2015 JUNO AWARD WINNER FOR BLUES ALBUM OF THE YEAR, 2015 MAPLE BLUES AWARD WINNER FOR ELECTRIC ACT OF THE YEAR, GUITARIST OF THE YEAR, RECORDING/PRODUCER OF THE YEAR AND ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
When it comes to one-man bands, guitarist and singer extraordinaire Steve Hill has no limits. The truest definition of a one-man band; Hill performs standing up while singing and playing guitar, his feet playing bass drum, snare drum, hi-hats, and with a drum stick fused to the head of his trusty guitar, any other percussion within reach.
An overnight sensation 20 years in the making, Steve Hill is an ambitious and raucous force to be reckoned with on the Canadian and international blues-rock scene. “The one-man band style has made him the top star in the Canadian blues scene right now.” (Bob Mersereau, CBC) Hill’s reputation as an exciting performer has provided him the opportunity to showcase his talents at some of Canada’s biggest music festivals including the Montreal Jazz Festival, Ottawa Blues Festival, Mont Tremblant International Blues Festival, Thunder Bay Blues Festival, Kitchener Blues Festival and more.
Steve Hill is clearly in his element as a solo artist and one-man band, inviting listeners into a world of musical madness in the form of blues and rock ‘n’ roll.
1. What passion project are you working on these days?
I just finished a new album. My 11th! I started working on this over 3 years ago so it’s a great feeling to finally have it finished after so much work put into it.
2. What first inspired you to become a musician? What was your training?
I remember being 4-5 years old and going absolutely nuts over The Knack’s “My Sharona” and Cheap Trick’s “The Dream Police.” Ever since I can remember I was in love with the sound of the electric guitar. I started playing at 13, got guitar lessons, studied music in college a bit…
3. What are some challenges that you have faced while building a career in the arts and how did you overcome them?
Just having a career in the arts is a challenge! There’s a lot of pressure. Am I gonna be able to pay the rent, will they like my new album, will that concert sell? The only thing you can do is be true to yourself, work hard, hope for the best, and expect the worst!
4. What lessons have you learned that has proven the most valuable?
Nobody wants a copy, be yourself, there’s no one like you and that’s what people want. Truth.
5. What is your WHY? (why do you do what you do?)
I do what I do because I love it so much I can’t do anything else!