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Steve, ( Born 22nd July ) in Twickenham West London, is a Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer, Record Producer working mostly across alternative rock, Electronic rock Musical genre’s with collaborations including Depeche Mode, Recoil ,Nitzer Ebb, The Cure, The Creatures, Amplifier , Mrnorth, and in Italy, Laura Pausini, 99 Posse , Subsonica, Mirkoeilcane. Based mainly at his own studio www.panicbuttonstudios.com since 2010.
Steve was raised in Twickenham in a large close family group and an avid Rugby fan and studied Mechanical / electrical Engineering. Meeting film directors and actors at Twickenham Film Studios and was advised to spend time at The National Film and Television School as a non enrolled student, taking on a number roles, especially in sound recording, editing and sound effects creation.
==First studio – Glyn Johns==
Steve took the invitation to take an interview with Glyn Johns, his Engineering and production idol at the time, guiding Steve though the mind set of studio life at his own fully fitted studio at his home. This approach to musicians, the recording world along with the experience gained was invaluable, unique and fundamental to the approach taken by Steve in his further in his development as a sound recording engineer.
Johns returned to Los Angeles after 18 months, but Steve later returned to Johns’ studio to assist and oversea the technical set up for some of Johns’ mixing and recording projects.
Steve then went to the Townhouse Studios then The Manor Studio as assistant engineer spending two years as in house assistant then engineer on a number of projects including Rush ,Berlin and UFO.
Steve was asked to interview and then joined the staff at Sir George Martin’s Air Studios as assistant engineer on projects including Sir Paul McCartney recording at his own studio, in particular the single Once-upon-a-long-ago.
The sessions with Sir Paul McCartney initially started with American Producer Phil Ramone and stretched over a number of weeks at the Hog Hill Studio, Rye, Uk. Many tracks were recorded with varied musicians for sessions that led to songs included on Flowers in the Dirt and Flaming Pie. Working on number projects with [[Sir George Martin]] including the spoken word [[Dylan Thomas]] play [[Under milk wood]] the [https://www.discogs.com/Dylan-Thomas-Under-Milk-Wood-A-Play-For-Voices/release/7564477 George Martin Recording] and a re-mixing of [[The Beatles]] [[Rubber soul]] at [[Air Studios |Air studios oxford circus]].
One of the last album’s Sir George Martin made at Air Studios was with singer songwriter Andy Leek.
Steve also worked on “Glass” a 2nd solo Album with Dire Straits Bass player [[John Illsley plus the 2nd album for The Outfield titled and Prefab Sprout album From Langley Park to Memphis.
Another notable session were the initial “jamming” recordings for the 3rd Tears for Fears studio album The Seeds of Love. These were extensive experimental sessions lasting over a month with several musicians involved.
In Contrast while at at Air StudiosSteve was mixing Engineer The Wedding Present’s first album George Best, subsequently recording and mixing the band’s second album Bizarro at jacobs-studios.
==Freelance to Production==
As a Freelance engineer Steve worked at the Church Studios with Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics and Suzan Vega on two songs for Dedicated – A tribute to The Greateful Dead]
Engineering for Depeche_Mode with Flood producing with the band on the UK sessions for Violator. Steve then worked with Alan Wilder on Re-mixes of “Come Alive” and “Family Man” for the “As Is” (Nitzer Ebb EP), leading onto the next full album release.
Depeche Mode were asked to contribute to the Soundtrack of “Until the end of the world and recorded the track Deaths Door was recorded in 2/3 days in London with the band Producing with Steve recording and mixing.
Post the Violation Tour Steve was again in the studio with Alan Wilder to work on “Bloodline” the 3rd release of Recoil his solo Project. Further work with Depeche_Mode and Flood Flood led to the recording of Songs of Faith and Devotion. in a private Villa in Madrid and studios in Hamburg and London.An extensive period followed of programming and sequencing period with AlanWilder in London and his home Studio, including “re-mixes” and “b-side” mixes.
The Devotional (video) /Devotional Tour Video was recorded and the “Songs of Faith and Devotion Live released.
A notable release in that period was ” Condemnation” where a remix with extra recording was completed between shows in Paris.
Steve and Alan Wilder were again to collaborate on the next “Recoil” album “Unsound Methods ” as Associate Producer – Engineer- mixing, mostly recorded at Alan’s home Studio.
Robert Smith of ” The Cure” after meeting members of Depeche Mode in New York called Steve and asked if they could meet and talked though making a very different type of album, maybe even a solo record outside of a conventional studio in a house he had found. Two years later came album “Wild Mood Swings” , “It took a long time, between changes in personnel and touring, but I was never quite sure if Robert Smith knew what kind of album he wanted to make”.
Also completed in this period with “The Cure” was a version of the David Bowie anthem “Young Americans” for an 104.9 (An XFM Compilation Album).
Many other recordings and projects are well documented elsewhere.