Steven Jon Cobby is a musician, composer, producer, and occasional DJ, he is one half of 'The Cutler' (with Pork), a half of 'Fila Brazillia' (with David McSherry), fifty percent of 'Hey, Rube!' (with Stephen Mallinder), fifty percent of 'Chieftain' (with Adam Regan), fifty percent of 'J*S*T*A*R*S' (with Sim Lister), one third of 'Heights of Abraham' (with Sim Lister and Jake Harries), and all of 'The Solid Doctor'.
Steve is also the co-founder of Steel Tiger (2006 with Sim Lister), Twentythree Records (1998 with David McSherry and Sim Lister), and Pork Recordings in 1990 with Dave Brennand aka Pork.
December (9th) sees the release of 'Till Everyman Is Free' the latest EP from Chieftain
A city of culture
At the same time as playing his part in Hull's successful 'City of Culture 2017' bid Steve has also been working on the 4th album by The Cutler - a recent recording session with Hull vocalist Emma Fee being the last piece in the puzzle - mastering the new Schiessegeld album, preparing Chieftain for it's December release, and recording some new Heights of Abraham tunes with Sim Lister.
Hull wins the City Of Culture bid for 2017
Steve Cobby created the music for the official video (by Nova Studios) supporting Hull's successful bid to become UK City of Culture 2017...
Narrated in part by Sir Tom Courtenay and featuring Larkin poetry, the film depicts what is at the heart of Hull -- its diverse range of people -- and highlights the city's individuality.Matt of Nova Studios said "The brief was to produce a four minute film that uniquely encapsulates the rich and diverse culture of the city - a film that would make the city proud; one which could win Hull's City of Culture bid. This was a big job and we assembled a big team to produce it: production manager Simon Wilson, associate director Rupert Creed, audio recordist John Rowley, music producer Steve Cobby. A four minute epic featuring a cast of hundreds including the brilliant Sir Tom Courtenay. We had an amazing time and fell in love all over again with our fantastic city and the fantastic people who live in it."
The TV writer Phil Redmond, chair of the independent expert advisory panel, said: "It was the unanimous verdict of the panel that Hull put forward the most compelling case based on its theme as 'a city coming out of the shadows'."
Steve commented "To be able to say I was a small cog in the machine that actually secured the prize for Hull is an honour I will carry to the grave."
Steve Cobby / Newland Vets
Two Thousand and Thirteen
2013 has been a busy year for Steve with more to come. In April The Solid Doctor and Heights of Abraham completed their moves from Twentythree Records to Steel Tiger, this was followed in June by the release of 'Everything Is Touching Everything Else' the 3rd album from The Cutler. August saw the beginning of a new stream of music from Chieftain - with the release of 'Out Of My Life' a classic "downtempo nu disco funker". More is on the way. September saw the release of a remix album for 'Everything Is Touching Everything Else' which was perfectly named 'Everyone Is Remixing Everything Else', you can read more about this album on The Cutler's page.
The Best Things in Life Aren't Things - Steve Cobby interview with Fari on Resonance FM (104.4 Fm), broacast 15 Sept 2012.
2012 saw the first releases from Chieftain and Hey, Rube!. Chieftain is an ongoing collaboration between Steve and DJ Adam Regan, their first release was the the much lauded 4-track EP 'The War Bonnet' which arrived in July 2012.
Hey, Rube! is Steve's sonic collaboration with Stephen Mallinder. Cobby previously worked with 'Mal' (as The Light Programme) on 'The Crackdown Project' a Billy Ray Martin homage to Cabaret Voltaire in 2010, and before that in 2000, with David McSherry, on the 'Barney Mullhouse' project. You can read more about Hey, Rube!s debut album 'Can You Hear Me Mutha!' by visiting the Hey, Rube! profile page.
2012 also saw in September the release of the second album by The Cutler 'The Best Things In Life Aren't Things', this album came in CD and 'Digital-Download' formats. Dom Servini said "...The album, cunningly entitled "The Best Things In Life Aren't Things" is a lush collection of cuts that range from proper songs with vocalists Russell Morgan and Andrew Taylor, to instrumental excursions. With one foot in the 90s perhaps, but the other well and truly in the present this album harks back to our previous golden age of electronic music, whilst offering the current crop something to think about!" Read more about The Cutler.
1990 - 2006
In 1990 Steve Cobby formed Fila Brazillia with David McSherry. Fila Brazillia produced 12 albums and 24 singles/EPs over a 16 year period, as well as remixing over 70 tracks for other artists including Black Uhuru, Radiohead, and The Orb. In 1999 Cobby, McSherry and Sim Lister (of Heights of Abraham) formed Twentythree records, and Fila's music spread outwards from the record deck with credits on the soundtracks of 6 films, one video game, and 4 television shows including Sex In The City, and Jam.
In 2006 and after releasing a final 'Retrospective' Fila Brazillia split - though they have sporadically released EPs since then. 2006 was also the year Cobby formed 'Steel Tiger' with Sim Lister.
The J*S*T*A*R*S track 'Loose Nuke Threat' was chosen by Fiat in 2012 to advertise their new Panda, having previously been used by the John Lewis Partnership for it's 2004 and 2005 spring advertising campaigns (TV and cinema). You can download Loose Nuke Threat from Bandcamp for 50p.
"My formative years were spent with my brother's record collection. I was still at school, but he'd left, and was working, and could afford to bring music into the house. Actually, I should say, before that: Elvis. I was an Elvis fan as a kid, and my first single was suspicious minds. Which I bought from Trevor Bolder's dad's record shop in Gypsyville. Trevor was the bassist with David Bowie and played on 'Life On Mars' [ which coincidentally was the second single I bought]. Mick Ronson, another Spider From Mars used to visit Jeff Appleby, our next door neighbour when I was little and who was in a band with Mick pre Bowie, so there was a lot of glam rock around when I was a kid... So my brother Dave was bringing Led Zeppelin, Yes, Genesis and Floyd into the house in my early teens.
When I started buying my own tunes in '80, '81, it was things like Comsat Angels, New Order, Fad Gadget - Magazine was a massive, massive influence on me - intelligent rock, for want of a better term. Then I discovered hip hop and house about '84, '85, and started buying Chicago Trax albums. I was knocking about with Porky (Pork Records owner, Dave Brennand), and he was listening to a lot of hip hop and reggae, and I immersed myself in it. Hull was a very caucasian town then and I had little or no access to black music. But when I met Porky who's from the Midlands - his record collection was another world, and that opened my ears in a big way in my early twenties. We began to DJ together at the old sugar shack at the Welly in Hull. Great days. I've always had a love of anything away from the mainstream. From Bill Nelson to Phillip Glass; Cabaret Voltaire to Studio One. All massive influences on my outlook and people using the studio as an instrument was a real inspiration." - Steve Cobby
Steve Cobby Interviews
Steve Cobby Sabotage Times article (2013).
Steve Cobby TBTILAT production-side interview with the whatpeoplesay blog project (2012).
Steve Cobby Slackline Radio interview (2008).
Steve Cobby FXpansion interview (2008).