Today, Northern Territory songwriting dynamo Stevie Jean has unleashed her debut EP Blame Game. A stunning, careful portrait of adolescent dysfunction.
“The whole project is stories from my high-school years. It was a confusing time, I grew as the innocence of childhood was stripped away and the rest of my life laid in front of me with all its beauty and rough edges,” Jean explains. “There were betrayals of friendships, and of self. I recognized broken systems and searched for clarity and closure which no one seemed able to give me. So, I went alone with a pen and a guitar to seek my own answers.”
To celebrate the release of the EP, we shot Stevie Jean a few pressing Get To Know Questions. So pop on her EP, and get to know a little bit about her below.
How did your artist name come about?
I’m lucky that I have a few names to choose from. Stevie (Stavroula) Jean Kyriacou. Stevie Jean is easier to remember in the west than Stavroula Kyriacou. It has a ring to it.
How would you describe your music to your grandma?
Yia Yia, it’s rock and roll with some rap beats. Eminem, re. Led Zeppelin.
Tell us about a few of your tracks; their titles and what they’re about?
My personal favourite song on the EP is called “I Like You,” it’s the closest I’ve written to a love song. It was originally called “You’re Okay I Guess.” What I love the most about it is how it constantly shifts. The form is freer that classic rock or pop songs and the production makes me feel like I’m underwater.
December Song was written as an ode to the girl I was in love with through highschool. We are still homies. Quite frankly, it’s amazing she’s so cool about it.
What do you love about your hometown?
Sunsets, the curlew calls at night, thunderheads and big storms. On top of that, we are the Laksa capital of Australia.
Career highlight so far?
Honestly, getting offered the support slot on Montaigne’s Complex Album Tour. It begins November 7th in Adelaide. She’s everything I aspire to be as a musician: creative, authentic and an activist. I believe that when your voice is elevated you need to speak your truth and fight for those who aren’t being listened to.
Fave non-music hobbies?
Bullet Journalling, fiction writing, dancing and travelling. Also, food.
What’s on your dream rider?
My cousin, Andrew Kyriacou, owns a restaurant in Byron Bay called “The Cypress Tree.” He specialises in Greek Cypriot cuisine. If I could have his cooking, especially his baklava, on tour it would be a dream.
Dream music collaboration?
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
My life in 10 years is going to be full of music, touring, production and I would love to be a published author by then as well.
What’s your go-to karaoke song?
I don’t do karaoke.
You can catch Stevie Jean live on Montaigne’s Complex Tour
Montaigne Complex National Album Tour
Thursday, November 7th
The Gov, Adelaide, SA
Friday, November 8th
Badlands, Perth, WA
Saturday, November 9th
Mojo’s, Fremantle, WA
Thursday, November 14th
Solbar, Maroochydore, QLD
Friday, November 15th
The Zoo, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday, November 16th
The Northern, Byron Bay, NSW
Sunday, November 17th
The Zoo, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday, November 21st
Tap House, Bendigo, VIC
Friday, November 22nd
Torquay Hotel, Torquay, VIC
Saturday, November 23rd
The Croxton, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday, November 28th
UC Hub, Canberra, ACT
Friday, November 29th
The Metro, Sydney, NSW
Saturday, November 30th
UOW Unibar, Wollongong, NSW