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Steve Brand

ABOUT: Steve is a lifelong artist and musician who began releasing music in the early 90’s in the experimental genre under the name, “Augur, " with more than 20 limited edition releases on various independent labels like, Foundry, Solipsism, Manifold, A Pyrrhic Victory, Alluvial. In 2003, he began creating in the field of "ambient" under his own name. Brand describes this change in moniker and musical expression as, "part of the process of moving out of my head and more into my heart." Since then, Steve has issued more than 40 releases on Pioneer Light Music, txt, Databloem, Relaxed Machinery, Hypnos, AtmoWorks, Afe and others. His music has regularly been featured on the nationally syndicated, "Hearts of Space," as well as NPR/KCUR's "Night Tides" with Renée Blanche, Chuck VanZyl's StarsEnd.org radio, remains in rotation on SomaFM/DroneZone and frequently appears on several noteworthy release lists and playlists worldwide.

ACTIVITIES:
- Selected tracks have been featured on Stephen Hill's nationally syndicated radio show "Hearts of Space" on several occasions: October 2007 "Darkwater" edition, August 2008 "Reading the Bones" edition, July 2010 "Heatwaves" edition, and October 2010 "The Crossing" edition, May 2011 "Timescapes" edition, August 2011 "Desert Solitaire" edition, February 2012 "Supernatural” edition, July 2013 "Heatwaves" edition (repeat), May 2014 "Heatwaves" edition (repeat), 2015 "Outback" edition, July 2016 "Desert Solitaire" edition (repeat), July 2016 "Summertronica 7" edition, July 2017 'Desert Dreamfields 2" edition.
- Music is frequently written about by respected ambient music reviewers John Shanahan/The Hypnagogue (https://hypnagogue.net) and Richard Gürtler (https://www.discogs.com/artist/390039-Steve-Brand).
- Frequently in the top 10 monthly releases, yearly listings of "Significant Releases" and playlists of Chuck VanZyl's, StarsEnd.org.
- Frequently listed in the top 10 of “Top 30 Artists by Listeners” and “Top 30 Artists by Spin” on the Drone Zone/SomaFM charts.
- Continues in rotation on SomaFM's DroneZone, StillStream.com and Reneé Blanche’s “Night Tides” on KCUR/NPR.

REVIEWS: Steve’s music has been described as “ambient,” “tribal,” “ritualistic,” “a direct link to our ancient, and arcane ancestry,”“…not mere music, but an almost shamanic attempt at deconstructing our interpretation of reality, by connecting us to an anti-technological, primal psyche,” and “Brand has tapped into a sound or feeling that’s at the core of all things, a universal essence.” Hypnos Records says of Steve, “(he has)…quickly established himself as one of the more interesting and distinctive artists working in ambient music…”

PERSONAL BACKGROUND: “For me, music is more than just notes, chords, arrangements, applied theory or an object for sale. From the earliest times, music has been our attempt to mimic and honor our surroundings. Music has also been our means of organizing, communicating and understanding our history, experiences, feelings, emotions and memories. Intuitively, on some level, we have always understood the power of music to release us from the tyranny of the commonplace, from the constraints of a materialistic and overly rational world, as well as it’s potential to create new understanding, insight, expression and ways of being. Music can unlock ancient, even timeless memories, and aid us in redefining our personal and collective present and future. My intention is to make expansive, adventurous, mysterious, uncompromising music that honors these principles and share it with as many others as possible.” – Steve Brand

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