Stereo Off are an electropop band hailing from Brooklyn, New York. Their eclectic sound has been featured on the silver screen and their 3rd EP ‘Long Hot Winter’ is released early 2016.
Lead singer, Sebastian has a wealth of writing and production experience and advises us to never underestimate hard work and perseverance.
Biggest challenge to breaking out and sharing your music with new people
The sheer number of things available for humans to hear might be the biggest challenge for anyone in entertainment now.
Something’s that’s worked for you in reaching a larger audience
A team of people who help get a steady flow of your work to your fans online, socially or via word of mouth.
Most important lesson you have learned about social media
That it shines for art, music and activism, but not so much as a rant board.
A performance FAIL
A friend’s group featured me while they opened up for The Roots, and I was terrible!
A performance SUCCESS
Our first show with Stereo Off was my debut as a singer, so this performance turned both our band and my long time dream into a tangible reality.
Which singer has influenced you the most?
Sam Cooke. He was incredible and my dad would play his records all day.
Favourite vocal gear
My favorite vocal recording chain is a classic SSL mic preamp with a TLA1000 compressor strapped to it, because it sounds wonderful.
A musical lesson you’ve learned the hard way
To not slack off in music theory class, for obvious reasons.
A vocal lesson you’ve learned the hard way
Practice phrases more than you do entire pieces, so you hone the things that need more work and you will also have a close recovery point.
A few ingredients of a memorable vocal performance
Tone, passion and dynamics, in that order.
Most important lesson you have learned about vocal health
Form good habits early!
What is your secret to maintaining a professional career?
By working on diverse projects from writing film score pieces to remixing and engineering records, to singing on them, you learn a respect for many disciplines.
Stereo Off are a 5 piece band based in New York, enlisting an eclectic roster of musicians from the band scenes of London and NYC. In 2014, they released “New York”, their debut 5 song EP, and have also appeared in music soundtracks for various short films in 2013/2014, some of which have appeared in film festivals around the US. A second EP came out in August 2015 “The Long Hot Winter” and a third one is currently in the works, along with a full length LP in 2016.