Steven Drozd

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Steven Drozd
Steven Drozd at ACM@UCO Performance Lab taken by Josh Welch, Apr 2013.jpg
Steven Drozd at ACM@UCO Performance Lab taken by Josh Welch, Apr 2013
Background information
Birth name Steven Gregory Drozd
Born (1969-06-11) June 11, 1969 (age 45)
Origin Houston, Texas, United States
Genres Alternative rock
Occupations Musician, actor
Instruments Guitar, drums, bass, keyboard, vocals
Years active 1983–present
Labels Warner Bros.
Associated acts The Flaming Lips, Steve Burns, Foxygen
Notable instruments

Fender Jazzmaster

Gibson EDS-1275

Steven Gregory Drozd (born June 11, 1969, Houston, Texas) is an American musician. He is a composer, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter for The Flaming Lips.

Early life[edit]

The son of musician Vernon Drozd, he grew up in Richmond and Rosenberg, Texas (outside of Houston) with three brothers and a sister. From the age of ten, he played drums with his father's polka band and later played piano in various country honky tonk groups. He joined The Flaming Lips in 1991.

The Flaming Lips[edit]

He joined The Flaming Lips in 1991 as a drummer. While his style is deeply influenced by the big drum sounds of the 1970s, his time spent with his father's polka band helped him develop a sense of delicacy and syncopation, allowing for transitions through an articulate and dynamic touch. His thick grooves, with episodes of odd-time funk, are interspersed with straight ahead rock, mixing and jumping between various genres.

Noted influences include Czech polka, John Bonham, Ringo Starr, Nigel Olsson, Mac McNeilly, Dale Crover and Stevie Wonder.

During live performances, Drozd typically plays lead guitar and keyboards, often alternating between the two during the same song. He also sings background and occasionally lead vocals, often in falsetto.

Gear[edit]

Live[edit]

Guitars[edit]

1967 Fender Jazzmaster (stock bridge pickup replaced with a Seymour Duncan Hot Rails pickup by Wayne Coyne)

"Customized" single neck Epiphone G 1275

'60s Vintage Supro single cut [1]

Keyboards[edit]

Roland EP707

Teenage Engineering OP-1

Akai iPad controller

Korg SV-1 (Soft Bulletin shows)

Amplifiers[edit]

4x Roland Corporation KC-550 Keyboard Mixing Amplifiers (2 for keyboards, 2 for guitars)

2x Roland JC-120 Amplifiers (1 for keyboards, 1 for guitars)

Effects[edit]

Boss Corporation GT-8 (guitar)

Moogerfooger Ring Modulator (guitar)

Line6 DL4 (guitar)

Line6 FM4 (guitar)

Boss GigaDelay (keyboards)

Other[edit]

Bebot/iPhone (synthesizer sound on "Is David Bowie Dying")

Korg iMS-20/iPad

Sylo Synth/iPad (choir sounds on The Terror)

Critter & Guitari Pocket Piano digital synthesiser used on The Terror sessions and on The Sun Blows Up Today.

Microphones[edit]

Vocals: 1999-2013 Shure Beta57a, 2013-current Sennheiser e906 through a TC Electronic Mic Mechanic

Guitars: Shure Beta57a and Sennheiser e906

Keyboard DIs: Radial J48

Studio[edit]

His drum kit includes vintage Rogers drums, and 1970s Ludwig Supraphonic chrome snares.

His home studio/recording gear includes a 1967 Gibson 330, 1967 Gibson Firebird, 1966 Fender XII, 1963 Fender VI, 1972 Fender Telecaster Deluxe, 1980 Ovation Viper, 1980 Ovation Magnum Bass, Fender Villager 12 string acoustic, Roland EP-707, among various other keyboards and effects pedals.

Other musical ventures[edit]

He has appeared on a number of recordings of other artists including Elliott Smith's From a Basement on the Hill, Jay Farrar's Sebastopol and ThirdShiftGrottoSlack and Steve Burns' Songs for Dustmites. He is currently working again with Burns on a children's psychedelic music project called STEVENSTEVEN. Steven is featured on online release of Cake's B-sides and Rarities (2007).

In 2009 Drozd recorded and released a single with Maynard James Keenan of the Elton John song "Rocket Man" as part of his soundtrack for the documentary The Heart Is a Drum Machine'.

Drozd is also the songwriting/musician half of YOU IN ME, a Neil Diamond inspired duo, with Alan Novey. Drozd writes the songs and Novey sings them as a tribute to Diamond. They have released a 7" inch double A-side with the songs "Hot Coffee" and "The Drifter" on the Flights Of Fancy label.

In 2013 Drozd created and directed a volunteer group of music students at ACMUCO called The Mutating Cell Ensemble, whose goal is to experiment with polyrhythm and repetition. They have performed once.

The artist Imagene Peise and Christmas LP "Atlas Eets Christmas" is the home recordings of Drozd with the imagery and myth being from the imagination of Wayne Coyne.

Drozd and Coyne now have a second group together called Electric Würms- influenced by prog rock, krautrock and punk rock- their goal is to explore the outer reaches of traditional "rock" music as well performing Flaming Lips deeper cuts. The Nashville based band Linear Downfall complete the ensemble.

Drozd composed and performed on the song "Mattress Warehouse" by Foxygen, off their new album ...And Star Power released October 14th, 2014.

Film productions[edit]

In the Flaming Lips' film Christmas on Mars (2008), he plays Major Syrtis, the main character of the film.

Drozd has appeared on Noggin's Jack's Big Music Show, with Daily Show host Jon Stewart, and original Blue's Clues host Steve Burns.

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