What is your full name and where are you from?
My name is Steven Montes, born in Santa Monica but spent most my life growing up in the High Desert.
Tell us a little about you:
I started making music and short films as early as elementary school, and my passion for them really grew as I got older. I’ve been writing, recording and producing music for myself the past few years on a bigger scale, as well as producing for others.
What makes you different?
I think what makes me different is my vulnerability in my lyrics. I’m not afraid to talk about where I come from and how I’m feeling, and although I have some rather “aggressive” lyrics, I don’t feel the need to put on a front. Kind of “what you see is what you get” when it comes to me. I also take many different influences and try to incorporate them into my songs. Hip-hop, rock, pop punk and even outlaw country. Everything I grew up on, you’ll find in my songs.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
In 5 years, I see myself doing the same stuff I am now, just on a greater scale. Maybe have a little home, little family, who knows? I’m 22 right now and a lot can happen in 5 years, I’m just blessed I got to see it this far and I’m going to appreciate every day as it comes to me. James Dean died on highway 46 near Cholame, and his influence was so strong that people, to this day, go there to pay respects. That’s the kind of legacy I want to leave behind, but for my town, and my highway. Highway 395. I shout it out in every song as much as I can, because I want people to know where I’m from and that I’m proud of it. I grew up having “Holllywood Dreams” and lived in a small town, like a lot of people in this world, and I want to show that it’s okay to be proud of where you’re from. The place you’re from is what inevitably makes you, so why not hold it up with pride? That’s the legacy I want to leave behind. I’m doing this for the small town kids and the blue collar workers, cause if I can make it out, they sure can too.