We are delighted to announce that Rebecca from Stereo Stickman is hosting a BlueJay session on Sunday the 17th December at 7pm and we can’t quite contain our excitement!
Stereo Stickman is an online magazine that regularly posts articles featuring the latest underground music news. It is also a platform where unsigned artists can promote their music.
Their site features every genre from punk rock to soul, and is dedicated to showcasing lesser well-known artists.
Below is our interview with Rebecca, so read on to find out who she is and why she is so passionate about music.
I’d say it offers a mellow ambience with a gritty centre. A bit like a nectarine – soft on the outside, but the centre’s where it all began; that’s where the truth lies. (Does the truth lie?)
Music to me means freedom. To make it or to immerse yourself in it is to free yourself from concern for a while, from emotional turmoil or judgement or whatever it is that surrounds you and makes life difficult.
It’s powerful escapism, but it’s into a world of shared understanding and honest expression, rather than somewhere fictional.
A lot of artists say things in their music that they wouldn’t feel comfortable saying in conversation. Which is weird, but it works, and then we hear it, and we connect with it, and we’re glad they said it – we feel like they said it just for us.
That’s not just lyricism, that’s the whole mood of the music; the movement, the melody, the structure, the feeling it passes on to you.
My life revolves around music – creating it, writing about it, listening to it, talking about it, thinking about it. I love it.
It’s the one thing we can all connect through – all of us, all over the planet. That’s pretty magical, definitely something we need to preserve and utilise and celebrate.
I love writing songs, I’ve become part of some amazing communities online where we share and enjoy underground or under-the-radar releases, people are generally so supportive.
It changes the way you feel about making music when it becomes a gift for someone else, it’s no longer just an outlet for your own demons or joys – it has a slightly more colourful purpose.
I have so many songs I want to put out but it takes far too long getting things crafted and mixed and mastered to the point that it hits in the way that I want it to hit. I released an EP two years ago and my first official music video came out this summer.
I hope to release a lot more in 2018. We have a home studio and we’re happy where we are right now, so there’s nothing standing in the way.
The first time I ever heard a Tracy Chapman song was the moment I realised music could be awesome. I was probably 17, in a bar in Greece somewhere with a friend from college.
Before then it had all been mainstream radio, I had no wider knowledge of what was out there (although I did play to death a Eurythmics tape as a child, mainly ‘There Must Be an Angel’).
Soon after that I discovered the Chilli Peppers, Pearl Jam, Incubus, Eminem, Faithless, Zero 7, Sublime, Brand New, Audioslave, Jimi Hendrix – I became obsessed. I used to root through people’s CD collections and just write down or borrow anything I hadn’t heard yet.
I love music that’s expressive, passionate, creative, unexpected. Genre doesn’t play too much of a role.
Probably not. I’m fairly reserved when it comes to my own music. I’m excited to talk about and share other people’s creative work.
Some of these musicians are incredible and you just want so much for the world to love them with you.
It will be like when you get home from a night out and you take turns sharing your favourite new songs with each other on YouTube. Except every turn is mine. Ha.
We post daily music reviews and interviews for the most part. These are in-depth write-ups of new releases.
I try to highlight the strengths in the music, the things that grab you the most, and if I can take that and turn it into a sentence and then quote that sentence – hopefully it gets the newsfeed scrollers to stop by and press play.
On top of that, there are tons of articles on creativity, performance anxiety, music production, how to get gigs, music tech features – anything goes, anything that might be of value to fellow songwriters and composers, or of interest to music fans in general.
We’re always happy to welcome new writers as well if anyone has a passion for music or a story to tell.
What do you look for in the artists that you review? What compels you to feature an artist on your featured page?
The same as with my personal influences I guess, anything that has a bit of an alternative glow to it but that is still professionally and considerately crafted.
If you love what you do, and you take the time to make it sound how it did in your head when you were first cooking it up – that will show, and it will work.
It also helps if they’re someone pleasant or easy to communicate with. It’s much more rewarding and meaningful if you can build something that lasts. Everyone’s welcome.
Getting people to click through is the big one. Getting likes for a quote or some artwork is great, but the content is the soul of the project.
No matter how incredible the track is or what you’ve written about it, people will scroll right past if you don’t offer that something special in the brief snippet that appears in front of them.
If you spend time learning where the audiences are, you can work out ways to approach and promote stuff that’s of value to them.
Everyone loves finding new music, but there’s so much out there that we often don’t trust or have time for a brand-new face or name.
As a website for everyone, we try to share as many articles as possible about various musical topics, so that we can grow our community, maybe change the way people hear certain types of music, then everyone gets something out of it and the reviews become even more valuable for the artists involved.
This year has been phenomenal. Off the top of my head – Cranford Hollow are incredible, the perfect soundtrack to drive to. Drive On Mak, superb, so creative – brilliant story tellers.
For EDM or ambient soundscapes – Woochia (stunning), DJ Foh, Anton Cullen, JEIA – her creativity is through the roof. The Jason Gisser Band, Neonomora, Ben Brookes, Jacob Didas.
I can’t even, I would just go on and on. I love that I get to do this every day.
I’ll introduce my favourite tracks each week, ranging from throughout the past two years. I’ll talk about why they’re so special, what you should be able to get from it, maybe interesting stories behind some of the songs, maybe ponder what a certain lyric meant.
I’ll probably waffle on about song writing and how therapeutic it is to make or embrace music.
There will be lots of excitement and enthusiasm but presented in a fairly mellow manner. The tone may depend on whether or not the show coincides with coffee-time or whisky-time (or both – it is Christmas after all).
Most probably I’ll get the occasional guest in to chat about all things musically magical.
Anyone and everyone who is working hard at their craft and creating original music from the heart. It could range from the delicate and acoustic to the heavy and hard hitting.
The first show is going to be huge as I’ve been brewing this particular playlist for a while now.
In future, if anyone would be like to be featured – just check out the contact tab at stereostickman.com or drop me a message on social media.
I’m always up for connecting with creative minds.
Thank you so much for the interview and opportunity BlueJay – you guys are amazing. I hope 2018 brings you plenty of awesomeness!
You should also check out Stereo Stickman on SoundCloud for some of their favourite artists.
Tune in to Rebecca’s session on Sunday the 17th December at 7pm by downloading the free BlueJay app here: