"A troubadour of the highest order"
Out now, on digital release, "ROUGH" and "ROUGH OUT", first full-length release from STEAD, lo-fi, folk, indie music project curated and embodied by the sicilian and London-based singer/songwriter Stefano Antoci D'Agostino. A New York born project which grew up in the small clubs of Milan, established itself as a delicate reality of the german underground music scene before settling in London in 2010. “Rough” synthesyzes a long path through the last 4 years of this project's life, all its shades, Its journeys across europe and all the wonderful musicians who got involved, like the John Parish' collaborator Cesare Basile, Giuliano Dottori, Dave Muldoon, Veivecura, Roberta Cartisano and the cellist Francesco Saverio Gliozzi (Sursum Corda) just to mention a few. An infinite journey that “Rough” retraces through the 8 most significant songs written during this period, together with “Rough Out” (extended version, available exclusively on Bandcamp), that will include 8 more tracks, demos and rarities recorded in due process between Milan, Malmo, Celje, Berlin e London. “Rough” and “Rough Out” release was anticipated in 2011 by the single and music video “Instead”, entirly self-produced, filmed and published by Stefano Antoci D'Agostino. “Repetitive”, second single taken from Rough, will precede and celebrate the digital release of the album. Repetitive Music Video was filmed in Bricklane, London in 2011 and is curated by the Apulian film-maker Lino Palena. In the meantime the Stead is working on the successor of “Rough” and a new EP will be released within the end of 2012.
London based singer/songwriter STEAD (the acronym of his real name, Stefano Antoci D’Agostino) was born in Sicily and grew up in Milan. In the late 90′s, after many experiences with local bands in Italy, he became the vocalist, guitarist and songwriter for the alternative rock project Mud Hai Jongleur. The band releases two independent albums (“The way that tree bends” Alom Records, 2000 and “The Sunlover’s Tale”, ESP/PAJSM records, 2004), playing more than 300 concerts all over the country and opening for international artists like Deep Purple, Johnny Lang and many other notable rock bands. In 2005 he moves to New York City where he started to experiment with folk music and solo acoustic sets with performances in the most popular clubs of Greenwich Village. During his time in America, his style strayed very far from the rock aggressiveness of his early years in music. His new approach, infuenced by the New York songwriting music scene, was now bases on “a radical acoustic folk atmosphere and a deep whispered narrative, sometimes interlaced by reminiscences of his innate rock attitude” (NYP). The most important Italian newspaper ( Il Corriere della Sera) said, “He’s now the delicate heritage of artists like Jeff Buckley and Damien Rice”. With his newfound solo career, Stead began to travel Europe and let the different surroundings influence him artistically. He played more than 250 shows as an opening act for established international indie bands. During 2008, he played more than 70 shows all across the continent to promote his EP “Following Steps”. He did the same thing the following year after for the “?!” Ep. During the winter of 2010, Stead played more than 100 shows from Lampedusa to London to promote his latest Full Length Album Rough. A collection of 11 delicate songs recorded between Italy, Sweden and UK, bundled together in a beautiful digipack. The album has been recorded and produced in collaboration with; Cesare Basile, Giuliano Dottori, Roberta Cartisano; the american-irish Dave Muldoon, Saverio Gliozzi, Marcello Sorge, photographer Silvia Segale and many more incredible musicians. “Smallest things are often the most precious”, as “City” lovingly defined the musical and lyrical spirit of Stead’s Live show. Currently living in London, Stead is now poised and ready to hit the road again for this latest release during this new artistic season, and ready to be inspired all over again. The solo debut full lenght "Rough" will be released on DIT RECORDS (US), in cooperation with MOM Records, PPZK DE and BROKEN TOYS Italy, in 2012.