‘Better Than Wine’ is arguably STEMIN’s most instantly impressive single to date, offering a sense of universal appeal as well as a truly intoxicating emotive quality. Built on an undeniably funky musical baseline that is studded with vibrant pop influences and STEMIN’s sensual vocals, it’s a perfect encapsulation of his bold, beautiful style. - Broken 8 Records
The official video for 'Better Than Wine' is out! Watch it here:
The lead single, ‘Closer, describes a story of meeting someone new, the butterflies one feels and the uncertainty of whether both people are equally attracted to one another, all wrapped up in a seemingly modern take on jazz-meets-RnB, clearly showing STEMIN’s influences in this field, including Anderson Paak and Kanye West. STEMIN states, “my hope is that ‘Closer’ becomes one in a series of musical messages to people. It’s easy to become trapped in life, but there is always a way out. I am a living example of this! I wish for my journey to empower others. Life is not about being told you are one thing and not another, or being put in a box. You can be many things and to many people - and I hope my experiences allows others to realise the same, whether now, or in time.”
As this year comes to an end, I would like to take a moment to look back and shortly review the year that has just been passing by! A special, great, but also demanding year, full of ups and downs, exciting and challenging moments in the music as well as in the personal field.
I had the possibility to tour to different countries and meet wonderful and unique people. I had the possibility to further develop myself as a human being and as a musician. I had the opportunity to record the new album which will be released in 2020, and for that I am really thankful!!
All these things made me realize how life is beautiful and always changing. It made me realize that it doesn't matter WHAT you do in life, it's really about HOW you do it and HOW you live your life. Since moving to the Netherlands and pursuing my Master studies, I met so many people from different continents and backgrounds. This made me realize that we are all the same and no one should be left behind. There is beauty in every human being. We should see their heart and soul first and not judge them by their actions!
There has been a lot going on in the last six months in terms of music, recording, concerts, meeting new people, finding new opportunities, etc. Too much could be said about this, and I am really happy about this whole process! I am looking forward to the new album release which should be happening next year!!! The new album will be called #tellyourheart!!