Photo by Irene Gittarelli
Stefano ’Stèv’ Fagnani is a producer, sound designer and audio developer working at the interception of music and technology. His exploration focuses on balancing computer programming and forward thinking electronics with nature and simplicity, translating into a sonic canvas which blends intricate synthesis techniques and organic elements, aiming to keep things fresh while investigating further the shades of modern composition and experimental sonorities. Stèv’s musical ideas can sparkle from everything that’s in between an algorithm, a sinewave and an acoustic guitar, then evolve into something dynamic, pondered and rich with textures.
His discography 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, whilst 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”. Playing live in several italian festivals, some Berlin venues, Tokyo innovative club 2.5D and renowned Circus headquarters in Tokyo and Osaka, he found himself sharing the stage with names such as Alex Banks, Phon.o, Clap! Clap!, Synkro, Romare, Shigeto and in 2016 he was invited to perform in USA for the first time at Further Future festival in Las Vegas, alongside artists as Four Tet, Nicolas Jaar, Daedelus, Andy Stott, Telefon Tel Aviv, The Pharcyde and Caribou. In 2017 he released his EP Broken Mamori on Variables, a Turin-based record label and multimedia collective of which he then became A&R and steady collaborator. The record was promoted on Resident Advisor and XLR8R along with the single Scattered Steams / Dense Water, enlightened by a breathtaking computer graphic music video realized by the visual artist Cy Tone.
On the other hand, Stefano works as freelance music and sound design professional for multimedia projects, as well as developing and maintaining creative audio tools either commissioned by third party clients or just to keep his creative routine inspiring by thinking up new processes and automating recurring tasks.
His new full-length album Dismantle and Refine explores inner thoughts and deep feelings, while learning to deal with challanges and frustration. The music itself is enriched by precious worldwide collaborators (dutch music producer Julien Mier, UK rapper Rawz, italian singer/songwriter gimlii and albanian-canadian writer/artist Lueda Alia), while the whole project grew up to its final state working together with visual artist Carola Demarchi, who realized a brilliant series of artworks and a music video, created entirely in Virtual Reality for the track Breath Stretch Training, aiming to extend the overall experience beyond sound by exposing the creative power behind technology.