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Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, England

Steven Wilson (born Steven John Wilson on November 3, 1967, in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, England) is a self-taught producer, audio engineer, and multi-instrumentalist. Under his own name, Steven has released a series of singles, titled Cover Versions, and the albums Insurgentes, Grace for Drowning, and The Raven That Refused to Sing (and Other Stories), as well as a substantial body of other solo work in Bass Communion and Incredible Expanding Mindfuck.

He is perhaps best known as the lead guitarist/singer and songwriter for progressive rock band Porcupine Tree, for whom he was the sole member during the 1980s and early 1990s, and for his massive prog mansion, but his projects are numerous, including collaborating with Israeli superstar Aviv Geffen, Blackfield; a long-running partnership with Tim Bowness, No-Man; teaming up with Dirk Serries, Continuum; and a joint album with Opeth’s singer, guitarist and composer Mikael Åkerfeldt, called Storm Corrosion.

Wilson employs synthesizers and programmed music along with live instruments to create a unique atmosphere for each song he works on, including otherwise-simple pop tunes. In addition to his prolific musical output, Steven has crafted a reputation for the high production quality of his music, and has undertaken production duties with such high-profile artists as Opeth, Dream Theater, Jim Matheos of Fates Warning, Anathema, Orphaned Land, Marillion, Fish, Yoko Ono, and friend Robert Fripp.


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  • HeadShoteR

    Can wait for the next album!!!

    20 Sep 10:06am Reply
  • HeadShoteR

    $W [3] ghost serial killers [2]

    19 Sep 9:26am Reply
  • DDevilized

    can't fucking wait for $W's new concept album about ghost serial killers

    18 Sep 8:42pm Reply
  • brvtalgraowelz

    $W [2]

    15 Sep 9:16pm Reply
  • whatwillburn

    Yeah. I mean he's left a band whose entire existence had become "la-la-la-meow-meow-meow" sections to concentrate on $W, meaning $W is now his outlet for la-la-la-meow-meow-meow. I am setting my expectations very low and if it somehow turns out better, great.

    15 Sep 7:05pm Reply
  • brvtalgraowelz

    "If SW is still planning to do a concept album on serial killers then it would be hard to make a good retro album out of that without having some metal in it." Steven is too wimpy to do that kind of stuff nowadays. It's going to be another boring concept album about lonely horses (and other things), with lots of meandering flute solos and 'la-la-la-meow-meow-meow' sections. Mark my words.

    15 Sep 3:56am Reply
  • LakeGlade12

    You never know, its only the retro side of SW you hate (which is not all that retro imo). I would be surprised if all his future albums stay retro. He usually changes styles every 2 albums. If he did not change anymore then even I the No 1 Raven fan would get fed up soon enough. If SW is still planning to do a concept album on serial killers then it would be hard to make a good retro album out of that without having some metal in it. I predict the new album will be a mix of the Raven and something else, just like GfD was a mix of Insurgentes and retro. I also remember that you liked the first 4 min of one of his new songs? So there is hope.

    14 Sep 8:11pm Reply
  • HeadShoteR

    I just hope it won't be another redundant retro album. That's all. I've got my expectations so low that SW could only suprise me now. But I've been in the same situation before The Raven and that ended up very bad, so...

    14 Sep 10:06am Reply
  • LakeGlade12

    Looks to be another concept album with him mentioning "story". Otherwise not much to get from this statement. Pretentious could mean anything from SW's wide range of styles, at least we know its not going to be a Blackfield like album lol.

    14 Sep 8:34am Reply
  • LakeGlade12

    “I won’t say too much about it now, just that it’s another project where the music, story, and visuals all work together, and that we’re trying to raise the bar again. Pretentious, and proudly so!” – SW

    14 Sep 8:30am Reply
  • whatwillburn

    13 Sep 9:28am Reply
  • DDevilized

    problem is he's constantly accelerating the production process so in a few years he'd technically be ripping off music that he hasn't even written yet. the death of muzak

    12 Sep 11:20pm Reply
  • DDevilized

    stephe walton will soon transcend from ripping off king crimson and invent post-retro-prog which means he'll be ripping off his own music. screencap this guise.

    12 Sep 11:17pm Reply
  • HeadShoteR

    Progressive rock has to be progressive. It must be based on new ideas and new combinations of sounds. There's no progress in making retro music. That's my point.

    11 Sep 12:00pm Reply
  • brvtalgraowelz

    Progressive rock doesn't have to be original or experimental in order to sound good. There are bands like Druid (aka Yes copycats) and Triumvirat (ELP clones) who managed to write fresh, interesting music. Also Änglagård. The problem is that Stevie's recent stuff lacks inspiration. Most of the transitions in TRTRTS feel forced, and the melodies just aren't that memorable. Tracks like Luminol and The Watchmaker start off decently but they degenerate quickly into boring wankfests (like those pointless "la-la-la-do-do-do" sections). Stevie's at his best when he's just doing psychedelic rawk stuff, in my opinion. Staircase Infinities and Up The Downstair FTW

    11 Sep 4:33am Reply
  • Luccaag

    11 Sep 12:26am Reply
  • HeadShoteR

    Anyway, isn't it funny how SW gradually turned against progressive music with his solo project and is now basically making anti-progressive music? It's like he started to hate anything that tries to be original, experimental and progressive. Almost like the punk movement in the 70s with all the hate against art/prog. Also he made sure to burn all the bridges that connected him to originality and progress by shutting down projects like Porcupine Tree, No-Man or IEM. The man's getting old I guess so all he wants now is recreating music from his childhood.

    9 Sep 9:09am Reply
  • whatwillburn

    apparently stewie wiltshire has made plans for nigel. smashing. just what i always wanted stewie u r my hero

    8 Sep 11:15am Reply
  • HeadShoteR

    I don't feel like God today but thanks anyway.

    7 Sep 12:55pm Reply
  • PedroLord

    Agora eu acredito.. DEUS existe!

    6 Sep 4:47pm Reply
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