Steve White (drummer)

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Steve White
Steve White performing live
Background information
Birth name Steven Douglas White
Born (1965-05-31) 31 May 1965 (age 50)
Southwark, London, England
Instruments Drums
Years active 1981–present
Associated acts Paul Weller, The Style Council, The Players, The Who, Chad Smith, Talbot & White, Trio Valore

Steven Douglas White[1] (born 31 May 1965 in Southwark, London) is an English drummer who has worked extensively with Paul Weller and The Style Council amongst others.

Musical career[edit]

White was given a small drum as a child by his uncle and upon joining his local Boys Brigade he began to learn his craft. As with White's band mate Paul Weller, he was given full support from his parents who went out of their way to help their son develop. White spent his youth having lessons from the late George Scott of Wanstead; learning from recordings of Buddy Rich and Louis Bellson. White later took lessons with drumming teacher Bob Armstrong at Bob's Masterclass studio, then in Hornchurch, Essex. White complemented his work gigging with local bands with part-time work, spending any spare cash on updating his collection of jazz records. In 1983, White auditioned for an unnamed band which turned out to be Paul Weller's new group, The Style Council. Weller was impressed with the 17-year-old drummer's jazz background and asked White to come back the following day. White stayed with the band for some years but was never actually invited to join, even though he appeared in most of their videos and on all but a few recordings. He became the youngest drummer on stage at Live Aid at Wembley in 1985 (and also played the Live 8 gig at Hyde Park with The Who).

White left The Style Council in 1989 to pursue other projects and went on to play with many well known acts, such as Ian Dury, The Redskins and the Jazz Renegades. When The Style Council reformed for a one off gig for Japanese TV in 1990, Paul Weller invited White to his studio to hear a few demo tracks. White was soon back full-time behind the kit for Weller's solo projects. His brother Alan White is also a drummer who played for Oasis for nine years (1995–2004). Alan White has been quoted as saying about his brother that besides influences such as Ringo Starr and John Bonham, his brother was also one of his main influences. During Oasis's tour of the United States in 2001, Alan White had tendinitis leading to Steve standing in on several shows.

Steve White

White is also a member of supergroup The Players with ex-Style Council keyboardist Mick Talbot and ex-Ocean Colour Scene bassist Damon Minchella.

He has his own website, where he answers fans' questions and discusses his recent activities with Paul Weller, Chad Smith and many more respected musicians. In 2005, he took over drumming duties for The Who at Live 8, after their regular drummer Zak Starkey, Ringo Starr's son, joined Oasis on their tours and recording sessions.

White is currently taking a break from gigging and recording with Paul Weller. He is now in Trio Valore with Damon Minchella and Seamus Beaghan. He was playing with Jon Lord.[2]

He funded the setting up of a testicular cancer awareness website after he became aware of a fan who was ill with testicular cancer and on chemotherapy. It is now one of the biggest young men's cancer awareness websites in the UK.

Steve is now the UK frontman for Premier drum company and can be seen in various locations across the country doing drum shows on Premier kits.

Steve is now a managing artist with Sam Gray and is teaching and producing various artists and musicians.


with Paul Weller[edit]



  • "Into Tomorrow" (as Paul Weller Movement) (1991) – No. 36 UK
  • "Uh Huh Oh Yeh" (1992) – No. 18 UK
  • "Above The Clouds" (1992) – No. 47 UK
  • "Sunflower" (1993) – No. 16 UK
  • "Wild Wood" (1993) – No. 14 UK
  • "The Weaver EP – The Weaver, This Is No Time, Another New Day, Ohio (Live)" (1993) – No. 18 UK
  • "Hung Up" (1994) – No. 11 UK
  • "Out of the Sinking" (1994) – No. 20 UK
  • "The Changingman" (1995) – No. 7 UK
  • "You Do Something To Me" (1995) – No. 9 UK
  • "Broken Stones" (1995) – No. 20 UK
  • "Out of the Sinking" re-release (1996) – No. 16 UK
  • "Peacock Suit" (1996) – No. 5 UK
  • "Brushed" (1997) – No. 14 UK
  • "Friday Street" (1997) – No. 21 UK
  • "Mermaids" (1997) – No. 30 UK
  • "Brand New Start" (1998) – No. 16 UK
  • "Wild Wood" re-release (1999) – No. 22 UK
  • "The Keeper" (2000) – #? UK
  • "Sweet Pea, My Sweet Pea" (2000) – No. 44 UK
  • "Brother To Brother" Terry Callier featuring Paul Weller (2002) – No. 81 UK
  • "It's Written in the Stars" (2002) – No. 7 UK
  • "Leafy Mysteries" (2002) – No. 23 UK
  • "The Bottle" (2004) – No. 13 UK
  • "Wishing on a Star" (2004) – No. 11 UK
  • "Thinking of You" (2004) – No. 18 UK
  • "Early Morning Rain"/"Come Together" (2005) – No. 40 UK
  • "From The Floorboards Up" (2005) – No. 6 UK
  • "Come On/Let's Go" (2005) – No. 15 UK
  • "Here's The Good News" (2005) – No. 21 UK
  • "As Is Now" EP – "Blink and You'll Miss It", "From The Floorboards Up", "Come On"/"Let's Go", "Here's the Good News". (2006)
  • "Wild Blue Yonder" (2006)

5th Season

with The Style Council[edit]


with The Players[edit]

  • Clear the Decks (2003)
  • From the Six Corners] (2005)

with Trio Valore[edit]

  • Return of the Iron Monkey (2008)

Liars and cheater EP

Sample CD[edit]

  • On The Beaten Track

See also[edit]


  • Munn, Iain (2006). Mr Cool's Dream. The Complete History of the Style Council. Wholepoint Publications. ISBN 0-9551443-0-2. 

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