"Superb composer for two totally different productions for Radio 4 with different music compositions...Can't rate him highly enough." Justine Potter, Drama Producer (BBC, LA Productions)
I have 30 years experience as a musician, and my music and productions have been heard all across the world through BBC, Channel 4, VH-1, MTV, ITV, etc.
As a composer, my portfolio is extremely diverse, from the Dubstep/Metal hybrid of my music for the launch trailer of Resident Evil: Project Racoon City to the melancholic piano music of the trailer for Resident Evil 6 and the choral music of BBC Radio 4's Amazing Grace.
I have composed for feature films, short films, trailers and radio dramas, and my classical music has been performed by musicians such as Voxare, Tim Williams of Psappha, and Rarescale in the US, Italy, Austria, Hungary and the UK. My opera Flight Paths was composed and premiered as part of the 2012 London Olympics and has been released on DVD.
As a producer, engineer, mixer and/or performer, I have worked with artists as diverse as Dear Superstar, Evan Vast, Michael Cretu, the Michael Cretu Trio, Voxare, Tesni Jones, Bad Pollyanna, Marshes Farm, and many more.
Previous clients include BBC, Channel 4, Capcom, Macabre Pictures, Red Productions, and Savvy Productions.
I am available for composition, production, mixing, recording, sound design and audio post production work.
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- Michael Cretu - Forthcoming solo album
- Michael Cretu Trio - Forthcoming live album
- Evan Vast - Warped Existence
- Bad Pollyanna - Monstrous Child
- Bad Pollyanna - Broken Toys
- Coven of Evil -Feature Film
- Resident Evil 6- Trailer
- Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City - Trailer
- A Fate Worse Than Death - Short Film
- The Wild - Short Film
- The Agent - Short Film
- Precision - Short Film
- Merica Adams - Short Film
- Amazing Grace - BBC Radio 4 Drama
- Cottonopolis - BBC Radio 4 Drama
- The Beheld - short film
- Reek's Day - short film
13 ReviewsEndorse Soundfackery
It was great working with Steve on my documentary. He was quick and very responsive to the timeline and any changes we needed to make. The tracks came out great and receiving the files was very smooth. Thanks again.
I worked with Steve on a few projects. He did music, ADR, Sound Design and final mix on my 3D short as well as sound design for an animated sequence in a feature length documentary. Steve is incredibly talented and quick to understand what I was after - and delivered much more than I expected. He's a pleasure to work with and I would not hesitate to recommend him for the quality of his work and his demeanor and attitude.
We have worked with Steve on several of our productions over the past few years. This includes two feature films and he is currently producing a new rock album for a joint project called "Dear Superstar". Steve's knowledge of both the industry and his craft are absolutely unparalleled. He has a particular pride in his work, which is a rare thing to find these days. We have many more projects in the pipeline and hope we can continue to secure Steve for all of them. I couldn't endorse this man enough, if you have the opportunity to work with him - DO IT!
We worked with Steve on a short film project which saw him not only delivering sound recording on an intensive 2 day shoot but also an original and brilliant score for the film. The score was so aesthetically coherent to the film's feel, subtext and overall narrative that for me it has come to represent the work as much as the finished product alone. Of course Steve is also incredibly easy and good to work with so I could not recommend him more highly.
I worked with Steve on my solo D Bass album and we had a great time. The fact that Steve is an experienced composer and musician makes a big difference for me, he is one of the best around! He understands very quick what I need as a soloist and composer and is willing to put the wok in, lots of it. We have two more projects in the next weeks and months and I can’t wait for it. Steve is a great person, always willing to give advice and help.
I'm a freelance videographer working with various brands and styles across the UK. Steve is my go-to sound guy when it comes to anything sound related, his knowledge and many years of experience gives him the little edge above the rest. He's professional, very very hard working and a pure joy to be around, I keep my team as casual as it can get and I adore working with Steve every single time. It's always a complete joy working with you buddy.
I have worked with Steve on a various projects such as recording of Invincible Girl by Bad Pollyanna,Resident Evil 6 trailer,songs for voice and piano ,and more recently on a solo piano piece commissioned by me.
On all these occasions Steve delivered music much in advance which is a bonus for any performer; made rehearsals run sufficiently and made the performer to feel at ease in a recording environment.
He has an incredibly broad knowledge of different musical styles and always welcomes new ideas.
I can’t recommend Steve enough to any client and look forward working with him again!
Steve is talented, hard-working, easy-going and a true joy to work with. I would recommend him to anyone in a heartbeat. I have worked with him on a hand full of projects and cannot wait for the next opportunity to work with him again.
Steve is a joy to work with. I have worked with Steve on multiple projects and would not hesitate to recommend him. To Steve, a 'work in progress composition' during pre-production would be what many composers aspire to produce as a final piece.
Steve produced two trailer soundracks for us for two Resident Evil video games. He absolutely nailed it both times. We were happy, the client eas happy and great feedback from the fans. Result! We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend his work to anyone. Creative, professional and an absolute pleasure to deal with.
I’ve worked with Steve on some high profile video game brands and was reassured by his vast knowledge in a wide number of genres. Not only could he deliver great music to accompany the advertising and viral media, this knowledge and ability meant my ideas could be strengthened. Steve is an enthusiastic and fun person to work with and I’d recommend him without hesitation.
Steve is the composer for my latest feature film, Coven of Evil as well as two of my previous short films. Whenever I first hear Steve’s score, it’s like I’m watching the film for the first time. He has a great sense of story and always brings something new and exciting to the project.
Steve is talented, hard working and easy to get along with. I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for a composer.
I have had the pleasure of working with Steve many times over the last few years on both short movies and original compositions. His knowledge is encyclopaedic and he brings an exceptional skill set to every project regardless of the budget. He delivers on time and more importantly is a joy to work with. I can’t recommend him highly enough.
Interview with Soundfackery
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: It depends on the track and the client. The most important thing for me is to work closely with the client to establish exactly what it is they want and make sure they get it as efficiently as possible.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring a diverse range of influences, which can add the element of originality that can make a song really pop out from the rest.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Everything from Classical to Folk, to Blues, to Jazz to Metal, to Electronica. I love all music and have worked in all areas at one point or another.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Yup, make sure you're doing what your client wants, not what you want.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Kate Bush. I discovered The Kick Inside as a small boy and still love it. The songwriting and production on that album still kick ass today.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: To be honest, my strongest point is my chameleon-like ability to jump between styles.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started playing in touring bands as a guitarist at 18. I studied recording and composition at university in the '90s, eventually getting a PhD in composition (Don't worry nobody ever calls me Dr.). For the last 30 years, I've been a performer, composer and producer.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Mac, Antelope Orion 32+, Focal Twin 6, Neve 8816 and a RE20.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The best thing about my job is that it doesn't feel like a job. I love what I do, so every day feels like a holiday.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Most commonly, I compose soundtracks for film, TV, radio and trailers. Currently, I am also producing a lot and have four new albums coming out in 2019. I also do a lot of recording of guitar and bass from my studio for other artists' albums.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: As a composer, I am big fan of Jerry Goldsmith, Dudley Simpson and Bernard Herrmann, and, as a producer/engineer, I greatly admire Kurt Ballou, George Martin and Glynn Johns.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My current studio is a two-room set up of a control room and live room. In the control room, I have gear from Neve, Universal Audio, Avid, Focal, Antelope, etc. I have quite a few analogue synths lying around, including a Moog, a Prophet and a modular synth, as well as a selection of guitars, including a '59 Strat, a Gibson Les Paul and a Martin acoustic. The work I do for film, TV, radio and trailers requires me to have an huge sample library, including libraries from Spitfire Audio, Sonic Couture and Orchestral Tools.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: People skills. I'm well trained and experienced in all the areas I work in, but that wouldn't mean much if I wasn't good at working with others.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I never miss a deadline, and my work will be the absolute best it can be.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Love them both. I grew up with analogue and still use a lot of analogue gear, but digital allows me to do an infinite number of things that would have been impossible before.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I'm finishing up a feature film soundtrack, mixing a live Jazz album, recording a studio Jazz album and producing a Metal album. The days are long, but I'm enjoying all these projects.