If there’s one thing you can’t beat in Los Angeles, it’s the weather and it’s proximity to every sort of landscape you can imagine; mountains, deserts, beaches. Plus, it’s the place dreamers relish in as they try and make it in the creative aspects of careers. Nevertheless, sometimes you have to know when to walk away and Stefan Weich is doing just that. He’s packing his bags and going from the City of Angels to the the Windy City soon. Don’t worry though, music isn’t taking any sort of back burner. Oh no, he says he’s looking forward to playing shows there in the near future. Likely after he settles in and whatnot. In between then and now, you can get to know this lo-fi slow pop artist a bit more.
Kendra: You’ve been making music since you were 13-years-old. How did you even know at such a young age that music was it for you?
Stefan Weich: To be honest, I didn’t really know that music was it for me when I started out. I was more interested in being a shithead at the mall at that age than I was in being a musician. For a long time, making music was an obsession with no real plan to make something of it. It wasn’t really until the end of college that I realized music was it for me. That being said, I’m interested in making all types of art.
Kendra: Granite Prism marks your first debut as a solo artist. Did it feel almost cathartic to go in on this on your own, or did you feel more pressure since it was just you in the spotlight?
Stefan: It was cathartic for sure, I had spent a lot of time before Granite Prism working on projects with other people, only to have them fall apart. I had written and recorded so many songs since graduating from school, but none of them really saw the light of day. I actually wrote all of these songs around this time last year, which was a really important time in my life because I had just started taking anti-depressants, which really helped me get my life together. Granite Prism is a sort of farewell to all of the self-pitying that I had been doing for the last few years of my life.
Kendra: Sticking with your release. You’ve noted how your EP deals with your loneliness and search for love is this world. Have you always been so honest and personal in your music?
Stefan: Not always, I used to just make beats.
Kendra: That idea of looking for love in a place like LA made me think of the now countless dating apps and Aziz Ansari’s Modern Romance. In which he says our generation is never satisfied. That we’re always looking for the better option – hence, why we can’t seem to “find the one.” Do you agree or disagree with the comedian?
Stefan: No, I don’t really agree with him. Nobody’s ever satisfied, and it’s definitely not just our generation that feels romantically unfulfilled. I personally don’t like using dating apps, but I know some people who have had some really positive experiences with them. It’s dangerous to think that there is that perfect someone out there for you — “the one” or whatever — because that just sets you up for disappointment.
Kendra: Back to the music, “Holy Nights” is your lead single. What about that song in particular stood out for you as “lead single” material?
Stefan: “Holy Nights” is just epic, it probably shouldn’t have been the lead single. The choir, the string arrangements, and the way the drums and bass come in at the second half of the song. It’s just so dramatic and gushy… I guess I chose it because it was the first song that I wrote for Granite Prism.
Kendra: Say you had a couple of songs written for this EP that didn’t make it and they deal with the themes and motifs of this album. Do you save them for a rainy day and put them on the next even though they may not go with the next record, or do you let them remain in a notebook somewhere?
Stefan: I wrote about ten songs in total for this EP. There are about five songs that I recorded along with these ones on Granite Prism that didn’t make the cut. They’ll probably just stay on my iTunes, unreleased forever. I want to head in a different direction with my music, so they probably won’t fit on my next record.