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Steve Mackey

Instruments  Bass guitar, guitar

Years active  mid-1980s–present
Name  Steve Mackey
Steve Mackey
Born  10 November 1966 (age 49) Sheffield, England (1966-11-10)
Genres  Alternative rock Indie rock Britpop
Occupation(s)  Musician, Singer-songwriter, keyboardist, bassist
Associated acts  Pulp Cavemen Trolley Dog Shag

Birth name  Stephen Patrick Mackey

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Steve Mackey (born 10 November 1966) is an English musician and record producer best known for playing bass guitar in the band Pulp. He is also known as a producer songwriter and remixers with artists such as M.I.A., Florence + the Machine and Arcade Fire.

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Early life

Mackey was born in Sheffield, South Yorkshire. In his early years he attended Hucklow First and Middle Schools with friend Richard Hawley. They would later play together as members of Pulp. He schooled at Hinde House Comprehensive in Sheffield before undertaking further studies at Richmond College of Further Education. Before joining Pulp, he played bass for another Sheffield band called Trolley Dog Shag, who were featured alongside Pulp on a Dolebusters compilation album in 1987. He moved to London in 1988 to pursue an interest in film-making and graduated from London's Royal College of Art, in 1992, MA Film.


Joining Pulp in 1989, he played on Separations, released on Fire Records. He continued to write, record and tour with the band as they found success in the 1990s. Subsequent albums recorded included Intro – The Gift Recordings, His 'n' Hers, Different Class, This Is Hardcore and We Love Life. After an 8-year hiatus Mackey returned to activity with Pulp in 2010 and their subsequent world tours in 2011 and 2012 and the release of their single "After You", working with producer James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem.

Further Music career

Forming a songwriting/production partnership with Ross Orton (known as Cavemen), he met Maya Arulpragasam (M.I.A.) and co-wrote and produced "Galang" and "Sunshowers" which led to MIA securing a deal with Interscope Records and releasing "Arular". They worked together again on "Bird Flu" from her subsequent album Kala. Mackey and Orton continued to produce and remix for artists including Kelis, Cornershop, The Kills and The Horrors. Mackey also produced and co-wrote songs for Florence and the Machine's debut album "Lungs", including "Kiss With a Fist", "Girl With One Eye" and " Swimming" and also The Long Blondes debut album Someone to Drive you Home. During this period he continued to record and tour with Jarvis Cocker, in 2006 for his debut solo album for Rough Trade Records (Jarvis) and again in 2008 recording the album Further Complications at Electrical Studios, Chicago with Steve Albini.

In 2011 Mackey produced Summer Camp's "Welcome to Condale" album and in 2012 he again worked as producer for Palma Violets debut album on Rough Trade Records, "180", released in February 2013. Also in 2012 he was produced "Railroad Track" by Willy Moon released on Jack White's Third Man Records.

In 2014 he recorded and mixed for Dean Blunts "Black Metal" album and in 2015 began working with Yak, recording their single "No" released on Third Man. He mixed Danny Goffey of Supergrass "Take Your Jacket Off and Get into It " LP. Yaks "Alas Salvation " LP was recorded with him during the rest of 2015 and released in early 2016

In 2017 he was awarded a Ivor Novello Award along with the other members of Pulp for Outstanding Song Collection presented by Peter Saville, graphic designer of record sleeves for Joy Division, New Order and Pulp

Mackey has also worked with John Gosling (formerly of Psychic TV) as a music director and sound designer creating mixes and original compositions for films, museums and other commercial projects including the Museum of Modern Art New York, the Louvre Paris, and the Minsheng Art Museum Shanghai

Other projects

In 2005 Mackey played a cameo role as one of The Weird Sisters, rock band in the film of Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire. The fictitious group also featured Jonny Greenwood and Phil Selway of Radiohead and Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker.

In 2006, Mackey and Cocker curated an acclaimed 2 CD Compilation called The Trip featuring music from various eras including Moondog, Carl Orff, The Birthday Party, The Fall and the theme to Radio 4's Shipping Forecast.

From 2003 to 2008 Mackey co-curated the music program of London's annual Frieze International Art Fair which included performances from Karlheinz Stockhausen, Sunn O))), Glenn Branca, and Rodney Graham.

In 2012 he played with drummer Seb Rochford as rhythm section for tracks on Serafina Steers "The Moths are Real" LP.

In 2016 he began the Call This Number guerilla tv project with Jeannette Lee formerly of P.I.L and Douglas Hart of Jesus and Mary Chain making erratic film broadcasts from a North London garage. Artists he recorded for this included Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Dennis Bovell, Sleaford Mods, Primal Scream, Gruff Rhys

Personal life

In 2009, Mackey married his longtime girlfriend, stylist and fashion journalist, Katie Grand. He lives in North London with his wife, and son, Marley (born 1996).

Studio albums

  • Separations (1991)
  • His 'n' Hers (1994) (#9 UK, Gold)
  • Different Class (1995) (#1 UK, 4x Platinum)
  • This Is Hardcore (1998) (#1 UK, No. 114 US, Gold)
  • We Love Life (2001) (#6 UK, Silver)
  • Compilations

  • Intro – The Gift Recordings – non-album singles compilation (1993)
  • Countdown 1992-1983 – compilation of tracks from the Fire/Red Rhino era (1996) No. 10 UK
  • Pulp Goes to the Disco (1998)
  • Freshly Squeezed... the Early Years – North-American release (1998)
  • Primal: The Best of the Fire Years 1983-1992 (1998)
  • Pulped 1983-1992 – four-CD box set, featuring the first three albums, plus Masters of the Universe (2000)
  • Hits – official greatest hits compilation (2002) No. 71 UK
  • The Peel Sessions (2006) – compilation of all the Peel sessions from Pulp
  • Singles

    Steve Mackey has also made appearances on the following albums as a musician:

  • Various ArtistsSee You Later Agitator (compilation, 1987)
  • Trolley Dog Shag, : "(This is) The Business Boys" z1987
  • Marianne FaithfullKissin' Time (2002)
  • Track: "Sliding through Life on Charm"
  • Various ArtistsThe Last Great Wilderness Soundtrack (2003)
  • With band The Nu Forest, track: "I Picked a Flower" (also released as a single)
  • Various ArtistsHarry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Soundtrack (2005)
  • With band The Weird Sisters, tracks: "Do the Hippogriff", "This is the Night", "Magic Works"
  • Various ArtistsPirate Ballads, Sea Songs and Chanteys (compilation, 2006)
  • With artist Jarvis Cocker, track: "A Drop of Nelson's Blood"
  • Jarvis CockerJarvis (2006)
  • Jarvis Cocker'Further Complications (2009)
  • Serafina Steer'The Moths are Real (2013)
  • As a songwriter/producer

    Steve Mackey has appeared on the following albums as a Producer:

  • Marianne FaithfullKissin' Time (2002)
  • Track: – "Sliding Through Life on Charm" (with Jarvis Cocker)
  • M.I.A.Arular (2005)
  • Tracks: "Sunshowers" and "Galang" (both with Ross Orton and Maya Arulpragasam)
  • M.I.A.Kala (2007)
  • Tracks: "Bird Flu" (with Ross Orton )
  • Bromheads Jacket""- Dits from the Commuter Belt (2006)
  • With Ross Orton
  • Ultra Brain – Neo Punk (2006)
  • With Ross Orton
  • The Long Blondes" – Someone to Drive You Home (2006)
  • Florence and the Machine – "Kiss With a Fist"
  • Summer Camp – "Welcome to Condale" (2011)
  • Palma Violets – "180" (2013)
  • Willy Moon – "Railroad Track/ Here's Willy Moon" (2013)
  • Arcade Fire - "Everything Now" (2017)
  • As a remixer

    Steve Mackey is also known for his remixes, and he has remixed the following tracks (among others):

  • LooperUp a Tree Again (The Chocolate Layers' St John's Ambulance mix)
  • Appears on: LooperWho's Afraid of Y2K? / Up a Tree Again single (1999)
  • Black Box RecorderThe Facts of Life (The Chocolate Layers' Remix)
  • Appears on: Black Box RecorderThe Art Of Driving single (2000) and The Worst of Black Box Recorder (compilation, 2001)
  • Death in VegasDirge (Cossack apocalypse mix by the Chocolate Layers)
  • Appears on: Death in VegasDirge promo single (2000)
  • The White SportComplete Control (King Precare Mix by Two Desperate People) (Jarvis Cocker)
  • Appears on: The White SportComplete Control single (2002)
  • CornershopTopknot (Cavemen Remix)
  • Appears on: CornershopTopknot single (2004)
  • M.I.A.Galang (Cavemen Remix)
  • Appears on: M.I.A.Galang single (2004)
  • M.I.A.Bird Flu (Cavemen Remix)
  • Appears on: M.I.A.Kala album (bonus track) (2007)
  • BudnubacIndestructible (Cavemen's 'Insecure' Mix)
  • Appears on: BudnubacIndestructible single (2004)
  • Dark GlobeBreak My World (Break My Bones Mix – Steve Mackey and The Fat Truckers)
  • Appears on: Dark GlobeBreak My World single (2004)
  • The KillsLove is a Deserter (Cavemen Remix)
  • Appears on: The KillsLove Is A Deserter single (2005)
  • Death from Above 1979Romantic Rights (Cavemen's Death From The Inside Remix)
  • Appears on: Death from Above 1979You're a Woman, I'm A Machine album (2005)
  • The Perceptionists' Party Hard (Cavemen Remix)
  • Appears on: The PerceptionistsParty Hard promo single (2005)
  • Archie Bronson OutfitDead Funny (Cavemen Remix)
  • Appears on: Archie Bronson OutfitDead Funny single (2006)
  • KelisBossy (Cavemen Remix)
  • Appears on: KelisBossy single (2006)
  • ""The Horrors"" – "She is The New Thing"
  • Notes:

  • The Chocolate Layers remixes are by Steve Mackey and Jarvis Cocker
  • The Cavemen remixes are by Steve Mackey and Ross Orton
  • References

    Steve Mackey Wikipedia

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