In the Summer of 2002 he became so excited about The White Stripes' new album, White Blood Cells, that he recorded bass lines to two songs of the typically bass-less duo's work. The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly and other outlets reported on it and due to overwhelming demand he added bass to all of the songs, posted the new creation online, and allowed people to download the tracks for free. He called it an art project named Redd Blood Cells which reached a peak of 60,000 downloads in a single day, causing the server to crash from the traffic.
Steven is married to That Dog vocalist Anna Waronker. During the summer of 2007 Steven began using the nickname "Mr. Urbane." But during the summer of 2009, Steven insisted on being referred to as "Dr. Swaddles."