Archive for September 21st, 2016


Introducing our guests: Steve Power (music producer, London)

stephen-power-photoThe 7th Vienna Music Business Research Days from Sep. 27-29, 2016 are devoted to “Self-Management in the Digital Music Business”. International music business experts, therefore, discuss the challenges and chances of artist self-management as well as the future development. Find the program here.

The London-based highly regarded music producer Steve Power will hold the keynote on the conference’s main topic on Sep. 29 from 14:00-15:00. In the following panel discussion, Steve Power discusses on “Self-Management in the Digital Music Business” with Roxanne de Bastion (musician, London), Keith Harris (manager of Stevie Wonder, London) and Johannes Ripken (music consultant, Kiel).

Steve Power was born in Liverpool and as a teenager was was part of the nascent punk and new wave scene of the late seventies there. The band he was in were signed to Richard Branson’s Virgin records in 1981. The band used a large part of their record company advance to create a professional recording studio and made their album there.

When the band went on the road to promote the album Power remained behind and ran the studio as a commercial enterprise and worked with bands such as Dead or Alive and Frankie goes to Hollywood.

In 1984 Steve moved to London and after a while became a house engineer at Battery studios. Here he worked with artist such as Billy Ocean, Womack and Womack, and Bon Jovi. In the late 1980’s he produced Blur and worked with a number of other notable guitar bands such as The Stone Roses, and mixed tracks for The Charlatans.

After a quiet period in the early 1990’s when Power almost gave up the business, success on a grander scale finally arrived. Spaceman (Babylon Zoo), You’re Gorgeous (Babybird), preceded 26 hit singles with Robbie Williams including Angels, Strong, She’s the One, Millenium and Rock Dj followed.

Since then Steve has produced Joe Cocker, Diana Ross, Kylie Monogue, Enrique Iglesias and Andrea Bocceli, and continues to be be busy, production credits on the most recent Gary Barlow and Robbie Williams of only a couple of years ago demonstrate that he is still in demand.

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September 2016



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