There’s something about a piano that makes a song sound so…magical! That’s certainly the case for Stephen Sanchez and the piano version of his song ‘Until I Found You.’ Don’t get us wrong, we absolutely love the original version of the track too, but like we said, a piano just elevates the sound sometimes so we love the piano version too!
We were actually lucky enough to get a chance to chat with Stephen about the song. Check out what he had to say!
‘Until I Found You’ is a beautiful song, can you tell us the story behind it?
I wrote it for someone who was very important to me as a promise to never let them go again.
What made you decide to release a piano version of ‘Until I Found You’ and how did you go about the composition of the piano version?
I honestly wasn’t planning on releasing any other versions of the song after the original. After posting a TikTok of my cat, Ben, and I sat at the piano playing the song it went berserk. The high demand was too much, so we released it.
Can we expect more piano versions of songs from you in the future?
I’d love to keep the amount of song versions down to a minimum. I think there is beauty in releasing different renditions of songs, but I’d hate to take the attention off of one I put my blood, sweat, and tears into. Who knows though, maybe the potential demand of one in the future might be too hard to resist.
What’s one thing you’d really like to experiment within your music?
I’m finding myself trying to record these next songs in 3 takes or less. My heart towards this next project feels so powerful and I want the intimacy of it all to translate completely. I think I’m going to definitely continue to do that for future projects and not worry about perfecting anything.
Do you have a favorite part of the process when it comes to creating/releasing new music?
This next project feels so different. I’m emotionally invested in the healthiest way toward these new songs and I think in this season, embracing every emotion has become my favorite part. Although, yes, they continue to be about people in my life, it feels less about getting a response that benefits me and more about celebrating the person in these songs. These songs are a powerful love. I want nothing more than for her to feel that.
You have such a unique voice and sound, who are some of the musical influences that have shaped that?
I credit the vibrato to Bear Rinehart of the band NEEDTOBREATHE along with vowel pronunciations & poetic songwriting style from the likes of Lord Huron frontman Ben Schnider. As far as sound goes I’d like to think it’s less about the actual artists and more about specific songs by them that inspire me. To be more specific, songs like ‘I Love You. It’s A Fever Dream.’ by The Tallest Man In The World have heavily inspired this new record. The intimacy between lyrics and melodies on this project feel like my most vulnerable and my very best work.
TikTok has been a major asset for artists like yourself when it comes to releasing music lately. Do you feel like TikTok has been beneficial to your career?
I don’t want to give TikTok all the credit, but I will say that I think less ears would have heard the song if not for the platform’s incredible reach. It’s brought a massive audience and that audience is changing my life.
We’re absolutely in love with your TikTok of Benjamin, what’s your favorite part about owning a cat? Any recent special moment you’d like to share?
Honestly, he is a massive pain in my butt and drinks from the toilet.
Your Instagram feed is on point, what’s your style inspo?
Elvis & East Nashville.
What’s one thing you hope to achieve this year?
I would love to be okay with letting go of things that aren’t holding onto me. Maybe, not write songs about people I’ve kissed.
Big thanks to Stephen for taking the time to talk to us! We really felt that answer about Benjamin. Cats truly can be tiny menaces (affectionate). Make sure to check out the piano version of ‘Until I Found You,’ it’s a must listen!
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