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Steve White

Musician — London

Name, where are you from?
Steve White. I’m from SE London, I was born in Bermondsey. 

Describe your style in three words?
Technique serving music.

What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to?
I’ve been to so many but Kate Bush at Hammersmith was pretty incredible.

If you could be on the line up with any two bands in history?
How about the dates in the '60s when the Buddy Rich Band were on the same bill as The Who!

Which Subcultures have influenced you?
As a lifelong Charlton fan, I was introduced to the casual scene when the Northern clubs came down. The labels and football were more interlinked with music in my experience, as a sub-genre that was known as soul boys.

If you could spend an hour with anyone from history?
Henry the 8th. He was born in South London, I teach on the site of the palace he was born in, I lived really near Eltham palace, I’m not a monarchist, but the Tudor era was amazing.

Of all the venues you’ve played, which is your favourite?
I really love Newcastle City Hall, I love Manchester Apollo – those kind of gigs, and of course the Barrowlands in Glasgow. Radio City New York isn’t bad either.

Your greatest hero or heroine in music?
Don’t really have heroes, I admire mavericks and intelligence, Bruce Lee, Muhammad Ali, Caravaggio, Miles Davis, Augustus Pugin, Frank Sinatra, Kate Bush.


Steve White is perhaps best known as the drummer in The Style Council, and also went on to drum with a list of artists that includes Paul Weller, The Who and Ian Dury to name just a few.

Steve is currently the drummer of Hague & White, a modern soulful trio also featuring fellow soul boys Chris Hague and Joel White. Hague & White's latest LP, 'The Eleventh Hour' will be released on 11th January (2018).

Find out more about Hague and White here.

The first track you played on repeat?
Would probably be 'Gentle On My Mind' by Glenn Campbell, love Dean Martin’s version too.

A song that defines the teenage you?
I’d have to say, 'Long Hot Summer', I played on it age 18 and boy did things change.

One record you would keep forever?
'Everyday' by Slade, my wedding song, my wife sings it to my boys still.

A song lyric that has inspired you?
'Woman' by John Lennon, simple heartfelt and brilliant.

A song you wished you had written?
'Space Oddity' by David Bowie, my boys know every word.

Best song to turn up loud?
'Don’t Look Back In Anger' by Oasis with my brother Alan on drums.

A song people wouldn’t expect you to like?
'Straight Outta Compton' by NWA to name one.

The song to get you straight on the dance floor?
'Jump Around' - House Of Pain.

Best song to end an all-nighter?
'Can You Feel It' - The Jacksons

Any new bands you are into at the moment?
Alfa Mist, Thee Deadtime Philharmonic, Monks Road Social, Sons of Kemet and Vulfpeck.

Name, where are you from?
Steve White. I’m from SE London, I was born in Bermondsey. 

Describe your style in three words?
Technique serving music.

What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to?
I’ve been to so many but Kate Bush at Hammersmith was pretty incredible.

If you could be on the line up with any two bands in history?
How about the dates in the '60s when the Buddy Rich Band were on the same bill as The Who!

Which Subcultures have influenced you?
As a lifelong Charlton fan, I was introduced to the casual scene when the Northern clubs came down. The labels and football were more interlinked with music in my experience, as a sub-genre that was known as soul boys.

If you could spend an hour with anyone from history?
Henry the 8th. He was born in South London, I teach on the site of the palace he was born in, I lived really near Eltham palace, I’m not a monarchist, but the Tudor era was amazing.

Of all the venues you’ve played, which is your favourite?
I really love Newcastle City Hall, I love Manchester Apollo – those kind of gigs, and of course the Barrowlands in Glasgow. Radio City New York isn’t bad either.

Your greatest hero or heroine in music?
Don’t really have heroes, I admire mavericks and intelligence, Bruce Lee, Muhammad Ali, Caravaggio, Miles Davis, Augustus Pugin, Frank Sinatra, Kate Bush.


Steve White is perhaps best known as the drummer in The Style Council, and also went on to drum with a list of artists that includes Paul Weller, The Who and Ian Dury to name just a few.

Steve is currently the drummer of Hague & White, a modern soulful trio also featuring fellow soul boys Chris Hague and Joel White. Hague & White's latest LP, 'The Eleventh Hour' will be released on 11th January (2018).

Find out more about Hague and White here.

The first track you played on repeat?
Would probably be 'Gentle On My Mind' by Glenn Campbell, love Dean Martin’s version too.

A song that defines the teenage you?
I’d have to say, 'Long Hot Summer', I played on it age 18 and boy did things change.

One record you would keep forever?
'Everyday' by Slade, my wedding song, my wife sings it to my boys still.

A song lyric that has inspired you?
'Woman' by John Lennon, simple heartfelt and brilliant.

A song you wished you had written?
'Space Oddity' by David Bowie, my boys know every word.

Best song to turn up loud?
'Don’t Look Back In Anger' by Oasis with my brother Alan on drums.

A song people wouldn’t expect you to like?
'Straight Outta Compton' by NWA to name one.

The song to get you straight on the dance floor?
'Jump Around' - House Of Pain.

Best song to end an all-nighter?
'Can You Feel It' - The Jacksons

Any new bands you are into at the moment?
Alfa Mist, Thee Deadtime Philharmonic, Monks Road Social, Sons of Kemet and Vulfpeck.

Hague & White - 'Just Be True'

Hague & White - 'Distant Relative'

The Style Council - 'Long Hot Summer'

The Style Council - 'Walls Come Tumbling Down!'