Welcome!


HELLO! I’m Steve, “Britain’s most innovative bassist, no contest”, according to Bass Guitar Magazine – I also teach, write and take photos. Here you’ll find the music, some info and context about what, when, how and why it is made, 17 years of blogging, gig news and links to everywhere else you can find me online.

My main way of releasing music is via my Bandcamp Subscription – it’s sort of Steve’s Ever-Expanding Digital Box Set, a rapidly growing collection of music that represents a wholly new way to think about recording and releasing albums. I put out, on average, between 10 and 12 albums a year – every gig I do is recorded, and if it warrants it, gets mixed, mastered and released.
There’s a huge back catalogue of recordings that are slowly being drip-fed into the subscription too – albums are more like episodes in a story you get to be a part of, rather than stand-alone products that require marketing and promo and radio support.


If you’re already familiar with what I do and enjoy it, this is the perfect way to play a significant part in making it possible, and get all of it, to keep for ever. There’s no version of the Spotify/streaming economy where this is viable, not without moving my attention away from this improvised music journey and focusing on trying to land a track on a ‘music for relaxation’ playlist.
Music deserves better than that, so here’s a model that allows for music to be risky and exploratory and not made to someone else’s marketing brief.

Head over to stevelawson.bandcamp.com/subscribe to watch the intro video and read more about what’s on offer...

 

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The Blog/News


The Audience As Producer

[preamble – this is an emerging line of thought for my PhD, so I wrote this down as is today by way of getting the thoughts out… make of it what you will… It’s a pretty long read… 🙂 ] The traditional economic arrangement within the music industries throughout the pre-digital “age of mechanical reproduction‘ …

Latest Releases


Restless – Steve Lawson and Pete Fraser:

Beauty And Desolation – Steve Lawson:

Surprise – Steve Lawson and Corey Mwamba:

Listen and buy on Bandcamp, or find out more about subscribing.

upcoming gigs…


Date Artist City Venue Country
30/08/19 Steve Lawson Belfast, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland The Crescent Theatre United Kingdom
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: £10/12. Age restrictions: All Ages/Licensed. Box office: +4428 9024 2338. Address: 2-4 University Road. Venue phone: +4428 9024 2338.

The Belfast Guitar Festival presents All About The Bass!

The line-up includes:

  • Terry McHugh
  • Peter Close
  • Steve Lawson
  • Phil Smyth
  • Jeff & Nathalie Corallini

More info via the link!

It’s been many years since I last played in Belfast, and I’m REALLY looking forward to this!

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I’m currently booking shows throughout 2019. Watch this space. If you want to host a house concert, or know a UK/European promoter or agent who might be interested, please get in touch!

bass tuition


 

  • Want to take your bass playing to new places?
  • Struggling for ideas on how (or why!) to practice?
  • Needing inspiration to kickstart your creativity?
  • Just starting out and looking for a way to connect learning the bass to the music you love?
  • Want the inside scoop on how to take your solo playing to the next level?

I CAN HELP…

I currently teach via Skype/Google Hangout/any other video tech we can get working! Email me now to book a first session. I’ve got a high def audio set up so you get to hear in good quality, and can advise on the best way to get your bass sound into Skype for the lessons.

I’ve been teaching bass since 1992, having taught thousands of students, from total beginners to PhD candidates to globe-hopping rock stars.

I’ve written tuitional columns for Bassist Magazine and Bass Guitar Magazine – I’m currently the Beginning Bass columnist for BGM & Bass Player Magazine – and have given bass, improv, looping and performance masterclasses at universities and colleges all over the world. I currently teach at BIMM Birmingham.

I’ve filmed three courses (Looping, Fretless and Pedals) and also give regular live seminars for the subscribers at scottsbasslessons.com and am the bass specialist at musical-u.com

Lessons are £40 an hour, payable via paypal or bank transfer.

I (very) occasionally teach a series of bass group-classes in Birmingham, called ‘Beyond Bass Camp’beyondbasscamp.com has more details as well as a series of blog posts about my thoughts on bass teaching.

In the meantime, you might also enjoy the series of blog posts I wrote a while back about my approach to teaching – Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4.

And this podcast from No Treble has some interesting insights:

Gear


The thing I get asked about most: bass gear:

Basses:
Fretted and Fretless Elrick Gold Series SLC 6 string custom basses – Dunlop Superbright nickels on the fretted, and Dunlop flatwounds on the fretless, both have Aero pickups, Hipshot hardware and passive electronics.

Fretted and Fretless Modulus custom 6 string basses – both have Dunlop flatwounds, John East preamps, the fretless has Lane Poor pickups and the fretted has Aguilar DCBs.

Fretted Modulus Q4 (refinished in 1999 by Martin Peterson) – with Dunlop Stainless Steel Superbrights, Lane Poor pickups, and a John East preamp.

Rick Turner Renaissance  fretless 5 string.

Amps:
Aguilar TH350 head + SL112 cabinet, x2 (stereo)

Current Rack set-up (in order of signal flow):

this all goes into a Keith McMillen K-Mix, which sends the signal back out to the Looperlative LP1 looper. The main signal from that comes straight back to the K-Mix, with an aux going through a 2nd Korg Mini Kaoss Pad.

One the floor (in order)

  • Dunlop Mini Volume Pedal
  • MXR Bass Preamp
  • MXR Sub Octave Bass Fuzz
  • Dunlop Crybaby Mini Bass Wah
  • MXR Bass Chorus Deluxe
  • Pigtronix Philosopher’s Bass Tone compressor
  • Darkglass VMT overdrive.
  • Keith McMillen Softstep 2 (controlling the MOD Duo and the Looperlative), with a 2nd Dunlop mini volume for CC control.)

 

Drums etc.
Keith McMillen Quneo playing sounds hosted in Ableton Live (currently a host of drum and percussion samples, a piano and a selection of field recordings from freetousesounds.bandcamp.com )

all recorded into Reaper (which also hosts Ableton Live as a VSTi)

Accessories:
Slickbag Gigbags, Dunlop brass slide, Latchlake anodised slide, eBow+, Dunlop picks, Evidence Audio cables and SIS patch cable system, Pedaltrain pedalboards, SKB Rack case, Argos £8 table to put the rack on. 😉

Other pedals (often swapped in on rotation):
MXR Envelop Filter, Bass Overdrive, Bass Distortion, Bass Fuzz, Aguilar Tone Hammer, Agro, Filter Twin, Chorusaurus, Fuzzistor, Octave, Compressor, TC Electronic HOF Mini, Seymour Duncan Studio Bass Compressor, Markbass MiniDIST, Pigtronix Infinity Looper, Line 6 DL4, Looperlative LP2