E.T aims for the stars
AN out-of-this-world Bellsmyre beatmaster is just one inter-stellar performance away from playing in front of thousands of screaming fans at London's 02 Arena.
Rap-star Steven Trainer - known by his stage name Steve e.t - dazzled judges at the Scottish auditions of the Live and Unsigned Competition, which seeks out top musical acts yet to break into the big time.
The rhyme-busting 22-year-old former Our Lady and St Patrick's pupil works as a security installation engineer by day, but by night spends hours penning lyrics and producing his own tracks in a bedroom mini-studio.
And after wowing a live crowd at Glasgow's Royal Concert Hall, hip-hopper Steven - who raps in his native Scots accent - is keen to continue his run in the competition.
He told the Reporter: "I didn't expect to get this far. I was nervous the whole time before it but as soon as I got on the stage I loved it. When it finished I wanted to do it again - it was a great experience.
"I seemed to get a good reaction, I tried to play to the crowd as I noticed others weren't doing that much and I thought maybe that's what the judges wanted. I just did it as if I was performing in my room.
"When I came off the stage I knew I had done my best so it was just a case of waiting to see what happened."
More than 10,000 acts have entered the nationwide contest and the few who are still remaining are in with a chance of winning the £10,000 main cash prize.
This year's winning act will also embark on a remarkable festival tour in the summer spanning 15 top events across the UK and they will perform at an overseas event as well.
Steven thinks his unique brand of music could be just what the judges are looking for - and could give him the edge over his competitors.
He said: "It's really just started picking up and there's a whole underground scene that exists. I did a search and I found a lot more people doing it and thought, 'Why can't I do it?' - and so far it seems to have worked.
"I do Scottish hip-hop, it's basically rap music but I keep my Scottish accent.
"I get my ideas from my surroundings and my experiences and everything that happens to me in my life.
"I do music that people can relate to. I don't want to listen to how much money people are spending, I only listen to stuff I can relate to, so I try and make my own music like that too."
Steven will now compete against the most talented bands and artists in the country in the Area Final on May 12 in Newcastle.
This article appeared in Dumbarton & Vale of Leven Reporter 10 Apr 12
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