Steve Isaacs is a multi-talented performer and creative artist.
From 1988 to 1989 he attended the Music Institute in Hollywood, California, where he studied guitar. In 1989 he became the co-owner of the Mad Hatter's Espresso Bar in Los Angeles, where he performed and also promoted a very popular "open mike" show that featured spoken word, singers and songwriters, performance artists, and other live performances. In late 1990, he left the Mad Hatter's Espresso Bar to host an open mike at Highland Grounds Café in Hollywood, California. While at Highland Grounds, he started his first band, American Psycho. It is also at Highland Grounds where he was discovered by an MTV talent scout who asked him to screen test for a position as a VJ (video jockey). He became an MTV VJ in September 1991 and moved from Los Angeles to New York. As a VJ, he hosted, amongst many other shows, Top 20 Countdown, The Daily Most Wanted, and a live show called Hangin' with MTV. Isaacs left MTV in April 1993.
After MTV The Who's Pete Townshend selected him to perform the lead role in the Broadway Touring Company of The Who's Tommy and toured with the show from 1993 to January 1995. The play toured 32 cities in the U.S. and they performed over 500 shows, including a show for President Bill Clinton at the Kennedy Center.
Isaacs settled back in Los Angeles after the Tommy tour. In the Fall of 1995 he formed the band Skycycle, which consisted of bassist Kelly Castro, guitarist Sven Shenar, and drummer Rob Brown. Named for the rocket-powered vehicle with which Evel Knievel famously attempted to jump the Snake River Canyon. On October 31 of 1997 Skycycle was offered a recording contract by MCA records. The band released an EP called Breathing Water (produced by Ken Andrews), and completed a full album "Ones and Zeros" but was dropped from the label just before the scheduled release. One of the most popular Skycycle songs was Ramona the Palm Reader, a song from Isaacs' unrecorded Rock Opera Strawberry - written while on tour in Tommy. Their song "Terror Time" was also featured in the movie Scooby Doo on Zombie Island. While in Skycycle, Isaacs fostered his love of design, technology and the communications potential of the Internet acting as band Art Director and sole webmaster. Skycycle broke up in the Summer of 2000.
Isaacs then went on to use his skills as a web designer and Flash animator to produce many film and music websites for a living. While earning a living through web design, he often played solo material at various clubs in L.A.. It was at one of these acoustic shows that a common friend of he and Dave Navarro's attended. She brought Isaacs' music to Navarro, Stephen Perkins and Chris Chaney's attention, the three most recently serving as the muscle behind Jane's Addiction, who had been searching for new musical possibilities. The foursome's early jam sessions took place in Stephen Perkins' garage and ultimately gave birth to a new band, "The Panic Channel". The band signed to Capitol Records in 2005 and released their debut album (ONe) on August 15th, 2006. While on tour with The Panic Channel, he met and fell in love with a New York based opera singer and promptly moved to New York City.
Isaacs is currently the Creative Director at Deep Focus NYC, an interactive marketing and advertising agency specializing in online ad campaigns, websites, and Social Media. His 2009 campaign for HBO's Flight of the Conchords won two Webby Awards and he is responsible for the Mad Men viral microsite "Mad Men Yourself".
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