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“I’m not trying to be a “cool” musician, in fact, I’m kind of nerdy at heart.” – Steve Solomon
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LA based, Chicago-born, singer-songwriter and keytarist, Steve Solomon creates music that is epic, lush, and beautiful. Although jazz and classically trained, Steve grew up listening to Queen, Harry Nilsson, Electric Light Orchestra, and the classics from the 70’s. His music is if Elton John met Tame Impala. When performing live, Steve’s masked alter ego brings the fun and quirky energy to the dance floor. To get in touch with Steve, feel free to send him message.
Steve, thank you for joining us today at VQS. Take us back in time to how you first fell in love with music.
At age ten, I remember hearing a jazz song at a record store and being obsessed with it. When I went home, I had to figure out what it was. My piano teacher taught me how to play it, and from there I fell in love with learning all about music. I eventually went to school for music education, and there I fell in love with songwriting. On weekends, when people were partying, I was in the holed up in music building late at night writing songs. From that point on, I realized I wanted everything in my music world to be about songwriting and writing catchy songs.
What core values do you believe are necessary for success?
I like to have a couple of mantras repeating in my head, as I believe our actions are based on the attitudes we have. Some of these mantras are “it’s all about the balance,” “run directly into fear,” and “time is the common denominator of all our problems.” I use these to guide my core values. I also believe that there will always be problems in life, we just want to have the good problems. And the more fun we have, the more successful we will be.
Who have been some of your favorite people/projects to work with?
Some of the favorite people I’ve studied under are Julie Lovison of the Lake Shore Music Studio in Chicago, former piano professors Tammie Walker and Michael Stryker at Western Illinois University, and vocal coach Brad Chapman in LA. Some of my favorite projects have been recording anything piano related for people’s music projects. I’ve played lots of really interesting piano events around the country, playing for celebrities, politicians, and at cool venues. There’s also a fun guy named Philip who runs VQS studios in LA that I like to work with.
What future opportunities would you like to be involved with?
Two things. Anything songwriting related and anything piano related. I hope to continue to write, record, and tour with originals songs I’ve been working on. I’ve got several hundred original songs in the works that I hope to put out over the course of my life. You might like some of them 🙂
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