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Steve Cobby at Creyke Beck Electricity Substation, Yorkshire 2013 (K Rudeforth)
|Also known as||The Solid Doctor
J J Fuchs
|Origin||Kingston-upon-Hull, Yorkshire, England|
|Instruments||Guitar; sampler; drum machine; synthesizer; programming|
|Labels||Steel Tiger Records, Twentythree Records|
Cobby co-founded Fila Brazillia with David McSherry in 1990. From 1990 to 1998 Fila Brazillia releases were on the Kingston-upon-Hull based Pork Recordings established by David 'Porky' Brennand and Cobby. In 1999 Cobby and McSherry set up the Yorkshire based Twentythree Records with Sim Lister.
In May 2005 at the Brighton Festival, Cobby was one of the friends and collaborators who joined the American composer and recording artist Harold Budd for his farewell concert. Others performing alongside Budd included: Bill Nelson, John Foxx, Russell Mills, Steve Jansen, Jah Wobble, Theo Travis, Robin Guthrie and The Balanescu Quartet.
In 2006 Cobby and Lister established Steel Tiger Records.
In 2013 Steve Cobby provided the soundtrack for the Hull 'UK City of Culture 2017' bid film - 'This City Belongs to Everyone', produced by Nova Studios - on 20 November 2013 Kingston-Upon-Hull,East Yorkshire was announced as the winning City, and so as UK City of Culture 2017. As Fila Brazillia (with David McSherry) his music has been used in films, including Riding Giants directed by Stacy Peralta - and adverts, including for Nokia. As J*S*T*A*R*S (with Sim Lister) his music has been used for adverts including for Fiat and The John Lewis Partnership.
Cobby releases work under the pseudonyms, The Solid Doctor and J J Fuchs. In December 2013, Cobby released his first Solid Doctor album for 17 years - A New Gladstone Bag (ST019).
- with David Brennand a.k.a. Porky to form The Cutler; singles released during 2007 and 2008 include Stiletto, Pickaxe, and Cinquedea. Debut album Cutler was released July 2008 and the Black Flag EP in 2009. The second album release (September 2012) was The Best Things in Life Aren't Things with vocalists Andrew Taylor and Russell Morgan. The most recent release (10 June 2013) from The Cutler is their third album Everything Is Touching Everything Else with vocalists Isobel Helen, Andrew Taylor, Archie and Sheffield's alt-folk outfit Little Glitches - all on Steel Tiger Records.
- with Stephen Mallinder, a co-founder of Cabaret Voltaire, to form Hey, Rube!; first album release Can You Hear me Mutha? (October 2012, Steel Tiger Records)
- with DJ Adam Regan, of the Different Drummer Soundsystem and Leftfoot, to form Chieftain; debut release The War Bonnet EP (2012, Steel Tiger Records) )
- with Sim Lister to form J*S*T*A*R*S; released Put Me on a Planet on Steel Tiger Records in 2006.
- with Sim Lister and Jake Harries to form The Heights of Abraham; most recent release Two Thousand and Six on Twentythree Records in 2006.
- with classically-trained guitarist Rich Arthurs of Orgatronics to form 'Peacecorps'; released Bushfarmer on Steel Tiger Records in 2007.
- with Richard H. Kirk to form Citrus.
- with Djinji Brown to form 'NorthEastSoundSystem'.
- with David McSherry to form Fila Brazillia; most recent releases the album Retrospective on Twentythree Records in 2006 and Neanderthal in 2007, also on Twentythree Records.
- Official Steel Tiger website
- Steve Cobby performs at Harold Budd's farewell concert at Brighton's Dome Theatre - 21 May 2005
- Mixmag article featuring Steve Cobby
- Cobby biography on Fabric (club) London website
- Steve Cobby discography
- Steve Cobby on Internet Movie Database IMDb
- Steve Cobby is a regular DJ at The Garden Festival in Croatia, including on the Beach Stage in 2013
- "Hull's City of Culture bid film revealed to the public" BBC News article,12 November 2013