Alexander, Steve

  • Birth name: Steve Alexander
  • Born: November 20, 1962 Penrhos, Powys, Wales
  • Genres: Rock
  • Occupation: Musician
  • Instruments: Drums
  • Years Active: 1980-present
  • Labels: Tzadik
  • Associated Acts: Shook Up!, Brother Beyond, Duran Duran, Jeff Beck, The Fabulous Lampshades, Flashman.
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Born in Wales, Steve moved to London (UK) to study psychology at University College. But, after graduating, he started to get work as a session drummer that led to steady work on film, TV and commercial recording sessions in London including work with the BBC Radio Orchestra.

Steve’s first big break was with the 1980s pop band Brother Beyond, which led to two platinum selling albums in the UK including two Top 20 hits on the US charts. After the band broke up Steve pursued a freelance career and worked with a variety of artists including Jeff Lorber, Warren Cuccurullo, and Boy George. He also recorded the award winning album Voyegeur with Zaire’s Papa Wemba.

In 1995 Steve started working with Duran Duran for 6 years after the departure of their previous drummers Roger Taylor, Steve Ferrone, Terry Bozzio and Vinnie Colaiuta. During this time he not infused his own style band’s new studio material but on Duran Duran’s 1995 Radio Station Festival Tour he gave their old songs new twists.

In 1998 Steve started working with Jeff Beck, recording the Who Else album and toured for 18 months throughout the USA, Japan, South America and Europe.

After having to take some time off from playing drums for a while, Steve has found himself more involved in composing and producing for TV for clients who include the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, The FA, Motorola, World Rally Championship, The RFL Carnegie Cup, Setanta Sports and others.

“I am really enjoying drumming more than ever and am looking forward to some new adventures in the world they call ‘music’. A small triumph of optimism over experience you might say”.

Steve has given numerous drum clinics and performed at percussion festivals all over the world including South America, Europe and the Far East and is a regular contributor to the ‘Professional Programme’ for the Modern Music School.

Currently, Steve has been touring with Maggie Reilly and Mari Wilson throughout Europe and the UK.

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