Stèv

Photo by Irene Gittarelli

Stèv / Stefano Fagnani

Stefano ‘Stèv’ Fagnani is a producer, sound designer and developer working across the fields of electronic music, multimedia and creative software. Inspired by technology and nature, he explores the balance between synthetic and organic, investigating the shades of modern composition, fresh sonorities and digital art.

His career officially started in 2011 from netlabels, escalating up until reaching Loci Records (label founded and owned by Empancipator), on which he has two significant releases, Elsewhere EP and Beyond Stolen Notes album, while in the meantime he got featured on the Project: Mooncircle Uprising compilation with the exclusive tune Paint Me Like The Sky. His track Winter Train placed 57th in the XLR8R top download chart of 2013, after only two weeks of presence on the website, and was picked up by The Guardian as one of the “nine must-listen new tracks from around the world”. In 2017 he released his EP Broken Mamori on Variables, a record label and multimedia collective based in Turin. The record was promoted on Resident Advisor and XLR8R along with the single Scattered Steams / Dense Water, accompanied by a computer graphic music video realized by digital artist Cy Tone. His second full-length album Dismantle and Refine, released on Variables in 2021, was enriched by precious worldwide collaborations (dutch music producer Julien Mier, UK rapper Rawz, italian singer/songwriter gimlii and albanian-canadian writer/artist Lueda Alia), while working together with visual designer Carola Demarchi, who created an exclusive series of artworks and a virtual reality animation for the track Breath Stretch Training. The record got featured on Kaltblut, Decoded Magazine and Electronic Groove.

He performed live across Italy, Germany and Japan, finding himself sharing the stage with names such as Alex Banks, Phon.o, Clap! Clap!, Synkro, Romare, Shigeto. In 2016 he was invited to perform in USA for the first time at Further Future festival in Las Vegas, alongside artists like Four Tet, Nicolas Jaar, Daedelus, Andy Stott, Telefon Tel Aviv, The Pharcyde and Caribou.

Notable features

Breath Stretch Training music video promoted with interview on Kaltblut
Interview on DJ Mag Italia
Dismantle and Refine album promoted on Decoded Magazine
Dismantle and Refine album promoted on Electronic Groove
Radial Disclose track
premiere and review on Soundwall
Scattered Steams / Dense Water track placed 62nd on the XLR8R top downloads of 2017 chart
Interview + mixtape on Stereofox
Interview on Parkett
Broken Mamori EP track-by-track description on Dance Like Shaquille O’Neal
Scattered Steams / Dense Water music video promoted with free download track on XLR8R
Broken Mamori EP review on Sentireascoltare
Scattered Steams / Dense Water track premiere on Resident Advisor
Beyond Stolen Notes album review on Rockit.it
Beyond Stolen Notes album review on Sentireascoltare
Live show broadcasted on Musical Box episode 29/06/2015 on Radio2
Beyond Stolen Notes album track-by-track description on Nothing But Hope And Passion
Haneda track featured on Babylon episode 30/05/2015 (part. 2) on Radio2
Beyond Stolen Notes album track-by-track description on Dance Like Shaquille O’Neal
Beyond Stolen Notes album exclusive full streaming on Earmilk
Urbinian track promoted on Indie Shuffle
Hills Are Floating track promoted on Earmilk
Hills Are Floating track promoted on Nothing But Hope And Passion
Live show broadcasted on Live Is More // ON AIR episode #4 on m2o
Appearance on Grabber Soul 1st Italian Beat Makers Convention documentary on Red Bull
Interview on Dance Like Shaquille O’Neal
Hotaru track featured on Musical Box episode 25/04/2014 on Radio2
Hotaru track promoted on Deer Waves
Interview + mixtape on Relaux
Winter Train track featured on The Guardian as one of nine must-listen new tracks from around the world
Winter Train track placed 57th on the XLR8R top downloads of 2013 chart
Flying Tissue track featured on Bandcamp Weekly episode #53
Elsewhere EP featured on Finest Ego
Elsewhere EP review on Dance Like Shaquille O’Neal
Winter Train track promoted as free download on XLR8R