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Kerensa Stephens Interview on Nagamag

mid-tempo


Nagamag:
What are the genres that describe better your music style?

Kerensa Stephens:
Eclectic lyrical Electronica. Probably more toward the ambient persuasion but also mid-tempo groove. cosmicleaf.com/en/products.php?action=artist&id=107
It somewhat depends on who I'm collaborating with. I've explored gypsy folk, experimental rock and performance poetry.


Nagamag:
Few words about your musical background and career?

Kerensa Stephens:
My Dad was a musician, Mum liked to sing, so I was exposed to a lot of music and musical events growing up. I played violin in the school orchestra and sang in the choir, school productions and local shows. I was seriously into dance the first 2 decades of my life where I also learned to intuit music.
I became involved in the experimental music scene in my home town of Dunedin, NZ, in my early 20's. After I had my 2 boys, I started singing, writing and performing in big NZ festivals with 3 different kiwi artists, ecophonik, laughin' gas and Terra Nine. I took the moniker Aviatrix and explored DJing. Fun times!
Touring was not an easy option being a parent so I gradually moved more and more into the studio, collaborating with overseas artists like Side Liner, Zero Cult and Tony Modi. I have written prolifically and recently I came across an old song book of mine, I think I need to re-visit those tunes and reform them with a contemporary flavour.. watch this space ;)


Nagamag:
Do you remember your first connection of love to music that was the right impact to be a music artist now?

Kerensa Stephens:
I have eclectic tastes and I think exposure to everything from tribal to classical , folk to rock and experimental, soul ,reggae and trance, has made me a flexible artist and an original writer. Collaborating with artists from afar across the internet is huge now and being flexible, generative and at ease creating in my own space, I'm able to collaborate with many more artists than I thought imaginable.


Nagamag:
How do these collaborations come about?

Kerensa Stephens:
Producers contact me with a piece of music, sometimes a fragment, and an idea /concept/ title and if it speaks to me, I'll write something to it. A few tunes have come with another writers' lyrics and I adapt them to the tune. I record my vocals, arrange them and send the file off to the producer. We play file tennis for a while until we're all happy with the product or happy enough when a deadline comes around.


Nagamag:
Which is the biggest most well heard tune that you have in your discography?

Kerensa Stephens:
That would be the OTT Remix of No Return. Written with the notable Terra Nine, Mike Westcot. It was released on the 2013 album Streamofconsciousness through Tempest Recordings.

tempestrecordings.bandcamp.com/album/stream-of-consciousness


Nagamag:
Music has no borders and many of us we may listen to more genres that we are mainly involved. So share with Nagamag which track comes first in your mind from music but is NOT similar to your genre?

Kerensa Stephens:
Aldous Harding "The Barrel"


Nagamag:
Of Course Nagamag would love to listen also which track from a similar artist you admire?

Kerensa Stephens:
Transient Dreams "Disciplined Sin"

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