Steve Sykes - Producer | Engineer | Artist
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Originally hailing from Philadelphia, Steve started his career as session guitarist and member of various bands with such greats at Stanley Clarke and John Oates (Hall & Oates fame), to name a few. In 1970, he moved to Colorado, did jingle work, and continued playing live with a band that included Philip Bailey and Larry Dunn, who went on to become part of “Earth Wind & Fire”. After a stint of sessions at the legendary Caribou Ranch Studios, he headed out west to L.A. Within a year he was one of the top session players working on albums for Dusty Springfield, Nick Gilder, Manfred Mann, Bernie Taupin, producer Phil Spector and even a stint as a player for the TV soap “Days of Our Lives”.

Steve credits producer Mike Chapman (Blondie, The Knack, Suzie Quatro, Lita Ford etc.) for sparking his interest in what was going on, on the other side of the glass, in the control room. Mike was only too happy to encourage Steve’s budding engineering talents. After a year or so of wearing both hats as engineer and session player, he took the plunge and became a full time engineer and mixer working with The Isley Brothers, Angela Winbush, Stanley Clarke and Brenda Russell etc. He also became involved in the film and TV side of the business, by being hired as the music mixer for the TV show “Miami Vice”, which was recognized for it’s innovative music and sound quality. Other films included “Prince of Egypt”, “Passenger 57”, “Boyz N’ The Hood”, “What’s Love Got To Do With It”, “Poetic Justice” etc.

Steve has been heavily involved in recording and mixing for the Latin market with such artists as Thalía, Enrique Iglesias, Los Fabulosos Cadillacs, Luis Fonsi, Ednita Nazario and Maria Conchita Alonso. He also has had success as an alternative/rock producer in Spain with number one albums and singles at the top of the airplay charts.

Here in the U.S. he become well known as one of the premier mixers and engineers in the Jazz market, and recently mixed projects such as the Al Jarreau Christmas album, the Seawind reunion album and the Grammy nominated album “Modern Art” by The Rippingtons.

In the past year, Steve has been engineering and mixing some hot new indie rock artists such as The Burned and Sons Of The Addicted, which have taken him back to his rock roots. Steve is set up to mix world class projects in all genres.

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