Scott Stevenson is an American singer, songwriter, musician, and producer. He is known for vibrant genre-blending recordings and intimate, spontaneous solo acoustic performances. His songs are theatrical and lyrically ambiguous, self-produced with a visceral style of colorful pop arrangements. His debut album ...in the Near Future was released worldwide during February of 2020.
Born and raised in Sarasota, Florida, he began his career in 2012 as a guitarist in working bands, performing in restaurants and nightclubs around Southwest Florida. During several years spent as a gigging musician he found his voice as a songwriter, inspired by the classic records of Neil Young, Jimi Hendrix, and Joni Mitchell.
He traveled to Portland, Oregon in 2015 and spent the following year performing his freshly-written compositions in dark coffeehouses and on rainy street corners, mostly accompanied just by an acoustic guitar. At the same time he acquired a laptop, with which he discovered a love of making drum loops and ambient electronic music, oozing with the dark Pacific-Northwestern atmosphere.
His recording career began in Philadelphia during 2017, when he recorded a few self-released singles and EPs of material at a studio operated by Jack Hubbell of indie rock band Telyscopes. By blending in the experimental danceability of Outkast beats and the chaotic charm of Prince records, his style of acoustic street ballads began to breathe with new life.
This method generated the single “Everyone I’ve Known” (released January 2019). Recorded over several months in bedrooms and apartments, and mixed by Jeff Zeigler (Kurt Vile, The War on Drugs), the danceable acoustic beat and forlorn, misty-eyed lyrics became a fitting introduction. It was his global recorded debut, and was an artistic precursor to his first collection of songs.
Work on an album began during July 2019 in a rowhouse in North Philadelphia, blocks away from the house where John Coltrane had once lived and practiced. The same spirit of dedication inspired the sessions for ...in the Near Future, also recorded by Jack Hubbell. The album includes a variety of stories of personal turmoil, both second- and first-hand, and combines contemporary electronic instruments with the singer-songwriter tradition to deliver the song’s vivid messages.
Having experienced Philadelphia’s booming DIY music scene, he started writing and recording songs tailored to the dimly-lit basements and living rooms that were home to that community. Though the COVID-19 pandemic prevented live shows from happening, he continued creating material in a sparkling art-rock style.
During February of 2021 he released the single “No Culture” internationally. The song’s searing electric guitar and strangled saxophone carry its fire-and-brimstone lyrics across, supported by frantic, thrashing drums.