Korea-based-Kiwi-via-London Electronica – Original music from Stephen Hay

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New Single! Weeee!

First new track for quite some time… check it out above.

The last year has been quite a journey – leaving London and my life there (and band) behind, finding temp work in New Zealand for a few months, and now teaching English to primary school students in South Korea. It’s actually super fun, who knew? 진짜 재미있어요! In a way, having a full-time job has freed me up to pursue my own desires when it comes to music, without the pressure to make something financially successful, or even popular. It’s a hobby, for now, and I’m ok with that.

As I’ve mentioned, my music is going a lot more electronic these days. I’ve been really enchanted by artists such as James Blake, Flying Lotus, Holden, Seekae, Little Dragon… too many to name, but all the new sounds going in my ears are being chewed up, and spat back out in my own work. Not by my ears though, that’s gross! It’s pushing me as a producer since it’s not really my comfort zone. I gotta find ways to make it sound awesome without just recording a hundred layers of guitars. Also since I don’t have the resources I did in London, I’m now producing and mixing everything myself. Gotta learn somehow, right?

I considered waiting until I’d finished four or five tracks to release an EP or album of some kind, but honestly – it’s taken me so long to finish one track in my spare time, I’d rather just put it out while I’m still happy with it.  It also frees me up to keep exploring sounds, so don’t be too surprised if my next song sounds different again. I’ll think about EP’s and albums when I’m doing it full-time again, hopefully in the not-too-distant future. I wouldn’t mind doing some kinda music video though… if you know any artsy and creative film directors based in Seoul, let me know.

You can stream the track from soundcloud above, or for the proper-quality version, just go ahead and download it – it’s free! I recommend some decent headphones or speakers, or you could miss out the fun stuff happening down low. Please share it if you like it!

So that’s it from me, until I get my A-into-G and crank out another tune. Back to the drawing board.

Merry Christmas!

“For A Time” EP now FREE

 

I can’t believe it’s been 5 months since I released my EP! It was amazing to see the videos being shared like crazy online, thanks to everyone who helped me promote it. Here’s two things I’ve noticed over the last while:

  • People like to consume music via youtube, and are a lot less likely to buy/download mp3’s
  • My taste in music has changed dramatically since I wrote and produced this EP

I’m getting into electronic music in a pretty big way, and even some alternative hip hop (who would have known??). This means the music I’ll be producing next will sound quite different to my humble ‘alternative-pop’ beginnings. I’m still learning how to make electronic music (and there is a LOT to learn!) so I’m not committing to any sort of release date, but I thought in the meantime I’d make “For A Time” available for free. I want to give casual listeners a chance to get into it, and make sure everybody who already has has the thing on their ipod/phone. As always, please share it on facebook, or even better, with a friend you think would like it. I’m really looking forward to showing you some of the new music I’m working on, so watch this space!

Seeya

Stephen

 

“For A Time” EP out now

 

I’m super excited to announce my debut EP “For A Time” is now officially available! You can get hold of it on my bandcamp page, where you’ll also get a beautiful 14-page digital booklet with lyrics and some behind-the-scenes photos. I’ve also uploaded last two music videos to my youtube channel, so go check them out and share them with all your friends. Yep, ALL of them. And for convenience’s sake, the EP is also available on iTunes and Spotify (minus the digital booklet and lyrics) if that’s easier for you.

Again, a massive thank you to everyone who’s been involved in some way, and for everyone who came down to the the EP launch. I honestly could not have pulled this off on my own. Thanks!

Peace
Stephen

Second Video Online

I just posted the second video from my “For A Time” EP / video series.  Hope you like it – 1000 points if you can spot the pigeon!

Really excited about my EP launch tomorrow! Rehearsals have been great and my band & I have worked really hard to make the songs sound huge. See you there.

22/10/2013 – 7pm doors / 8pm music
Roadtrip & The Workshop
243 Old Street
London EC1V 9EY

EP Launch – 22/10/13

FOR A TIME - Stephen Hay EP Launch - 22/10/13. Roadtrip Bar, 243 Old St, London EC1V 9EY, 7pm doors. Free entry

My EP is finally coming out on the 22nd of October, and we’re having a launch party-slash-gig to celebrate! I’ll be playing the EP with my live band, the EP will go on sale online and we’ll also have a guest artist open up the night.

In the meantime, here’s the first track and video from the EP – it’d be amazing if you could share it online so we can build some momentum for the launch. See you there!

Stephen

Debut EP coming soon

For A Time - Stephen Hay