Q&A | State of Emergency: Steve Marshall – Singer/Songwriter and Producer
Steve Marshall is principally a singer/songwriter and producer who, in 1983, co-founded Pyramid Arts Development, a seminal music and arts centre in Dalston, East London. He set up State of Emergency with Deborah Baddoo in 1986, which was the beginning of a long association with dance theatre. In 2011/12 his score for Desert Crossings, a collaboration with South African choreographer, Gregory Maqoma, achieved critical acclaim.
Early associations with jazz, reggae, soul, RnB, Afro-fusion, rock and electronic music were a great foundation. In 2008 and 2011, his composition and production work with artists such as Lee “Scratch” Perry, Keith Richards and George Clinton earned him Grammy nominations.
You are happiest when …
I’m talking to my dog.
What is the best thing everybody says about you?
What is your earliest memory?
Eating deadly nightshade aged 2.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Bringing two children into the world
Tell us a secret
I can’t. It wouldn’t be a secret anymore.
The last song you listened to today
Sun Is Shining. Bob Marley/Lee Perry
What makes you unhappy?
Losing my temper
What is your favourite word?
The best place to watch the sunset
Happiness smells like….
A new puppy
Fear smells like…
What did you want to be when you were growing up?
A pop star. But I became a singer instead.
The last book you read
Cormac McCarthy – Cities of the Plain
Do you sing or dance under the shower?
No but I talk to myself and my wife tells me to stop it
What does love feel like?
Where is home?
In the music
Steve Marshall conceived and directed State of Emergency’s latest dance theatre production Where Is Home?, which tours the UK in October 2016. The show includes new composition from Steve and Grammy winning South African flautist, Wouter Kellerman, who have been working together, with the choreographers and dancers, to create the live performance and a recorded soundtrack.
August 23rd, 2016