I met up with Stephen for a walk and talk interview. He had just left Todd Hobin’s studio where he’s been recording since the end of last summer. The album is in production and they are putting finishing touches on tracks. “Todd is super encouraging,” he said. This is his first complete album. His previously released EP, vacate, is streaming on all platforms.
big eyes & rosy cheeks is a “collaborative effort with Shane Patterson. He was the bass player in my pop funk High School band and he started producing and sent me a clip then we started writing and busted through songs super fast.” Stephen wrote all the lyrics and Shane contributed to the instrumentation. Nick Bane supplied the album art. “I sent a vision and he came through,” Stephen said.
“This album is a game changer for me. It takes my style in a new direction. It’s a perfect hybrid of influences from me and Shane. I think it’s something no one has really heard. It’s so different coming from me I’ll be Interested in what other people think but I’m very optimistic. I like a lot of styles and don’t want anyone to get too attached to a certain thing from me. When people see the show in action it will bring it all together and make sense. Having a backing band brings out another side of me. I just want this album to shake Syracuse.” Stephen explained.
June 28 at Redhouse’s newish location
Ashley Rose opening acoustic set
Stephen Collie drums
Shane Patterson bass
David Millen guitar
Tickets:$10 GA, GA WITH STICKER $12, GA WITH T SHIRT $18
You can catch Stephen Phillips at Eleven Water’s Grill & Chill on the patio 6/19, 7/17, 8/7, co hosting open mic at Maxwells on 6/18 with Jess Novak, and at Funk ‘n Waffles on 7/19 with John Harris “The Dark vs The Light.” Follow Stephen Phillips Music for more events and news.
photos by Azure Eyes Photography