My name is Stephen Lind and I am a queer pop artist from Tucson, AZ living in Los Angeles, CA. Like most, my love and passion for music started when I was very young. I can recall searching through my mom’s CD collection and pulling out her 80s’ compilation mix and Lorrie Morgan records, begging her to play them on the stereo. Honestly, show me a 5 year old who can’t relate to both Pat Benatars’ “Heartbreaker” and Lorrie Morgans’ “Except for Monday;” I would like to meet them.
Like most (this is a theme… I am aware my story is not exclusive) I didn’t grow up with much and my desire to dive into the arts was met with the financial limitations my parents were experiencing. When “American Idol” premiered, I felt like I had my own set of vocal coaches. I was obsessed. I would pick a girl, at the time unbeknownst to me, who I saw myself in and would follow her journey; learning the songs she sang and listening to their critique to try and improve my technique.
From that, “Lovers’ Roulette” was born. The 6-track EP is a horror-pop/dance record that takes us on a journey through an “average” night out for a single gay man; the highs and the lows. I took my passion for both film and music and created a short film to accompany the music. I curated a cast and crew of mostly LGBTQ+ artists to help bring this vision to life.
My creative director (and partner), Bryant Berry, designed, built and decorated the award-winning world. “Lovers’ Roulette” is currently screening in various film festivals across Europe and has won “Best Music Video” at Bright International Film Festival (UK), Brazil New Visions Film Fest (BR) and Paradise Film Festival (HU) while being selected to participate in a handful of others. I am excited to finally be on this journey and am hopeful that my art will create the same comfort for others that other artists’ have created for me.