|Music: composing and
publishing by M.Kieffer GetGigs.com
Question: Do you play
any live events, or do you just publish for the internet?
Steven Cravis: Currently I'm publishing for the internet. Composing
and recording is more satisfying to me than performing, though people
have commented that they enjoyed past performances that I've done
in Boston, Taiwan and Hawaii.
Question: Steven, you've been getting a lot
of attention on mp3.com. What is that all about?
Steven Cravis: Well, with all multi media content on the internet,
including audio, it all comes down to quality. I believe that the
quality of my music, much of which is freely downloadable, has been
high enough to gain repeat visitors and new visitors from all over
the world, who are basically experiencing continuous enjoyment of
Question: Many piano music lovers are saying
that your music is similar to George Winston. Do you agree with that?
Steven Cravis: Definitely. And I take that as a great compliment.
I've been playing piano since I was seven and at one point along the
way, I identified so much with George Winston's style that I learned
several of his compositions by ear. His style especially influenced
my first album True Reflections which was recorded and engineered
by David Ackerman. All of my albums have completely original works
by me and usually experienced as new and refreshing, even by George
Question: Do you have any other influences?
Steven Cravis: Yes, many, but I think one of the most significant
influences is STING. In my opinion he draws his music from a special
creative energy current that's hard to describe, but I identify with
that energy current and draw from it too.
Question: Are all your CDs piano music?
Steven Cravis: No, I have two CDs of piano music so far and
a new CD that is all multi track including synthesizers. The title
of that CD is Matrix 9 and people can preview it at StevenCravis.com.
This CD keeps on growing as I continue to add tracks to it, which
is part of why people are returning. I like to continually add new
content to my mp3.com page. I even have added a fourth CD to my web
site, which is a compilation of some tracks from each of the first
Question: So, how does someone new find your
music, including free CD quality previews of your tracks?
Steven Cravis: Just click on mp3.com/StevenCravis
if you have mp3 downloading software already. If you do not know how
to download mp3 music, first go to mp3.com and click on the software
links (make sure to choose Windows or Mac, etc…) and you will find
very good free mp3 software. I recommend Music Match although all
the free software at mp3.com is very good. Download the software,
install it, and then come back to mp3.com/StevenCravis to enjoy an
abundance of original music.
Question: What's the greatest thing your
fans have done, or can do for you?
Steven Cravis: Spread the word about StevenCravis.com to their
friends and family as much as possible. The great part about the internet
for everyone is that it is interactive. I like to interact with my
fans as much as possible. I even received an email from someone who
had always wanted to play piano, and after hearing my music, was inspired
to buy a piano and start taking lessons. All communication is meaningful
Question: How would you charge to design
a score for someone's web site? Fixed rate or incremental Licensing?
Steven Cravis: I would charge a fixed rate. However, If incremental
licensing is preferred by the client, this can be negotiated. I like
to make licensing as simple as possible. See more information at music