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Alan Steward is credited as being one of the pioneers of electronic dance music. Like the Prodigy and Pendulum, Alan combines real live music with electronica. Alan’s unique musical style, ‘electronic world fusion’ combines exotic instruments and voices from exotic places around the world with jazz, rock, funk, and electronica.Read More...
Alan's live performances are a unique experience as Alan takes the audience deep inside the "Temple of Boom" with an 'oriental temple' stage design, custom lasers and lights.
As a producer and engineer, he worked with Grammy winning artists like the Baha Men (Who let the Dogs out), Dennis Edwards (Don't look any further) and Eddie Kendricks (Keep on Trucking) both original members of the Temptations. Their single "Get it while its hot" (co-written by Jermaine Jackson) became a club hit and went on to spawn four remixes.
Alan's musical career now spans two decades and he owns a recording studio, a record label, a internet sales company and a tour support company. He also authored several books and wrote countless songs that have been featured on TV shows and in movies on HBO, Sky TV and many other television networks around the world. His unique brand of music continues to sell well all over the planet without the help (or influence) of a major label.
He is credited by many as one of the originators of electronic dance music, touring with an elaborate setup of 13 or more keyboards, synthesizers and rhythm boxes (at a time when the drum machine wasn’t even invented yet). Unlike the other pioneers of electronica like Kraftwerk and Tangerine Dream, Alan’s music was always very “danceable”, full of R&B and Soul influences and indeed the forerunner of what is now termed ‘House Music’.
He is currently residing in Belgium and Alan’s musical style today is a unique musical mixture that he calls ‘electronic world fusion’. It combines instruments and exotic voices from around the planet with jazz, rock and funk grooves and electronica. His music is getting regular airplay on Belgian radio and he is currently ranked as the #5 Electronica/Dance Artist in Belgium according to Reverbnation.
As a producer, Alan recorded hits for David Black (Capitol/EMI Records) who went on a World Tour opening for MC Hammer and also appeared on his album ‘Too legit to Quit’, Isaac Adams (former vocalist for both the Bar Kays and Cameo). He was also asked to do a remix of the Dazz Band #1 Billboard chart hit “Disco Jazz”. His engineering credits include multi-platinum artists like: Jermaine Jackson, Melba Moore, Inner Circle, the Temptations, Evelyn ‘Champagne’ King and Melissa Manchester.
In the past years, Alan focused his career on producing music for films and television. His music and sound design has been heard on just about every TV channel on the planet as well as quite a few motion pictures and video games like the award winning “Bad Mutha Truckers 2” from Empire Interactive. Over 200 of his musical compositions have been featured in films, TV shows and video games. But Alan quickly came to realize that people enjoyed his soundtracks so much that his songs started to get ‘bootlegged’, copied and shared on the internet. He started getting a ‘fan base’ even though he had not released an actual album or single in ten years.
That prompted Alan to once again ‘step into the limelight’. In 2007, he formed his own record label, Slim Chance Recordings and he released his third album ‘Slim Chance and the Groove Enigma’. With the advent of iTunes and digital online distribution, Alan found that the timing was right for this venture. The single “Give it Up” from the “Slim Chance and the Groove Enigma” album was well received in the danceclubs and received world-wide airplay from Germany to the US.
With the advent of his fifth album, Alan decided to start touring and performing again, beginning with a short European tour in 2009 that brought his unique style of music to the UK, the Netherlands and Belgium. In 2010, his "Licensed to Chill" tour includes venues and Festivals all over Europe and he is already confirmed to headline festivals like Fiesta City in Verviers and the World Music Festival in Gent, Belgium.
Alan Steward’s Discography:
Just Listen - Live Album - 1979
G-Gorce - Sunshine Records - 1981
Slim Chance & the Groove Enigma
(Album) - Slim Chance Recordings - 2007
Give it Up (Single) - Slim Chance Recordings- 2007
The Jazz Masters (Album) - Slim Chance Recordings- 2008
Pop Icon (Album) - Slim Chance Recordings - 2008
Underdog (Single) - Slim Chance Recordings - 2008
Licensed to Chill (Album) - Slim Chance Recordings - 2009
Sax on the Beach (Single) - Slim Chance Recordings - 2009
Buddha Bar Fly (Single) - Slim Chance Recordings - 2009
The Temple of Boom (Album) - Slim Chance Recordings - expected in Oct. 2010
Top SongsTotal plays on Last.fm over the last 6 months
- Global Warning - 4,625 plays
- Buddha Bar Fly (Chill House Mix) - 2,497 plays
- Enigma Wrapped in A Riddle - 2,773 plays
- Sax on the Beach - 1,841 plays
- Rising from the East - 1,799 plays
- A Sweet Dream - 1,774 plays
- Transglobal Express - 1,234 plays
- Underdog - 755 plays
- King of the Chill - 1,294 plays
- Bad Boy Style (feat. Tricia Hamilton) - 737 plays