Years: 1967 - present
Styles: Experimental Rock, Jazz Rock, Progressive Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Space Rock
Steve Hillage - Arp Synthesizer Solo, Drum Machine, Fender Rhodes , Guitar, Synthesizer, Vocals (in band: 1967 - present)
Stephen Simpson "Steve" Hillage is an English musician, best known as a guitarist.
Whilst still at school, he joined his first band, a blues rock band called Uriel, with Dave Stewart, Mont Campbell and Clive Brooks. The band split up in 1968 with the other members going on to form Egg, but they briefly re-united under assumed names to record the album "Arzachel" in 1969.
Hillage promptly joined Kevin Ayers' new live band Decadence, participating in Ayers' 1973 album "Bananamour" and touring the UK and France for two months. Having in the meantime become a fan of Gong, Hillage stayed in France after the tour to join the band. In January 1973 he took part in the sessions for "Flying Teapot", the first instalment of the "Radio Gnome" trilogy, and soon after graduated to full-time membership.
When Allen, Gong's founder and mastermind, left in April 1975, Hillage took over leadership but found this position increasingly uncomfortable, and by the year's end had jumped ship to launch his solo career, his motivation to do so fuelled by the success of his solo album "Fish Rising", recorded while still in Gong and featuring most of his bandmates.
During the 1980s, Hillage worked as a record producer, working for artists such as It Bites, Simple Minds, Murray Head, Nash The Slash, Real Life, Cock Robin, Tony Banks and Robyn Hitchcock. He returned to producing in the 1990s, working on The Charlatans 1994 album, "Up to Our Hips".
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