Since the early stages of Stēvi M’s life, she found out music was an integral part of her life, she nurtured that craft to near perfection and she keeps getting better by the day. From the onset, she got hooked to music creation and hasn’t looked back since then.
For years Stēvi M was doing live performances in opera and musical theatre, unfortunately, this journey was put on hold due to a voice injury, which made it very difficult for her to continue doing what she loved doing.
She gravitated toward writing songs, songs that can stand the test of time and are mesmerizing. With time she was able to get back on track, she found her voice and has been sturdily moving up. Her vocal aspect makes listening to her intriguing and enchanting.
In a recent interview with Mister Styx of Musicarenagh, Stēvi M shared some bits and pieces of her life, she touched on how her musical journey has been even after she lost her voice. She also shared the inspiration behind her latest single ‘Watch Me Go”
Watch Me Go is a sexy, latin-inspired pop song that is about stepping out into your own personal power. The tango, rumba, and cha cha rhythms along with soaring strings, soulful vocals, and smooth rap break will take you from the club to the ballroom” says Stēvi M
Get the full interview below while you enjoy Watch Me Go
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What is your stage name:
Is there a story behind your stage name?
Stevie has been my nickname for a long time. One time a Starbucks barista spelled it with just the I on my drink and I have loved it ever since! M is my last initial.
Where do you find inspiration?
I find a lot of inspiration from my spiritual journey. I am always working to be the most healed and whole version of myself. I tend to write about the lessons I learn along the way. This helps me and could also help others. Musically I get inspiration from amazing artists I have grown up listening to or artists who are doing great things now. For my newest song, Watch Me Go, I was inspired by my Ballroom dancing hobby I started last year.
What was the role of music in the early years of your life?
From the time I could talk I was singing. I used to play the Annie movie over and over and perform all of the songs. I am sure it was very annoying 😂. Growing up music was, in part, a refuge from the meanness of the kids in my school. It was a safe play space and a way to process some big emotions which can be hard for kids.
Are you from a musical or artistic family?
In many ways yes. My Biological Dad was a songwriter and self taught musician. I like to think he is helping me from the other side. Also, one grandparent on each side was also a good singer.
Who inspired you to be a part of the music industry?
For a long time I was a live performer in opera and musical theatre. In 2017 I had a voice injury that made it too hard to continue to do those things for the time being. In that time I had the chance to get quiet and I started writing more and more.
I realized writing songs was such an integral part of me that I transitioned into being a recording artist and started releasing those songs. I am happy to say that I am feeling much better.
How did you learn to sing/write/to play? I have sung since I was very little. I started voice lessons around 14 years old. I am mostly self taught on the keyboard, though I did take class piano in college. Writing was something I started doing at around age 12. I started experimenting with telling stories with melodies and writing some bad pop and showtunes. Little by little they got better and better.
What was the first concert that you ever went to and who did you see perform?
The first one I remember was my parents took me to see Neil Diamond when I was about 8. I had a fun time but didn’t really vibe with the music. He is a legend, it just wasn’t for me at the time.
How could you describe your music?
I would describe my music as empowering pop music with a flair for the retro and/or the dramatic.
Describe your creative process.
I usually start with the message or topic of the song. I do some free writing or “brain dumping” about the topic. Somewhere along the way something catchy will come to me and I will build on it. I write a lot when I am in the car or before I go to sleep. I also love to co-write because then we get to feed off each other’s energy and take the best of both/all of us.
What is your main inspiration?
My main inspiration is my commitment to what I believe is my soul’s purpose, which is helping people to know their own worth and to love themselves. Self-love is the most selfless thing you can do because when you are strong and fulfilled, you have so much to give to this world.
What musician do you admire most and why?
There are so any amazing artists that I admire more than words can express. Right now the ones that come to mind are Adele, Lady Gaga, Lizzo, Michael Jackson, Cindy Lauper, Mariah Carey, Lauren Hill, Whitney Houston, Stevie Wonder, the list goes on.
What I love about these artists (and more) is their authenticity and their commitment to being who they are and saying what they have to say, and using their amazing talent to do it.
Did your style evolve since the beginning of your career?
Well, considering I thought I was going to be an opera singer, yes! Pop music is my first love but I let a lot of limiting beliefs get into my head. Growing up there were a lot of unfair standards put on young pop singers in terms of their image.
I wanted no part of that, so I sought to find ways to play characters and portray many different identities, so that off stage I could just be me, whatever that meant at the time.
Who do you see as your main competitor?
My main competitor is that voice in my head who tells me to be “realistic.” That voice can take a whole seat. I do not compete against other artists. What is meant for us will not pass us by.
What are your interests outside of music?
I love to dance and do other creative things like make jewelry. I also am very spiritual and love to meditate and work with energy.
If it wasn’t a music career, what would you be doing?
Probably something else artistic and expressive. Maybe a dancer, or artist, or a reiki practitioner??
What is the biggest problem you have encountered in the journey of music?
My biggest obstacle has been finding the time and resources to do all of the creative projects I want to do, and then finding the time to get them to the right people. I am always working on these things.
If you could change one thing in the music industry, what would it be?
The beauty standard.
Why did you choose this as the title of this project?
Watch Me Go is about me finding my personal power enough to just be myself and do what I want to do, even when people say I can’t. I used Ballroom as my inspiration because it was never something I thought I would do well at and I surprised myself by winning one of my school’s competitions.
What are your plans for the coming months?
I plan to finish a couple more tracks for an upcoming EP., write some more, and I would love to see this song in a reality show or commercial.
Do you have any artistic collaboration plans?
I am collaborating on 2 tracks right now with some very talented people. More on that in the coming months.
What message would you like to give to your fans?
If you take nothing else from me, I want you to know that you are worthy of everything you ever wanted and so much more. Knowing your worth changes everything. People are well meaning but their words are often discouraging. You don’t have to receive those words! If you feel strongly about your vision and purpose, go do it! You will find a way. Your own way. If you need encouragement hit me up!