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St. Lucia's happy with slow, steady growth

Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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Jean-Phillip Grobler, aka St. Lucia, has watched plenty of artists in his chosen genre -- electronic-based dance-pop -- make a big initial splash and fade away in short order. So he's happy enough with the gradual climb of his debut album, "When the Night."

"I'm feeling good," says Grobler, 30, who was born in South Africa and studied music in Liverpool, England, before moving to New York and working in the advertising industry. He's now based in Brooklyn. "I think things are moving at a nice past. It hasn't been insane. It's not like the album's sold a million copies or something. It feel like more and more people are kind of waking up to it, and I feel like it's growing as it moves along.

"I think a lot of albums that have a lot of hype in the beginning taper off quite quickly in terms of sales or interest. It seems like the interest in what we do is going up, so I think we're doing it the right way."

While "When the Night" goes on, however, Grobler and company are already thinking about what's next. Touring, of course, has kept him out of the studio, but he's trying to use the long drives on the bus to get ready for when that opportunity arises.

"It's given me a lot of time to think on new ideas and work on them a little bit on my laptop," he says. "I can't really take things to the level I want to take them to. I can't record with instruments, necessarily, so it's mostly contained within my computer.

"But I can take them to a point and explore them a little bit, so I've definitely been working on new ideas, constantly, and I'm looking forward to taking them into the studio and really doing more with them."

St. Lucia performs Friday, Jan. 24, at the Magic Stick, 4120 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15. Call 313-833-9700 or visit www.majesticdetroit.com.

Web Site: www.majesticdetroit.com

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