod. But I can also listen to rock artists such as Sam Fender or Inhaler, that bring me back to my initial style: rock!
How do you manage to combine such disparate genres? How do you manage to give them unity and harmony? What do they have in common for you?
I think the music we write and produce is always a sort of “digestion” of everything you listen to. A sort of personal best of what I’ve listen to, and loved. Since I listen to many types of music, I’d say this is the answer. Bringing electro sounds with organic music, sang by a sort of rock voice, that could be interesting…;)
How would you define your sound?
Electro Synth Pop. But the new single The Storm could be described as Soul Pop
Can you tell us something about your current or future projects?
Going back to tour in South America, in Colombia and Brazil, also releasing the other new single “Melo Prune” in end of March, and hopefully manage to go back to tour in China. The Chinese disco queen called Rose Zhang Qiang is touring in sold out venues singing 5 songs of us, we are supposed to join her on stage!
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