Steve Hillier

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Steve Hillier is a British songwriter, DJ and record producer who has worked with rock bands such as Keane, Landon Pigg and Mark Owen. Hillier is known for his work with the band Dubstar which he formed with Chris Wilkie and Sarah Blackwood in Newcastle upon Tyne in 1993. As well as writing nine of Dubstar's ten singles (including seven of their eight Top 40 singles),[1][2] he has also remixed various artists' work and released numerous solo recordings.


Hillier left school in 1987 and following a short period working as a sales representative for Pinnacle Records in Orpington, Kent moved to Newcastle upon Tyne where he DJed and promoted nightclub events across North East England. It was during this period that he met Chris Wilkie and Sarah Blackwood and formed Dubstar (originally named "The Joans").[3] He also wrote feature articles and conducted interviews for (now defunct) Music Technology magazine based in Cambridge, East Anglia. Notable interviews included Renegade Soundwave, Frazier Chorus and A Guy Called Gerald, all of whom were relatively unknown artists at the time of interview.[no citations needed here]

Hillier has written various songs for other artists, including Mark Owen, Claudia Brücken, Chicane and Karen Mok (for her Without You) as well as remixing songs by Bebel Gilberto, Hooverphonic, Saint Etienne and Heaven 17 amongst others.[4] In recent times Hillier has contributed features and reviews for Future Music and Computer Music magazines as well as being a featured contributor to BBC Radio 2's Sold on Song website. [no citations needed here]

He was a lecturer in songwriting at degree level at British and Irish Modern Music Institute for ten years until 2015 and is a songwriting lecturer at Point Blank Music College.[2]



2004 Stars – The Best of Dubstar
2000 Make It Better
1997 Goodbye
1995 Disgraceful


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2000 Self Same Thing


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2006 "Outrageous" recorded by Karen Mok
2004 "You Only Live If You Try" (CD and 7") recorded by Mark Owen
2000 "I (Friday Night)"
1998 "I Will Be Your Girlfriend"
1997 "Cathedral Park"
1997 "No More Talk"
1996 "Stars"
1996 "Not So Manic Now"
1995 "Anywhere"
1995 "Stars"


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