Nonbeliever is the ‘nom de musique’ of Manchester (UK) based singer-songwriter-producer Stephen Fairbanks.
The Nonbeliever project came about due to advancement and availability of home-recording software, and the decision to keep the songwriting and production simple (no other band members allows for greater freedom, and no studio costs allows for more time for experimentation and play).
Stephen primarily writes songs using his voice and a guitar, but expands the songs using synths, bass and drums during his home recordings.
Red Flags was created entirely of Stephen’s living room – from initial ideas laid out on guitar, to recording, production, mixing and mastering. The label ‘Nonrefundable Records’ was created to house the material.
Red Flags was an attempt to try out different musical variations whilst pushing my perceived limitations as a singer / songwriter / producer; – drawing from 30 years of life and music consumption.
Being the solely responsible for the creation of the album seems both a blessing and a curse as you’re free to travel in whatever direction you like, but often too close or too familiar with the music to judge it as others might. As these are also the first songs I’m releasing (and the first time people are hearing my voice) it has been a unnerving (but rewarding) experience.
Cocteau Twins, Radiohead, Sufjan Stevens, The Beatles, The Smiths, Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross, Bjork, PJ Harvey, Nick Cave, R.E.M., Joy Division, Gang of Four, Blonde Redhead, Gustavo Santaolalla, Blonde Redhead