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Steph Macleod
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28 yr old singer songwriter with a passion for songs based on real life
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Alone in the Dark
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Grace
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Disco in the Sky
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Goodbye EMI
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Human Condition
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I'm 28, I'm Scottish, and I love playing music!!! I always have since I got my first drumkit at the age of 3. I have since then learned how to play guitar, bass and piano. I was classicaly trained at School and Music College but after Uni things went a bit mental and I ended up in rehab with alcohol addiction. I threw myself into the programme and with the help of the wonderful staff and my faith I was able to break the chains of addiction. I still see my self as a recovering alcoholic but I embrace everyday and I'm truly thankful for the gifts the Lord provides. The songs uploaded are part of a demo I wrote while in The Bethany Christian centre (www.Bethany Christian Trust.com). Like most addicts coming to term with their addiction I needed an outlet for my thoughts and emotions. I wrote songs, firstly for myself and my acoustic guitar. I am really branching out and starting to write different music for different people. If you are in need of a songwriter and want to collaborate, drop me a mail! I'd love to hear your opinion on my stuff, and if you're a writer/performer of any sort I'd really like to hear what you are up to. Even if you're not musical, I'd love to hear from you. I'm a real people person so drop me a line! Peace and God Bless
Have you performed in front of an audience?
Yes I love to play live and will play anywhere in the world!! when your onstage and you and the audience connect it is truly magical
Your musical influences
From Bach to Blues
What equipment do you use?
Acoustic guitar and harmonica
Anything else?
A Popup Interview with Steph Macleod [ Artist Website ] [ Buy Our CD ] CK: Introduce the members in the band: Steph Macleod: Steph Mcleod CK: Have you ever paid for advertising for the band? Steph Macleod: Not personally CK: Fast or Slow? Steph Macleod: Either or. CK: How do you transport your equipment to the gig? Steph Macleod: I take it myself in my Manager's Transit Van. CK: So, tell me..what exactly, motivates you, the artist to write songs? Steph Macleod: Life and the ability to create. Composition is so much fun, its like a chemical compound put together through experimentation. You never know what you're going to get as a result and the song grows the more you play it. I really enjoy having the freedom to be creative musically and be in total control of it. CK: What is your favorite local venue? Steph Macleod: At the moment I'd have to say The Liquid Rooms in Edinburgh. The sound techs is top notch and it was truly an amazing place to play. CK: How long does it take for an average song to go from a musical idea to a recordable song? Steph Macleod: anywhere between 10 minutes and 2 years (and counting). CK: What are your plans for the future with your band? Steph Macleod: Not sure. Its all starting to snowball at the moment and things are very exciting. Hopefully my album will be launched in the summer and the gigs will come in. I hope I can do a tour first of the UK then beyond as that, as well as writing, is what I enjoy the most. CK: What do you think of the Gothic Culture? Steph Macleod: I think its a beautiful thing. I'm not a Goth but I admire anyone who takes an active part in any culture (within reason). Being honest, other than the image I don't know too much about it, but the Goths I see in Edinburgh have a beautiful elegance to them. CK: If you could talk to anyone in the music business, who would it be? Steph Macleod: There would be a few for different reasons. 1. David Grey so I could pick his brain on dealing with labels and the dos and dont's of the industry. 2. Brittany Spears to find out where it went horribly wrong and if she thinks she's been abandoned by the system. 3. Eric Clapton about being a musician dealing with addiction. CK: How big of an impact do you think the underground, indie scene has on the current pop culture? Steph Macleod: It's influencial of course becuase mainstream is running out of ideas on how to market a product. People will rather pay to see and hear good quality music of their choice rather than be told what to buy. Not one major record label at the moment (4/08) is making profits apparently. Times are changing. CK: What made you want to pursue songwriting? Steph Macleod: I was in rehab dealing with alcohol addiction and needed an outlet for my emotions. I picked up the guitar and out came the songs and words. CK: What makes you and your band unique? Steph Macleod: I'm not sure if I am. If I had to answer I'd say I don't really have a specific influence. All music is my love and and if it cooks then I'll listen. I could say my music is unique because it is me who writes it. CK: How many members in the band write music? Steph Macleod: Just me. CK: Are there any established artists with whom you would like to collaborate? Steph Macleod: DEFINITELY. Eric Clapton, Martin Stevenson, David Grey, Kasabian, DJ Shadow, Norah Jones, Macy Gray, Nick Drake, Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, Bob Dylan etc. CK: Who is your favorite unsigned Band? Steph Macleod: Coffee Shop 36, Dirty Modern Hero, Sonorous, or Callel. There's a load of unsigned bands I like. CK: Name and describe your most memorable gig. Steph Macleod: The liquid rooms in the Radio 4th One to Watch finals. I was the only singer/songwriter to get to the final. I couldn't see out of the stage because off all the really cool ambient lights and smoke, the sound system was amazing with great foldback. I played my first song and when I'd finished, although I couldn't see anything I got a great applause from the darkness and it was truly overwhelming. On my last of 3 songs I told the audience I was not going to play a new song I'd finished writing that day but they insisted. Crumbling to the pressure I played it and it went down great. It truly was one of the best buzzez I'd got from playing live. I didn't win the comp but was just so happy to be there and play along some great bands. CK: Give us a run down of your audio equipment: Steph Macleod: My EF Takamini semi-acoustic guitar. One Fender Jack 2 Jack lead......thats it. CK: Can you name a few of you favorite places on the web for band promotions? Steph Macleod: My Indie Nation, Soundclick, Garageband, NESSMP3, Number one Music, Myspace, Bebo, Facebook. CK: What is your favorite song on your current album? Steph Macleod: I'm recording at the moment but my favourite is the acoustic version oF 'Goodbye EMI'. Origionally it was written, recorded, and uploaded in 2 hours. It has since grown into a great song and I rerecorded it in Real time. It's going to be a nand production on my album. CK: What genre(s) would you say your music is under? Steph Macleod: acoustic, folk rock, americana. CK: If you could put on a show anywhere were would it be? Steph Macleod: Albert Hall in London, Hogmany in Edinburgh, Central Park NYC. CK: What is important to you about the music? Steph Macleod: creative freedom and the enjoyment. Once that stops I'll do something else. CK: How would you categorize your overall music style? Steph Macleod: Honest, hard hitting, and Diverse CK: What do you like most about being an INDE artist? Steph Macleod: meeting other musicians and being part of something very special. I am very privileged to be so. CK: How experienced are you or the band on the stage? Steph Macleod: Very CK: Favorite clothing line? Steph Macleod: I dress for comfort. Whenever I have made an effort in the past I usually get shot down. I don't think I have much style. CK: Has the internet really been helpful to your promotion? Steph Macleod: Absolutely CK: Day time or Night time? Steph Macleod: EITHER OR CK: If your band could open for a headlining act, who would it be and why? Steph Macleod: Seasick Steve because thats the last live act I was at and he was awesome! CK: Are you looking to get a record deal? Why? Steph Macleod: I'm signed to D&M records in the USA at the moment and I'm happy with that. I don't care for the limelight but would certainly enjoy my music getting airtime, CK: Let us say that you have been just signed by a major label and they say time to move 2500 miles. Now what, would you be able to move? Steph Macleod: It depends on the deal, how it would effect my family life, and where exactly we were moving to. If all of the above were good then yes. CK: What you feel is the most important thing about your music? Steph Macleod: It's all original and can be played live. CK: Most people will never know what it feels like to be on stage in front of a crowd, explain to them that feeling: Steph Macleod: I really enjoy playing live. Its an adrenaline rush. I do it, for the most part because I really enjoy playing and everytime I play I give it everything. For people to be there to enjoy something that you too enjoy is such a compliment. When people enjoy your music and have that in common with you it's really an amazing thing. To be very personal it's almost like they get you finally. That's cool! CK: Who are your biggest influences? Steph Macleod: God, My Family, And Life. Musically, anything that cooks and gets my attention will no doubt influence me. CK: Do you feel that "underground" is just a marketing term like anything else? Steph Macleod: It can be a marketing term if you want it to be. It can also be a genre, a culture, and a form of transport. CK: What would you like to change about your city's local music scene? Steph Macleod: Everything. Not enough individuality and it's far too caught up in social groups. It's who you know not this guy or lass kicks it. CK: Where do you practice as a band and how often? Steph Macleod: Everyday in my house. CK: If you wanted to make your own genre name, what would it be? Steph Macleod: Realistic CK: When did you first start singing, what made you choose music? Steph Macleod: I started singing in rehab when I began writing songs. Its grown from there. I was 25. I chose music because it makes me feel like I'm free and I can truly be myself when I play. [ ClubKnowledge ] Copyright 2002-2004 ClubKnowledge All Rights Reserved
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