Exposed Vocals: So tell us your story. Where did you grow up? What made you decide to become an artist?
Hi my name is Steve, I grew up in Kent, not exactly the place to go for traditional Jamaican reggae, ska and rocksteady but one day when I was around 12 I heard an early ska tune from 60's Jamaica and immediately was hooked on the infectious offbeat rhythm. From that I collected and listened to as much reggae, ska, rocksteady, bluebeat, mento and well almost anything with an offbeat but also learnt about the culture and history around the music, the country and its people. It became obvious it was not enough just to listen to this music and I wanted to play it so I started learning to play drums, bass, keys and singing. It took quite a while to learn this style of music, it sounds simple but there's so much more to it and is a style that allows you to improvise which I found I was good at and preferred to a more structured approach. To cut a long story short here we are today I am still doing it in the form of my band The Scorchers Rocksteady band. My aim is to bring this wonderful music back to mainstream and for me personally to become the very best I can playing this style on the drums.
Exposed Vocals: Since everyone was a start-up once, can you give any smaller or local bands or artists looking to get gigs and airplay some tips?
these days you need a website and social media and it needs to be as professional as possible, clear and simple so your fans etc.. can easily read about you and know where they can see you. It depends on what your ambitions are but if you want to become at least semi pro you need to have lots of determination, not give up when you get frustrated and have lots of drive to create the best sound you can and market yourselves as best as you can. You need to allow time for all of this and make time to do it.
Exposed Vocals: Do you ever make mistakes during performances? How do you handle that?
Everyone makes mistakes when performing live, sometimes you notice them and sometimes you don't, I have had sticks break, I have dropped one stick on occasions or just had a bad day when somethings just don't seem to come off, the main thing I find is not to get wound up about it otherwise it will get to you and you will be worried and therefore not play well, just relax!
Exposed Vocals: Do you tour? Anything interesting happen on tour that you think our readers would enjoy hearing about?
I have toured in the past in Ireland, Europe and the UK, there are so many stories to chat about from losing my voice due to the dry ice machine through to not being able to start playing as the crowd were cheering so much before we came on we couldn't hear ourselves, that was amazing!
Exposed Vocals: How do you find ways to promote your music? What works best for you?
we promote our music mainly through social media and word of mouth from gigging.
Exposed Vocals: If you could perform anywhere and with any artists (Dead or Alive) where and who would it be with? Why?
I have always said I would have loved to have been around at the start of the ska, reggae scene in 60's Jamaica and experienced and played with the great artists from this music, I would have learnt so much and loved every minute of absorbing the culture and birth of reggae.
Exposed Vocals: So, what’s next? Any new upcoming projects that you want to talk about?
my band The Scorchers are working on a new single release, developing more of our own material and working with the great reggae legend Freddie Notes.
Exposed Vocals: If you weren’t making music, what would you be doing?
I can't imagine not making music but I love the outdoors as well so would concentrate on working in conservation and supporting the planet.
Exposed Vocals: What should fans look forward to in the next year or so?
Our continued work with Freddie Notes and our original material as well as us continuing to play fantastic early rocksteady from 60's Jamaica in Scorchers style!