Born in Switzerland and raised in Italy, Stemin is an award-winning singer-songwriter, musician, and performer based in Amsterdam. He released the album Unspoken Dreams in 2022.
‘While growing up, music represented a hiding place, the place in which I could take shelter and find answers to my emotional side. What captured my attention in music was the sensibility of it and the way music connected to me personally and intimately. I am a very sensible and emotional individual who has been exposed to some difficult experiences as a kid, therefore music represented for me that world to which I could run to, a hiding place; a world where emotions were associated to different colors; a world where acceptance and understanding was ruling; an imaginary world that helped me overcome these dark moments. I remember listening a lot to Donny Hathaway and finding a connection with him in the way his sensibility was being portrayed through the music.’
‘Allowing your inner dreams and desires to see the light is always a struggle, especially in a society that still struggles with tolerance,” said Stemin. “As a queer artist, I want to tell stories about conquering fears, embracing our true selves, and most of all, celebrating queer love. This album is about the insatiable feeling of falling in love and I invite listeners to embrace every complex emotion that comes with that experience.’
Stemin always tries to combine different styles, researching a personal expression in ways to use all the colors of his voice to open the eyes of his audience to different emotions:
‘The voice is a proper instrument, able to express deep feelings as almost any other instruments can do. It is strictly connected to the soul and becomes its audible expression; it converts the invisible in visible, it creates new sounds and colors, it transforms an emotion into music. The voice is an instrument to be found out, subject to constant evolution and expansion. An expansion which goes beyond our traceable imaginative borders.’
‘Life is not about being told you are one thing and not another, or being put in a box. You can be many things and to many people - and I hope my experiences allows others to realize the same, whether now, or in time.’