Today’s interview session here on Music Arena we had questions and answers with a very talented musician, composer, and producer, he’s the whole package! Stephen Caulfield is the name. He’s a Reading and United Kingdom based artist who just released a very beautiful original EP titled “The Night Came For You”. If you want to know more about this release and about the artist, continue reading.
What is your real name?
What’s your official Stage Name (showbiz name)?
What do you do (fashion, music, comedy, artist, dancer, etc.)?
Musician, composer and producer. I’m also a keen photographer and enjoy making my own artwork and videos for my music.
How did you get into what you do (music, modelling, art, dance, etc.?)
I grew up in a pretty large musical family with what felt like music all around me all the time. However, I’ve always preferred writing and working on my own and following my own passions. I got a little acoustic guitar for Christmas as a kid and learnt to play it, then I taught myself to play the piano and eventually got into music technology like synths, sequencers and computers and never looked back.
What field or genre are you into and give a brief description of what your career/profession/ field feels like?
I’m a singer/songwriter as well as a film composer, so the first thing that happens is I usually decide which side of the fence the music I’m working on will live, usually driven by whether words and lyrics start to suggest themselves. The music I write tends to be quite atmospheric and cinematic and with songs this leads to genres such as alternative, post-rock and indie, whereas my film music is more in the ambient and contemporary classical genres.
Who or what inspires you or motivates you? And why?
I’m always looking for anything I can lay my hands on that makes some kind of interesting music or noise which means that I never become too locked into any particular music style or genre, something that is still reflected in the music that I listen to and create. I love playing around with new instruments and sounds, but I also like just sitting and playing the piano and guitar and just seeing what will happen and what melodies come into my head. Essentially, I love music that moves me emotionally in some way whether I am the one making it or not.
What was your first project and the people you worked with and which year?
My first single, Make It Better was released back in 2010. Like the majority of my work, it was a solo effort.
How many projects do you have so far?
I’ve released 5 albums and a few EPs. I’ve also done three film soundtracks for the acclaimed From Bedroom to Billions gaming documentary trilogy.
How long have you been doing what you do?
I’ve been making music ever since I worked out how to connect a keyboard to a computer and I haven’t stopped since, although I do break for a cup of tea every now and then.
What do you look out for in this line of business?
I like making music that hopefully gives some kind of emotional reaction to the listener, which is what I like when listening to other people’s music.
Have you won any awards or been nominated for an award? Or in short, any achievement? Both in and out of your career path.
Nothing since I won the fancy dress competition at school aged 9.
What is this new release about?
“The Night Came For” You is an alternative ambient singer-songwriter song about succumbing to the darkness of the night and the temptations that it offers. It is built around a series for repeating musical phrases and tape loops with the vocals being joined by more and more layers and harmonies as it progresses, before fading with the final vocal loop distorting and degrading through repetition.
Who and how many people worked on it?
Written, performed and produced by myself.
What can your previous and new audiences anticipate from you in the future?
“The Night Came For You” is my first release in a few years and taken from my upcoming sixth album, Signal Fire. I will be releasing more songs over the coming months with the album following later this year.