For the longest time, Steve Cherkassky (Lost Puppy) had been secretly hoarding dozens of songs until his adventures in studio recording began in late 2014. A Berklee College of Music Graduate, Philly native, and professional songwriting recluse; his music focuses on the deciphering of emotional barriers we all face in our day-to-day. He draws influence from outsiders and rock bands like Elliott Smith, Sylvia Plath, Rilo Kiley, Daniel Johnston, and Queens of the Stone Age. To more melodic classic pop, jazz, and blues like the Beach Boys, Harry Nilsson, and Billie Holiday.
As a teenager, Steve was exposed to the open mic circuit around the smoky local bar scene in his hometown. Even though he was underage, the owners of said bars were happy to overlook that minor detail due to their enjoyment of his original music and high-energy performance style. After a while, local bands such as Honey Spot Blvd, The Levee Drivers, and Great Neck began to take notice and would invite him to open for them around the tri-state area. At 17, he played the “Ab n' Jacks” music festival at Snipes Farm in Morrisville, Pennsylvania and was brought back the following year to play “The Mixxer Festival”, which was organized by a few local bands. As soon as he began attending Berklee, he turned primarily to honing his songwriting craft; leading him to always feeling reluctant to divulge what he'd written until the time was right. Throughout college, he participated in a number of sessions for other artists, including playing acoustic guitar for Sofia's "Perfect Storm" on her "Once Upon A Time" EP. It took some heavily supportive coaxing from his friends and family, but after graduating, then interning at his professor's studio, he started work on his project.
The journey towards the making of his Debut album, "Lost Puppy - Wash Your Hands Before You Steal My Heart", was shared with his former Berklee Prof. Dan Cantor of Notable Productions. Dan was, to Steve's surprise, appreciative of the punky rawness of some older material expressing disquietude with songwriting conventions and modern-day living. Dan's engineering/production expertise helped to guide Steve's vision of how the album should sound. After almost a year of hard work, Lost Puppy has finally opened its eyes, ears and arms to the world. Reaching out to be found.