rBeatz Exclusive Interview with Steve Void
Lowly Palace is emerging as one of my favorite indie-labels as of recent. Their new project is with Dutch DJ/Producer, Steve Void, and his new single with Syence, We Won’t Leave You. The song has a message of hope and positivity; something we could all use these days.
Steve, himself, sent along a quote about the message the song passes along…
“I would say that is has an important message. That it’s up to the younger generation to take a stand and show the world we ain’t gonna let all this madness go on. No more stereotype minds and racism. We’re all in this together.”
Music has an intrinsic emotional influence, and Steve is fully aware of that. Steve is typically known as a producer/DJ; however, with his new single, he really took a focus on developing his songwriting abilities. He is looking to inspire from the lyrics that he puts forwards, noting the importance of both word meaning and melody.
Stef van Vugt aka Steve Void started his musical career at the age of 15. One of Steve’s first big accomplishments was his release of a remix of The Weeknd’s Can’t Feel My Face, which has amassed over 8 million plays on Soundcloud. He continued rolling through with popular remixes, amassing over 30 million listens on Soundcloud. During the summer of 2016, Steve toured with Matoma, Cheat Codes and Steve James on their Party At Your Place US Tour. He continued touring with Matoma in 2017.
rBeatz had the pleasure of interviewing the young producer/DJ below. You know the drill, press play on the Soundcloud embed and read the full interview below for the FULL Steve Void experience.
Where are you from and how has that shaped the musician you are today?
I’m from the Netherlands and living in a little town called Oosterhout. Over the last 3 years I studied at the Herman Brood Academy as a music producer. I would say those 3 years shaped me the most musically, to get to the point where I’m at right now.
Tell us the story of how you started creating music on your computer?
It’s kind off a generic story nowadays but it’s how it all goes 9 out of 10 nowadays, haha. 6 years ago I played a lot of little parties for friends and companies and I got more and more into it all and decided I wanted to make my own music to play at nights like that. So I started out in Logic 9 and from there I just went with it. I watched every Youtube tutorial and after 2 years of doing that I applied for the Herman Brood Academy as a music producer. I got in and learned a ton of stuff and still learning every day.
What is your favorite and least favorite class at Herman Brood Academie?
Favorite by far was music production. We went trough all the plugins and all production techniques in 3 years and got lessons from an insanely good producer called Haverklap.
Least favorite class was definitely music theory. Not because I hated it, but just because of the fact it was really hard and something I never got in touch with. It’s good to know the basics but till this day I make music by drawing in notes and creating chord progressions by ear and the way I feel they work. It’s probably one of the lessons I learned most, next to music business (the basics of learning how the music business works) and production class (everything about the tools to make music)
What was your favorite studio moment when producing your newest single, We Wont Leave You?
My favorite part about that song was that when we sent the email to the vocalist with the demo of the song. Normally you get vocals back that don’t fit the feeling of the song or are not good enough. When we sent that email, the same day I got an email back from Clara and here team with literally the perfect vocal, fitting the vibe, feeling and the emotions of the track.
What do you like to do when you’re simply hanging out – aside from music?
When I’m not making music I’m probably doing something related to the music industry. I simply love and hate everything about the music industry from making music, promoting, performing, running a label and making cool content and so on. There are so many things to learn and do around the “Steve Void” project and that is why it keeps me going. I’m a true workaholic as some say but that’s because all of this is what I do and who I am. Have no clue what to do aside of this project if I didn’t have it to be honest.
Are you involved in any extracurricular activities?
Recently I bought a drone and it is just so fun to see a different perspective on things. We are always used to take pictures on the ground and just having that opportunity to see things differently and capture it is kind off cool.
What DAW do you use and why?
Logic X right now. Have been using Logic from the start and that’s probably one of the main reasons I stick with it. Have to say Ableton is doing a killer job. In general DAW doesn’t matter. In my opinion it’s about being able to create ideas that work and work them out from there.
Do you have a favorite or go-to sample pack?
Cymatics are killing it!
What is your favorite MIDI Controller or instrument to produce with right now?
I recently bought a Roli Seaboard and the stuff you can do with it is just next level.
What is your biggest accomplishment to date?
Celebrating my 20th birthday on the last show of the Matoma North American tour in Vancouver with Cheat Codes and Baynk and the whole team.
Do you have a key tip for our young producers out there?
Work harder than anybody you know , with that don’t focus on one certain aspect of the full picture, because it’s the complete package that will end up being the finish line.
What are some of your favorite venues to play and why?
Hard to point one out but mainly the huge difference in playing festivals, clubs and hard ticket venue shows. For me the whole experience with Matoma on the North American tour with almost all hard ticket shows was just unreal. People that came form all over the place to this venue that’s set up in a day to party with us is probably the best you can get.
What is your favorite color?
Blue since white and black don’t count, haha
What food do you eat the most?
I’m addicted to fruits and always want to find ones I haven’t eaten before yet .
Do you have a favorite in-studio snack?
Blue and Black berries
What is your favorite social media platform and why?
Instagram 100%, although I hope one day they make 1 social media platform so you don’t have to focus on all these different platforms.
What is next for Steve Void?
End of 2017 is going to be more music, lots of shows and building the artist label “Strange Fruits” by pushing and helping other talents. In general, just making sure we keep the train going, because we are at the very beginning of what’s to come.