In the mesmerizing world of music, some artists’ journeys are more like an oscillating sine wave that keeps you perpetually engaged, moving you through melodious hills and profound valleys. One such musician is Sethy Books, whose intriguing journey through the complexities of the music industry merits an exclusive spotlight.
As early as 14, Books began channeling his passion into songwriting, embarking on a lifelong relationship with music. His first brush with professional success arrived in 1997 when he signed a deal with J-Bird Records, a pioneer in the era preceding iTunes and streaming platforms. His debut album “Send out a Dove” found an audience both in live performances across the East Coast and in the hitherto nascent realm of the internet.
Driven by the success of his first venture, Books released his second record “Piker” in collaboration with the small NJ-based label, Ultra Scene. Circumstances took an unfortunate turn when the much-anticipated record release party was canceled due to the 9/11 attack, resulting in the album never receiving the promotion it deserved.
Following this roadblock, Books spent about 15 years subtly shaping the music industry as a ghostwriter, buried beneath binding NDA agreements that sealed his contributions in hidden vaults. He survived these years grappling with personal struggles, yet his musical endeavors remained unfaltered, supported by his work in the Broadway theatrical district.
The digital age ushered in a fresh chapter for Books. He brought his band, Superflo, back together and decided to reconnect with his followers on a personal level, effectively transitioning from the shadows of ghostwriting to the frontline. His commitment resulted in two albums, “Doodooshoe” and “Songs from the Ether,” making waves in 2022.
At the heart of Books’ concertedly diverse projects are his endeavors to collaborate with New Jersey’s natives through an initiative called “Fresh Roots Music”. It promises a colorful tapestry of original music from local songwriters, producers, and singers, all packed into a compilation album that embodies the soul of New Jersey.
As a passionate musician who has contributed to the industry in various roles, the artist Books aspires to collaborate with is “whichever artist is next to [him].” His collaborations and contributions have already reached audiences through the performances of legendary artists, even if he doesn’t command bragging rights.
Books’ music, a brilliant display of his signature songwriting style and production expertise, has a twofold appeal. Superflo’s songs are an exciting mix of folk rock that subtly escalates to hard rock, like a melodic child borne by Van Morrison, Foo Fighters, and Counting Crows. Meanwhile, the “Doodooshoe” album seems like a playful session between Herbie Hancock and Oscar the Grouch.
Resilient, honest, and fiercely goal-oriented, the ambitious songwriter advocates crafting one’s own destiny. He inspiring his own children to chase their dreams with dignity and respect.
Most importantly, he encourages his fans and followers to foster a thriving local music scene. He believes in the power of “sharing a scene is creating a scene,” encouraging music lovers to support independent artists, attend live performances, and simply revel in the shared human experience.
Next up for Books are releases slated for 2024 under his preferred stage name, “Seth Books,” and an exciting new Superflo release. He hopes to draw his listeners into an open, living diary of his inner self, his authentic truth. Fans can stay connected in real-time through various social media handles including Instagram, TikTok, Facebook, and his personal website (sethybooks.com). If you’re looking for more of a catch all, you can just visit his linktree, here.
Ensuring the music hits the crescendo right, Seth Christoph Pilipski, popularly known as Sethy Books ensures his fans remember to keep faith in their purpose. This safeguard will guide them through the valleys and hills of their journey—the same way music, with its ebbs and flows, delivers solace and joy. His final message emphasizes that even as the path gets dark, the melody in your heart acts as a beacon, guiding you towards the dawn.