Music Q&A:
Stevie King

The Ecuador-born, UK-based singer releases his debut single Blue Car on 18 August

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What informs your music and songwriting?
Hypothetical stories based on fake scenarios that come into my head.

How have you evolved as an artist over the years?
I’ve taken different styles over the years. When I first started I wanted to do psychedelic music. Thank God that did not work out. Currently, I try to keep things simple. Good melodies, great chord progressions and sophisticated lyrics.

What are you up to at the moment artistically?
I am writing a new song called California. It is about a successful artist who has suicidal thoughts but he is still encouraged to live by his success.

What’s on your rider?
I want to include holograms to my shows. It is very important to me to have a very theatrical stage, like the one from Roger Waters’ The Wall Tour.

Tell us you’re most embarrassing or surreal experience.
When I first started as a musician, the first show I had was terrible, terrible, terrible. It was a complete disaster; I remember that I was so nervous that I changed the set list one hour before playing and my band members did not know the songs. It was a mess. My parents showed me videos the next day. I almost quit music. The rest of my bandmates never touched an instrument again.

What song do you wish you’d written?
Billie Jean.

What’s your worst lyric?

Haha, it is a reggaeton song. Someday I will share it.

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