Skye Stevens Talks "Rewind" and More
Fri, 04 Jan 2013 08:56:17
"We're pulling out all the stops," exclaims Skye Stevens.
That's actually an understatement in his case. The pop singer's brand new track "Rewind" shimmers with uncontainable energy and pure dance floor swagger. It's an infectious gem that you'll have on repeat infinitely. He's already shared the stage with everyone from Austin Mahone and Cher Lloyd to Phillip Phillips and Andy Grammer, and you can expect to see a whole lot more of him in 2013.
In this exclusive interview with ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino, Skye Stevens shares the story behind "Rewind" and so much more.
What's the story behind "Rewind"?
When we were first developing and creating my overall sound, we wanted to blend the urban world with the pop dance world and create a specific style that was true to me and who I am. Now, I definitely consider myself a fusion of the urban and dance worlds. With "Rewind", it was really interesting. Some elements in life that are the most meaningful and incredible are time and love. They're both intangible. The only ways to experience either of those things are to actually be in love or out of love. As for time, everyday you go through life, and it's always moving forward. We wanted to create a record that allows the listener to reflect back on a time when you were in love or you were remembering something that touches you. We wanted to take the listener on a real emotional ride but keep it positive with the beat.
What artists shaped you?
The first record I remember ever really listening to was a Michael Jackson record. I remember hearing it and being obsessed with what this person looked like. My parents showed me one of his music videos. It watched all of his videos on a compilation VHS that had all of his greatest hit music videos. I remember rewinding, no pun intended, back to the start and watching it over and over again. I was only five-years-old. When he and Janet Jackson enter on to a stage, there are no ifs, ands, or buts about what's going to happen. Everything they do, have done, and are still doing is so strategic and exact that I feel like they were teachers to me as a kid. My mentality has grown off of them and helped me evolve as an artist or person. Whenever I'm doing something and I feel tired, I think, "Well, Michael and Janet would power through this or they would even take it a step further. How am I going to take it a step further?" I also turn back to them. Other artists that really inspire me are Ne-Yo, Chris Brown, and Usher. I think Lil Wayne does some really great stuff. They're artists who take things to another level.
Is it important for you to paint pictures with the songs and tell stories?
With any record, it's important to be able to get personal. At the same time, I think we left the hook and pre-chorus in a light that allowed listeners to paint their own pictures as well.
Do you keep the live show in mind when you're making music?
I do, and I don't at the same time. When it comes to the live show, it's really crazy. We go in and full. My live show has a lot of individuality in its performance on its own. I think dancing is a language too. When you're hitting it really hard, everything has to have elements that either reflect the music or go against it.
Have you heard "Rewind" yet? Download "Rewind" at iTunes.