Steve Norman Solo
The 80s. Loved by so many. Not only by the ones that personally witnessed this legendary decade but also by their offspring. Periodically the 80s are "en vogue" again, whether in fashion or music. The fashion can be argued about but the music and the hits that we associate with our ﬁrst kiss, our ﬁrst heartbreak, our ﬁrst cigarette or our ﬁrst club visit remain unforgotten and are still being sung with dedication...more than 30 years later!
One gentleman who crucially helped to shape this decade is STEVE NORMAN - saxophonist, guitarist, percussionist, songwriter and founding member of the world famous cult band SPANDAU BALLET.
In the early 90s, after the members of Spandau Ballet went separate ways, Steve moved to Ibiza and discovered his love for club & dance music. During his 13 years on the island he worked with numerous musicians and producers such as Lenny Krarup, Nacho Sotomayor, Rafa Peletey, Ketama, Stefan Zauner (Münchener Freiheit) and DJ Pippi.
Steve was also involved in various projects & compilations: Funky Jack “Saxomatic”, “Made in Ibiza Chills n Thrills” Compilation, Hed Kandi (Ministry Of Sound), Byron Stingily von “Ten City”, Angie Brown, Sybil, Alison Limerick, Jeremy Healy, Brandon Block, DJ John Jones & K Klass, “The Collective” (Promised Land – DJ Meme Mix), Cloudﬁsh and many more.
In addition to these dance projects, Steve played saxophone, guitar, percussion, and sang for and with Holy Holy feat. Ex-“Spiders from Mars” Woody Woodmansey, Tony Visconti (David Bowie producer), Glen Gregory (Heaven 17), Marc Almond, Earl Slick (David Bowie guitarist), Gail Ann Dorsey (David Bowie bass player), Mike Garson (David Bowie keyboard player), Bernhard Fowler (The Rolling Stones backing vocalist), Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel, Bruce Foxton (The Jam), Mike Peters (The Alarm), Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols), Rusty Egan (Visage), Julian Perretta, Kim Wilde, Marty Wilde, Belinda Carlisle, Nick Heyward (Haircut 100)....
Steve is also a songwriter and solo singer. Songs like "Motivator" (Spandau Ballet), "Once More" (Spandau Ballet), "We Are King" (Holy Holy), numerous solo tracks and the legendary saxophone solo of the Spandau Ballet classic "True" were written by him.
Since his time in Ibiza Steve performs regularly with DJs at selected events and parties. During these sets, he improvises live on saxophone and percussion to a DJ set of dance, soul, 80s, 90s, funk & house music. He also plays intimate acoustic sets with a 3 piece band.
“Equally, the band validated their ability to rivet and perform with unaffected enthusiasm. Steve Norman’s saxophone playing was the seamless demonstration of this. The man teased that instrument with the force of a demon and the grace of a poet. I, personally, have never witnessed anything quite like it.”
“The secret weapon of Spandau Ballet is Steve Norman who not only played those amazing sax solos you remember from so many Spandau hits, but he also sang back up, played guitar and percussion!.“
“When Steve Norman stepped up front to blow his scripted sax break in “True” the crowd received it with the kind of shouts and applause New Yorkers always gave Clarence Clemons when he took his thundering-tenor spotlight in Madison Square Garden for Bruce Springsteen’s “Jungleland”. The ecstasy in the Albert Hall was that kind of loud.”