PlaneTones Featured Artist
What do you get when you combine uncompromising dedication with a passion for music that’s so intense, it can be described as supernatural? Answer: Afterlife, aka Steven Miller.
PlaneTones featured artist, Afterlife/Steve Miller, is an electronic music composer, producer, performer, and re-mixer, who’s worked on compilations for a wide range of recording labels, including the prestigious Cafe Del Mar. Steve comes from a jazz and reggae background, honing his engineering and production skills under the legendary Karl Pitterson, sound engineer for Bob Marley’s Exodus album.
For Steve, music is life. He incorporates the full experience of life into his music: the good, the bad, the calm, the crazy — listeners can expect it all. His recordings showcase spellbinding fusions of jazz, reggae, rock, pop, techno, hip-hop, and other music genres from around the world. What’s consistent is the passion. Afterlife’s music is often entirely instrumental, relying not on a voice or lyrics, but on instruments and sounds to effectively communicate the desired message.
The “Afterlife style” is a melting pot of inspiration from Steve’s favorite artists, which include: Roger Sanchez, Bob Marley, Herbie Hancock, Frankie Knuckles, Ravi Shankar,Herbie Hancock, Thelonius Monk, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Marley, and Quincy Jones to name a few.
Steve’s tireless commitment to perfection is demonstrated in how he makes his records. He creates songs for private listening on a good hifi or a music festival rig, but often deletes about half of the material! Why? Here’s his take:
“A new day with fresh ears shows up weaknesses in a track–sometimes they are fundamental and need deletion, but that’s fine because I like to push the boundaries by playful craziness–sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. I don’t really plan anything except to make music that I really like. The acid test is when I wake up in the morning. If I can’t wait to dive into the studio to carry on working on a track because I’m excited by it then that’s a good sign.”
Afterlife has performed in some of the world’s most exotic locations. His first major performance was held at the Glastonbury Festival 2000 to a very surprised audience; they weren’t expecting “Chillout,” but loved the song and showed their appreciation with tremendous applause.
In 2000, Afterlife performed on the Spanish isle of Ibiza in the exquisite Dreamdaze at Kumharas, Pacha Playa, Base Bar, and at Cafe Del Mar where he appeared as the headline act with A Man Called Adam. He also appeared at Trumpetman during the MTV-televised Cafe Del Mar 20th Anniversary Concert. In 2002, Afterlife played the sunset at Café Mambo before going on to tame the crowds at The Roof Terrace in Pacha, Ibiza.
Past commissions include Jakatta’s classic American Dream, and Roger Sanchez’s Another Chance, which was the only single to go Number 1 on the UK charts in 2001. Other Afterlife projects include Simplicity 2000 on Hed Kandi Records, Defected Records’ Electrosensitive and The White Island, and the chillout classics Speck of Gold and Shikasta on Steve’s own label, Subatomic UK, from which he still regularly releases music.
In 2006, Afterlife compiled his Café Mambo albums with Pete Gooding and his own Private Beach Club albums for I Label to critical acclaim. Working with James Bright as LUX, he created both opening tracks on Café del Mar vol.7 and two more tracks on Café del Mar vol.8. Other notable collaborations include working with K-Klass, Jose Padilla, Chris Coco, and Lenny Ibizarre.
Afterlife’s music has been featured on more than 500 compilation series, Buddha Bar, Marinis on 57 v2, Sheer Rocks, Ministry of Sound, Hed Kandi, Defected Records, Cafe Del Mar among them.
Steve produces the monthly Subatomic Radio Show which airs weekly on Mambo FM, Ibiza Radio 1, Zen FM, and https://www.mixcloud.com/afterlife/stream/The show focuses on the very latest releases in the modern balearic format.