White was given a small drum as a child by his uncle and upon joining his local Boys Brigade he began to learn his craft. As with White's band mate Paul Weller, he was given full support from his parents who went out of their way to help their son develop. White spent his youth having lessons from the late George Scott of Wanstead and learning from recordings of Buddy Rich and Louis Bellson. White later took lessons with drumming teacher Bob Armstrong at Bob's Masterclass studio, then in Hornchurch, Essex. White complemented his work gigging with local bands with part-time work, spending any spare cash on updating his collection of jazz records.
In 1983, White auditioned for an unnamed band which turned out to be Paul Weller's new group, The Style Council. Weller was impressed with the 17-year-old drummer's jazz background and asked White to come back the following day. White stayed with the band for some years but was never actually invited to join, even though he appeared in most of their videos and on all but a few recordings. He became the youngest drummer on stage at Live Aid at Wembley in 1985 (and also played the Live 8 gig at Hyde Park with The Who).
White left The Style Council in 1989 to pursue other projects and went on to play with many well known acts, such as Ian Dury, The James Taylor Quartet, The Redskins and the Jazz Renegades. When The Style Council reformed for a one off gig for Japanese TV in 1990, Paul Weller invited White to his studio to hear a few demo tracks. White was soon back full-time behind the kit for Weller's solo projects. His brother Alan White is also a drummer who played for Oasis for nine years (1995–2004).
Steve White also became a member of the group The Players with ex-Style Council keyboardist Mick Talbot and ex-Ocean Colour Scene bassist Damon Minchella.
In 2005, he took over drumming duties for The Who at Live 8, after their regular drummer Zak Starkey, Ringo Starr's son, joined Oasis on their tours and recording sessions.
White took a break from recording with Paul Weller. He is now in Trio Valore with Damon Minchella and Seamus Beaghan. He has played with Jon Lord and also featured on the last La Roux album.
Alongside Damon Minchella and Matt Deighton, White plays in The Family Silver, which released their debut album on Privilege records in 2015.
White plays Yamaha drums, Zildjian cymbals, Vic Firth sticks, Remo drum heads, and endorses Porter and Davis monitoring products.
White manages artist Sam Gray and teaches for both Trinity Laban Conservatoire in Greenwich and Goldsmiths in New Cross.
White married former Coronation Street actress Sally Lindsay in 2013. The couple have two young twin boys - Vic and Louie.Paul Weller (1992) – No. 8 UK
Wild Wood (1993) – No. 2 UK
Live Wood (1994) – No. 13 UK
Stanley Road (1995) – No. 1 UK
Heavy Soul (1997) – No. 2 UK
Modern Classics - The Greatest Hits (1998) – No. 7 UK
Heliocentric (2000) – No. 2 UK
Days of Speed (2001) – No. 3 UK
Illumination (2002) – No. 1 UK
Fly on the Wall: B Sides & Rarities (2003) – No. 22 UK
Studio 150 (2004) – No. 2 UK
Stanley Road (10th Anniversary Edition) (2005) – No. 51 UK
As is Now (2005) – No. 4 UK
Café Bleu (1984) – UK No. 2
Our Favourite Shop (1985) – UK No. 1 (Internationalists in US)
Home and Abroad (1986)
Cost of Loving (1987) – UK No. 2
Confessions of a Pop Group (1988) – UK No. 14
Modernism: A New Decade (1989)
Clear the Decks (2003)
From the Six Corners] (2005)
Return of the Iron Monkey (2008)
Liars and cheater EPOn The Beaten Track
Electric Blend (2015)