Steve Kilbey Biography
Steve Kilbey (Steven John Kilbey) is an English – Australian musician born on 13th September 1954 in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, England. He is a music producer, poet and painter. He is a bass guitarist for the rock band, ‘The Church’.
At the age of five he moved to Australia with his parents and grew up around Dapto, before living with his family in Canberra. At the age of 17 he joined a ‘Saga’ a five piece “cabaret band”. Around 1973 he joined ‘Precious Little’, a rock band featuring future Church bandmate Peter Koppes on drums.
In 1974 Kilbey formed ‘Baby Grande’, they recorded some demos for EMI Australia in 1977 but were not signed to a permanent recording contract. Baby Grande’s demos surfaced on the internet after about 30 years, and despite initial protests from Kilbey, he has now made four of the five tracks available on his solo compilation album of early work Addendaone (2012).
Kilbey was also (while working as a computer programmer) a member of the new wave band Tactics for about a month in 1977. He played ‘about four gigs’ with Tactics before being asked to leave by the band’s singer and songwriter Dave Studdert.
Steve Kilbey The Church
In the late 1970s Steve Kilbey formed ‘The Church’ together with Koppes and Nick Ward in Sydney. In May 1980 Marty Willson Piper joined the band. After some success in their native Australia in the early 1980s, Kilbey and The Church went on to international fame when “Under the Milky Way”, from the 1988 album Starfish, achieved success.
“Under the Milky Way” appeared in the top-selling singles charts of both Australia and the United States (US). In late 2011 Kilbey revealed that, at the time of the interview, the song was still used for television
programmes and advertisements.
After recording the Gold Afternoon Fix album in the USA and touring to support it with the Church until mid-1990, Kilbey returned to Australia and made the Jack Frost album with Grant McLennan. He then went on a solo acoustic tour of the US, playing mostly clubs. After this tour, he and McLennan toured the USA together on the back of the Jack Frost project.
The Jack Frost band name was derived from mutual friend of Kilbey and McLennan, Joel Eaves of Canberra, whose expression of “another Jack Frost day in Oceana”, became a popular Sydney expression during the period. In 1990 Kilbey began to use heroin around the time of his girlfriend Karin Jansson’s pregnancy. His use of this drug continued through the recording of The Church’s album Gold Afternoon Fix and beyond.
In late 2012, as an act of protest against the conduct of the Church’s North American label Second Motion Records, Kilbey announced his resignation from the band.The announcement was made on Kilbey’s Facebook fan page following the receipt of an insufficient royalty cheque from the record label.
In 2013 Kilbey published an official announcement on his Facebook fan page stating that Willson-Piper was replaced by former Powderfinger member Ian Haug. Kilbey explained that Haug would join the band for the recording of a new album, for which he had 16 songs written, as well as subsequent touring, and also defended the decision in the statement: “if you cant dig it I’m sorry. this is my f—ing band after all and it has existed at times without Peter and in the beginning without Marty. and for times in between while he went AWOL.”
Steve Kilbey Art
Steve is an artist who has had at least two exhibits in the United States. A collection of his paintings have been released as a tarot deck.
Steve Kilbey Book
In addition to Earthed, Kilbey published a book of poetry in 1998 entitled Nineveh/The Ephemeron. Kilbey later republished a hard copy version that contained both books and a limited number of 50 copies was released.
In August 2013, Uncollected, described as, A deluxe edition of his books – Earthed, The Ephemeron, Nineveh, Fruit Machine and other selected work was released on his own Time Being label. Kilbey’s inaugural autobiography, Something Quite Peculiar was then published by Hardie Grant on 1 November 2014.
Steve Kilbey Net worth
- His net worth is under review and will be updated soon
Steve Kilbey Children
Kilbey has twin daughters (Elektra and Miranda) by Karin Jansson, his ex-girlfriend and recording partner (as “(CURIOUS) Yellow”); these older daughters have a popular dream pop duo called Say Lou Lou and record in their homeland of Sweden.
He also has a second set of twins Eve and Aurora as well as another daughter Scarlet by American born partner Natalie.
Steve Kilbey Twitter
‘An Evening with The Church: Starfish 30th Anniversary Australian and New Zealand Tour’ – November/December 2018.
Presale: 10 July 12pm AEST
General sale: 13 July 12pm
— Steve Kilbey (@stevekilbey) July 10, 2018
Steve Kilbey Documentary – Something quite peculiar
Steve Kilbey Albums
- 1986: Unearthed
- 1987: Earthed
- 1989: The Slow Crack
- 1990: Remindlessness
- 1991: Narcosis EP +
- 2000: Acoustic & Intimate
- 2001: Dabble
- 2003: Freaky Conclusions
- 2008: Painkiller
- 2009: Art, Man + Technology, Part of an immersive art exhibition at the Pittsburgh Technology Center.
- 2012: Garage Sutra
- 2012: Addenda One, A collection of very early recordings by Kilbey including four songs by his first band Baby Grande.
- 2012: Addenda Two
- 2013: The Idyllist
- 2013: With Strings Attached
- 2014: Miscellanaea – Whispers in the Static
- 1997: Narcosis
Steve Kilbey Songs
- Under The Milky Way
- The Unguarded Moment
- Almost With You
- Hotel Womb
- I Wouldn’t Know
- Brother Moon Sister Sun
- Knowing You Are In This World
- Come Down
- The Neverness Hoax
- I Don’t Know How I Don’t Know
- Too Fast for You
- Another Century
- The Porpoise Song
- One Day
- Blood Money
- Now I Wonder Why
- You Took
- A New Season
- After Everything