I do music and performance and stuff

Hello. I am Steve Pretty. This is my website, on which I attempt to explain my confusing 'career' to you. I do mostly performance,  music composition, arranging and production, and sometimes photography and writing.

If you're confused, think how I feel.

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pBuzz method mixing and production

In autumn 2017 I produced and mixed backing tracks for the new pBuzz education method. The pBuzz is a new plastic instrument from the makers of the best-selling plastic trombone the pBone. It's aimed specifically at beginners, so it was fun producing these tracks, written by Kay Charlton. 

The recording (trumpet, pBuzz, vocals), production and mixing were all done at my studio, and Warwick Music, publisher of the method and manufacturer of the instrument, were delighted with the results, which have gone out to lots of schools across the UK.

Peter Buckley-Hill recordings

In April and December 2017 I had fun producing the audio for the legendary Peter Buckley-Hill's show recordings. In a mammoth act of endurance for a man who hasn't been well, he performed both his song show (featuring all of the songs he's written over his many years as a stand up), and his all-haiku show on the same night, back in April 2017. Then in December, he performed his two act, completely bonkers but brilliant show entirely based around the song My Old Man's A Dustman.

PBH is a true original, and of course hero (and I guess to some, occasional villain, but that is not my experience, and not relevant to his status as a pioneer and legend) of the Edinburgh fringe, having started the PBH Free Fringe, which changed the landscape of the entire festival. It was a pleasure working with him, and looking forward to doing so again in March 2018, when we record his 70th birthday show, again at the Bloomsbury Theatre.

Meanwhile, here is the song show in all its mad glory (video editing by Chris Lince).

Roundhouse Rising Sounds 2017

In late 2016 and early 2017 I worked with young artist Moir to produce and mix a brand new track for the Roundhouse Rising Sounds project in London. 

I took the track in an electronica/soul direction, and I'm really happy with the result. Sarah wrote the song especially for this project, and it was all written and produced over just two days in the studio, and then mixed by me at my own studio.

As always, it was a treat to work with the incredible Roundhouse, and the rest of the Rising Sounds album has some really interesting, original music on it, so do check it out.

Carnatic Connections chosen as one of the Top 10 albums of 2016 by Songlines Magazine

I'm really delighted that Carnatic Connections, the Bollywood Brass Band album I produced, mixed and performed on has been selected as one of the Top 10 albums of 2016 by legendary world music magazine Songlines.

I worked super hard on this record, and I'm really proud of the result, so it's great to see it getting such a lot of praise (also FIVE STARS from the Evening Standard, with more reviews on the way). Do check the record out.