First Listen: Stage Republic – The Dream
- The Dream Stage Republic 4:35
Eighties inspired pop with a contemporary edge… this is Stage Republic, a band based in Amsterdam whose music is reminiscent of the likes Duran Duran or Peter Gabriel, underpinned by strong Dutch beats and Raven’s trademark voice.
The band burst onto the Dutch music scene with 2014’s debut album ‘Firstage’. The record earned widespread praise for its distinctive pop combined with electro elements, uniting disco, pop, rock and dance to great effect. The release of each single has taken Stage Republic ‘s music to an ever increasing number of fans around the world, and new single ‘The Dream’ looks to continue that trend. Offering a slice of infectious indie pop, the track is unveiled having already won this year’s IMEA Award for Best Pop Song at the ceremony held in Nashville in early October.
Frontman Raven says “The songs of Stage Republic deal with ambitions and relations in a fast changing world. The desire to have what you can’t have. To do the unthinkable. Achieve the impossible. There is often a dark undertone or double meaning.”
Raven kickstarted his musical career when he was the first artist ever to launch a single on a USB stick, a revolutionary idea in 2005. He showed his sense of innovation again when in 2010 he released his Mystery Pop album containing songs inspired by a number of popular mystery books, all fully endorsed and co-promoted by the A-list authors including NY-Times bestselling authors like Glenn Cooper and Kathleen McGowan. The idea earned him a Eurosonic Interactive Artist Award nomination.
Author Patrice Chaplin, daughter- in-law of Charlie, was instrumental in the planning of a music video featuring Ellen Barkin for Raven’s single ‘City of Secrets’, inspired by Chaplin’s book of the same name.
A quote from Raven was included on the cover of ‘The Cynical Idealist’, the John Lennon biography presented by Yoko Ono at the 30th anniversary of Lennon’s death in December 2010. In the same year, the British horror movie ‘The Stone’, in which Raven made his acting debut won Best Foreign Film at California’s Mountain Film Festival.
In recent years Raven has released two albums and nine singles in two languages, under his Dutch artist name Corjan. His music has appeared in several films. Early 2013, he participated in a documentary alongside British presenter and Heart FM DJ Jamie Theakston.
“A retro chic, rhythm-heavy pop treat”
EclecticPop.com Music Blog, United States
“Oozes the romantic, hopeful, and instantly catchy charm of late ‘80s/early ‘90s rock.”
The Big Takeover Magazine, New York, United States
“Despite originating from Amsterdam, Stage Republic radiate a post-Britpop vibe with their utilization of guitar riffs and hooks from the past. Instead of being overtly manufactured, Stage Republic sound raw in their vocals, drawing convincing emotion in each and every word creating a sense of emotional depth and personal meaning.”
FreshBeats365 Music Blog, United States
“Electronic, tight and innovative. Enough familiar sounds to make it accessible, plenty of authenticity and uniqueness to not call it a copycat. Stage Republic delivers a very strong debut album.”
West-point.nl, The Netherlands
“A brilliant summer soundtrack”
House in the Sand Music Blog, Germany
2014 double US IMEA Award nomination:
– Best Alternative Group
– Best Alternative Album
2015 double US IMEA Award nomination:
– Best Pop Song ‘Big Blue River’
– Best Pop Artist
2016 IMEA Award Presented For:
– Best Pop Song ‘The Dream’