A Wollongong multi-instrumentalist is reinventing the meaning of mixtape.
Children of the '80s or '90s would understand it to be a cassette - or a CD - with a selection of songs, often recorded from the radio or later downloaded from LimeWire.
As rising alt/RnB star Stevan points out, "many people can relate to that", including himself - who used to discover new and obscure music Mp3s via a website using the title.
"It was just such a special format for me to consume music," he said.
"I thought it would be special to give my fans that sort of experience, and release music in a format that first got me into music."
Rather than call his releases "album" or "EP", Stevan is releasing a collections of his own works as "mixtapes" to streaming devices - the latest titled Ontogeny.
The previous mixtape, titled Just Kids, has so far had more than six million streams worldwide.
The strategy seems to be working for him having played at the last Fairgrounds Festival, BIGSOUND and Panama Festival, as well as being added to Splendour in the Grass 2021.
Not bad for a UOW student who was hailed as the "next Frank Ocean" by radio legend Richard Kingsmill 18 months ago.
Catch Stevan perform at the University of Wollongong Bandroom, Saturday December 12, with support acts Charbel and Slinky Red.
For tickets and more details, visit: www.stevanuniverse.com/shows