Trevor Steel

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Trevor Steel
Birth name Trevor David Steel
Born 1958 (age 55–56)
Hampstead, London, United Kingdom
Genres Alternative rock, pop rock
Occupation(s) Musician, record producer, record label owner
Instruments Voice, guitars
Years active 1980–present
Labels EMI, Atlantic, Sunday Morning, Whipped Cream
Associated acts Mad Shadows, Planning by Numbers, The Escape Club

Trevor David Steel (born January 5, 1958, Hampstead) is a singer-songwriter and guitarist. He is a mainstay member of the alternative rock band, The Escape Club, which formed in 1983, disbanded in 1992 and reformed in 2009. In 1988, with other members of The Escape Club, he co-wrote their number-one Billboard Hot 100 hit "Wild, Wild West". Steel has also worked as a record producer and owns a recording label. In 2004 he relocated to Australia and appeared as a judge on TV talent search series, Popstars Live. In 2006 Steel founded a record Label, Sunday Morning Records, with Chris Johns in Sydney, they co-managed pop punk group Short Stack from 2007 to 2011. Steel co-produced the group's first two albums, with their singer-songwriter, Shaun Diviney.

Career[edit]

Main article: The Escape Club

Trevor David Steel was born in 1958 in Hampstead, London, United Kingdom. In the early 1980s, Steel was a part of the dance-rock group, Mad Shadows, and by 1982, the band consisted of Steel on lead vocals, John Holliday on lead guitar, Hermann Profile, and Milan Zekavica (ex-The Expressos) on drums. They backed electronic rock musician Stephen Milford on his Planning by Numbers release 1: Catch the Beat (1982), where Steel played lead and rhythm guitars and Holliday played bass.[1] In 1983, Steel, Holliday and Zekavica formed an alternative pop rock group, The Escape Club, with Zekavica's former Expressos bandmate Johnny Christo (aka John Christoforou) on bass guitar.[2][3] In 1983 their debut single, "Breathing", was issued on Bright Records. It was co-written by Steel with fellow The Escape Club band members.[4] In 1985 they signed with EMI which released their first album, White Fields. In 1988 their second album, Wild Wild West, was released on Atlantic Records. The title track and lead single went to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.[5] The track was co-written by Steel with Christoforou, Holliday, Zekavica and UK pop singer-songwriter Amos Pizzey.[6] The Escape Club released two more singles from Wild, Wild West, "Shake for the Sheik" which reached No. 28 and "Walking Through Walls" which peaked at No. 81.[5] They released their third album, Dollars & Sex, in March 1991 which included the No. 8 single, "I’ll Be There".[5]

In 1992 The Escape Club disbanded and Steel, with Holliday, started a career as a songwriter and record producer. Based out of Air Studios in London, first under the production name, Bump and Grind, and later as themselves, they wrote and produced UK pop hits. The pair have worked on Louise Nurding's hit singles, "Naked" (1995) and "Arms Around the World" (1997); and the album track, "The Woman in Me". Other artist Steel and Holliday have worked for include: Andrew Dorff, Aswad, Atomic Kitten, Candice Alley, Baha Men, Boyzone, Eternal, Honeyz, Nightcrawlers, Stella Soleil, Sting, Shaggy, Thunderbugs, and Westlife.[7]

In 2004 Steel emigrated to Australia where he was hired by Universal Records to A&R the music for the ill-fated Channel Seven talent search series, Popstars Live. After two previous judges were sacked, Steel appeared on the judging panel alongside Molly Meldrum and Shauna Jensen. In 2006 after discovering the band, Short Stack, Steel signed them to his record Label, Sunday Morning Records, founded with Chris Johns in Sydney.[8] Short Stack's first album, Stack Is the New Black (2009) peaked at No, 1 on the ARIA Albums Chart.[9] It was co-produced by Steel and Short Stack's Shaun Diviney. Their second album, This Is Bat Country charted at No, 6.[9] Both albums received gold certification from ARIA for shipment of 35,000 units each.[10][11] Steel co-wrote some tracks on This is Bat Country with Diviney, including the platinum selling single, "Planets", which debuted at No. 4.[9] Steel also co-produced their second album.[7]

In 2010, Steel and Holliday re-formed The Escape Club to perform and record a new album, Celebrity, which was released in February 2012 on their own label Whipped Cream Records.[12] In April 2012, the group toured the US East Coast in support of the album and its lead single, "God's Own Radio".[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1 – Planning by Numbers: Credits". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 6 July 2012. 
  2. ^ Demalon, Tom. "The Escape Club: Biography". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 6 July 2012. 
  3. ^ Browne, David (12 April 1991). "Dollars and Sex (1991), The Escape Club". Entertainment Weekly. Time Warner. Retrieved 6 July 2012. 
  4. ^ "'Breathing' (Legal Title)". Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI). Retrieved 6 July 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c "The Escape Club - Singles". Billboard (Prometheus Global Media). Retrieved 6 July 2012. 
  6. ^ ""Wild, Wild West" at APRA search engine". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 6 July 2012. 
  7. ^ a b "Trevor Steel: Credits". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 6 July 2012. 
  8. ^ Adams, Cameron (13 August 2009). "Short Stack Deal with Death Threats Ahead of First Album". Herald Sun (News Corporation). Retrieved 6 July 2012. 
  9. ^ a b c Hung, Steffan. "Discography Short Stack". Australian Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffan Hunag). Retrieved 6 July 2012. 
  10. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2010 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 6 July 2012. 
  11. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2011 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 6 July 2012. 
  12. ^ "Escape Club New Album Celebrity on Indie Whipped Cream Records Thru Redeye Distribution Feb 2012" (Press release). Artist Airplay Advisors, BeanBag1 Entertainment. PRLog. 15 November 2011. Retrieved 6 July 2012. 
  13. ^ "Escape Club w American Bloomers + Guests". The Mint. 19 April 2012. Retrieved 6 July 2012.