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Steven Schram

“Inimitable” has been used to describe Steven Schram's bold style of music production, but his creative involvement extends to co-writing on an impressive level. 

An ardent believer in performance and imperfection, avoiding the sterile end result of over refinement, Steven prefers  to place his faith in the artists’ abilities and his own engineering skill and forethought rather than heavily rely on manipulation by modern recording technologies.

A fearless approach to production and mixing and an unmistakable sonic character has yielded multiple ARIA nominations, top 10 albums, triple j hottest 100 entries and collaborations with artists such as San Cisco, Paul Kelly, Calling All Cars, Loon Lake, Clairy Brown & The Bangin' Rackettes, Little Red, Little Birdy, The Cat Empire, and Eagle and the Worm, amongst many others.

His experience as a radio producer and live broadcast engineer was honed over several years working at ABC radio and for triple j's Live At The Wireless series.   In 2002, The Waifs LP 'Up All Night', for which Steven was an engineer, notched up a total of 4 ARIA wins, and nominated for 7 awards. His reputation and far ranging experience as a live broadcast engineer was to see him mix and engineer live to air and DVD productions for Wolfmother, The Casanovas, John Butler Trio, Silverchair and many more.

Steven has made it into triple j's Hottest 100 regularly over the past several years.  2008 kicked things off with Little Red’s Coca Cola placing at #47. 2012 garnered 2 entries for his work with indie darlings San Cisco - Wild Things (#53) and Fred Astaire (#48) while 2011 saw his work on San Cisco’s Awkward land firmly in the top 10 for the year at #7. 

Steven’s production on  Little Birdy's album Confetti an ARIA top 10 and certified Gold album, brought in 2 further ARIA Award nominations for Engineer of the Year and best Adult Contemporary Album in 2009. 

2010 delivered yet another ARIA nomination and #3 album on the ARIA charts for The Cat Empire’s Cinema and with 2011 came yet another certified Gold recording for San Cisco’s Awkward EP which also yielded a #1 single on the AIR charts.

Steven has consistently sought to build upon his mastery of all elements of production and in 2013 was one of a handful of producers invited from around the world to attend “Mix with the Masters”, held by the legendary Tchad Blake in the idyllic setting of Southern France.

His creative involvement has increasingly extended to co-writing with impressive results. Clairy Browne & The Bangin’ Rackettes song “Love Letter” which he penned with the band, was nominated for Best Blues & Roots song at the 2013 APRA Awards and took out the highly  coveted  first place in the International Songwriting competition in the Adult Alternative category. 

San Cisco’s impressive string of indie hits were also co-written with Steven and 2014 sees him further exercising this talent by working with emerging artists  such as Kathryn Rollins.
 

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  • San Cisco
  • Publishing
  • The Cat Empire
  • Cinema
  • Little Birdy
  • Clairy Brown & The Bangin' Rackettes
  • Triple J
  • Live At the Wireless
  • Little Red
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