Steve Levine Producer Biography
Steve Levine is not only a Grammy® Award winning 55 million selling record producer with a quadruple platinum selling track record, but is also internationally respected for his accomplishments and experience in the music industry. He is an outstanding speaker, using his specialist knowledge to educate audiences worldwide in the art and technology of sound and music production.
CBS Studios London & The Beach Boys
Steve began his accomplished career at CBS Studios London in 1975, progressing from trainee tape-op to in-house engineer, working on the records of numerous classic New Wave & Punk acts including The Clash, XTC and The Jags, in addition to a number of CBS Records Pop acts, including Sailor.
Following on from this early success he collaborated with Bruce Johnston (The Beach Boys) which culminated in Steve producing a Beach Boys album ‘The Beach Boys’ several years later.
Culture Club Multi-Platinum Albums
in 1981-2 he began to work with Culture Club which proved to be one of the music industries most productive relationships, with Steve producing all of Culture Club’s classic hits, (including ‘Do You Really Want to Hurt Me’ which peaked at Number 1 in 23 countries) and the bands’ three multi-platinum albums ‘Kissing to Be Clever’, ‘Colour By Numbers’, and ‘Waking Up With the House on Fire’.
Following his production work with Culture Club Steve Levine composed numerous film scores and produced a variety of artists including Ziggy Marley, Gary Moore, Lemmy & Motorhead, Sigue Sigue Sputnik, China Crisis, The Creatures, Mis-Teeq, Pop singer Louise, and Deniece Williams, for whose album ‘Water Under the Bridge’ won a Grammy® Award in 1987.
The Record Producers (BBC Radio 2 & 6 Music)- with Steve Levine Producer
In addition to producing and presenting shows on BBC’s 6 Music station (including his own show ‘An Insiders Guide To…’ plus standing in for Iggy Pop’s regular show), Steve, with his company Magnum Opus Broadcasting created a successful radio documentary series for BBC Radio 2 and BBC 6 Music titled ‘The Record Producers‘.
This acclaimed documentary series focusses on the art of record production from the producers perspective. Featured producers of this series included Trevor Horn, Nile Rodgers, Tony Visconti, and Hugh Padgham. A second series was also commissioned, which focused on production teams including Swain & Jolley, Langer & Winstanley, Holland Dozier & Holland, Gamble & Huff, Stock, Aitken & Waterman and Jam & Lewis.
The third series focussed on Clash guitarist Mick Jones, Brian Wilson, Roy Wood and 10cc, with the fourth series analysing the work of Mike Chapman & Nicky Chinn, Smokey Robinson and Todd Rundgren. The fifth series included producers Stephen Street and Bernard Butler, with further shows including a Pink Floyd special, a Bee Gees special, and a Reggae producers edition. As part of a Sir George Martin special (from the BBC 60’s season), Sir Paul McCartney arranged for Steve to have exclusive access to the original Beatles multitracks. This extremely well-received series earned Steve a Sony Radio Award for Best Specialist Contributor.
Following the success of The Record Producers series, in 2015 Steve presented The Record Producers Live with special guest Lamont Dozier, and also received a World Radio Award in New York for his BBC Radio 2 documentary featuring long time friend Boy George.
The Assembly Point Sessions & Hubris Records
In addition to his work on radio and television, Steve is also a vibrant and highly knowledgeable curator. Commissioned to create a stage at LIMF, Steve brought to life a unique and bespoke live music event titled ‘The Assembly Point Sessions’. This live event featured music from Boy George, Mark King (Level 42), Tim Burgess (The Charlatans), Bernard Butler, Hollie Cook, Natalie McCool, & Mary Epworth, and a live recording and production session with audience involvement. The success of the Assembly Point Sessions led to a further LIMF commission in 2015 titled ‘Routes Jukebox’. This live presentation demonstrated music migrations with Dave McCabe, Chris Difford, Terri Walker, Mic Lowry and The Farm.
Recently he has been busy producing emerging bands for his record label Hubris Records, new acts Xam Volo and the Lottery Winners have both signed major label recording contracts, and in 2016 Steve produced ‘Give Me Your Future’ for Space.
Authorships, Directorships & Awards
Steve is also the author of the successful Hit Kit and the Art of Downloading Music, and regularly sits as a judge for Pledge Music, Arquiva Radio Awards and the Liverpool International Music Festival Academy. In addition to his seat as a Director of PRS for Music, Steve is also a member of the MU, LRC and PPL, and a LIPA Companion (Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts).
Throughout his successful career Steve has received numerous awards including BPI Producer of the Year, Musicweek Top Singles Producer, and a SONY Radio Award. He has a wealth of experience in the music industry and concise speaking style which is in high demand at events worldwide.