Steven Swift is a shape shifting basses (due to his work with a multitude of bands across countless styles of music). He currently plays with four function/tribute bands and two original projects, so you can see how that requires a lot of ‘shape shifting’ to match each bands needs and musical style.
Graduating from the University of Wolverhampton with a Bmus Popular music Degree, Steven found himself auditioning (while still at uni) for the then named ‘Paul Menel Band’, which later changed their name to ‘Paul Menel and the Essentials’. For those who don’t know, Paul Menel in the 80’s performed and recorded with the progressive rock band ‘IQ’ as their new vocalist. He is credited as the vocalist and co-composer of ‘IQ’s two most successful and commercial albums (Nomzamo and Are you sitting comfortably?).
With just one album to their name (Paul Menel Band – into insignificance I will pale), the band (including steven) have graced the stage with countless acts such as Manning, Alan Reed, Arena, Frost, marillion, Fish and It bites. The Paul Menel Band also had the opportunity of headlining stage 2 at the Cambridge Rock Festival back in 2012.
So what happened after graduating from University?
Steven found himself playing with countless function and tribute bands both full time and depping for The Beat Factor, The Domino Band, Reload, Enraged, i-candy and Mcscraggy and the Suites to name just a few. To fill the gaps between gigs, Steven became a private tutor for Electric guitar, Bass and Music theory earning him the self-employed musician lifestyle. This freedom allowed for session recording on the side for the new Paul Menel project (Paul Menel and the Essentials), Ramshackle, Capital vibe and other independent artists/bands.
Running an online-music magazine, working as a free author for lesson material (bass and theory lessons) and as a columnist for Emeraz.com, Steven is building a wide range of skills which far extend beyond the realms of performing and the role of being a bass player. Having 8 years experience and touring the U.K. (including Scotland and Wales) with various bands and Roland demonstration work, Steven is primarily a gigging musician but in this day and age it’s not enough and Steven fully understands that.
Sighted as being
“One of the finest bass players I've worked with and I've worked with quite a few over the years . A truly talented musician and a fine young man.”
from fellow musicians
“I'm really impressed with how they have turned out. You've really added another level to rock and roll ya”
from his recording work, Steven is building a great reputation as a young bassist who you can rely on.
The future is bright, although possibly not Orange for Steven and his music career.