Steve was born and raised in what is known as “the musical capitol of the Netherlands”: The Hague. He inherited his passion for music from his father Rudy, who was a drummer and singer in several bands that played soul music during the Indo Rock era in the sixties of the previous century. From his birth in the mid-seventies, Steve was put on a strict diet of Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Earth Wind & Fire, Diana Ross, Marvin Gaye, Quincy Jones, The Temptations, Lionel Richie, Roberta Flack, Kool & The Gang, Betty Wright, James Brown, Santana, Parliament Funkadelic, Sam Cooke, Chaka Khan, Bob Marley, Dionne Warwick, George Benson, Tower of Power and many other legends of latin, jazz, R&B, soul, motown, funk, and reggae music.
Steve’s training in the performance arts started in his early years. When he was 5, he began taking piano lessons and tap dancing classes. In high school, he played major parts in cabarets, theatre plays and musicals, and for several years, was the school band’s lead singer. At the age of 16, Steven joined his first professional band (Dudes Doo Dance) as background vocalist.
Steven started his formal training in vocal skills in 1992. First, he took lessons from a student at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. Two years later, he was admitted to the preparatory programme of the Royal Conservatory. After another two years, Steve graduated from high school and continued his vocal studies at the department for jazz and contemporary music at the Conservatory of Hilversum.
As a musician, Steven is predominantly inspired by composers and recording artists such as Bach, Rachmaninov, Debussy, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Otis Redding, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Quincy Jones, Tower of Power, Sly Stone, Bob Marley, Stéphane Grapelli, Chaka Khan, Andreas Vollenweider, Bobby McFerrin, Kevin Gilbert, Rachelle Ferrell, Take 6, Jill Scott, Kurt Elling, Tonex, Ledisi, and many, many more.