We got to know Stealth ahead of the release of his new single ‘Bury Me’.
So, who are you?
I am Stealth, and I make Soul/Blues music to avoid getting a real job.
Where are you from?
I’m from Lichfield just outside Birmingham, but I currently reside in Watford.
How long have you been playing music?
For as long as I can remember I’ve been making noise. It started to turn more into music when I was about 13, and I properly started writing around 16.
What is your ideal touring line-up?
Fleetwood Mac, Alabama Shakes, The Black Keys and Stealth (obviously me headlining).
What does music mean to you?
Life. Without it, I literally could feed myself! Music has always played a huge part in my life, if I’m happy, play a record. If I’m sad, play a record. There’s a song for every moment.
What was the first record you bought when you were younger?
It was Limp Bizkit – Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavoured Water. It’s safe to say I learned a few profanities early on in my musical education.
What artists first inspired you to start playing music?
It’s a toss-up between Elvis and Bill Withers. I always used to dress up as Elvis as a kid and put shows on. But the first song I ever properly sang in front of people was ‘Ain’t No Sunshine’ by Bill Withers and I’ve always been immensely inspired by his songwriting.
What’s the most aesthetically pleasing album cover that you have in your collection?
Supertramp – Indelibly Stamped. If you know you know. If you don’t, google it (NSFW).
What’s your writing process look like?
It differs sometimes I start out with some chords that I like. Or other times it will be a title (usually this way gets the best results for me) or I start with an opening line and blag it from there.
Tell us about your new single ‘Bury Me’.
Personally, I think it’s the best song I’ve written to date. It essentially is about my crippling anxiety to be liked by people and hoping that, “when they Bury Me, there’ll be a crowd,” otherwise I would have done life wrong.
Why should people listen to your music?
Because it’s good!
Recommend us a record, a book, and a movie…
My favorite song ever written is ‘A Case Of You’ by Joni Mitchell.
The book I just finished is Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? By Philip K. Dick, which is the basis for Blade Runner.
It’s not long been out but I think it’s the best film I’ve ever seen is Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. It made me laugh, then cry, then laugh again. I was seriously emotionally unstable.
Any last words for the readers of Highwire Magazine?
Thanks for taking the time to read up on me, and hopefully you’ll give the tunes a listen and like them and we can go on this mad journey together. Oh, also I have a gig at Nell’s Jazz & Blues Bar on 27th July, so come along!
Check out the video for ‘Bury Me’ below.