Posted on 29/02/2012
Stephanie Fitchett’s friends know her as Stevie. Her fans know her as Khamsina. This talented student found time to write, record, produce and release her debut album, Dreaming Ivy, while in the first year of her Classics degree at Royal Holloway, University of London. And most recently she has been working on the soundtrack to a Gothic film. The conceptual album The Conductor, released on iTunes on 29th February, is the spectacular result.
Stevie, as she is known to friends, was always musical and enjoyed theatre, dance and piano lessons. It wasn’t until she was about 15 that she wrote her first song and discovered she had a natural aptitude for it. Since then, she has written about 80 more, often influenced by her world travels to places like India and Kenya. BBC Introducing likened her sound to Bat for Lashes, whilst other comparisons include Kate Bush, Bjork and Florence and the Machine. Yet her style evolves too quickly to pigeon hole. She says: “My sound goes from pop to folk to alternative, depending on my mood.”
So what inspires her song writing? “Classics is one of the biggest inspirations,” she says. “I like songs that tell a story, have a meaning.” And, despite all the hype surrounding her music, she has no plans to make it a career before she has finished her Classics degree. Until then, it will just be what she describes as “a relaxing pastime.”
For more information and to download the album visit the Khamsina website.