When Alex Stephens (A.K.A. Strawberry Guy) self-released his debut demo last year, he was merely doing it out of a love for songwriting. What he wasn’t expecting was nearly 2 million YouTube streams and an avid fan-base. Now, the South-Wales born, Liverpool-based songwriter is ready to release his debut mini-album of compelling, lushly produced dream-pop.
Born outside Cardiff, Strawberry Guy moved to Liverpool to study music and grow as a writer. ‘I knew that it was a very artistic city with all it’s creative history, it seemed like the perfect place to move to.’ he says. Whether it’s playing keyboards in The Orielles or just being part of the city’s growing musical scene, Alex plays music for the love of music, something that heavily translates into his adept songwriting.
The intense emotional feel of the tracks he writes is down to Alex’s songwriting process, recording the entire mini-album in his bedroom & producing it himself. ‘I feel that it’s important to me to only write/record when you’re channeling some kind of emotion, so I would only work on it when I was in the right mood to do so.’
Much of the inspiration for Alex’s work comes from experience rather than other artists. ‘When something significant happens to me, all I want to do is make music.’ In terms of musical touchstones, however, there are the obvious dream-pop contemporaries such as Beach House and Weyes Blood.
Currently playing his live shows with a full band of ‘berries’ he’s hoping to get a full tour going, and says this is just the beginning. ‘I won’t stop making music, I can’t help but just write, it’s something that I have to do.”
He recently released a gorgeous dreamy new single titled Mrs. Magic, that will appear on the upcoming mini-album ‘Taking My Time To Be’ Listen below: