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Steve Stroud

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Steve Stroud 2017-05-19T08:38:41+00:00

 

Lead Vocals / Guitar

A versatile and experienced vocalist and also an excellent guitar player, Steve has been a professional performing musician since 1996. He sang in his first professional soul band when he was just 16 years old and has been gigging in the UK, Europe and the USA ever since.

He has been involved with a wide variety of successful musical groups over the years performing live with various bands ranging in style from soul to blues to rock.

From 2000-2002 he toured the UK with original rock band Templeton Peck promoting their own self penned albums.  Since then Steve has gigged all over the UK and has played several shows over in the USA at venues from New York City to Rockland, Maine.

More recently he performed in Monte Carlo with the Deltatones at the prestigious World Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards at one of the worlds premier venues,  Monte Carlo Sporting.

Steve is also a founder member of the popular alternative comedy group The Skin Imps who since forming in 2001 have developed a loyal cult following due to their strange and colourful stage shows.

Aside from performing his passion is songwriting and recording and he runs a recording studio in Liverpool called Big Cloud Productions where he records and produces new songs for himself and other artists every week.

He has wrote and released three critically acclaimed solo albums ‘What If We Had No Moon? (2009), ‘Hot Pink Flamingos’ (2014) and ‘Lavalamp’ (2017).

You can buy his Music on ITunes,  BANDCAMP, CD Baby, Amazon, SPOTIFY or any reputable online retailer.

When he’s not gigging or recording he loves spending time with his son Harvey.

He lives with Sarah and Harvey in Woolton, Liverpool.

 

Equipment

  • Gibson Les Paul Standard (Goldtop)
  • Gibson 335 (Iced Tea Burst)
  • Gibson J-45 Acoustic (Vintage Sunburst)
  • Gibson EB13 Bass Guitar (Vintage Sunburst)
  • PRS S2 Custom 22 Semi-Hollow (Antique White)
  • PRS S2 Mira Semi Hollow (Black)
  • Fender Vintage Hot Rod ’57 Stratocaster (Cherry Red)
  • Fender Fat Strat Stratocaster (Vintage White)
  • Boss GT-100 Guitar Multi Effects Pedal
  • Kemper Profiling Guitar Amp Modeller

About Steve

My first band was in school, I must have been about 13 or 14, me and a couple of friends would go and play Doors and Jimi Hendrix songs to our classmates at lunchtime, but I didn’t join a ‘proper’ group until I was about 16. I joined a local group of guys who were much older than me, and that’s how I started out as a blues & soul singer. We’d play soul music at weddings and clubs, we had a full brass section which I thought was fantastic. I learnt a lot playing with them. When I was about 18 or 19 I joined another band, a Texas style Blues group with some really top musicians. I found I enjoyed singing the blues more than anything at that time. It was around then that I started playing the guitar seriously. I’d always had one, but had only sung onstage at this point. When I formed my own band to play my original songs (Templeton Peck) around 1996, I started for the first time thinking of myself as a singer/guitarist.
My first big musical obsession was The Doors, when I was 14 or 15, I liked them even more than The Beatles back then. After a while I got heavily into Blues guys like John Lee Hooker and BB King which of course led me onto Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Later on I became a big David Bowie fan and through his music I became aware of Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground.
All of them are great to be honest, we’ve been really choosy in only picking songs for our live set that we both think are up to scratch.
In the acoustic set we do stripped back versions of ‘Jealous Guy’ and ‘Life on Mars’ and Rob plays amazing piano on them both, I love singing those. In the full electric set, I’d say I enjoy singing and playing on Sweet Child O’ Mine and Proud Mary.. the crowd normally goes wild!
In no particular order..David Bowie, Bob Dylan, Lou Reed, John Lennon, Brian Wilson and John Cale.
Male? I don’t think anyone beats Stevie Wonder for me. Female? I always loved Dusty Springfield’s tone
I loved Mick Ronson, I think his playing is why I bought a Les Paul. Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan were obviously amazing and I think modern blues players like Joe Bonamassa are out of this world. I’ve never heard anyone make a guitar ‘talk’ quite like BB King though..