Steinar Ytrehus is a guitarist and musician from Norway. He has his own studio where he spend much of his spare time writing and recording music.

He records and plays all the instruments himself like guitars, bass, keys and percussion. He also does the songwriting and vocals himself. Earlier he used to do a lot of remixes, but now he focuses on making his own music. When it comes to genre the music will fit under the blues rock label, but he is always experimenting with sounds and different instruments making his own sound. Steinar just released his first album"Dark Songs", and he has just started recording his next one. So stay tuned for more songs to come.

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What Musical Genre Do You Feel Best Describes Your Music And How Would You Describe Your Sound?

I think I play a mixture of blues, rock, americana and jazz. My sound can maybe be described as raw and unpolished, but at the same time I try to keep the fidelity as high as I can. All my recordings are played on real instruments by me in my studio except from the drums where I often use Superior Drummer in addition to real percussion. Since I record everything myself I strive to use good quality gear to capture and color my recordings. The availability of good gear has come a long way since I started out.

How Did You Get Your Name? Is There A Story?

I just use my real name

What Are or Have Been Your Musical Influences?

I have been influenced by musicians like Jimi Hendrix, Mar Knopfler, Tom Waits , John Mayer ,Johan Airijoki, JJ Cale, Mogwai, Eric Clapton and Marty O´Reilly

What Are You Working On Now? Any Future Collaborations We Can Look Forward To?

I have just released my first album " Dark Songs", but I have just started recording my next one. So there is coming more music in the future for sure. I have also done some colabs with Distyle who owns a studio in Paris. He is more into electronic music so our songs are a mix of both. We have released a song called "Synopsis blues" and there is one more to come that we just have finished.

What Is Your Ultimate Goal In The Music Industry? What Is Your Plan Of Action?

My ultimate goal is to have fun making music in my studio and to reach an audience that likes and listens to what I create. I dont do this to make money or to be famous, I just love playing guitar and explore the wonderful world of recording. Of course Its important to me that people listen to my work, so my goal is also to find somebody that enjoy what I am doing.

What Is Your Favorite Track To Perform Live and Why?

I just write, play and record my music, so I dont do live playing.

What Has Been The Biggest Challenge In Your Career Thus Far?

I have been working with music alongside my regular job, as an intensive care nurse, so I have never been dependent on an income from my music so there havent been challenges other than bad sounding songs, mixes, faulty gear and computers and stuff that everybody will face working with recording:-) Maybe the biggest challenge was to be confident enough in my music to actually finish and release it. Now that I have released an album the coming challenge is to get my music heard by potential fans.

What’s Your Typical Songwriting Process?

When I make songs It often starts out by me playing something on my acoustic guitar and I sing or hum something, sometimes I find a melody, mood or sound I want to record. Then I record the basic groove in cubase programing drums, playing guitar, bass/ double bass and percussion . Then I sing something on top of it to find something that fits the mood of the song. Then I write the lyrics singing them on top of the recording to see what sounds good and fit the recording. Then I record the vocals, and finally I add guitarfills solos , additional sounds etc. A song can lay dormant for months/years before I pick it up again and finish it, and sometimes I dont.
Then I mix and master it. This varies from song to song of cause, but pretty much describes what my workingprosess looks like.

How Has Social Media Influenced Your Career As An Artist?

When I started out on a 4 track cassette player there were no social media, and I had to figure out things myself reading magazines etc. But as soon as I discovered YouTube , I have been following several guitar/studiochannels Im also a member of Produce like a Pro run by Warren Huart. I have learnt a lot from them and they keep me inspired and wanting to try out new techniques and styles of playing.
Social media has also been essential for me to get my music out to an audience like Spotify Instagram Facebook and YouTube.
Even though I havent done much of marketing to be honest.

What Are Some Tracks and Artists Currently On Your Playlist?

At the moment I listen to Marty o Reilly and the old soul orchestra, JJ Cale, Mark Knopfler, Tom Waits , Mogwai . Tracks im listening to at the moment are from Marty o Reillys album "Stereoscope" like Let the wind in. There are many great tracks on that album. I also discovered JJ Cale a while back because I was told my music reminded of some of his stuff. Then I realized that many of my favorite musicians must be influenced by him.

What Did You Do Before You Started Making Music?

I started playing guitar when i was abut 15 and have always been playing and recording for fun. I did a lot of remixes for a couple of years on Indaba Music before it was bought up and closed. (I even won some). But as I said I have also been working alongside my musicmaking all the time so no change in career. Im also really into mountain biking and trailbuilding so thats another creative hobby of mine.

Any Advice For Young People (Men or Women) That Want To Succeed In The Music World?

About success I dont know but to be able to make good music you have to work at your skills by playing and recording music as much as you can. Its also advisable to pick up an instrument and learn how to play it. Since I can play the guitar its easier to transfer your playing and skills over to other instruments, and that can be useful when you are recording everything yourself like I do.

What Would You Change In The Music Industry If You Were A Top Music Executive?

I dont know enough about the industry to know what to change.

How Do You Feel About Originality?

Originality is important to a certain extent, but people also like listening to familiar sounds. So When I make music I take what I like from the music and artists I know and love, and use it in my music. That what everybody does right? You have a type of sound that you really fancy, like a double bass, jazzy drums and a solo guitar (with slap back delay and tremolo), on top of it. Thats one of my favorite sounds. Like tom Waits´ s Blue Valentines.
What I like about an Artist is that you can recognize the artist as soon as you her the song, it can be the mood or the voice, but it does not have to be something you never have heard before.

Is There Anything Else We Should Know About You Or That You Would Like to Add?

I'm 44 years old and Live in Norway. 



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