Steven Wilson

A tireless musician whose idiosyncratic taste and immense production talent made him one of the most respected if under-the-radar record makers of his time, Steven Wilson was born November 3, 1967 in Kingston Upon Thames, London. He taught himself numerous musical instruments as a child, and even made his first experimental forays into recording techniques as a teenager. Claiming Donna Summer and Pink Floyd as equal lifelong influences, he began Altamont, his first of many bands, at age 15. Before he was 20 he launched a pair of bands that began to establish him, the prog oriented art pop duo No-Man and the rock band Porcupine Trees. As those projects evolved through the 1990s, he released solo work in a wide variety of musical styles under a series of stage names. Wilson became an in-demand producer, leading to him remixing classic albums by XTC, Yes, King Crimson, and many others over the years. He launched a solo career in the 21st century with a series of singles that featured a cover of a famous pop tune on the “A” side and an original on the “B” side. His solo debut LP, 2008’s Insurgents showcased his masterful production skill, as well as his knack for alt-rock hooks and his prog-rock chops. To promote the 2011 double album Grace for Drowning, Wilson mounted his first extensive solo tour. 2013’s The Raven That Refused to Sing (And Other Stories) was a concept album where every song was like a supernatural short story, and Wilson talked one of his record making idols, Alan Parsons, into engineering the LP. 2015’s Hand. Cannot. Erase. was another concept album based on the true story of a woman whose death went unnoticed for years. Those albums steadily climbed higher and higher on the charts, leading to 2017’s To the Bone, an album steeped in the 80s art-pop style of Peter Gabriel, Tears for Fears, and Kate Bush, going top 5 in the UK, Germany, Finland, and the Netherlands, giving him his best charting solo album. In 2020 he dropped a series of singles including “Personal Shopper” and “12 Things I Forgot” that would all appear on his 2021 LP The Future Bites.

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