STVN & JENNA CARLIE TALK ABOUT THEIR RECENT SINGLE "HEARTSTRINGS" AND THEIR FUTURE PLANS.
Steven Alexander Chen (STVN) and Jenna Carlie took some time to tell RisingMusicArtists.com about their current and future projects.
Today I was able to speak with music producer/writer STVN and singer/artist Jenna Carlie.....
RMA: To start off, tell us a little bit about who and what STVN is. What made you decide to start this new project?
STVN: For the past few years I’ve been really searching for my signature sound. I’ve experienced a bit of an identity crisis with my music, locking it into a genre and then feeling the need to create an entirely new creative project from it. Writing a variety of styles from electronic, to cinematic, to pop, I’ve learned that one genre will never fit my music. With STVN, I hope to write and produce for and with many other artists, as well as discover what it means to be a solo artist.
RMA: Jenna, how did you first get into music and singing specifically?
Jenna: I’ve been singing for as long as I can remember. My parents say that I used to wake up singing every morning when I was younger. Growing up, I was also involved in different choirs and musicals, and I started getting piano lessons from my older sister when I was around 6 years old.
RMA: Your debut single “Heartstrings” just came out and is already being loved by your followers. Talk to us about the process of creating that song.
STVN: Jenna tells the story the best, but honestly it was pretty much an accident. We sat down to write something completely different that day, but got tired of what we were working on. I started playing around on my synth and the rest was history.
Jenna: Writing this song was kind of an accident, haha. We were actually in the process of writing a different song, but then STVN started playing this new chord progression and I started singing melodies over it and we were like, “Whoa, this is GOOD.” So instead of finishing our other song, Heartstrings happened.
RMA: Jenna you have a beautiful and soothing voice. How did you two meet and begin working together?
Jenna: Thank you! STVN and I knew each other from church and went to youth group together in high school. The way we started working together was actually super spontaneous. We ran into each other a couple months ago and he brought up the idea of collaborating. We ended up having a session that day and we’ve been working together since then!
RMA: STVN I understand this is your first project where you’re singing on your own music. How does it feel having your own voice on something you’ve released?
STVN: I was pretty nervous about it at first, most people don’t know that I sing. I’ve kinda kept it a secret for awhile but now I’m ready to share it with others. I’m really hoping people can connect to the lyrics I write.
RMA: Talk about both of your influences for a minute. Are there any musicians that inspire you?
STVN: I listen to a huge variety of music, but recently I’ve been really loving Julia Michaels, Hollyn, Jeremy Zucker, Charlie Burg, Lauv, and Jon Bellion. All of them are geniuses in their own right.
Jenna: I tend to like a lot of indie-pop music and also listen to a lot of Christian music. Some of my influences are Oh Wonder, Ingrid Michaelson, Steffany Gretzinger, and Billie Eilish.
RMA: As a follow-up to that, I know you’re both very devoted Christians. Does that play a part at all in your music?
STVN: For sure. I’d prefer to be abstract in the lyrics that I write to some degree, to reach all audiences. But at the heart I want to speak truth and love to my listeners. I believe that songs that aren’t necessary “Christian” can impact people in spiritual ways, and be life changing.
Jenna: Definitely. A lot of the songs I’ve written are actually about God. Lately, I have been writing more songs that don’t specifically reference my faith, but I often still see the things that God is teaching me show up in my music. I live life with him, so I view him as a part of my creative process no matter what I’m writing about.
RMA: Question for STVN. What can we expect in the future from you? With your latest atmospheric EDM project, Paint The Skies, you released an EP with tracks that were supported by MitiS and you also did an official remix for K?d. Are there even bigger things in store for STVN?
STVN: That was a great time. I still love everything I wrote back in those days, and still work on that stuff from time to time. I don’t think I’ll be leaving that stuff in the dust, but definitely will be focusing most of my efforts into STVN.
RMA: How about you Jenna? Tell us about your future plans, whether they be for you as a musician or for other talents you have.
Jenna: I’m really excited about where my music is going to take me, and I’m super excited to write and release more! I am also a freelance graphic designer and hand-letterer, so I plan to continue doing that. So far, I’ve sold my stickers and greeting cards at a few different events and I’ve been working with clients on a lot of commissions. Other than that, I’m graduating from Widener University with a degree in Communication Studies in May, and hope to work in branding and advertising.
RMA: One last question for both of you. If you could be any animal, what would you be and why?
STVN: Haha I’d probably be some type of bird, I’d love to be able to fly.
Jenna: I think I would be a dolphin because I love fun, and they just give off such a fun and cute vibe.
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