Drew Stevyns

Now, its no secret that we PEV boys enjoy touting the artists in our own backyard - the Baltimore-Washington backyard. We bring it up whenever we feature such an artist, celebrate it a bit. But today... is different. Today's artist comes from more than just our regional/state backyard. He comes from my (Walt's!) hometown - a small place in the southeast corner of Carroll County called Sykesville (or Eldersburg depending on who you're talking to). And to see this kind of talent come from next door - Mr. Drew Stevyns - it just does my soul some real good.
Stevyns once played in his own band, a collaboration called Another Time. When the band started to break away from each other, Drew faced a dilemma; stick to the road, or find another path. And like any good Sykesville native, Stevyns kept pushing. So much so that he's already about to drop his third record, a collection titled "Please Excuse The Machine". Drew says of the album, "It is real, deep, soulful, extremely penetrating, and full of passion. Thirteen unique modern adult contemporary originals.  Authentic and real. I sing with a sense of truthfulness and I always try to tell a story."   
You should check it out. And keep an eye on the schedule - Stevyns plays more than just MD, you know. Continue on now for all the answers to the XXQ's.

XXQs: Drew Stevyns

PensEyeView.com (PEV): How would you describe your sound and what do you feel makes you stand out over the others in your genre?

DS: Authentic and real.  I sing with a sense of truthfulness and I always try to tell a story. 

PEV: What was it like trying to break into the music scene? 

DS: Music is a tough business. There are so many talented artists these all trying to get a shot to have their music heard.

PEV: What can fans expect from a live Drew Stevyns show?

DS: A soulful non-forgettable performance. Hopefully one that will keep fans coming back and wanting more.

 

PEV: What is the first thing that comes to mind when you step on stage?

DS: I am very thankful to those who have taken time out of their life to come and see me.

PEV: What was the underlining inspiration for your music? Where do get your best ideas for songs?

DS: I write music as a way of expressing myself. My songs reflect my experiences in life.  I feel fortunate to be able to record them and ultimately share them with my fans.

PEV: Thinking back to when you first started out do you ever look back at your career and think about your earlier days and how you’ve arrived where you are today?

DS: Always.  I don't think there is an artist out there that does wonder if they could have or should have done something differently.  Music is a journey and changes as life moves on.

PEV: What’s one thing we’d be surprised to hear about Drew Stevyns?

DS:  I use to sing in a choir in the UK.

PEV: Was there a certain point in your life when you knew that music was going to be a goal for you?

DS: Yes.  I have been singing since I was about 2.  I sang in a choir in play the piano as a childhood. Music has always been an interest of mine.

PEV: What can fans expect from your latest release? Tell us more about this album.

DS:  It is real, deep, soulful, extremely penetrating, and full of passion.  Thirteen unique modern adult contemporary originals.

PEV: What is the feeling you get after a song is complete and you can sit back and listen to it being played the way you envisioned?

DS:  To get from an idea in your head that gets transferred to a piece of paper then to music, recorded and released is a sense of relief.

PEV: With all your traveling is there one area  you wish you could travel around and play that you have not yet?

DS: I have never been to Las Vegas. I would love to play music of some of those distinguished venues.

PEV: How have all your friends and family reacted to your career? What’s it like when you get to play at your hometown?

DS: I love playing for the hometown fans.  Having grown up in the Baltimore area, it is very rewarding to play here.

PEV: What can we find each of you doing in your spare time, aside from playing/writing music?

DS: I like to spend time with my girlfriend as well as see local bands play.

PEV: Name one present and past artist or group that would be your dream collaboration? Why?

DS: Nirvana is one of my favorite band and I would have loved to have done some type of collaboration with them.

PEV:  Is there an up and coming band or artist you think we should all be looking out for now?

DS: Way too many to name.  So many young, talented band out there that are good and deserve a chance.

PEV: If playing music wasn’t your life (or life’s goal) what do you think each of you would be your career?

DS: That is a very good question.  I honestly don't know because music is something that I have always wanted to do.

PEV: So, what is next for Drew Stevyns?

DS: I am currently working on my third album and hope to continue playing venues all over the country.

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