This week we have Steven Curtis for ya’ll. A musician from Seattle who grew up with music literally in his bloodline, we dished about everything from worst years to Grammy dates and then some. So get to know this singer-songwriter more, and then don’t forget to continue reading on for tour news and this week’s video picks!
Kendra: 2016 hasn’t been the best year as a whole for the world. We had a laughable election in the states, and icons leaving this earth left and right. With that, would you say your year was as bad as history books and blogs may make it out to be?
Steven Curtis: Haha well I think it just depends on the person. For me 2015 was worse. 2016 For me was basically grinding on my music career spending hours upon hours working.
Kendra: Moving on, what got you into music – was it a song, a video, a performance?
Steven: I’ve been surrounded by music my entire life. My dad’s a singer, and I always wished I could play music but never had the natural talent. Around sophomore year in High school for me I took choir and guitar class and just thought “I wanna be good at this.” For the sake of music itself. I would spend 6-8 hours right after school and skip homework just practicing. Not even for the sake of being rebellious, but just for loving challenging my brain with creativity and loving every second I got to spend playing music. I skipped all my High-School dances to go perform and play music. To me after I discovered how to play music, it was all I wanted to do.
Kendra: Not to sound like those job interviews that leave you awkwardly sitting there searching for an answer, but where do you hope to be in 10 years time with your career?
Steven: I want to be able to headline tours and have a successful career. I hope within 10 years I’ve played with all my heroes and hope to have respect by them. I’ve only been playing for 7 years, so I’ll continue my work ethic and try as much as I can to get better as a musician every day. I’m looking forward to what I’ve done in the next 10 years.
Kendra: Say in the next couple of years you’re up for a Grammy. Who is your date for the evening?
Steven: Selena Gomez or Victoria Justice.
Steven: I have a video I’m going to release hoping to get as much support as I can for what will happen in the upcoming months. Also, I’m going to start production with a Grammy winning producer named Justin Armstrong in December. He’s worked with Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Macklemore, Death Cab for Cutie, Alice in Chains, and many more bigger names. We are hoping to create an album and then I’ll be able start touring at the end of winter if all goes well.
Kendra: Summer is officially gone now, but if there was one you had to place in a time capsule to remind you of Summer ’16, what would it be and why?
Steven: “Me, Myself, and I” by G-Eazy. The song really speaks to me because G-Eazy is an incredibly hard worker. “I’m right back to work when that break ends,” I can relate to that line so much this year. It took me two weeks to eventually have time to celebrate my birthday with my mom. I’m so busy with music I never have time to stop and I have no problem with that.
Now for some tour news. Warhaus will be kicking off a mini-tour on Sunday, and then just a few days later Trails and Way will be starting a very long run in LA at Los Globos on October 13. They’ll be out until the start of December when they his Steven Curtis’ hometown, Seattle. If you’re on the east coast, Kayak Jones and gobbinjr will both be in your neck of the woods soon. Gobbinjr starts in early November and winds down after a couple of weeks, as for Kayak Jones – you can check out those dates below.
Girli “Girl I Met On The Internet”
Amaranthe “That Song”
Barns Courtney “Glitter & Gold”
Slow Club “Silver Morning”
Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker “Something Familiar”