Lobate Scarp launches Time and Space Kickstarter campaign

June 28, 2012 | Posted in News | By

Time and Space is the full length debut album by Los Angeles based progressive rock band Lobate Scarp. This ambitious album, which took nearly five years to record is sure to please fans of the progressive rock genre as well as music appreciators that are looking for something fresh for their ears. The album has over 55 minutes of original tunes, including the 15 1/2 minute title track.

This video shows highlights of the recording process and was a lot of fun to make.

If you are interested in backing this project, please visit the Kickstarter page:

South By Southwest 2012

March 7, 2012 | Posted in News | By

Hello friends,

I will be in Austin during this year’s SXSW festival. If you will be there and you want to connect with me you can check out one of two very cool events I will be attending there.

A very cool magazine called ProxART is hosting a showcase at the Lomography store on Sunday, March 18th from 11am to 5pm featuring:

Christopher Paul Stelling
Hi Ho Silver Oh
The Stone Foxes
Unicycle Loves You
Miracles of Modern Science


Dry River Yacht Club is playing an unofficial showcase at Hole in the Wall with other bands from Tempe , AZ Friday, March 16th, 11am – 1am. (I wish I knew the exact time).

Dry River Yacht Club is a very unique band with 9 members that is signed to a very unique record label called 80/20 Records.

80/20 Records is one-of-a-kind because unlike most labels, 80/20 gives an 80% royalty to their artists.


Also, Rob Franco from The Venus Illuminato has a new Vegan Food-Truck calledArlo’s, which is brand-new and apparently is already winning awards.

I will try to present any more pertainant information as I get it.

New Video: The Venus Illuminato – Civil War Ballad IN STUDIO

July 11, 2011 | Posted in News | By

The Venus Illuminato in the studio at the Stunt Lab recording Civil War Ballad from their new EP Children of the Earth.

Deriva single now on iTunes

June 25, 2011 | Posted in News | By

The single I produced for Testing Tomorrow called Deriva is now available on iTunes! Please support the band on iTunes if you’re a fan of hard-rock/metal.

Deriva - Single - Testing Tomorrow

If you love it please write a review.

The making of Deriva VIDEO

June 25, 2011 | Posted in News | By

Testing tomorrow did an amazing job putting together this making of video for our sessions of Deriva. It is a great montage showing a good portion of the production process.


The Venus Illuminato picked up for publishing

June 2, 2011 | Posted in News | By

Congratulations to The Venus Illuminato whose two EP’s Children of the Earth and Company With Kings have been picked up by songsforfilmandtv.com for publishing.

The Venus Illuminato recorded Company With Kings with me in 2008 and Children of the Earth in 2011 and have received some great reviews along the way.

Fun with demo sessions

May 31, 2011 | Posted in News | By

Sometimes its good just to get your songs out of your head and onto “tape.” Good friend and indie artist promoter extraordinaire Toni Koch wanted to do just that, so we set her up to sing and play on a lazy Tuesday afternoon here at my studio just outside Santa Clarita, CA. I have know Toni for several years but had not yet had the chance to hear her songs, and I have to say I am impressed!

Doing simple demos of your songs or partial song ideas is a great way to get inspired and to find out what’s working or not with your material (key, tempo, rhythm, lyrics, structure, or overall flow). This stage of the process can also be very fun because it is a good time to just “let it flow,” since major tweaks will typically be addressed later and the “perfect take” can be fussed with during the production process. Best of all its affordable because the setup is simple and low maintenance.

Toni has great songs and a very Judy Collins / Topanga Canyon sound. I look forward to hearing more!

Testing Tomorrow to release new single

May 11, 2011 | Posted in News | By

Steve has just finished working with hard-rock quartet Testing Tomorrow (website) producing their new single Deriva. The group specifically wanted to embellish their sound with the addition of real strings. Steve created an arrangement for string quartet, bringing in cellist Amanda Zidow, violist Thom Lea, and violinist Rachel Grace to overdub the parts in the StuntLab. The group played the parts in multiple passes, each time moving their chairs in the space to simulate a larger string ensemble.

Steve and the band tracked rhythm parts in Sherman Oaks at Sound Oasis Studios, where drummer Grom Meraviglia got to track on a top shelf DW kit using the vintage Tama Bell-Brass snare drum – the same drum used on Nirvana’s “Nevermind.”

Guitars and vocals were recorded here at Leavittation, where friends of the band came to have fun recording the ” group chants” over the song’s outro.

The finishing touches on the song were added by mixer extraordinaire Marc Jordan at Thud Studios. The song is being mastered by Howie Weinberg.

Link to the finished song will be put up upon official release.