Power Steppers’ true identity remains a mystery as he shuns publicity. Interviews with the elusive performer can only be conducted through facsimile or e-mail. The main force behind Power Steppers had no previous experience in the field of music, but had been active in the areas of eco-agriculture, conservation and primate research. His credentials led to preservation work in Africa and South America. His musical influence began in north London’s dancehall scene, primarily through the eminent Jah Shaka. Although predominately inspired by Shaka, his other influences include Ash Ra Temple, Faust and Brain Ticket, resulting in a definitive dub sound. Power Steppers utilized the bass guitar and delay as the fundamental instruments of protest, producing minimal dubs that captivate and stimulate. He recorded with gabba gabba dubbers Zion Train through the band’s own Universal Egg outlet, and his sound was promoted through the band’s Bass Odyssey system. Power Steppers’ dub outings particularly appealed to the rapidly expanding audience of the prevalent ambient dub sound. Zion Train have stated: ‘Power Steppers is one of the strangest people it has ever been our pleasure to meet’.
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