I’ve had the pleasure of working with Mark Steven in a range of pop covers bands. As is common to smaller ensembles covering diverse material, the keyboard plays a vital role in replicating material from the original recordings. In my opinion, Mark is the foremost keyboardist in New Zealand in this sense – his attention to detail in part learning, playback, and the ‘sonic capture’ of patches is second to none. He always manages to encapsulate what is precious in the music, by feel and articulation, dynamic, and mostly because he really, deeply cares about music.
Mark is a top-notch musician and that extends also to his attitude and professional nature and delivery of ‘the goods’ – whether it’s programming sounds and parts for playback, live performance, producing (audio tracking & mixing/video production) – Mark is absolutely the man!