Interview: Steven Starley
Steven Starley is a singer/songwriter uniting his classic rock and Easy Listening influences. He has just released a new single, “You Fly Away.”
Q: What is the inspiration behind “You Fly Away”?
A: “You Fly Away” was actually inspired by a close friend’s experience and the accompanying problems and emotions.
Q: How have you evolved creatively?
A: I believe that my songwriting skills, and my recording skills as well, have improved greatly over the years, but my style of writing really hasn’t changed a lot.
Q: What was your introduction to music? How old were you, and how did it affect you?
A: I learned to play the piano at about 8 years of age. It wasn’t until I was 12, when I got my first guitar. That became my favorite instrument and I’ve played lead and rhythm guitar in bands ever since then!
Q: Did you grow up in a musical environment?
A:I didn’t grow up in a particularly musical family, but my younger sister learned to play the piano and is now quite accomplished.
Q: What styles of music had the greatest impact on you creatively?
A:I loved classic rock ever since I can remember. I loved going to rock concerts and playing rock in my bands, although most of the music
that I write and record now is in the Easy Listening category.
Q: How would you describe your musical style?
A:My musical style would now probably be all the way from rock to Easy Listening.
Q: What are your goals, artistically speaking?
A: My goals now, are writing and recording my own music. If I make a little money from it, so much the better!
Q: What artists influenced you the most growing up?
A: I loved the Doobie Brothers, Steely Dan, Led Zeppelin, Rush, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and many others.