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Steve Brown (record producer)

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Steve Brown (born 16 January 1955, Edgware, north London, England) started his career in the music industry with Elton John, joining the band as drummer Nigel Olsen's personal road manager. Steve, on occasions, met Gus Dudgeon Eltonís producer and was given the opportunity to sit in on mixing sessions at Trident studios London. This lead to Steve applying for a studio job at Phonogram (now Universal) and on the 25th September 1972 started work, alongside ex-schoolfriend Steve Lillywhite at Phonogram's Marble Arch studios. Steve was quickly promoted to Recording Engineer and worked with artists such as Roy Wood's Wizzard, Thin Lizzy, Status Quo, Dire Straits and many more . . (please see []).

Phonogram A&R managers Nigel Grainge, Chris Briggs and Alan Cowderoy fed Steve with minor productions until he hit with ABC's "Tears are not Enough". This lead to recognition from artist George Michael and Steve went on to produce George Michael's debut Wham! Album an international best seller.

Inundated with demands to produce pop music for all the other major labels Brown took a back seat not understanding why he should produce the competition to his already spectacular 80s pop act. Brown set off to seek a hit rock act.

Having engineered some of Britainís finest heavy guitar acts Brown found it very difficult to get back into the world of rock as a producer of the hottest pop act in the world. He approaches many of his old contacts but none of them would trust him with their production. One afternoon while hanging out in the offices of agent John Giddings Brown happened upon a demo of a band called The Southern Death Cult. He slipped the tape surreptitiously into his pocket and made for the studio. TBC

Havana Masters Ltd releases Musica Floridita Volume 1 Print
Monday, 09 August 2004

23 March 2004 - Press Release

uk music producer imagesOn the 25th February 2004, at the Floridita Churchill Dinner in Havana, Cuba Havana Masters Ltd launched Volume 1 with an exciting live performance from Musica Floridita artists to a group of over 800 guests.

At the event a joint venture was announced between Havana Holdings Ltd, owner of Havana Masters and the Conran Group to bring Floridita to a prime central London site this autumn. The Floridita London bar/restaurant will be the Cuban/Latin music venue and be a centre for live Cuban music featuring an extensive range of different artists.

"We are in the business of cultural transfer, this is centred around the classic Floridita bar/restaurant, combining cocktails, cigars and Cuban food and giving these elements a contemporary twist," ... the music is the foundation of the Floridita London and indeed, Cuban Culture, says Andrew Macdonald, CEO Havana Holdings.