LOQU BRAND Q&A \\ INTERVIEW WITH STEPHEN VOYCE (VOYCE*)
Loqu Brand: (LB)
Stephen Voyce: (SV)
LB: Let’s start from the beginning. Before starting your music career in 2010what was life like for you?
SV: 2010 marked the beginning of my official music career, it was in that year
that I signed my first record deal. But that victory was bitter sweet… It
was also the year that my mum passed away. It felt like I had gained
everything at the expense of the most important part of my life. Her loss
spiraled me into a depression that for a longtime consumed my life. But,
in time, it forced me to connect my emotions to my music and in many ways,
gave birth to the artist that I am today, an artist that embodies all that
he is, without reservation. In doing so, my music began to resonate with
my listeners, who like me, felt lost. I became a voice for the feelings
they needed to share. It’s funny how the greatest tragedy of my life was
my greatest catalyst for growth.
LB: Was music always a part of your life before officially starting your career?
SV: For as long as I can remember, music has been a part of me. As a child, I
was exposed to Michael Jackson’s music; my mum was probably his biggest
fan. I remember being inspired by him, by the way he could he sway an
audience and make you feel everything that he was sharing. I wanted to be
like him. I would emulate his voice, which is probably why there is so
much of his tone in mine. He is the reason I started singing in the first
LB: Do you have any hobbies outside of music?
SV: Music is my greatest passion, there is no denying that. But beyond that, I
am fascinated by life as a whole. I’m a gamer, science buff, fitness
enthusiast, human and animal rights activist, and the list goes on. I’ve
explored other mediums for creativity as well, including acting,
directing, etc. The way I see it, the universe has so much to offer and
I’ll explore as much of it as I possibly can.
LB: Your music seems to come from a dark place inside of you. Your lyrics sound very personal. How old were you when you began to express your inner
feelings through music?
SV: My music is an expression of my life, the emotions I feel, who I am at a
given time. I wouldn’t say it is “dark”, although yes, it is fair to say
that it used to be. After my mum died, I was lost, and I used my art to
help me find my way back to a better place. That journey brought me to a
lot of dark places, and my music, being a representation of my life,
followed me there too. But in finding peace within myself I’ve finally
come to a place where I am now in control of my life. My new music is
reflecting that as well. It is reflecting the confidence of a man who has
finally come into his own. So no, my music isn’t dark, it is just me,
exploring all sides of myself.
LB: What gave you the courage to share your songs for the very first time?
SV: I wouldn’t say it was confidence, but necessity. I was compelled to do so.
It’s like an innate need that I can’t suppress. Music is my calling and
there is nothing more beautiful than sharing your calling with the world
and having the world resonate with it.
LB: Have you ever told yourself that a certain song is too personal to share?
SV: No, why censor myself? Especially when the art is coming from an honest
place. I’ve released songs where I talk about my own suicide attempt. The
point is not to shock the world but to let people know that they are not
alone, and like them, I am human. If I can survive the worst of it, so can
they. And if I can find myself in a better place today, then there is hope
for them too.
LB: Do you have any fears about the entertainment business and if so would you mind sharing?
SV: I used to be worried that the business side of the industry would try to
change me, to make me become something I’m not, just so I could appeal to
what they believe is the mainstream audience. And honestly, if you’re not
willing to stand for what you believe in, there are people that will try
to mold you to fit their visions, at the expense of what makes you… you.
But I know who I am, and my individuality is something I will never
LB: What could you say to one of your many fans about dealing with their pain
and facing their fears?
SV: There is always a lesson in pain. Take the time to listen to what it is
telling you, that is how you’ll truly discover who you are. That is how
you’ll overcome it. And don’t be afraid to share your story with the
world, not only will you inspire others, you’ll also inspire yourself.
LB: You obviously have a gift. If somehow you lost your voice and were unable
to create great music, what do you think you’d be doing instead?
SV: I’d find a way to still create, even if my voice was comprised, I’d find a
way. There is always a way forward, sometimes we’re just to blind to see
it. But when push comes to shove, we find a way.
LB: Is there any place that you would like to perform on a global scale that
you haven't already?
SV: Honestly, I am happy to perform anywhere and everywhere. I don’t care how
big or small the venue is. All that matters are the people that came to
LB: If you had the opportunity to perform with anyone (from the past or
present), who would it be and why?
SV: Michael Jackson, Prince, Eminem, Hans Zimmer, Coldplay, Justin Timberlake, Elvis Presley, TLC, Stevie Wonder, Tupac, Diana Ross, Janet Jackson, System of a Down, Timbaland, The Neptiunes, I mean I could go on forever! And nah, I couldn’t just choose one LOL. They add to the magic that makes this world is a wonderful place to live in.
LB: Is there anything new and exciting happening that you would like to let
your fans know about? Any shoutouts?
SV: 2018 is going to be a very exciting year for my music and my other
exploits, but I’ll leave those as surprises for now. And yes, I’d like to
shoutout every single person that has believed in me, I wouldn’t be who I
am today without the support of the people.