If you’re a fan of Bigroom, Trance & a bit of Rock Influence, then stop what you’re doing and check out STVW. He blends Bigroom-Trance & Rock into his releases. His latest release “Soulmate” showcases the true grit and nature of Bigroom, hardcore with a modern and melodic flare.
Hey Steve Glad to have you for the Q&A, tell us a little bit about yourself? (Name, age, where you’re from, what you do , etc)
Hey guys, thanks for having me! To introduce myself a little bit: I‘m Steve, 27 years old and I‘m from Munich, Germany! I‘m a music producer/DJ and I work as a web developer part-time on the side. Those who are familiar with my music know I mainly produce Bigroom with Trance or Punk-Rock influences but I also like to produce faster stuff like Hardstyle, Happy Hardcore, or completely different directions like Pop or Punk-Rock. I want to be a music producer who is able to produce all different kinds of music and don’t put myself in a box of only a Bigroom producer“, so I really like to experiment with a lot of different styles and try to incorporate that in my EDM productions.
What inspired you to start your music career?
I always loved music and music-related things since I was a kid. I was really interested in the technical part of how songs are being made and all the different instruments you need to create a full song. My favorite instrument has always been the Guitar, so I started to teach myself how to play when I was around 11 with a Guitar I got from my Dad. I was always a huge fan of Punk-Rock music and Skateboarding so I learned songs from my favorite bands like blink-182, Sum41, Nirvana, The Offspring, etc. Later when I was able to go to Clubs EDM really caught my attention and I fell in love with the music from Hardwell, W&W, Blasterjaxx, etc. which was more or less the reason why I downloaded Ableton and started to play around with beats and tried to create Bigroom music!
How was the production process on your latest single “Soulmate“?
Soulmate was really fun to make! Ben is such a nice and experienced guy. He really helped to take the song to the next level with his experience of what works live and whatnot. I basically had the initial idea down with my signature punk-rock-influenced breakdowns and the Happy Hardcore melody and Ben helped to put everything together and find the right Arrangement for the song! Super grateful I was able to work with Ben and can’t wait to create a follow-up song with him!
Which DJ/Producer has been your biggest influence?
For someone who may listen to the track for the first time, which sounds in the track should people look out for when listening to it?
I think the most interesting about Soulmate is the combination of the electronic plugin sounds and the real guitars, acoustic drum set, and organic sounds like strings.
How does it feel to be working with labels like Rave Culture, Revealed, and Spinnin?
it’s an honor and feels amazing every time to get recognition from that label and to see all the hard work throughout the last couple of years pay off
I’ve noticed you bounce around between genres with your production, do you have a favorite genre?
No, not really, as explained earlier I really love to produce different things and want to be seen as a „real“ music producer, not just a Bigroom artist. But If I had to pick one genre I would probably stick to my roots and go for Bigroom!
What has been your biggest career achievement to date?
I would say to work with so many amazing and talented producers & labels and have incredible fans who enjoy my music!
What are your ambitions for the future?
I always want to push the boundaries and improve my sound and production skills. Also of course bigger collaborations and live shows are on my list.
Do you have any hobbies aside from music production?
I love going to the gym (really important if you sit in your chair the whole day haha), spending time with my girlfriend & friends, playing basketball, skateboarding, and eating sushi haha!
What would be a dream collaboration for you?
If you could headline any festival, which one would it be and why?
That’s a hard question. I think Ultra Miami or Tomorrowland would be a dream because those are the festivals where I remember watching the live streams back in the days and where I discovered EDM / Bigroom! Those are very nostalgic to me!
If not DJs/Producers, what would you have been?
Probably a Software Developer!
What else shall we look forward to hearing from you in 2022?
A lot of new music is on the way and also some huge collaborations that I can’t tell much about yet but I´m very excited! In general, I´m going to keep combining EDM with Punk-Rock influences and I can´t wait to show you all the songs that are coming in the next months!
Finally, Would you like to share any tips for upcoming DJs & Producers
There are a lot of things I could tell here now but I think the most important is to enjoy what you do, find your own niche/sound and be patient. Sometimes you only get rejections and it takes a couple of years till something good happens but if music is really your passion just keep going and believe in yourself! We all have those moments where we think about quitting but in the end you’ll never find out if you would’ve achieved your goals if you quit. So just keep going, have fun making music and try to bring something new and fresh to the scene!