ST. HUMAIN Opens Up About His Brand New Music, His International Upbringing and More!
Posted On 01 Nov 2018
Meet the Singapore born, Sydney based artist, St. Humain. Entitled ‘Fever Vibe’ this new single was just released via Billboard and it features impassioned vocals gliding over sleek pop production. St. Humain reminisces about the early sparks of a relationship – It’s that universal feeling, one which tugs on everybody’s unique experiences with their own flames.
‘Fever Vibe’ is distributed by Listen For Pleasure / Capitol Records (USA). St. Humain has garnered over 860 thousand streams thus far on Spotify, with his previous singles making Apple Music’s “Best of the Week” and Spotify’s “Pop For Life” playlists. His highly anticipated debut EP EMOTIONAL SAUNA arrives January 2019.
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Genre-agnostic singer, songwriter and producer St. Humain combines honest storytelling with modern pop sensibilities. Born in Singapore and now based in Sydney, Australia, this artist sets urban-infused melodies against an electronic backdrop, whilst holding that tension between being a got-it-all-together saint and a fallible earthman.
Inspired by pop starlets such as Dua Lipa, Julia Michaels and Charlie Puth, as well as the rap resurgence, St. Humain’s music is a fusion of contemporary modern soundscapes with urban elements. The songwriter reveals, “My songs are always about something in my personal life and I don’t write what I can’t relate to, because I think that at the end of the day we’re all human and are in need of some real authentic connections. Honesty is the motto here”. By channeling his emotions through his songwriting, St. Humain conveys an authentic delivery, allowing a connection between himself and his listeners.
St. Humain comes alive with ‘Fever Vibe’, an electro-bop fuelled by the heat of young love. Not a respecter of seasons, here comes an anthem set to teleport northern hemisphere fans and accelerate southsiders into the energy of summer. With impassioned vocals gliding over sleek pop production, St. Humain reminisces about the early sparks of a relationship. It’s that universal feeling, one which tugs on everybody’s unique experiences with their own flames. Mixed by Simon Cohen (Justin Bieber, Starley) and mastered by Leon Zervos (Amy Shark, Maroon 5, Troye Sivan), ‘Fever Vibe’ thematically focuses on the feeling of being in love, “That spark in the early days of a relationship is highly romantic and being the incredibly idealistic person I am, I tried to distill it to a three minute song”, confesses St. Humain. Mirroring the song’s positive message, the single features bright and groovy melodies, animated rhythms and infectious energy.
St. Humain hopes his single will chronicle an exciting time with a loved one, tagging the moment that they made you feel a certain special kind of way.
He expresses, “I want the stuff I create to inspire you live the best life you know how: Stirring up your highs, hugging you when you’re feeling shitty, and right beside you when everything’s simply mundane. Each song is a reflection of a certain time in my own life (or sometimes a current reality) and I hope that they resonate with yours”.
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Learn more about St. Humain in the following All Access interview:
Thanks for your time today! Where does this interview find you now? Is there music playing in the background?
No worries at all! I’m actually at a café, it’s around 3:30PM and I’m sipping on an iced latte with Ella Mai’s “Boo’d Up” playing in the background. It’s a great late start to the day!
Now that we are on the back end of the year, how do you think 2018 has treated you and your career? What has been one goal that you have had this year and how close are you to reaching it? Or did you already reach it?
That’s a great question. 2017 felt like my baby steps, and 2018 honestly feels like I’m starting to find my feet. I mean this both sonically as well as an artist – really digging deep into myself to find out what I want to say has been fun and painful all at once.
In terms of goals, I wanted to start doing live shows this year and I’ve done a few, so here’s to more of that in 2019!
Growing up, how important was music to you? Can you recall the moment when you decided that you wanted to be a musician? Was it an easy or difficult choice to make?
Well I didn’t exactly grow up in a musical household, you know, those with everybody singing or playing instruments around you all the time… But I listened to the radio. A lot. I guess that gave me the love for music from a young age, but it was only when I was in high school that I discovered John Mayer’s artistry that made me go like, damn, I want to tell some stories too.
What has been the biggest surprise so far about making music your career? What has been an unexpected or welcome challenge to it all?
I think I kinda knew this in theory before, but if I did I only knew 1% of the it. No one told me exactly how tough it is. I mean, there’s so much music out there these days, especially with music being so easily made on laptops and stuff. It’s hard to pierce through the masses and stand out, and it’s a challenge but I’m relishing it trying to come up with the best honest music I know how.
How do you think you and your music have been influenced by your hometown and where you live today?
Definitely, I think growing up in Singapore has given me that international outlook because it’s such a global city. I grew up with the Top 40 on the radio so that’s saying a lot! Moving to Sydney though has opened up my ears to music that perhaps is a bit more left of field. Artists like Flume are absolutely phenomenal – I mean, he won a GRAMMY.
Let’s talk about your newest track, “Fever Vibe.” What was the inspiration for this song? How do you think it compares to anything else that you have released?
The song is about young love, and that feeling of excitement when you’ve got somebody you like. I’ve actually never released a happy love song so that’s a first! It’s actually funny because I’m usually melancholic so… Enjoy this while it lasts ha!
How would you say that “Fever Vibe” prepares listeners for your upcoming debut EP “Emotional Sauna”? What was it like putting this EP together? Did anything surprise you about the overall process?
I think it’s the last piece of the preview puzzle. It’s an eclectic collection of all my songs to far, almost like a phase one. I find compiling songs and deciding on tracklists exciting, and I’m such a dreamer, so it was a great process. What surprised me was how picky I was with order of songs. Maybe I’m too obsessive, I don’t know.
Since the beginning of music, people have turned to it for support and as an escape from their realities. How do you want your music received?
I still use music for those reasons but I think too much of that and things get a bit crazy. I love escapism, I mean, that’s why I love going to the movies so much. Watching it in your living room does the movie no justice!! But anyway, I think this whole escapism thing can become unhealthy when taken to the extreme, so I hope my music takes people away for a bit, only to see reality with a brand new perspective. Hopefully my music can help them live their lives better, even if it is feeling like they’re not alone in their experiences!
What has it been like keeping up with your social media accounts and all of the different platforms? Is it hard to stay up to date on it all? What would you say is your favorite way to connect with your fans now?
How I see it is… Each platform has a different audience. I’m on all of them anyway because I genuinely enjoy them, so it’s not tough. I know too much social media can be so toxic so once again the extremes are dangerous, but they’re such great avenues to connect with my fans, I love them all!
Who are some of your favorite artists or rather, what musicians have continued to inspire you and your music? Who would you absolutely still love to work with in the future?
I probably sound like a broken record but I’d so love to work with Julia Michaels. I think she’s special. In terms of my favorite artists, they kinda change depending on my mood so right now it’s Khalid and 6LACK. That said, having been so inspired by John Mayer in the past he’s absolutely on the list of inspirations. The LA pop world in also right on top of the list!
If you were going to be stranded on a deserted island forever, what musical item would you take with you and why?
Gosh… If you asked me this five years ago I’d say my guitar. But since it’s 2018… Does a laptop count? I’d take a laptop and make sure I’ve got some music to listen to offline! But no I’d say a piano. No problems without any electricity.
If your music was going to be featured on any TV show that is currently on right now, which would you love it to be on? Or if you prefer, what is a movie that you love that you wish your music was featured in?
I’d totally go movies since I love movies so much. Any John Green movie to be honest, because I’m such a feelings person. Or if there were a modern pop version of La La Land… Any directors reading this right now?
Do you have any tour dates you would like to tell our readers about? How will you be spending your fall and winter?
I’m working to put together some shows around my EP release, and I can’t wait to share the news soon! Otherwise, fall and winter will be me finishing up projects and also preparing to release the EMOTIONAL SAUNA EP. I’ve actually been busy in the studio finishing up some brand new songs for myself as well as for other artists. I know, I’m getting ahead of myself here but there’s so much I can’t wait for you to hear.
At the end of the day, what do you hope your fans take away from your music? I’d like to know more about how you want your music to be timeless?
If you distil songs down to their core human emotions… I bet you’ll find a handful of common themes in all the songs that exist in the world, ever. At the end of the day I just hope that people firstly like the music but more importantly find something in it that they can connect with. I want each song to be this intangible hug that makes the world a better place, one person at a time.
Is there anything else that you would like to share with our readers about yourself and your music?
I guess I’ll leave everybody with this. Between heaven and hell… Is an EMOTIONAL SAUNA. Can’t wait for you to hear the EP in January! Please follow me on my socials to keep up to date, much love! Thanks for having me!
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