Stephen Webber has played almost every kind of Western music, from classical piano to rock guitar, from bluegrass banjo to hip-hop turntables. For the last 25 years, he has also been a performer, record producer, recording engineer, an Emmy award-winning composer, a recording studio designer, DJ, author and professor at Berklee College of Music in Boston.
After finishing his jazz guitar major at North Texas State in the 80s, he played and recorded with artists like Mark O'Connor and Tony Trishka. Then he headed to Nashville where he completed his master's degree in classical guitar performance, studied with John Johns at Vanderbilt University and wound up making records for artists from every conceivable genre.
Eventually, Stephen accepted a post as guitar professor at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee. He developed their first courses on music technology and led the team that designed the music technology labs and recording facilities. From there, he ended up at the Berklee College of Music as the assistant chair of the Music Production and Engineering Department (MP and E). He held that position for a few years before demoting himself to become what he really loved - a full-time teaching professor in the MP and E recording studios. Since then, he has been teaching classes in record-production, post-production, 5.1 surround mixing, remixing and in 1997 - spinning records!
Steve’s fascination with the turntable evolved into a best-selling book, Turntable Technique: The Art of the DJ. He also convinced Berklee to let him build and install a turntable lab in 2003. Since then, he has been teaching Berklee’s (and possibly the world’s) first turntable course offered by an accredited music college. In 2009 he was commissioned to compose the Stylus Symphony, which combined DJing with a 90 piece symphony orchestra.
In 2010, Stephen’s Music Production Analysis course won the University Continuing Education Association's Best Online College Course Award for 2010, competing against courses in every discipline.
And if his formerly mentioned accomplishments aren’t enough for you, Stephen has appeared on NBC’s Today Show, CBS Sunday Morning, NPR’s All Things Considered, CNN Live, and The Mitch Albom Show. He has been a writer for Mix Magazine, Remix Magazine, Electronic Musician Magazine, Audio Media Magazine, and Pro Sound News. He has made recordings with Brad Delp, Eugene Friesen, Maeve Gilchrist, Jamie Haddad, Lindsay Mac, Manhattan Guitar Duo, Meshell Ndegeocello, Ivan Neville, Mark O’Conner, Emily Elbert, Tony Trischka, and the Turtle Island String Quartet. Oh, and he has also performed with Bela Fleck, Emmylou Harris, Earl Scruggs, Ricky Skaggs, Kathy Mattea, John Blackwell, Casey Driessen, Rashad Eggelston, Grandmixer DXT, Mark O’Conner and Mike Phillips.
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