With his latest release, Positive Force, still on repeat, Treble in Trouble got a chance to talk with Delicate Steve about his current tour and upcoming show at The Echo tonight, July 3rd! Kick-start your Fourth of July festivities with an ice cold brew and some groovin’ tunes.
You’re well known as a multi-instrumentalist; writing, performing, recording and mixing, your newest album through Luaka Pop. You must have a favorite part of the process—what is it and why?
The best part is when I feel inspired, which can happen during all of the steps of making music. It’s the most genuine and refreshing feeling you can have while making music, as opposed to feeling like you have to come up with the next part of the song, or make a better mix, etc.
Tell me about your sophomore release, Positive Force. After listening to the album, it’s clear that hyper-melody plays a huge role within your music—and is definitely a large part of why I find myself keeping Positive Force on repeat. What made you gravitate towards this compositional style?
I’m a very hyperactive person, so maybe it’s a reflection of my personality.
So you’re nearly halfway through a pretty hefty nationwide tour, which started early in June. How do you stay sane on the road? Is there anything you won’t leave on tour without?
My fold-up bike, running shoes and shorts. If I can fit the guitar I will bring it too.
I was pumped to see that you were touring with some great bands including tUnE-yArDs, and Yeasayer. What has been the bestpart of traveling alongside other strong-hitting musicians like these?
The best part is hanging, getting to play some basketball and football with Anand and Ira…Merrill making us lentils and rice in Pittsburgh in the venue’s kitchen…talking about Sly Stone with the rest of tUnE-yArDs….then we get to watch them play and it’s incredible.
What’s currently burning up your musical airwaves when you’re not writing or performing your own music?
The Band, Big Freedia, Jimi Hendrix.
I’m so excited to see you live in Los Angeles, tomorrow night at the Echo–one of my favorite venues in LA. What should fans be most excited for?!