New England has a prolific genius on its hands and his name is Kurt von Stetten.— Ryan's Smashing Life
Marvelously slanted and enchanted pop. — Boston Globe
A fearless solo act. — Earlmilk
Kurt von Stetten began experimenting with music and making recordings in Boston in the summer of 1996. By that time, he had fronted the Drama Queens and was (and is still) the drummer for Americana popsmiths The Longwalls. It’s during this time that Kurt began to experience terrible bouts of human-repelling bromhidrosis, forcing him to record alone in his bedroom. For a period of 10 years Kurt retreated to his home studio and learned how to play guitar and drums by recording himself over and over again. After much-heralded scientific breakthroughs by Mennen™ in 2006 and Kurt’s indoctrination of their Speed Stick into his daily routine, he gained confidence and began releasing his recordings as albums.
Kurt has released a full-length album every year for the last 7 years. He embodies the DIY spirit, recording and playing every instrument on each of the albums, including guitar, cello, drums, bass, banjo, hand percussion, harmonica, and keys. His lyrics are comprised of overheard conversations, notes taken during art school, and created stories of love and desperation. Each album borrows from different genres. “I am not married to one genre or the other,” describes Kurt. “Usually songs will take me in unintended directions--I don’t fight that.”
Kurt’s artistic sensibilities extend to his career as a photographer and as a long-time practitioner of BMX flatlanding (stunt riding). He approaches music in the same way that he approaches flatlanding—“dedication and brutal repetition.”