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Talkback: Steph Marziano

The Brightest New Talent By William Stokes
Published December 2020

Talkback

In our new monthly feature, we track down the new producers who are making waves and find out what makes them tick. First in the hot seat is 28 year‑old Philadelphia‑bred, East London‑based Steph Marziano, who has recently shot up the career ladder from indispensable assistant to session‑directing producer. She has worked with the likes of Sam Smith, Kasabian, Bruno Major and Mumford and Sons, and most recently lent her skills to Petals For Armor, the chart‑topping first solo LP from Paramore’s Hayley Williams.

At the moment I can’t stop listening to...

Lucy Dacas’ record, Historian. It’s fucking great. Genuinely one of the best drum sounds I’ve heard in a while. The song ‘Night Shift’. I love that snare. Also, I went back to some classic Janet Jackson recently! Her record Control came out in 1986, and it’s also been such a big drum reference for me recently. So modern‑sounding. So, I’ve been listening to two completely different drum sounds, but I feel like those two opposites almost encompass me as a producer.

The project I’m most proud of

It’s always the most recent project. Hayley Williams’ record came out in May; I co‑wrote three of the songs and did additional production on them as well. I had made a record three or four years ago with one of my favourite artists, Denai Moore, and the story goes that someone just sent Hayley a playlist. I got a call from Denai a year and a half ago saying “I’m in LA, Hayley wants to fly you over to do a session. If you can get here in three days then come and join the session.” So I flew over the next day and did...

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Published December 2020