Karl Steven Profile

Gareth Shute
28 Jun 2017

It’s a sign of the massive effect that Supergroove had on New Zealand audiences that most pieces about Karl Steven start by mentioning he was the band’s lead singer, despite the fact that his resume includes composing music for film, creating work for radio, studio production, and fronting a widely varying group of bands from blues to garage rock to retro synth-pop. He also has a PhD in philosophy from Cambridge.

Steven grew up in a creative household: his father, Geoff Steven, was a filmmaker from New Zealand and his mother, Carin Svensson, a writer from Sweden (he grew up speaking Swedish at home). He decided he wanted to be a musician at 10 years old, after taking piano lessons on his grandmother’s pianola (which he still has). He was further inspired by seeing The Blues Brothers movie and the Talking Heads live concert film Stop Making Sense, which inspired a new hobby: drawing stage plans for imaginary concerts. By 13, he decided the pianola was impractical, since it wasn’t transportable, so he began to teach himself to play his grandfather’s old harmonica.

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Here Comes the Supergroove
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Recording the score for Tatau with Drums of the Pacific
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Supergroove - If I Had My Way
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The Drab Doo-Riffs - Hot Tanya (live on the Cheese On Toast 5th Birthday Special on Alt TV)
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Supergroove - Next Time
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Supergroove - Rain (Live at the VZMA 2011) Dragon cover
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Drab Doo-Riffs - LATE at the Museum
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Heart Attack Alley - I Put A Spell On You - Live at the Gunslingers Ball, The Wine Cellar, Auckland
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The Drab Doo-Riffs - Tesla Girl (2013)
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The Lowdown Dirty Blues Band with Karl Steven on harmonica and Che Ness on guitar
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Karl Steven in the control room.
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Karl Steven in the studio.
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The Drab Doo-Riffs - Lunatic Fringe
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The Drab Doo-Riffs - I'm Depressed
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Queen Neptune
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Karl Steven's parents Geoff Steven and Carin Svensson.
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Karl Steven at Albert Park with The Drab Doo Riffs. 95bFM Summer Series 2014
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Supergroove - Sitting Inside My Head
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Supergroove - Scorpio Girls
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Queen Neptune - Form Follows Function
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Heart Attack Alley - 95bFM In Session: The full session
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Karl Steven
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L to R: Ian Jones, Joe Lonie, Tim Stewart, Che-Fu, Nick Atkinson, Karl Steven, Ben Sciascia
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Karl Steven, Kristal Gallager, Caoimhe Macfehin
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Karl Steven
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Supergroove - Can't Get Enough
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Heart Attack Alley - Cheese on Toast Interview
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Karl-Steven at Silver Scroll Awards 2016.
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Pokarekare Ana
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Karl Steven plays the saw.
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Karl Steven in Drab Doo Riffs at Camp A Low Hum 2011.
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Supergroove - You Freak Me
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Interview with Karl Steven, Joe Lonie & Tim Stewart from Supergroove. 1994. Directed by Ross Cunningham.
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Heart Attack Alley - LATE at the Museum
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Supergroove - You Gotta Know
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Recording the score for Every Little Thing
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Karl Steven playing in Queen Neptune
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