Light comes on for Steve at Dolphins
By HELEN JACK
STEVE RUSSELL did not have a clue as he waited in the hushed and darkened auditorium of Lismore's City Hall last night as nominees for the best album of the year were announced.
As winner of his category, Steve, of Byron Bay, was one of 31 winners at this year's Dolphin Awards showcasing the best of the Far North Coast's original music.
"Writing the material for the album took about a year, then about three days to record and then a couple of years to get it finished," he said.
"This is my first experience of the awards and it's great."
Steve said his awardwinning album was called When the Light Comes and could be explained as instrumental jazz.
"I really enjoy the music industry in this area," he said.
"It's a great community of talented musicians unlike any other area."
He said he began playing music when he was four years old.
"I started playing the piano, then I moved to the bass and the guitar," he said.
"I can also play the pipe organ.
"It's a slow instrument.
"I love playing it because it's so powerful.
"Nothing else sounds like it.
Steve said there were great opportunities for musicians on the Far North Coast.
"Anyone can create anything they want," he said.
"All the necessary resources are here.
"Great recording studios, engineers, arrangers and composers."
And his advice to up and coming musicians?
"Learn lots of music and lots of songs," he said.
The Dolphin Awards, attended by more than 400 people, recognised achievements in music ranging from funk to reggae, folk to blues, gospel to jazz.