Bastian Released an EP: 'Disconnected: Wave One' on april 2019.
From october 2019 on: A new Single Every Month for a Year, on the 15th of every month!
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Disconnected: The debut of singer/songwriter Bastian Steven. A bundle of 18 songs.
The first contours of Disconnected can be traced back to around three years ago.
"I have spent the past three years constantly writing new songs and testing the waters with live performances.
“Soulful-pop songs about life and connections between human beings. A reflection of today’s world and some very personal, dark and sunny times”
“these songs are a reflection of me as a singer and a songwriter and of what I’ve experienced and been through these past few years. These songs just fit together and tell my story".
I live in the small but beautiful city of Arnhem, in the Netherlands.
Music has always played the biggest role in my life. Growing up I have always made music with my family. My father is a guitar player and guitar-builder and my sister is a jazz singer.
When I was old enough to drink I started working in the coolest bar in town; ‘Dollars LIVE’. A bar with live-music every night. I first started working there as a bartender but quickly made my way up the stage. I have played there, every Saturday night, for years. Through Dollars I submerged into the music scene and met countless creative people. I started playing in different bands and played in every corner of the Netherlands, at Bars, festivals, at private parties and even weddings.
It was in the year 2010, when I was asked to joint ‘this new project’ and became the lead singer of the ‘New Vintage’ Soul-group: Dear Mr. Man. Being a member of this band I really developed myself as a songwriter. To play with these guys was awesome. We released two albums, played at the coolest venues in the Netherlands as the support act of famous Dutch bands ‘KANE’ and ‘De Dijk’ and our music was used in the 2015 tv-commercial of Hooghoudt Jenever.
For me it was the right time for a solo project. With 100% of my personal thoughts converted into music.
In the time that followed, I wrote of whole lot of songs. Threw most of them away, and wrote some more.
The songs on Disconnected are a reflection of what goes on in my mind. Writing the songs helped me catalogue my memories, and think about the future. The songs made me deal with some of my hardest moments, so it’s the most personal work I have ever written. While for me the songs on Disconnected are about ‘of-the-moment subjects’, the songs actually are timeless and relatable to the listener. ‘Trail Of Happiness’ for example is a song I wrote when my grandmother died. She was the queen of the family. I can remember so many nights with family, talking about all the great memories we had together. I suddenly became aware that I was ‘up a rank’ in the family tree. In those I find myself thinking about the future. I think this is a feeling a lot of people can sympathize with.
We live in a world that seems to be getting smaller with technology. “Everybody is connected”. But is it really true?
Sometimes i think we have moved away from the ‘real world’ and actually really are getting disconnected. We have stopped looking at and after each other and stare into a fake world on a screen all day. I believe the world we now live in screams for music that reconnects people. Next to being a musician, I hold a master’s degree in social science. I have always been interested in human behavior. Why do people do what they do and why do they act like the act. What lies underneath and drives actions. What you can’t see is far more interesting and true.
After a while I recognized that every time a take an organic approach to writing a song, I often come back to this subject.
Writing songs without the bias of other band-members, really helped me form a vision about what kind of music I want to make and the message I want to share with the world. I feel the urge to be as honest as I can. Writing songs straight from the heart is what soul music is all about.
When you find yourself in that moment where you have written a line or melody that just feels right, you are the closest you can get to your own thoughts and feelings and hopefully to those of somebody else. That’s what life is all about.
A collaboration with Chris Kooreman (Beat Royalty Group, LA) followed. He is a producer, adviser and helps us release music to the world!! Another collaboration is with Franky Mc Coy, Stichting UDbam Presents. She helps us with business development.
From october 2019 on: A new single every month for a year! Every month, on the 15th of the month a new single will be released.
The songs 'Al keeps Falling down' 'Freedom & Fireworks' , 'Moving on Slowly and the Lateest Single: 'Disconnected' all where added to 'New Music Friday' and Soul 'N' The city on Spotify.
feb 2020: Bastian did a live recording while surrounded by the audience. A beautiful show at Luxor Live. The video's will be released next to the studio-release. so you can listen to the studio version and experience the live feel of the new music! enjoy and let me know what you think!