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Richard Stirton unveils his first independent single release with ‘Defeated’, which is available across all digital platforms from today.

Making his mark in the music industry as the winner of the first season of The Voice, Stirton releases ‘Defeated’ as the first single from his forthcoming EP ‘Naked’, due for release on 1 March.

‘Defeated’ is a powerful release and catchy from the first note! The inspiration behind the single has Stirton playing with an all familiar break up the theme, but with a fresh up-tempo approach.

The new music is entirely me. Every lyric is written by me and I have been a part of the entire production process. I want to be true to myself as an artist and that way is true to the people that listen to my music because all I want at the end of the day is to create a genuine connection with them. I want the songs to be real, to make the listener feel good and to remind them that they are not alone

Richard Stirton

The idea came from being in a relationship where things were no longer working and you're no longer together. When you are hurting and broken but the other person is fine. You're not over it but they seem to be. The verses are nostalgic and reflective on times past, illustrating the idea that you're not wanting to give up on the relationship. The vibe of the song is happy and feel good with a bit of edge.

We wanted it to be a serious narrative with a feel good, happy uplifting feel. Because in those situations most people resort to partying and time with their friends to lift them up and get them through those difficult times.

Sonically we (my producer, Michael Wilson-Trollip, and I) want the basis of the songs to be organic, because that is naturally what I gravitate towards, with sprinklings of electronic elements to breathe fresh energy into the tracks.

Richard Stirton

Stirton also brought in EASY FREAK for some work on the single and joining the duo in studio for the day, was a beautiful and effortless process.

They really helped lay the foundation of the production and feel of the track. They're incredibly talented guys and great human beings. We knew we wanted it to be feel good and make people move, we also wanted the production to be dirty in parts to make it a little edgier than a generic pop track. I then went back to Cape Town and worked with Michael-Wilson Trollip, who's been producing the entire EP, to revise the production slightly and make it warmer and more organic to match the overriding theme of the EP. I think we have succeeded in finding that balance.

Richard Stirton has poured his heart and soul into the making of ‘Defeated’.

Always driven by the human connection, Stirton was set on finding his own sound and the discovery is sensational. In mid-2018, after parting ways with his label, Stirton began independently crafting a follow-up EP to his debut album. He was excited to finally be in control of the songwriting process and that this new work, that he has spent countless hours refining, is entirely his.

What does Stirton want fans to take from ‘Defeated’? “ I hope listeners feel good after listening to this track. I hope it's a reminder that we all go through tough times in our relationships, but that you get through it and you may as well have a good time while dealing with it. So dance, laugh, have fun, and if things are meant to be, they will work out in the end.”

Listen to Richard Stirton’s brand new single ‘Defeated’ here.

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