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Artist-DJ-Producer, Minimal, Deep House, Techno, Experimental, Berlin.
Steve Freedom was born in Cape Town, South Africa and trained in classical and jazz music with violin, guitars, keys, and percussion from the age of seven. Today he lives in Berlin, Germany, where he produces Acoustic/Electronic music in multiple Genres. Steve is also a Performing Electronic Music Improviser and Singer and plays two (2) Native Instruments Maschine's, synced via Ableton Live to spontaneously create House Music, Minimal-techno, Detroit-techno, Deep-House, Nu-disco, Progressive experimental sets and funky soulful dance music.
At six years old (in 1972) Steve's mom surprised him by taking him to see the Cape Town Symphony Orchestra! He was so excited when he met Pierre Amoyal, the famous violinist, backstage, that he demanded from his mom to learn the violin. That night was the beginning of his life-long love of music and within weeks he received a good quality violin from an aunt in the UK and began his sixteen (16) year-long training in classical and jazz music. At thirteen (13) years old he won a local Lego competition and received his first ever vinyl record, by Michael Jackson, called 'Off The Wall'. Throughout his teens Steve was influenced by Kwela and Reggae, as well as Blue-Note Jazz, The Classicists, Soul, Funk, Disco and Rock and he played in cover bands with tunes like "Who Can It Be Now", by the Police, "Night Fever", the Bee Gees, and "Ladies Night" by Cool and the Gang. He also played in school and local classical orchestras as well as jazz bands.
Throughout school life Steve studied violin, piano and electronic keys, rhythm and lead guitars, bass guitar and drums, djembe and bongos, continuing on with Jazz Harmony and Arrangement and African Rhythm under tutelage by Michael Campbell at the University of Cape Town, while simultaneously studying with world renowned Vibraphone virtuoso Merton Barrow, at the Jazz Workshop, at Die Waterkant.
Steve has collaborated with Australian Artists like Faith Anderson, Ghislaine Saucedo, Trent Chapman, Oshry Masty and DJ Richie. Then from July 2010 he began performing live in Berlin and Paris alongside Dj's like Jake The Rapper (Bar 25) and Hippie Stress (Bachstelzen) and performed at venues like Bar 25, Renata and ZMF. He also collaborates with top Berlin Artist's like Rafael Gimelstein, Ricardo Ferreira, Andrey Wakko, Mama-Simone, Yannick Robins, Sander Markey and Marcela Donato.
Lately Steve performed in Goa, Mamalapuram and New Delhi, India, where he played Djembe as a guest with Tiago Oudman (The Bastards, Portugal), Andre Gardeja (Freizeitglauben, Berlin) and Hippie Stress (Bachstelzen, Berlin), at TLR 'The Living Room". Steve runs workshops on NI Maschine and Ableton Live and does session-work in Berlin today.
Steve Freedom is one of the founding members of "Playground Int.", that was established in 2010, an International Artist Collective located in Berlin, Germany. It is dedicated to Collaboration, Creation and Presentation of all forms of art, using a variety of media. The Group creates extravagant experiences in mutant spaces and addresses themes like installation, recycling, DJ-Culture and Synthesthesia, as well as providing visibility for emerging International Artists.