Stevie Soul

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Stevie Soul is back with his latest audiovisual project: "Up All Night", an RnB beatbox and guitar-driven performance piece. His second release builds upon the aesthetic established with his debut single, "Breathe", while also taking new risks and pushing his voice into a world of neon lights.

Teaming back up with musician Omar Aragones, producer Drew Michael and director David Tappan, the team decided to imbue the video with the theatricality of a live performance. Moody theatrical lighting shifts, long tracking shots, and an incredible view from a rooftop penthouse apartment in the historic Claridge House building near Capitol Park were all used to create a minimalistic, yet mysterious aesthetic. The video was designed as a complement to the track's conflicting emotions of anxiety, regret and gratitude.

 
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“Breathe” is a raw and honest portrait of Stevie Soul as a mature artist who sees the world with cynical eyes. Since the release of his last record Stevie has grown as a musician, learned some of life's tougher lessons, and expanded his creative pursuits into mediums like film. It is only natural that he would use these experiences to fuel his next project as a very different kind of release.

Stevie decided to collaborate with a multidisciplinary team of artists such as music producer Omar Aragones and writer/director David Tappan to bring to life "Breathe". Conceptualized as an audiovisual statement which is equal parts audio and visual, "Breathe" is filled with the angst and anxiety of an artist entering his 30's and battling with the feeling that the world is beating you down. The piece is moody and performance-driven, filled with a sense of loss, nostalgia, and dark mystery. Yet it shows how in the face of an overwhelming sense of drowning in the pressures and expectations of society it is possible to find peace. All you have to do is breathe. Just breathe.

The location of the film was just as integral to the meaning behind it. Silvio's pizzeria was once an iconic location from Stevie's youth. Now the garden which used to be a gold mine of handmade sculptures, art, and culture has now fallen apart and been taken over by the elements. This unsettling backdrop played as the perfect texture to set the tone for an artist who is grappling with the death of innocence.

The music was written and performed by Stevie Soul and produced by Omar Aragones. The film was produced by Stevie Soul and written/directed by David Tappan.

 
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“YOU WALK INTO A ROOM. YOU HEAR A TRUMPET. YOU HEAR DRUMS. NATURALLY, YOU THINK YOU’RE ABOUT TO LOOK OVER AND SEE A STAGE FULL OF INSTRUMENTS. INSTEAD, YOU SEE STEVIE SOUL – DETROIT BEAT BOXER, ARMED WITH NOTHING BUT A MICROPHONE…AND HIS INCREDIBLE TALENT.” 

-CBS

 
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