Everyone loves a good Riff
Ipswich musician Stevie Riff is determined to turn his dream into a reality
SKYHOOKS may have not sung it for a long time but there’s a local singer who hopes one day to be our own answer to Million Dollar Riff as he puts his tools of trade into storage, dedicating his life to making music.
Stevie Riff, has spent most of his working life as a carpenter but, after studying the art of song writing for the past two years, is aiming to devote the immediate future to making music.
Stevie is determined to see how far he can go. Music has always been his number one love but, having grown up on a menu of The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, country and blues, Stevie was forced to put it on the backburner.
“I’ve lived in Ipswich since 2005, originally from South Australia,” Stevie said.
“I moved up here, bought a house and realised, as I was a single dad, I had to get a job, quick.
“I decided to give up my dream for a while and become a carpenter.
“I’d started studying in Adelaide but didn’t finish as I moved up here. I was going to finish my diploma and ended up finishing the whole degree studying here in Brisbane.”
After working across Ipswich as a carpenter, the tools are now in the shed and it is full steam ahead getting his music out to a wide audience.
“I’ve just released one song and already working on the next,” Stevie said. “I will keep releasing singles, then by the end of next year an album.
“It’s hard to get music listened to when starting out and the first thing was to find a music aggregator to get my music on Apple, Spotify and all the popular music stores.
“Getting a song on radio is the hardest part and this is the next task for me.
“Back in the days of community radio, you’d turn up and just play live but it’s different today: You have to set yourself up so you are across all forms of media with a website and social media .”
Stevie, who describes his music as a “fusion of rockabilly, rock ‘n’ roll, country rock and soul”, is playing as many live shows in Ipswich and throughout southeast Queensland as he can but that is no easy task.
“Many people I’ve spoken to recently who have come from Sydney can’t believe how little live music is supported in this part of the state,” he said.
Stevie’s single Cars, Guns and Money was inspired by a recent news headline about a highranking taxation official’s son’s tax fraud romp.
Stevie is realistic about the chances of making the big time but it won’t stop him having fun along the way.
“In the next five years I just want to get my music out there and keep playing around Ipswich and branch out to major touring” he said.
“It’s hard work, which I don’t mind, but when you’re doing music ,you can always have fun along the way, and that’s a bonus. You need to have fun for the audience to have fun.”
❛❛ I just want to get my music out there and keep playing.
— Stevie Riffs
SINGLE-MINDED: Stevie Riff has released his first single and plans to release an album in the near future.