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Steven Drozd

Steven Drozd
Steven Drozd at ACM@UCO Performance Lab taken by Josh Welch, Apr 2013
Background information
Birth name Steven Gregory Drozd
Born (1969-06-11) June 11, 1969
Origin Houston, Texas, U.S.
Genres Alternative rock
Occupation(s) Musician, actor
Instruments Guitar, drums, bass, keyboard, vocals
Years active 1983–present
Labels Warner Bros.
Associated acts The Flaming Lips, Steve Burns, Foxygen
Website Official Flaming Lips site
Notable instruments
Fender Jazzmaster, Epiphone G-1275

Steven Gregory Drozd (born June 11, 1969, Houston, Texas) is an American musician. He is a composer, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter for the Flaming Lips.

Contents

  • Early life 1
  • The Flaming Lips 2
  • Other ventures 3
  • Film productions 4
  • External links 5
  • References 6

Early life

The son of musician Vernon Drozd, he grew up in Richmond and Rosenberg, Texas with three brothers and a sister. From the age of ten, he played drums with his father's polka band and later played piano in various country honky tonk groups. He joined The Flaming Lips in 1991.[1]

The Flaming Lips

He joined The Flaming Lips in 1991 as a drummer. While his style is deeply influenced by the big drum sounds of the 1970s, his time spent with his father's polka band helped him develop a sense of delicacy and syncopation, allowing for transitions through an articulate and dynamic touch. His thick grooves, with episodes of odd-time funk, are interspersed with straight ahead rock, mixing and jumping between various genres.

Other ventures

He has appeared on a number of recordings of other artists including Elliott Smith's From a Basement on the Hill, Jay Farrar's Sebastopol and ThirdShiftGrottoSlack and Steve Burns' Songs for Dustmites. He worked again with Burns on a children's psychedelic music project called STEVENSTEVEN. Drozd is featured on online release of Cake's B-sides and Rarities (2007). He is the songwriting/musician half of YOU IN ME, a Neil Diamond inspired duo, with Alan Novey. Drozd writes the songs and Novey sings them as a tribute to Diamond. They have released a 7" inch double A-side with the songs "Hot Coffee" and "The Drifter" on the Flights of Fancy label.

In 2013 Drozd created and directed a volunteer group of music students at ACMUCO called The Mutating Cell Ensemble, whose goal is to experiment with polyrhythm and repetition. They have performed once. The artist Imagene Peise and Christmas LP "Atlas Eets Christmas" is a collection of elevator music-style covers and originals, culled from the home recordings of Drozd with the imagery and myth being from the imagination of Wayne Coyne. Drozd and Coyne now have a second group together called Electric Würms- influenced by prog rock, krautrock and punk rock- their goal is to explore the outer reaches of traditional "rock" music as well performing Flaming Lips deeper cuts. Nashville-based Linear Downfall completes the ensemble. Drozd composed and performed on the song "Mattress Warehouse" by Foxygen, off their new album ...And Star Power, released October 14, 2014.

Film productions

In the Flaming Lips' film Christmas on Mars (2008), he plays Major Syrtis, the main character of the film. Drozd has appeared on Noggin's Jack's Big Music Show, with Jon Stewart and Steve Burns.

External links

  • Official Twitter page
  • Drozd fansite
  • Drozd's Maritime Mixtape

References

  1. ^ Steven Drozd discography at MusicBrainz
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