Stephen Bastien [boogieflippo]
What do you do? What is your musical specialty?
I compose & arrange music originally and my music spacialty is Drum & bass grooves also jazz fusion.
Do you work alone or in a group? If in a group, who are the others you work with?
Work alone and other via the web etc.
Is there a web address where one can listen, see, or read some of your work?
Please list any awards, competitions, or other acknowledgments you would like to mention.
Please list discography in which you have participated.
How did you begin making music? Who introduced you?
on the street buskin and attending college, playing in bands etc.
See Bio for full details.
Stephen Bastien was raised in the Caribbean where he experienced playing in a steelpan orchestra. When he moved to London he joined the British Airways Groovers a steelpan band that travelled internationally for five years.
In 1991 he joined a hard rock band called Illegal Attittude as a bass player. They toured Sweden,Germany,Spain and played in many London venues like the Markee,the Boarderline,the Garage and the Rock Gagden.
In 1995-1999 he joined the Royal Family as a bass player and a co-writer. The band played at the Phoenix Festival in 1996 made a TV appearence for Channel 4 at the Basment music program and supported Rachel Stamp in different venues.
Stephen has been busking at Leicester Square,Covent Garden and other UK holiday destinations with international musician playing music as varied as pan pipes fusion to morden flamenco guitarring.
At the moment he i setting up the Groove factory company with the intention of selling his own dance music to in
dependent labels etc.
Groove Factory (Conobus) original dance tracks for sale. Visit http://boogieflippo.pod0matic.com/rss2.xml http://www.cdbaby.com/gfconobus,http://www.yahoo.com/music/groove factory conobus.http://www.soundclick.com/groove factory conobus,under the above artist name.
Cool grooves fusing street beats & sounds across the times.
What was your musical education?
six weeks cause a musician works at wapping , London 1993 to 1993
Adamsmith college one year in HND in sound production and fail.
mANAGE TO OBTAIN A GREAD 'C' equilvilent to NVCQ certificate.
Playing in many diffrent bands as you can see in my Bio blogg etc.
When did you realise that making music could be a way of life for you?
The constant playing and recording in the past with other musician jamming etc.
What is your creative process?
Home studio set up wit live instruments such as ,Bass, guitar eletric and acoustic, Key board controller and master live mixing desk and twoo towers plus a lap top for mobility
also using two number Mbox2 and a mini micro pen drive all supply gy digidesign.
For drums I used BFD2 Fxpandsion its cool stuff.
For mixing I used 44.1 kHz on 16 bit for cd, mp3 wav etc.
all tracks arrange by me and sample from other to help link to some off my tracks.
When do you have your most lucid moments, in the morning or night?
Have you ever awoken with a melody created from your dreams?
yes and when I am at the Loch or the sea side I get more creative with my acoustic
guitar and Scotland is a Place where you can chill and write its cool stuff.
How do you know when a song is finished or needs no more changes?
yes I have about 8 album fully mixed and ready to go see all web pages above.
How did you discover your creative territory? How would you describe it?
When I was a kid I allways used to listen to my friend play his bass next door
and was keen to learn etc and from ever sience ,jamming and more jamming etc.
What part of your job is your least favourite?
How often do you practice?
all the time.
How do you feel right before going out on stage?
I had my time I am 47 years now and I just want to write music behind the scene
in other words to be arranger for bands etc.
Which musicians or groups have been inspiring to your career?
List three songs that are key to your life.
Let's get it on , by Marvin Gay
Give peace a chance by John Lennon
Can't get enough of your love baby, by Barry White.
What should be done to stop piracy?
bring in the ex-con Hackers and to work with internet police etc.
What type of music do you detest?
Gangster rap , for me it has no meaning.
What time did you get up this morning?
How do you sell yourself? What has been your experience with record companies and representatives?
through web blogging and word of mouth and buskin some times.
What other things have you done to make a living?
Only making my music and I die hard worker and their is notthing for me but music its part of my life.
I radder die than to give up my grooves etc.
Have you ever played on the street or in the subway? How much did you collect each day?
used to play in Leister Sq, Covent garden betwwen 1994 to 2001 ,
played as a bass player with a panpipe band section ,and a Flamenco band
some could go up to £ 50.00 to £300.00 per eveing from 5.pm to 10.00pm.
But that was the past in London, now I live in Scotland and its cool.
Who would you play with, without a doubt?
A good rap rock band no bull only pure vibing.
What advice would you give to someone starting out in the business?
Kelty,Fife, United Kingdom