Since his first foray into House music back in 1990, Steve Mac has carved out an enviable career for himself within the very top tier of the world’s DJ’s and producers. Starting out as a scratch DJ at the tender age of 11, Steve’s musical background was rooted in the pioneering sounds of 80’s Hip-Hop when genre defining artists such as Grandmaster Flash and Public Enemy were laying down the blueprint. As part of a local Hip-Hop group in Malta, Steve met his production partner-to-be Rob Chetcuti. The pair took an interest in each other’s ‘formulating talent’ and went on to form the hugely successful production/DJ duo The Rhythm Masters.
The formative years of the partnership were spent working tirelessly in the studio whilst absorbing the bountiful supply of creatively rich records that were flowing from the US before setting up their own Disfunktional Recordings label in 1995. The label was mainly a showcase for the pair’s own productions although world renowned artists such as Danny Tenaglia, Junior Sanchez, Paul Woolford, and Giorgio Moroder also contributed over the years to the labels impressive output.
1996 was the year that The Rhythm Masters really hit the big-time through their smash remixes of Todd Terry’s ‘Jumping’ and Jaydee’s ‘Plastic Dreams’. Steve and Rob were widely regarded as being among the decades finest remix teams, an assumption which was cemented in 1997 by them winning the number 1 slot in Music Week’s remixers of the year. A quick flick through their discography reveals a staggeringly high number of quality productions, and remixes for the likes of Todd Terry, Farley “Jackmaster” Funk, Byron Stingly and Candi Staton. The boys were unsurprisingly named among Music Week’s top 5 remixers in the world at the end of the nineties, testament indeed to their hard work and commitment to producing only the finest re-rubs. Naturally the duo found themselves as highly in-demand DJ’s, playing all over the globe and at clubs such as Cream, Ministry of Sound and Back 2 Basics back in the UK.
Since Rhythm Masters decided to go their separate ways to pursue solo projects in 2002 Steve has since had huge underground and mainstream success with tracks such as ‘Circus Parade’, ‘Da Canto’ and the ubiquitous ‘Lovin’ You More (That Big Track)’ for Cr2. In addition Steve has collaborated alongside dance music luminaries such as Mark Knight, Nic Fanciulli, and Pete Tong. The other side to the Steve Mac sound is apparent through his numerous remixes for mainstream artists; Jamiroquai, Charlotte Church and Simply Red are just a few of the globally recognised stars that have come in for the unique Steve Mac remix treatment.
As a performer Steve’s DJ sets are pure energy. He regularly makes use of 3 decks, CDjs, FX and samplers that all contribute to the seamless and funk-fuelled sound for which he is famed.
2008 has already been among Steve’s busiest and best. At the WMC his track ‘Gotta Have Some Fun’ was placed in the hands of a select few DJ’s and immediately sensing its potential, Ali Dubfire picked up on the track and immediately signed it to his Sci + Tec label. Pete Tong has also been repeatedly playing the track on his Radio 1 show and has selected it to feature on one his of upcoming compilations.
Steve’s track ‘You’ produced with Paul Harris came out on Toolroom earlier in the year and made it to an impressive number 3 on the Beatport chart. In addition his latest track ‘Paddys Revenge’ has been bubbling under for the last few months and is finally due for a release through Data Records in September. The release is shaping up to be absolutely massive right across the board and is already receiving daytime airplay on Radio1 in addition to Pete Tong naming it as an Essential New Tune.