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The last feature of 2011. We are thrilled to present the immensely talented Stefan Paul George, whose songwriting and performing abilities have made him a popular performer around Washington state. His 6 albums make up a prolific beginning to his career. His material is original and always just sounds right. Stefan is an artist who has invested in professional recordings that provide a fit showcase for his songs. He also was a core member of the the old Husky Music Community, whose work increased performance opportunities for students at the University of Washington. This is an artist who has used his voice, guitar, saxophone and pen and paper to reflect and respond to the world that’s around him.
Check it – Peep Stefan’s Reflection and Response interview, followed by his original track Save it for Someone Else. Respect!
Each response leads to new reflections…
Leading off with some basics, where are you from? And where are you at?
SPG: I’m from Yakima, Washington. I moved to Seattle in 2007 to attend the University of Washington and have been here ever since. I love the city.
What does Reflection and Response mean to you?
SPG: Great artists tell stories. When I write I do my best to not only paint a picture of what is going on, or what went on, but also to make a statement about it. Great artists provide with a set and a setting but also a way out, something that makes the situation unique to that artist. Reflection is important as it gives listeners somewhere to be during the song and a place to feel comfortable, but response stays with them long after and inspires them to move from that comfortable place. Each response leads to new reflections which creates a cycle that has me documenting my life musically.
How does Save it for Someone Else fit in with that definition?
SPG: ‘Save it for Someone Else’ is a song I wrote while looking back at the time spent with a past friend. I reflect about reflecting in that I write about driving and thinking. I reflect that I may have not done things right with this person and hint there may be another way. I respond to these thoughts in the chorus by repeatedly saying that if someone gave me the option to go back and change my past, I’d tell them to save it for someone else. So, in response to my reflection of the past, I’m content with it and can’t imagine a different way.
What else have you been working on recently? What are you looking to work on next?
SPG: Currently, I’m working on a project with my brother Brandon who also plays and writes a bit. It will be the first time we’ve really recorded together so we are really excited about it. I’m also working on a solo album and a couple music videos. I’d like to get into someone a little less acoustic soon, maybe mess around with some electronic sounds but that may be a little too far up the road to talk about…
Who or what inspires you?
SPG: I’m very inspired by my mother. I like jazz too. I’m inspired by working in restaurants and being away from home, I love home. I’m inspired by my friends who constantly travel, and the ones who already have jobs. I’m inspired by religion though I don’t think it drives my work.
Is there anything else you would like the Collective to know?
SPG: If you’re interested in my music and want it all for FREE, hit up- http://spgmusic.bandcamp.com
and if you like that, like me on Facebook!
Shout out to…?
SPG: Shout out to Peter Muller, 55th and Brooklyn, Big Fun, HMC, and the entire UW community. Shout out to my parents for helping me more than anyone else, ever.
Save it for Someone Else
Reflection and Response.