Module Leader - Professional Performance & Aural Training
Steve is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer and musical educator based in South East London.
As a performer Steve’s credits have been mainly as a session keyboard player. Steve has performed with a number of Funk and Soul artists from the US on the European legs of their tours. And live credits include Archie Bell and the Drells, Steve Arrington (Slave), Jean Carne, Shirley Jones (The Jones Girls), Glenn Jones, Surface, Yarbrough and Peoples, Garfield Flemming (The Delfonics) and Rena Scott (Jazz Crusaders) as well as having had the honour to be invited to MD the band for George Clinton’s (of Parliament and Funkadelic fame) master class at LCCM.
Many of these live sessions were with long time collaborator and school friend Tim Jones as part of the Lovetown Allstarts collective and together they collaborated with Detroit Soul Singer Alicia Myers on her comeback LP ‘Peace of Mind’ which toppled the UK Soul Chart in 2011 with Steve co-writing 5 tunes on the record as well as handling keyboard duties. Steve contributed a further song and Fender Rhodes on a number of tracks to the self-titled ‘Lovetown Allstars’ release that also topped the UK Soul Chart in 2013.
Steve’s musical interests extend well beyond any one genre and he currently plays piano and keyboards with Art Rock band Tonochrome. Steve has co-producing all their releases since their self released debut EP in 2012. Tonochrome’s music draws from a wide variety of sources with influences that include Jazz, Grunge, Pop, Progressive Rock and Contemporary Classical music and they followed up their debut with a second self released EP ‘Interference’ which saw Steve taking a greater role contributing two compositions. Their debut album was released on Bad Elephant record in 2018 with Steve contributing further compositions as well as co-producing alongside front man Andres Razzini.
Steve also works closely with vocalist Jaelee Small who is set to release her debut EP in 2019 featuring Steve on Piano and Production duties. Away from Jaelee’s original music they also run in demand UK party band ‘The Black Hat Band’ with whom Steve has performed 100’s of gigs all over the globe over the last 10 years.
As a musical educator outside of his role at LCCM Steve specialises in the development of young musicians and artists in South East London. Steve has been lead tutor and programme developer on the ‘All About The Band’ project since its inception in 2014 programme, the project looks to develop singers and musicians live performance skills through a series of workshops and live events. Since 2017 Steve has also been the in-house producer at Peckham Studios, a community based studio project run by the charity Groundwork to develop young original artists in South East London. The first fruits of this project should be released in summer 2019.