What would you do differently to what you do now?
I don’t think I want to do anything different! I’ve always been a musician, so I don’t think I could handle going and doing a 9 to 5 job. Unless it was with Dolly Parton, I’d work 9 to 5 with her.
Who inspires you and why?
Tim Minchin. He’s fiercely intelligent, a brilliant writer and funny as hell. Everything I’d love to be as a cabaret performer.
What would you do to make a difference in the world?
Actually listen to people, not just those I agree with, and engage with them rather than isolating them. It’s very us and them at the moment politically and I think there’s more to be found somewhere in the middle. Are we getting too deep and meaningful? Maybe just stop using plastic straws then I guess…
Favourite holiday destination and why?
Portugal. I fell in love with it last year when I travelled there. The city is gorgeous, full of history and culture and I definitely need to get back there soon.
When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?
As a kid I spent a lot of time on the Hawkesbury River just outside of Sydney and it’s one of my favourite places in the world. So I think I’d make a day of it, take some wine and cheese and just sit by the river.
What are you currently reading?
The nutrition label on the back of everything I eat. New year, new diet. I don’t think it’s going to last…
What are you currently listening to?
Tom Misch, Esperanza Spalding, Ella Fitzgerald and just a little Fleetwood Mac for good measure.
Taking an extra second in my day to remember how cool it is that being in the theatre and making music is my job.
What does the future hold for you?
Singing more songs!
Steven steps out from behind the piano in his dazzling cabaret debut in I Sing Songs – unleashing a suite of original songs, as well as spontaneously reinventing iconic Broadway showtunes and his favourite pop hits at fortyfivedownstairs as part of the 2019 Midsumma Festival from 23 January. For more information, visit: www.fortyfivedownstairs.com for details.
Image: Steven Kreamer