His quarantine acoustic album is just what we needed!
With cold weather upon us, Stephen Day’s latest album “Original Songs and Sound” perfectly blends his blues and country infused music. If there’s one thing we know for certain, Day has undeniable talent. This Georgia native took a moment to speak with Tonight Mag about his latest release, future goals and more! Get to know the artist below!
Congratulations on your latest release “When It Was Always You”! What’s it like releasing music during quarantine?
“It’s a pretty weird feeling honestly! Still lots of fun, but the communal aspect like with everything else is missing. You know? Like I had some peeps text and call to say “congrats” and “Dude, new songs sound great!”, but not seeing people in person just kinda takes the oomph out of it.”
How have you seen your Georgia roots influence the music you make?
“For sure. I grew up in the church and around southern culture, so I think blues, gospel, and country all find their way into my music and songwriting somehow. It’s not always so obvious to me when it does, but I know it’s there influencing the choices I’m making whether I’m trying to engage that part of my personality or not.”
How would you describe your music to someone who has never heard it before?
“The easiest way to put it would be singer/songwriter, but I also like to mention that I’m influenced by lots of soul music because a lot of people immediately think folk when they hear singer/songwriter and I don’t think I really fit perfectly into that category.”
Have you always known you wanted to be an artist? What was your journey to get here?
“I think the idea of being an artist always sounded fun to me. Pretty much all throughout high school I knew that’s the direction I wanted to go. For me, it was like music was the only thing that made sense. I knew I could probably do something else, but music seemed like the only thing that would really make me happy. Sometimes I’ll think about doing something else, but it always feels like that’s out of spite or doubting my musical abilities. So, lots of times it ends up feeling like I’m right where I’m supposed to be.”
What was it like producing and writing music in quarantine without the normal recording experience?
“Exciting in a whole new way. I’d always wanted to produce my own music to some extent and this felt like the perfect moment to do it. So, I still can’t believe that I actually did it and the songs are already being released. It pushed me a totally different way. I think I’ve learned things that I will carry with me for the rest of my life from this experience. Whether they are personal, musical, or technical things, they all feel important and like they are marking a new chapter of my life and career.”
As a fast growing artist, what is a goal you hope to accomplish, and how do you plan on achieving it?
“The dream would ultimately be to start touring again when things are safe and get some crucial opening spots that help me get to that next step. I’m also ready to make the perfect record. I don’t know what that really means for me, but I just feel hungry to make my most beautiful album yet, and really give it everything I’ve got.”