The journey of British guitarist Steve Dodds has been an exciting story of walking two paths between a “gun for hire” session player and creative collaborator in a variety of bands; renowned by those who witnessed him at work in either situations. Reaching a crossroads in his career, all signposts were pointing towards working under his own name as a solo instrumentalist and commencing a new venture without the apparent shackles and obstacles that kept him in relative shadows for so long!
Steve's story began not with the usual inspiration of famous guitar players and bands but instead by being told he was not to touch or play his Sisters guitar… That was all the motivation he needed; sneaking into his Sisters room with a sense of anticipation and danger would be the beginning of his adventure into guitar and music. Not having any particular pre conceived ideas of how the guitar was to be played he first turned the guitar upside down and used it as a drum! This experience would have a long lasting influence on his playing approach and become a large part of his original solo music.
Growing up in Kent, South East England, he cut his teeth playing in all manner of local Rock bands before gravitating to playing in trendy London based bands where he started to get asked to do sessions.
This led to him working on an international level for top producers and artists such as David Kershenbaum (Tracy Chapman/Bryan Adams/Duran Duran) - Jill Jones (Prince, Chic) - Alan Moulder (Foo Fighters/ Foals) - Martin Page (Go West/Heart) and Beverly Craven to name but a few.
There was also a complimentary live aspect. His tours included working with Sarah McLachlan's renowned “Lilith tour” for two consecutive years.
As a songwriter his collaboration with Singer /songwriter Karen Eden (Chris Rea/William Orbit/Michael McDonald/Eden A.K.A) led to record deals with both industry legend Daniel Glass’s label, Glassnote records in New York (Mumford and Sons/the Temper Trap/Two Door Cinema Club) and Sony/Columbia records New York. During this chapter in his story Steve wore the hat of both musical director and main co writer.
Their debut album and successful radio single "Not your Enemy" was also produced by Kershenbaum and the album included a cover of Stephen Stills's "Helplessly Hoping" featuring a contribution from Mr. Stills himself on guitar. During this time the band appeared on various TV shows including those aired on VH1 and CNN.
Steve still works the occasional session but is predominantly focused on recording and performing his personal project; a solo guitar adventure that he calls “guitabla”. This is a style which incorporates a mixture of Rock, Funk, Blues, Folk, Jazz and World styles utilising an infectious cocktail of percussive drum beats, bass lines whilst interweaving chord and melodic sequences. He likes to approach some of his compositions as if a whole band were playing via a single instrument. Some of his influences include Led Zeppelin, Peter Gabriel, Pink Floyd, Michael Hedges and Jeff Beck. His solo music in an exciting new chapter of the ever evolving story....