Steve White is without a doubt one of the most accomplished drummers in the UK. Having been the backbone of Paul Weller's band for over 20 years, Steve has also worked and toured with The Style Council, Oasis and Ocean Colour Scene as well as working on his own project The Players. More recently Steve played drums for The Who for their special appearance at 'Live 8'.
Steve White was born in Bermondsey, South London. He began to show an interest in drumming through a snare drum that was given to him by an uncle at the age of eight.
Steve was exposed to the skill and playing of drummers such as Buddy Rich and Gene Krupa and at age 11, Steve was taken to see a drummer play who profoundly influenced him and still does so to this very day; on a Friday night at Ronnie Scotts club in Soho London accompanied by his long suffering and supportive dad, Steve first saw a truly great drummer play live - the drummer in question was one Louis Bellson.
Steve White had his first experience in the pop world as drummer with a Neo Mod outfit called "Flat 19" supporting Jam Wannabes the "Truth" Steve was then offered the chance to join the band of the musical "Labelled with Love" based on the work of South London band Squeeze. Steve performed the show for three months at the Albany Empire in Deptford and was a professional drummer 2 weeks after leaving school.
He was constantly aware that his time on the musical was limited and was frantically grabbing any audition for any band seeking a drummer. It was through an audition at a Rat Pit studio in Lewisham that Steve, although completely wrong for the band in question, was recommended to the bands A & R man as a possible candidate for another band on the label (Polydor records)....... the band was the "Style Council".
Style Council saw Steve involved in an almost constant stream of hits and worldwide touring, pretty much uninterrupted until 1989. In 1985 Steve was the youngest performer to appear on stage at the legendary Live Aid Concert at Wembley.
Moving forward Steve decided to put his Jazz chops to the test and went on to play and tour with the Jazz Renegades - his own band co founded with the amazing saxophonist Alan Barnes. The band toured the UK and Japan as part of the burgeoning Acid Jazz movement and Steve went on to play with such groups as Working Week, Galliano, The Young Disciples, The James Taylor Quartet, and Ian Dury. At the same time Steve began to gain a reputation as a drum set performer appearing in clinics with Simon Phillips, Peter Erskine and many other great performers.
After a couple of years of relentless touring Steve found himself taking a break in London and appearing on the final TV show that The Style Council were doing. It was during this TV show that Paul suggested he would like Steve to play on some demos for some new songs he was working and this eventually set the bar for a Weller solo career as big in 2002 as ever.
Steve has also released two albums with Style Council friend Mick Talbot under the name Talbot / White. With Steve at the back, Paul Weller has played and wowed audiences globally for the past 11 years and 2002 sees the release of Paul's 6th solo studio album.
In 2001 Paul took a journey acoustically and Steve had resigned himself to a year of change, devoting more time to his new career of teaching under the guidance of long time friend George Frederick. Steve has now launched a successful career as an educator, in demand personal teacher and motivator, course instructor at the "Freddie Gee Drum Academy" now in it's 3rd Year, as well as becoming a hugely popular drum set clinician.
In 2001 Steve was asked to consider taking on a role at the revitalised Premier Drums as a product consultant and recently co designed the acclaimed "Modern Classic" snare drums for the company.
Steve White also found himself filling in for younger brother Alan in the hot seat for Oasis on the band's America tour with the Black Crowes. Living up to the nickname of "Supersub", Steve filled in for drummer Oscar Harrison as Ocean Colour Scene promoted their greatest hit's album late last year.
In September 2008 Steve appeared at the world famous Drummer Live concert and then reunited with the Red Hot Chillies Chad Smith for eight sold out UK dates. In April 2008, Steve alongside former Paul Weller bandmates, released "The return of the iron Monkey " and spent part of that year touring with the group including appearances at the Paris and Milan Jazz Festival. In Dec 2008, Steve appeared to pay tribute to the great Ginger Baker in London alongside Keith Carlock, Simon Phillips and the great man himself.
In 2009 Steve has found time to make appearances with the legendary Jon Lord in the UK and Brazil and to stretch his talents into producing hotly tipped UK artist Sam Gray.
More recently, Steve White has worked on the new Paul Weller album and continuing work on the new Premier Pro range of drums, pursuing his career as an educator and supporting Charlton Athletic on his few and far between days off.