Steve was born in Minneapolis, MN on March 16, 1959. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Madison where he studied with Butch Vig. His friendship with Vig grew and the pair opened Smart Studios in 1983.
Before Garbage Steve produced acts including Kill Dozer, Gumballs and The Heart Throbs. He was also the engineer on L7’s Bricks Are Heavy. He took up the guitar at the age of 12 after playing drums since the age of 6. Steve often updates the bands twitter profile.