Steve Fleming

Scottish born Steve Fleming arrived in Australia with his parents at age 4, on Christmas Day 1966. They settled in Whyalla, an industrial city to the north west of Adelaide.

Steve's musical talents were spotted when he was only 8, by music teacher Joyce Lloyd-Wright. Thanks to her dedication and teaching skills, Steve quickly developed a sound understanding of musical theory and playing technique. His talents blossomed and before long he was playing violin with the Australian Youth Orchestra.

In 1979, Steve moved to Adelaide to begin a Bachelor of Music at the Adelaide University Elder Conservatorium, majoring in violin. The sound grounding Joyce had given him in musical theory stood him in good stead and upon graduation he was invited to teach at the Conservatorium, a position he held for three years. During this time he also played with the Adelaide Chamber Orchestra.

Steve began playing bass by accident. He was asked to dep at short notice for a friend, playing fretless bass in a rock band. Even as a child he had been interested in jazz, particularly the music of Django Reinhardt. So with his newly found skills as a bass player he quickly moved into the jazz idiom.

Steve's musical interests are vast, from Django to ZZTop. He says he likes any sort of music as long as it is well played. Because his talents span so many styles of music he is in much demand for recording sessions, concerts and musical theatre. Recently Steve toured the UK with the Cole Porter musical High Society, following a successful revival season in Australia. Currently he works in three bands; an Irish Celtic band "Another Four Pints" in which he plays fiddle, a contemporary rock outfit named "The Little Big Band" in which he plays electric bass, and a band that he describes as eclectic, "The Texettes", in which he also plays bass.

Away from music, his passions are building furniture and roaming the Adelaide Hills on his Ducati.