Monday 18th of September 2023, 7.30 PM

Steven Bamidele

Steven Bamidele is a London-based singer, songwriter, and producer. Born in Nigeria, he
spent his formative years in Suffolk, before moving to Brighton. This upbringing is
reflected in his lyrics, which often explore themes of racial identity, family, and self-
reflection. With influences ranging from Marvin Gaye and Radiohead to Lianne La Havas
and Solange, Steven crafts his own unique and intricate sound, combining synth textures,
syncopated beats, and reverb-drenched falsetto to create psychedelic forward-thinking
soul.

With fond memories of his early childhood, Steven’s move to the predominantly white
county of Suffolk led him to experience paradoxical feelings around his mixed-race heritage.
He explains, “there were very few people of colour and because of this I felt like I stuck out,
as if a spotlight was on me. However, simultaneously, I felt invisible.” Steven adopted his
mum’s unused acoustic guitar and began teaching himself Green Day and Fall Out Boy
songs. Eventually, he found solace and comfort in music as a creative output, especially in
his most introverted and lonely moments. As time went on, he joined various bands at
school and played in the worship band at his church, all of which built his live performance
skills and musical language. In 2011, after discovering James Blake, Modeselekor, and the
creative potential of electronic music, Steven began to pair his introspective style of song
writing with production styles rooted in curiosity and exploration.
“I’m a big fan of people doing what they do no matter what they do no matter what anyone
says, going against the grain, being stubborn about it. I think the best results in art come out
of that attitude.”

From synths to found sounds, he allowed ideas to come through organically, following
impulses to tell stories and evoke feelings. At that point, music took over and Steven did
whatever was necessary to make the music happen, taking on a variety of jobs and
sometimes prioritising his creative instincts over the needs of those around him. “I chilled
out in my early 20s,” he acknowledges, “but it was when my dad passed and then covid
arrived a couple of months later that I really started to slow down and accept that other
people and things demanded my attention and care.”

After self-releasing several singles, Steven released his debut EP “Uncrowded” alongside a
remix from Salami Rose Joe Luis, signed to Brainfeeder. Receiving support from KCRW, Fred
Perry and BBC Radio 4, he went on to be sampled by KayCyy for his “Get Used To It”
mixtape. Under his former alias ‘Mirror Signal’, Steven was featured on the ‘Brownswood
Bubblers 11’ compilation, performed a live session for Gilles Peterson and was selected by
Jamie Cullum and PRS Foundation to perform at Montreal Jazz Festival in 2016. His stage
presence and love of sharing his music live has continued to grow. He has played extensively
in London and Brighton and recently supported Marlon Craft at Camden’s Jazz Café.
On the journey to finding his sound, Steven has developed into a meticulous producer and
thoughtful songwriter. Everything from his experiences in childhood, to his relationships
with those close to him, fuel the openness and integrity of his lyrics. In conjunction, hisobsession with sound, rhythm and his wide array of influences have inspired the attention
to detail he pays when making his records.

With his signing to Tru Thoughts, a debut album on the way and a host of live dates
scheduled, 2023 looks to be a momentous year for this dedicated and talented musicia

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