• Allie Russell

Steve Shaz opens up about his biggest mistake as an artist and more

I love it when indie artists and fresh artists reach out to our blog. They have so many interesting stories and views on the different aspects of music. Today we have an interview with the multi-genre artist Steve Shaz!

What is your musical background? How did you get into music?

I’m the first in my family to make music. No one in my family even plays an instrument. As a kid like till around grade 2 I remember I wasn’t at all into music. Then in grade 3 one of my older friends came by to give me some games on my laptop and he also transferred Never say never by Justin Bieber and Jaden Smith from “The Karate Kid” movie. I remember telling him that I am not into music, but he insisted on giving it a try. And man did I love it. I used to spend like an hour or 2 everyday listening to music. That time was dedicated solely just to music. I didn't do anything else during those hours. And with time my bond with music has only become stronger.

Why did you choose to be an artist?

Years ago, a few months before the pandemic, when everyone was choosing careers at my school, I asked myself what did I enjoy the most? Singing with my friends, performing on stage, jamming in my bedroom were the things I had the most fun doing. That moment I realized that I should do this.

Tell me how you have been developing your music this far

I try to make the best I can with what little material I have. I don’t have a fancy setup, just a daw on my dad’s old laptop that I use now. Most of my work is midi generated coz of that. Honestly though, keeping that and the my lack of professionalism and knowledge in mind I’m kinda proud of the tracks I’ve come up with.

Describe your dream project

I already have so many ideas about my future albums. I wanna make an album with a very detailed structure. Something like Kendrick did on To Pimp a Butterfly. I want the lyrics to tell a story that connects different songs and has a very well thought instrumental structure, like every song leads to the next one. I wanna incorporate different sounds to give it a wide range and yet i want it to sound like one album. You know what I mean? For that reason I will call it “Red Mixtape” coz like a mixtape It will have different and sometimes random instrumentals and production styles but it will fix in extremely well like an album. Its kinda hypocritical to make an album and name it mixtape but that’s what i wanna do.

What are your biggest influences?

Tyler, the creator, Billie Eilish and FINNEAS, 21 Pilots and Harry Styles are my biggest influences for writing lyrics and producing. I remember when I started making music, I wanted to create something like Bad Guy so badly.

How do you overcome creative blocks?

Man, I really hate creative blocks! Most times I just leave the project there and get back at it later with a fresh mind. But to be honest a lot many times even that doesn’t work so you just gotta wait for the universe or God to show you the next step.

What is the biggest mistake you have made in your career to this point?

My Biggest Mistake would be being more serious than having fun. I used to be very serious about all this, so much so that I spent most of my days being frustrated and stressed. I developed a lot many insecurities and anxiety, even now I struggle with them but thankfully I’m in a much better place mentally than I was a year ago. Instead of being serious what I should have done is to spend time consciously in the present and not worry about the future. I’m not saying that being serious about your career is bad, I'm saying moderation or rather having fun is extremely important too. I learned this the hard way. I think if I had not been so serious and had remembered why I started this, ‘coz of my love for music, I might have achieved stuff faster and made better projects. I wanted more so desperately that I neglected the treasures I had.

What is your biggest accomplishment in your career this far?

One of my tracks got played on radio in 6 countries and in 150 countries on e radio. Actually, I think I just got lucky.

Thank you for being on and sharing your thoughts with us! We wish you all the best in your musical advancements! Hope to see you back soon.