About Steve

Steve Bunting mixing monitors for Culture Club

My practical and academic background has enabled me to gain a great deal of real world experience in my field and as a consequence, I am equally at home mixing monitors for a rock band as I am mixing FOH for an international conference or designing, rigging and aligning a large-scale sound reinforcement system. As a musician, I understand the needs of fellow musicians and am able to accurately represent their artistic vision into technical reality. Not one to sit back, I am continually building on my technical knowledge and skill set during down time, in addition to keeping up-to-date with events in the industry on a day-to-day basis. I have an easy-going, friendly and approachable manner, whilst maintaining a meticulous and professional attitude at all times.

Above all, I maintain the passion and enthusiasm for my work that I have had from day one, and continue to feel privileged that I can make a living doing something I love.

Background

I was born in Nottingham, England in 1983 and have been interested in music from an early age, taking up the organ when I was seven before starting to learn the guitar at age 11 and switching to bass guitar a few years later. I started to take it more seriously when I was 14, forming a band and learning how to use the school PA system for rehearsals and gigs. Soon I started learning how to use sequencers, recording equipment and was running the sound for bigger school productions from behind my bass and/or keyboards.

Steve Bunting mixing FOH on an Avid Profile

When I was 16, I had been playing in the Nottingham youth city big band for two years and was operating their sound as well. I started a Music Technology 'A' level course (together with Maths and Physics) at my school to gain experience and learn technical theory about audio, while continuing to play gigs around Nottingham with various bands.

At 18, I moved to Guildford and enrolled at the University of Surrey to study Music and Sound Recording, the Tonmeister course, full-time. After just one week, I joined the Student's Union Stage Crew, being thrown into the deep end with a huge amount of equipment at my disposal, mixing many bands and learning the hard way how not to do things! Shortly after, I also began working at the Guildford Civic Hall, doing sound for their local bands nights and shows touring without production. I also helped with the lighting and general local crew work for bigger tours visiting the Civic until they closed down for refurbishment in December 2003.

For the third year of my degree, I had the opportunity of a year in industry, so I started at a company called Technical Earth, where I worked as a trainee technical engineer. I learnt a lot about practical techniques used in professional audio such as equipment repair, studio installation and wiring, as well as gaining a good insight into how the pro audio industry works.

I graduated from university with a 2:1 Honours degree in June 2005, moved back to London and have been working as a freelance live sound engineer full-time ever since. I feel I have gained a wealth of relevant, varied experience and I am still learning on a daily basis from the numerous projects I am working on.