Stephen Presley

Stephen Presley

Stephen Presley


Title
Independent Artist - Hard Rock Instrumental
Bio
Hi, I'm Steve Presley of SP Presley (nope, not related to Elvis). I’m an independent musician living in LA with decades of experience playing and writing rock songs. I’m the primary songwriter and musician on the two SP Presley albums to date (Guitar-Centric in 2014 and the new 2017 EP: Emanations from the Ground of Being.) I’d love to tell you more about the meaning of the new EP title and how it came to be - just ask me about it if you’re curious. This winter I’m putting a new band and plan to start live performing early in 2018.  

With regard to genre, the new SP Presley EP release offers hard rock songs that are tight, grooved, powerful, emotional, and melodic. As a lead guitarist, I'm not a technical shredder like Satrianni or Patrucci. I’m more along the style of David Gilmore  and Steve Lukather. Melody, phrasing, and emotional presence really matter to me.  

Outside of music, I also love science fiction and fantasy books highlighting intense magic. I still enjoy superhero comics occassionaly and enjoy the Marvel superhero movies. Just amazing! I'm married and our kids are cats. Being on the water in a trawler boat is a bone deep calming salve to my soul.  A few years back I got a PhD, but I’ve recovered, so don’t worry about me. I’m ok now. Human consciousness fascinates me, which is why I meditate so I can see for myself what’s really going on there. Wow!  What a journey that’s tuned out to be. 

ALBUMS:
2017: Emanations from the Ground of Being (EP)
2014: Guitar-Centric
Website
Location
Los Angeles area

Recent Submissions

Stephen Presley submitted media.

Raymond Flotat

Another fun song. Really can hear the David Gilmour influence on this one. Great guitar work. I think my comments here would be the same as the previous submission. Great song and production over all, just feel like having a singer added to the mix would really help this one. The greater challenge is what kind of vocalist and who would mesh well with what's hear, but it really feels like the right vocals here could really make this one special. Thanks for the submission!

SD Hox

Thanks for the introductory comments...they helped to frame the submission. This track definitely feels like something that one of the Super Groups from the early '80s could have put out. There is also something a bit Dixie Dregs or Steve Vai-like in the guitar work (which is a compliment in my book).  Thanks for the submission and I'm happy to spread the word!

Bob Lugowe

I definitely dug this sound and found it to be an intriguing, well-composed instrumental track. It seems you have a gameplan in place already for your music but if you're looking for greater exposure, I would suggest hiring a publicist to promote your new release. It seems you have a lot to talk about and that is one surefire way to get your music in the ears of the industry gatekeepers. Making a music video or two for a song from the new album is another good approach. Besides that, this is the type of  music that should be experienced live so make sure you're playing out as much as possible and opening for good regional / touring acts. Hit up any local hot spots and make sure you're on their radar. Best of luck. 

Stephen Presley submitted media.

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Raymond Flotat

Fun song. My main thoughts here are that this song--while nary a thing technically wrong with it--almost cries out for a singer to be in the mix. It's a solid composition in a retro style, but it feels like there really should be a vocalist here helping pull this all together. Or, maybe a larger song written around it with this being an interlude.

In direct answer to the questions you asked:
-	Does this song catch your interest in any way?  How? 
Yes. From a point of technical skill it's satisfying to listen. Good guitar playing and arrangement that reminds me of early Boston or Journey albums.
-       Would you want to hear other songs on the EP after hearing this one? 
Yes, but lacking a vocalist I would likely personally not seek them out. Instrumental rock is great, but for me, I generally prefer fully instrumental songs like this in small doses.
-	Would you be interested in seeing SP Presley live after hearing this song? 
Not me personally, though I don't doubt the band would put on a great show.
-	Can you see this song be played on Pandora or other streaming sites? 
Absolutely! There's still a huge demand for songs like this out there but not a lot of ct ontemporary artists trying to do this.
-	Are there any aspects of the song that don’t work or need improvement? 
Only what I mentioned above is that it almost feels like this song would benefit from having vocals on it too. Otherwise, it's a great song!

Thanks so much for the submission!

Bob Lugowe

To answer your questions 

-	Does this song catch your interest in any way?  How? 

Yes, this style of prog / hard rock isn't usually my cup of tea but this song is well done and enjoyable to listen to. I'm not sure how many repeat listens I'd give it, but I can't deny the musicality and enjoyability. 

-       Would you want to hear other songs on the EP after hearing this one? 

Yes, I'd give it a couple listens. 

-	Would you be interested in seeing SP Presley live after hearing this song? 

If you were touring with an artist I was into. As mentioned, I probably wouldn't go see something like this on my own. 

-	Can you see this song be played on Pandora or other streaming sites? 

Yes, as long as you have distribution, this should appeal to fans of instrumental shredding, hard rock, prog etc 

-	Are there any aspects of the song that don’t work or need improvement? 

I think your sound is on point

Leks Maltby

On "3rd of a Kind" by SP Presley, the Classic Rockers lay down three-minutes of pure instrumental prowess in the spirit of every 80s prog-leaning hair metal band that came before them. A tapestry of influences, one can detect Van Halen guitar work colliding with Rush melodies, all underpinned by a sound so familiar that it instantly transports the listener back in time to an era when rock reigned supreme on FM bands across the continent. A perfectly constructed instrumental piece, "3rd of a Kind" sounds like the intro to an epic album, a battle cry for future material yet to come. To be sure, SP Presley are a band hell-bent on bringing classic rock back at a time when it is most severely needed. In this cause, I can only applaud them and say Godspeed!

Raziq Rauf

I'm a big prog fan so this is already in my favored style. The riffs are crisp but the solos are interesting without being over-complicated. It's not a long song so it doesn't have too far to meander, meaning it remains concise, which I often find is helpful with instrumental tracks.

I'd give the rest of the EP a go and I'd probably come to see you live if the venue was fun and not too far away!

I bet there's a good concept behind the title, eh? Telling that story as part of the complete music release could mark you out as different from the pack. Don't hide it! There's a market for bands who think deeply about all aspects of their output and cross media to deliver their message.

Andrea Young

This sounds very vintage old-school rock to my ears. 
-	Does this song catch your interest in any way?  How?   I like instrumentals, especially rock instrumentals, because they are so hard to find.
-       Would you want to hear other songs on the EP after hearing this one? POssibly
-	Would you be interested in seeing SP Presley live after hearing this song?  Possibly
-	Can you see this song be played on Pandora or other streaming sites? not sure what Pandora does with rock instrumentals, but you (or anyone) can put anything out on the streaming services and work to find your niche!  Why not?  Its so affordable these days.
-	Are there any aspects of the song that don’t work or need improvement?   I'm just not a big fan of the old style organ/keyboard sound in tracks, but that's a personal preference.  The song sounds like it needs to be further mixed or mastered, the production is not crystal clear, that might really help.  

In general, I'm not a big fan of the production, but I love the guitar-centric sound.  If you've got anything more simply produced, send it along.  Hope that's helpful, thanks for your submission, good luck with your music!