Steve Levine is Founder and Owner of Manmade Soul and Co-founder and Director of radio production company, Magnum Opus Broadcasting.
Starting his recording career as a trainee tape-op at CBS studios in 1975, Steve soon progressed to an “in house” recording engineer. He produced all of Culture Club’s classic hits and the bands’ three multi-platinum albums, and has since worked with a wide spectrum of artists and composed a number of film scores. Artists collaborations include Honeyz, China Crisis, Gary Moore, Ziggy Marley,Louise, The Creatures, Lemmy & Motorhead and David Grant.
His radio production company Magnum Opus Broadcasting Ltd produces radio and podcasts, including The Record Producers, a radio documentary series for BBC Radio 2 and BBC 6 Music – for which Steve received a Sony Radio Award.
Steve has also received a number of other awards including BPI Producer of the Year, Musicweek Top Singles Producer and a Grammy for his work with Deniece Williams.
Follow Steve on Twitter @mrstevelevine.
I always knew I wanted to be a record producer.
I started to listen to music and think why does a ska record sound like that, or why does or a jazz record sound like that?
The way Culture Club sessions took place was one of a journey.
When something is slightly better than average, it really jumps out.
I love being in a studio.
I spend an enormous amount of time making sure my edits are good.
It’s all about creating the right ambience with musicians.
To be a great record producer you also have to be a great people person.
You always go into the studio with the idea that you are going to make the best record ever.
I can honestly say that everyone I have worked with, we’re friends for life.
My words of advice for young and upcoming record producers or engineers – go to the library and read some great books, steer clear of YouTube a little bit.