Hewitt Steve

Steve Hewitt is an English musician, songwriter and record producer. He is the
frontman of his own band, Love Amongst Ruin, and is also well known for his tenure
as a co-writer, co-producer and drummer for Placebo between 1996 and 2007.
Steve wanted to become a drummer after watching Phil Taylor perform ‘Ace Of
Spades’ with Motorhead on ‘Top Of The Pops’ on TV in the UK. He pestered his
parents to buy him a drum kit and taught himself to play. His many musical
influences includes The Cure, Depeche Mode, AC/DC, Black Sabbath, Thin Lizzy, Led
Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix and Radiohead.

His first ever gig was at a school assembly playing Fleetwood Mac’s “Albatross”, even
though he was lacking a bass drum pedal. Upon leaving school he began to train as
a racing car engineer, being offered a position with Williams F1 race team, working
as part of the team’s pit crew. He stated in a recent interview that if he wasn’t
making music, he would probably be a racing car engineer.

Aged seventeen, he saw an advert in a local market: “Genius duo require drummer
for German Tour” and duly joined Breed, touring Europe before leaving to join The
Boo Radleys and playing on their 1990 debut album, ‘Ichabod and I’. Hewitt then
rejoined Breed in 1991, releasing the albums ‘Grin’ and ‘Violet Sentimental’, before
joining K-Klass, enjoying several top 40 hits in the following years.
Steve met Brian Molko in 1991 and was invited to play drums on demos for Placebo,
although he wasn’t able to join the band at that stage due to commitments with
Breed. However, when drummer Robert Schultzberg left Placebo in late 1996, Steve
was invited to join. He had one and a half day’s rehearsal before leaving to tour
thirteen countries in four months, his first full show being at David Bowie’s 50th
birthday party at Madison Square Garden.
Several years of increasing success followed, with Steve co-writing, co-producing
and playing drums on the albums ‘Black Market Music’, ‘Sleeping With Ghosts’ and
‘Meds’, each album being followed by an extensive tour.
However, on 1st October 2007 all that was to change when it was announced via the
official Placebo website that Steve had parted company with Placebo “due to
personal and musical differences”.

Despite feeling betrayed, Steve returned to his home studio and began creating “a
new band, a new album and a new sound” – Love Amongst Ruin. He contributes
drums, guitars and keyboards as well as being the band’s singer/frontman. Their
self-titled debut album was released in September 2010, followed by tours of the UK
and Europe, including appearances at Sonisphere Festival, Reeperbahn Festival, Fete
de la Musique and Eurosonic. Steve wrote and recorded the band’s second album,
‘Lose Your Way’ with Donald Ross Skinner in 2012 and after a hiatus from LAR while
Steve worked on other projects, the album was released on 29th June 2015 to great
acclaim, receiving strong radio support in many territories including Germany, France
and the USA and was followed by a successful tour of Europe, featuring a new lineup
including Perry Bamonte (The Cure), Gizz Butt (Prodigy) and Ravi Kesavaram (My
Vitriol)

The band are now back in the studio once again, recording a new EP which is
scheduled for release in early summer 2016.