my name is Steve Teers
GEAR: Roland D50 synth. Gambian djembe made by Stephen Shumacker (goat skin +  mango)

Joined Paradise 9 in 1998


Steve Teers has been playing in bands since just after the punk explosion hit Coventry in 1977. His first band, the Human Cabbages, were featured on John Peel and he went on to tour with Urge, supporting Selector and the Au Pairs.


After moving to London in 1981 he joined Diversen on trombone, led by Red or Dead fashion guru Wayne Hemingway and numerous other combos including the darkly Joy Division-esque Hinterland and edgy popsters World Affairs featuring ex-Spizz sidekick Jim Solar. He also worked with Gong's Mike Howlett.

A career in fluid piano impro followed, playing for contemporary, ballet & jazz dance classes such as at Ballet Rambert and The Place before becoming a regular feature on the acoustic scene as djembe accompanist to everyone from Knox of the Vibrators to John Ozric Tentacle. In 2005, he teamed up with Yuka Yamamoto (ukulele), ex-Pogue & Tom Waits regular David Coulter (singing saw & violin) and Gilad's Asaf Sirkis (drums) for an evening of spectacular improvisation at the Spitz described by headliner Steve Reid (Miles Davis' drummer) as 'real blues'. Currently providing brassy interludes to Joe Quillin's Unit 7 & thrashing the djembe skin and keyboards for Paradise 9.


In between gigs he finds time to run Diva Pictures video production company at Ealing Studios.

photo of Steve Teers on Djambe