FYIG Chats With Singer/Songwriter Steven Blane

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Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Well, I’m a brand new grandfather! Makes me wonder where the time went 🙂 I’m also a Rabbi and Cantor and of course, a singer-songwriter. I have been a songwriter ever since I was 15 years old. I still remember some of the songs I wrote back then. But what I really want to tell you about myself, is that after all these years, I’m finally realizing my artist’s voice. I feel strong. My songs are solid, my craft is tight and my lyrics have something interesting to say. Vocally I’m better than ever. And I love playing my music.

How did you get your start in music?

I think what happened was when I was 8 or 9, I discovered I could sing,  and people liked to hear me do it. That was a long time ago, but you know sometimes it only takes one meaningful moment to change your life. By the time I was in high school, I was hooked on playing guitar and singing for the girls.

How would you describe your musical style?

My style is Neo-1960’s/70’s Rock n’ Roll tinged with Jazz. I sound a little like Elvis and Roy Orbison. I write in the styles of Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits, and Johnny Cash. I prefer up-tempo stuff to ballads.

Your album, “I Walk Alone” was just released. What can audiences expect from this set of songs?

Audiences should dig it! The album is filled with fun up-tempo songs. The songs are all original- but when you hear them, you think you’ve heard them before as they are rooted in the style of 1960’s Rock n’ Roll. Subject wise, “I Walk Alone” has boy-loses-girl songs, story songs, a torch ballad and an uplifting spiritual track.

This album was self-composed and self-produced. How important was it to do everything on your own and in your own way?

Wow, it was so important! The artist wants to paint what he sees. That’s no different for a songwriter – I want to record what I hear.

Although I do have a strong background in audio production, I had to re-learn and get deep into Logic X to be able to do what I needed to be done. And then, mixing and mastering are NOT easy, although the tools are readily available. Being able to edit my lyrics, melody and performance as I moved through the songs were truly liberating.

And while it probably would have been a stronger album if I had hired a producer and some killer musicians, scheduling time locks you in and the stress of the meter running effects creativity. All of that must be tempered by the fact that artists today are unlikely to make back the cost of producing a studio album. So since I could do it on my own, the process just felt right to me.

What’s next for your career?

Honestly, I just want to play. I’ve got it all going on right now. I need to be in front of people. And of course, I’m always editing old songs and working on new stuff 🙂

Do you have any live shows coming up? If so, what’s the experience like at one of your shows?

I play regularly (once or twice a week) in NYC and South Florida (where we stay in the winter). As a solo artist, I usually get the early slots, 6 or 7 pm. As you would imagine attendance at those times is, well, light. But every gig is an opportunity to learn and get stronger. I try to keep my head down and get the work done. I sometimes imagine what it will be like when I get a shot at something bigger. And I’m a very affable guy and I love to joke with anyone at the venues.

What advice would you have for aspiring singers/songwriters?

Get a job. Make a living. It’s easier to be an artist when you’ve got a few bucks in your pocket. Truth.

What’s your life like outside of the studio?

Personally, I am blessed. I try not to take anything for granted.

Let the readers know where to find you online.

Everything converges on my website: www.StevenBlane.com

Thanks for the opportunity to share 🙂