Emperor Steve a.k.a. Justin C.M. Brown resides in Los Angeles where he began making music at the age of 16. Originally born in Raleigh, North Carolina, Emperor Steve’s musical influences include Ween, Aphex Twin, Daft Punk, ATB, Dieselboy, and N.E.R.D.
Being a multidisciplinary artist, Emperor Steve has recorded over 16 hours of unreleased music until this year.
Exposed to a sizzling universe that is fully basking in instrumental soundscapes, we appreciate the layers of depth the float in Emperor Steve’s most recent album, 'You Might Just Be a Schmuck.' As we take our attention to the second track off of the album, we are greeted with “Shatter,” an eclectic blend of instruments that create a universe of beguiling resonance. In the ominous tones presented, the dark mix allows the mystery of the song's meaning to lurk in the shadows as we have 3 minutes and 39 seconds to find our own meaning beyond the musicality exposed.
Emperor Steve utilizes the mid-tempo grooves to lay a variety of synths, and reverberated drums in the full victorious scale of “Shatter.” Taking each moment in, Emperor Steve wants his bodies of work to be looked at as inspiration for creative thought. Being part of one of the albums from a series titled Steve’s Empire, this collection of music written and rendered between 2003 and 2013 has no genre, and individually the songs are evidently difficult to classify.
Steve has gone on to say, “The easiest way to understand it is to say that it’s different for every person. This music encourages you to pay attention to your own thoughts. It creates unusual conversation. It’s the kind of music you play when you’re comfortable with someone. It’s subtly and deliberately imperfect. I believe in the importance of abstract and reflective critical thought, and this music is designed to provide vivid ambiance for the mind to consider.”