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POST-SHOOT INTERVIEW WITH STEPH WELLS
Damaged / Goods: What led you to pursue a career as recording artist?
Steph Wells: I've always made music in some capacity of varying genres because it's simply my favorite means of self-expression. My favorite feeling is dancing at shows/festivals with friends - I make music because I want to give that experience back to people.
Damaged: How did you come up with your stage name SUMif?
Steph: I wanted a name that was short, easily mispronounced, and a nod to my inner nerd - so my friend helped me land on an excel function, SUMif.
Damaged: What is your take on our generation’s accessibility to DAW?
Steph: It's made it infinitely easier for anyone (like me) to produce music, but with that comes an over-saturated market and a whole lot more competition. It's incredible to have such powerful tools at the tips of your fingers - the ability to produce quality music on your laptop from absolutely anywhere is truly magical.
Damaged: Do you have plans of releasing a full album?
Steph: I'm releasing an 8 song EP titled "Pretty Cage," due out January 3rd, 2018.
Damaged: How does fashion inspire your music style?
Steph: My music is generally colorful and playful with a hint of darkness - even though I wear primarily black on stage, I wear LED light up shoes to make sure that playfulness is reflected in my on-stage style.
Damaged: What is the message you are trying to convey through your music?
Steph: I'm not trying to convey a message, as much as a feeling. I want to make people move. I want to make you forget everything else and just jump around and enjoy yourself and the company of your people.
Damaged: Name one of your dream project that you would like to achieve?
Steph: One of my dream collaborations would be to work with Tove Lo - she's a brilliant songwriter, performer, and overall seems like a rad human.
What's your damage?
Steph: I've learned over the years that I can't rely too heavily on any one person to help make my music dreams a reality - I've been bailed on enough to have learned that if anyone is going to make it happen, it's going to be me.