Today we’d like to introduce you to Beau Stephenson.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I was born and raised in Southeastern Washington State in a small city called Pasco. The timing was just perfect that early on I was able to take advantage of arts programs that offered me a lot of opportunity and experience from an extremely young age in the areas of music, performance, physical comedy, and crafts. It was around that time I became enamored with filmmaking. Hijacking the family camcorder, I wrote and filmed countless skits, short films, and stop animation projects over the course of 6 years. Right around 14 years old, I quit taking piano lessons formally, but really dove into music headfirst and started to explore my voice and the keyboard, picking things up by ear and applying what I was learning into my own songwriting efforts.
Via my love of theater and live performance, I was able to cut my teeth in front of crowds and really gauge what an audience enjoyed from me and the groups I was performing with. My high school years were extremely formative and productive, and I was able to lay the foundation for my artistic career with a strong sense of self and direction. Where that fountain of confidence came from eludes me, but I can attribute supportive parents and a few choice mentors to it. Continuing on my musical path, throughout my 20’s I took every chance I could to record my ideas and to really flesh them out via production and collaboration with other artists. This last November, I launched “Vintage Bones,” and am currently on a regular release schedule, which so far has been one of the most gratifying experiences of my artistic career.
Please tell us about your art.
I am an artist musician. Writing, producing, engineering, and performing are the areas that I focus on when creating songs. I try to look at the song from as many angles as possible. Will it be fun to sing live? What arrangement will have the most emotional impact? Does the production enhance the listening experience? These are the questions running through my head from jump street because, in the end, I want to produce something that is uplifting, entertaining, and hopefully something that people would like to experience again and again.
Right now through “Vintage Bones,” I’m wearing my love of indie/alt/pop/arena rock on my sleeve. My first single “Regret and Nostalgia” is anthemic in scale, and expresses yearning for what could have been. In my most recent release “For The Wicked,” that theme continues, but explores more abstract feelings through various scenes, hopefully helping the listener to feel something the way that an interesting picture would. The feeling is encompassed in the overall scene rather than any one particular lyric.
What I hope comes from all of this is that these songs make people feel something unique on a visceral level, that the music washes over them. Great songs to me are like old friends. I can go back to them again and again and something on a deep level. It’s cathartic and healing. For example, when I crank “More Than a Feeling” by Boston, it transports me and connects me to a creative energy that I’m constantly trying to wrangle into my own expressions.
Do you have any advice for other artists? Any lessons you wished you learned earlier?
Stop trying to please everyone. Especially as an artist, you have to give yourself a break and just know what you are showing the world isn’t for everyone. For me, when I started to do this, I found that what I was producing in a healthier headspace was more honest and real and interesting, connecting in a meaningful way with a more specific group of people. There are people out there who hate your confidence and will do whatever they can to knock you down a notch. For some bizarre reason, early on in your artistic career, many of those voices come from your immediate circles. Protect yourself. Protect your voice. Try to only confide in those that really believe in you and let everybody else find out about it after the fact. And as hard as it may be, don’t ever let jealousy get into your head. Ellen Degeneres said once in an interview “Don’t let the good go to your head or the bad go to your heart.” It’s simple but true.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
All of my music under “Vintage Bones” can be found on the major streaming platforms (Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play, Tidal, etc., etc) and even many of the lesser known platforms. I am creating content for Instagram to help entertain and connect with my audience, but also to keep everyone up to date with my release schedule. Right now, I am slated to release new music every 4-6 weeks throughout 2019. My studio here in Santa Clarita is the hub for all of the mayhem going on right now, and I am super excited to launch these songs at you like cannon balls. Live shows are in the works, too, which I’ll be announcing in the coming weeks.
- Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/08V5x9yYXNgr88EKEVZdEG?si=T_GYTOhWSZqt2JXi9P8NmQ
Apple Music: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/vintage-bones/1439158385
- Website: www.VintageBones.com
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/vntgbns/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vntgbns/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/bones_vintage