Steve Lawson (musician)

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Steve Lawson (born 1972) is a British solo electric bassist and looper.

He has released a number of albums on his own Pillow Mountain label, including solo works and various duets. All of these feature the live looping of multiple layers of both traditional and unusual bass generated sounds. He has also toured with groups supporting Level 42 and 21st Century Schizoid Band, on shared bills with other solo artists, such as Michael Manring and as a duo with his wife, singer Lobelia.

He uses two Modulus 6-string basses, one fretted and one fretless. He uses a Looperlative LP1 for looping and a majority of his effects are provided by the two Lexicon G2 multi-effects processors.

He is highly active and visible on the internet, interacting with fans and other musicians and using web technology such as Twitter to promote his own career and the work of other independent musical acts. He co-hosts a forum with Michael Manring at and is a regular contributor to, and

Steve is also a music journalist, and was a regular contributor to Bassist and Guitarist Magazine, as well as writing for The Independent On Sunday, Third Way Magazine, Bass Player and Bass Guitar Magazine.

He teaches bass in Birmingham.


Solo Albums

  • And Nothing But The Bass (2000)
  • Lessons learned from an aged feline, pt I (2001)
  • Not Dancing For Chicken (2002)
  • Grace And Gratitude (2004)
  • Lessons learned from an aged feline, pt II (2004)
  • Behind Every Word (2006)
  • Lessons learned from an aged feline, pt III (2006)
  • Live In Nebraska
  • Ten Years On: Live In London (2010)
  • 11 Reasons Why 3 is Greater than Everything (2011)
  • Believe in Peace (2012)
  • What The Mind Thinks, The Heart Transmits (2014)


  • Conversations (2003) with Jez Carr
  • For The Love Of Open Spaces (2003) with Theo Travis
  • It's not going to happen (2003) with Theo Travis
  • Calamateur v Steve Lawson (2007) with Calamateur
  • Live In Nebraska (2008) with Lobelia
  • Numbers (2008) as Lawson/Dodds/Wood (with Roy Dodds & Patrick Wood)
  • Slow Food (2010) with Trip Wamsley
  • Infralab (2010) with Trip Wamsley
  • Live So Far (2010) with Lobelia (wife)
  • Hidden Windows (2012) with Neil Alexander
  • Invenzioni (2012) with Mike Outram
  • Nothing Can Prepare (2012) with Andy Williamson
  • The Fingerpainting Sessions (2013) with Daniel Berkman a set made up of live concerts including
  1. Academia
  2. Accidentally (On Purpose)
  3. Everything Is Possible In This Best Of All Possible Worlds
  4. Free Fall
  5. ...Honestly, We Had NO Idea!
  6. The New Normal
  7. Nie mój cyrk, Nie moje małpy
  8. Serendipity
  9. The Sound Of Being Understood
  • Diversion (2014) with Jon Thorne
  • Marinate (2014) with Julie Slick
  • Tangents (2014) with Murphy McCaleb

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