Steevio & Suzybee

LabelMindtours | UK
LocationWales
Stylesoft techno | experimental elektronica | jazzy frickelsound
Websitesteevio @ myspace
Suzybees gallery

Steevio’s involvement in electronic dance music goes back to the early 1980’s, when Steevio, opened the first U.K. Electro/ Breakdance club, ‘The Sidewalk’, in Newcastle. At the same time he formed the band ‘Acid’, which used Electrofunk beats, and live bass, using the tripped out effects of the Roland 501 Space-echo. Acid played live in huge warehouse parties in Newcastle from 1983 – 1985.

After a spell living in Berlin and working as a sound engineer, Steevio later became heavily involved in the Free Festival/Traveller movement, which helped to develop the underground dance music scene in the UK in the late Eighties and early Nineties.

When Steevio moved back to his native North East in 1991, where he co-organised huge techno warehouse parties and in 1994, formed his first techno label Roost Records. In 1997, Steevio teamed up with Mark Harrington of Kinetec Records in London, to form the Torque label. After being responsible for the first three releases of ‘Machine-Funk’ and gaining much respect in the underground scene in the UK, he moved on to concentrate on his ‘Mindtours’ project. This was the name he used as an artist for releases on other labels, culminating in the formation of the Mindtours label in 2000. Mindtours was established as a non-profit-making collective, and quickly became an important focus for the upcoming young Welsh producers, forming a platform for now established producers such as Leif and Tom Ellis of Trimsound. In November 2005 Steevio formed the net-audio division of Mindtours, Mindnet.

Steevio’s current style is hard to pinpoint, as it is constantly evolving, but the aspects which stand out can mostly be attributed to his use of analogue equipment, and the fact that he records everything live. Rather than being distracted by the obvious benefits of software sampling and synthesis, he has continued to develop his complex analogue set-up, combining this with computer sequencing, which has resulted in his sound being defined by it’s raw, organic and warm nature.

Steevio is also a firm believer in the healing power of music, and is very focussed on the harmonic content of his tunes, while Steevio’s rhythmic style is awash with polyrhythmic textures, and avoids heavy dependence on 4/4. The result is a minimal sound which has flavours of deep techno, broken beat, jazz, dub and house, and is distinctly tribal and funky.
Steevio’s style may be experimental, but he also believes in accessibility, and always has the dance floor in mind.

Suzybee is inspired by nature, music, and the hope for harmony between humans and planet earth. A passion for music and dance has led her to combine her visual art with music. She has painted backdrops for music events and designed posters and album covers. She also now makes hand-drawn digital animations which are synched directly to music. Playing live while using VJ software perfectly serve her audio-visual imagination. She VJs live with Steevio’s music.

Suzybee is originally from London and now lives in Wales. She studied Art Foundation at Wimbledon, followed by a Degree in fine art at Newcastle, and has had solo and group exhibitions in various European countries. She co-founded the Mindtours record label in 2000 as an outlet for the music of her friends, and became involved in organising dance events (like the wonderful Freerotation Festival at Baskerville Hall… thanks for this brilliant weekend!), providing backdrops and decor.