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Bastian Released an EP: 'Disconnected: Wave One' on april 2019. Please have a listen on your favorite channel!
Disconnected: The debut of singer/songwriter Bastian Steven.
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.
“A soulful-pop album with songs about life and connections between human beings. A reflection of today’s world and some very personal, dark and sunny times”
“this EP is 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, so I could not break them up. I just makes sense this way”
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.
Little over a year into writing I knew I was on the right track when I met my friend and guitar player Niels Onstenk. When writing music, Niels has got everything I don’t have and visa versa. I am a storyteller while Niels can really zoom in. He has the ability to push me as an artist. What he brings to the table, his musicality as a guitar player and songwriter, is unbelievable and priceless to me.
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.