Steve Parkin (musician)

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Steve Parkin
Birth name Stephen R Parkin
Born United Kingdom
Origin Perth, Western Australia
Genres alternative rock, indie pop, folk pop
Occupation(s) musician, singer, songwriter, guitarist
Years active 1996–present
Associated acts Vinyl
Eskimo Joe
Basement Birds

Stephen 'Steve' Parkin (born 29 April) is an Australian musician and singer-songwriter. Originally from United Kingdom he was raised in Perth. He has been in various bands including Autopilot and Basement Birds. He co-wrote material for Eskimo Joe's 2009 album Inshalla, which peaked at number one on the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Albums Chart. One of the tracks, "Foreign Land", won 'Most Played Australian Work' at the APRA Awards of 2010.

Early life[edit]

Parkin was born in the UK and moved to Australia at the age of nine. He began writing and recording music in his late teens in Perth, Western Australia.

Music career[edit]


His first band, Vinyl, released a garage-glam-rock styled EP, Lazeryouthanasia, in 1996, which was produced by Ben Glatzer. The band subsequently played at the 1997 Big Day Out festival. They were signed to a distribution deal with [id/Mercury] but released only the one EP.


In 1998 Parkin formed Perth-based "pop and roll" group Autopilot, along with Hugh Jennings and Jayde Smith and their debut 1999 EP, Pure Gold Baby, received a four-star review in Rolling Stone magazine, high rotation on Triple J and radio networks, and Autopilot have been cited as an influence by other contemporary WA rock and pop acts. Autopilot released their second EP, Out of the Sun, in 2001. The EP's have since been re-mastered and are available on Bandcamp.

Steve Parkin Solo[edit]

He formed Steve Parkin & the Foreign Films and in 2005, released his debut solo album Sandytown.[1] The group toured Australia to promote the album in 2005 and 2006. Parkin released a second solo album, Mighty Big Light, through Warner Music Australia on 22 April 2011. The first single, "Turn It Around", was released on iTunes prior to the album's release and received national radio play. He has released several online recordings through

Parkin currently has no plans for further solo recordings or touring. He continues to write music for other artists.

Side projects[edit]

Bob Evans backing band[edit]

During 2007 and 2008 Parkin played keyboards and guitar in studio sessions and in the touring band for Kevin Mitchell (Jebediah) who performed as Bob Evans.[2]


Parkin has co-written a number of songs with other acts including Gossling, Lewis Watson, Ruby Boots, Shihad, is signed as a songwriter to Universal Music Publishing Group and also co-wrote five songs on Eskimo Joe's 2009 ARIA number one album Inshalla.[3] "Foreign Land" from the album won 'Most Played Australian Work' at the APRA Awards of 2010.[4]

Basement Birds[edit]

Parkin is a member of Basement Birds, with Mitchell, Josh Pyke and Kavyen Temperley (Eskimo Joe).[5] They released their eponymous album in 2010 independently, which reached No. 12 in August.[6] Described in the press as a collaborative folk-pop "supergroup", Basement Birds toured Australia.[7] The album was a publishing milestone, being the first in Australia to be released in bundles online through Apple's iTunes store.


Alongside his Basement Birds band members, Parkin was responsible for the attainment of the 1st place award for the "AAA" (Adult Album Alternative) category in the 2010 round of the International Songwriting Competition (ISC).[8] Basement Birds were also nominated for an ARIA award in 2010. As a writer for other acts, he has contributed to two ARIA accredited platinum No 1 albums and two ARIA awards[9] As a co-writer for the song, "Foreign Land", Parkin received an APRA award for "Best Rock Work" and "Most Played Australian Song" in 2010 with the band Eskimo Joe.[10]

Management/Record Labels[edit]

Parkin is signed to the Dirt Diamonds label[11] (co-owned by Eskimo Joe and Catherine Haridy).[12] He signed a publishing deal with Universal Music Publishing Group in July 2012 Parkin is currently self-managed, his albums are available from iTunes and on Bandcamp.


  1. ^ "Steve Parkin Interview". Perth Music. 31 March 2006. Retrieved 24 September 2010. 
  2. ^ Gunnhilder (28 August 2007). "Blanche DuBois, Steve Parkin, Pippa Drysdale @ Fly by Night, Fremantle, (25/8/2007)". Retrieved 24 September 2010. 
  3. ^ "Discography Eskimo Joe". Australian charts portal. Hung Medien. Retrieved 24 September 2010. 
  4. ^ "2010 Winners - APRA Music Awards". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 24 June 2010. 
  5. ^ Tompkin, Julian (15 July 2010). "Basement Birds – In the Tree of Life". X-Press Magazine. Columbia Press Pty Ltd (Joe Cipriani). Retrieved 24 September 2010. 
  6. ^ "Discography Basement Birds". Australian charts portal. Hung Medien. Retrieved 24 September 2010. 
  7. ^ "Introducing the Basement Birds". Soulshine: Australian Independent Music. 17 March 2010. Retrieved 24 September 2010. 
  8. ^ International Songwriting Competition, Inc (2012). "Previous Winners". International Songwriting Competition. International Songwriting Competition, Inc. Retrieved 1 September 2012. 
  9. ^ Inertia (28 September 2010). "News: Sia cleans up at ARIA Award Nominations". Inertia. Inertia. Retrieved 1 September 2012. 
  10. ^ Steve Parkin (2010). "Parkin 2010". Steve Parkin MySpace profile. Myspace LLC. Retrieved 1 September 2012. 
  11. ^ Dirt Diamonds (2012). "Steve Parkin". Dirt Diamonds. Dirt Diamonds. Retrieved 29 August 2012. 
  12. ^ Christina Ballico (2009). "Catherine Haridy: Dirt Diamonds Productions". Isolated Sounds. Retrieved 29 August 2012. 

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