Monday, January 2, 2017

What Makes Steve Grand "Clique"

In a recent feature in OutClique Magazine [OutClique.org/magazine] singer/songwriter Steve Grand opened up on 1 year of sobriety, music plans and even shared something personal to which I'm redirecting you to the magazine for that. This post will merely respond/comment on some of the answers given.

When asked about his 2016:

Essentially the entire first answer is that despite obvious pitfalls of 2016, he was booked. He was fulfilling online orders and being less in the spotlight though he notes "Obviously, not completely, because I need to do my shows and some work, but I feel like it really has been a year where some things really clicked in me. I have been able to be more productive and happy with my productivity than ever before."

Abridged version: All work, some play makes Grand happy.


When asked about his public announcement regarding his sobriety:

"I didn't really want this article to be about all of that, because I want to stick with it more before I make a thing of it. But what I will say, is that it has definitely been a very important decision to me."

Not for nothing, but considering it's a major change in your life and a change that might spur someone to seek sobriety for themselves [and you went public with it on your own] talking about it is sort of a thing. Of course being this is probably the first [and most likely only] interview you're discussing it, everything is up to you.


On similarities between him and "Look Away" collaborater Eli Lieb and a near "pitting against each other" story:

"In 2013 we both released songs and music videos that a lot of people saw similarities between because they both portrayed same sex love stories. And, both came out around the fourth of July."

Not like BuzzFeed mentioned Eli as well, but continue...

"I even had a few interviews in which the interviewer would sort of try to pit him or pit me against each other, which the media sometimes tries to do. But we never really fell into that."

Never suspected the pitting artists thing could apply to independent/non-major label artists, but apparently it can.


When asked about musical influences:

He really doesn't answer this question apart from mentioning The Beatles [Which WOW, I'm floored; a musician inspired by The Beatles, how unique.] His influences come and go with the wind but know he's the type that listened to My Chemical Romance, Fall Out Boy, Lady Gaga, Neil Young, Hozier and is obsessed with Sir Elton John so he has some understanding across all eras.

Add in some being inspired by the likes of Steve Jobs and big shots of any and every industry and that's that section.

[There's also a really personal and sad section that if you must know, use the link to the interview.]


When asked about future projects:

"Originally, I intended to put out another album in either the Summer or Fall of 2017, but that didn't happen."

As to why this is a good thing he says, "I feel like the album I would have made would have been angry and I don't feel angry anymore. I feel like I have overcome a lot within myself over these past few years."

Already, I can detect a scrapping of that righteous anger at the church song as mentioned from Billboard in 2015. In turn, that whole "subtle sense of sarcasm"/"dark" album is out of the question. As for the status of "Don't Let the Light In"? That's speculative though in a vlog from 2015 about the piano effects in his music, he pretty much said he can write, record and tinker with something for any length of time and then scrap the whole thing.

Also up in the air is a one time mentioned "covers album" from an interview late last year with a UBN radio show where he was the +1 of the Halloweenie organizers. Granted, I happened to have been involved with near goading that out of him because I wanted to know if anything was coming up [and was really the only one paying attention in the chat section for that...never mind.]

The interview ended up being nice and I don't have much else to say. Other than thanks for opening up, Steve.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Steve Grand Rang In The New Year 1 Year Sober

[NOTE: This post is simply meant to congratulate openly gay singer/songwriter Steve Grand for 1 year of sobriety.]

2017 is already in the right direction for Grand as he recently took to social media mere minutes before ringing in the New Year at his Denver show to not only promote his calendar available at shop.stevegrand.com but to announce 1 year of sobriety.

His post reads:

"I’m about to hop on stage at @tracksdenver to do the countdown to midnight and perform, but I wanted to take this moment to say 'THANK YOU!'

For many reasons, 2016 was the best year of my life. So much of what made it great had everything to do your support and I hope you all know how much I appreciate you sticking with me through this journey-of-a-lifetime.

I started 2016 at my desk working. I promised myself that I wasn’t going to let my demons take a hold of me for another year. I was going to spend more time feeling grateful for life’s many blessings and less time feeling sorry for myself. I was going to take back control of my life, my dreams, my health, and my well-being.

It’s been a year since I’ve taken a sip of alcohol, puffed on a cigarette, stumbled out of a club, or woke up and didn’t know where I was.

In 2016, I worked harder than I have in my life. I did more, and said less. I performed on a new continent. Released 2 new songs and music videos. Climbed out of six figures of dept. Laid the ground work for a new business venture. Started eating less protein shakes and more real food. Added cardio to my fitness routine. Lost many battles with sugar :( (but I fight on! ;)). Built my own sound booth. Invested what I earned back into my craft with live performance and at-home recording equipment.

In 2016 I better learned to own up to my mistakes/missteps/mis-speaks, learn from them, and then forgive myself and move on, even when others won’t. 
I accepted that the universe and all the creatures in it owe me nothing: not fairness or truth or understanding, and in that way, I am just like everybody else. And all of that is okay. 
I stopped letting myself be angry. 
I let things go.

And more stuff but now I REALLU 
have to get my ass on stage!!

Cheers! Happy New Year! Thank you!!!

Booking inquiries? Contact: Linda@LeftOfCenterProductions.com

Tour dates and details: follow me on: Bandsintown.com/SteveGrand

For my Second LIMITED EDITION 2017 photo calendar (here are one of the sample shots) go to my webstore: shop.stevegrand.com

(at Tracks Denver)."

It's a big deal to be this open with fans/the same people that to be fair, owe you respect for music. *remembers the "owes me nothing" section* You know what I mean. Again, congratulations are in order for Grand as 1 year can add up to another day and then another year and so on for sobriety.














I "don't know" how those got there, but since they're there...also keep in mind his music is available on Spotify, iTunes, Amazon, Bandcamp, etc.