BORN IN: Washington D.C.
LIVES IN: San Francisco
DRUMMING SINCE: 1982
BIGGEST INFLUENCES: Robert Glasper, J-Dilla, Chris Dave, Allan Holdsworth, Vinnie Colaiuta
FAVOURITE ALBUM YOU PLAYED ON: Red Clay – The Lower City
FAVOURITE ALBUM YOU DIDN’T PLAY ON: Pat Metheny – Still Life Talking
CAREER HIGHLIGHT: Playing with Von Disco in Boulder, CO
FAVOURITE SABIAN CYMBAL: 18” Fierce Crash
Steve was born in Washington D.C. and grew up in nearby Maryland. He began playing drums at 12 years old, participating in a variety of school band activities. Like many drummers, one of Steve’s first big musical influences was Neil Peart from RUSH. “Neil showed us all how a drummer could be both technical and musical… plus, it looked like so much fun.”
It was during high-school that Steve’s love for music expanded rapidly and jazz/fusion was a big influence. Listening to the music of legends like Allan Holdsworth, Miles Davis, and Chick Corea helped Steve to better understand the role of a drummer in an advanced musical situation. Drummers like Dave Weckl, Tony Williams, and Steve Gadd were big influences during this time.
At the age of 19, Steve moved to Los Angeles where he attended Musician’s Institute. His playing advanced rapidly through studying with drumming greats Casey Scheuerell, Ralph Humphrey, and Steve Houghton. After graduating with honors, Steve went on to play with many local bands and styles of music ranging from jazz to Brazilian to hip-hop. He also formed his own jazz quintet that played at many of the premier music spots around L.A.
Today Steve splits his time between Minneapolis, MN and Madison, WI and focuses on studio work and collaborating with other musicians on social media. He is a versatile player and incorporates a lot of different styles and technique into his playing.