Beginnings in music  

When Stephen Gibb was born in late 1973 his father and uncles were already well established in the music industry and by the time Stephen was five years old they had reached the pinnacle of their success with the release of the phenomenal Saturday Night Fever film and soundtrack.

None of this escaped young Stephen 's notice. He was fairly impressed by all the excitement of touring and performing, enough so that early on he felt this might be the direction he'd like to take in his own life.

At the age of three Stephen began playing piano, but when he was about 13 he decided he'd like to play guitar.

"When I said I wanted to get into music it wasn't something that was encouraged or discouraged. I never took it very seriously until I saw a Van Halen show as a kid. Around that time I decided I wanted to learn guitar. So I was told to buy a guitar and learn. My dad wasn't going to hand it to me on a plate..."

And so Stephen began playing music in school.

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Sister Red was a young Miami ensemble of friends Aimee, Anthony Winters and Tom McWiliams, who recorded their self named debut album at Audiovision in Miami Florida in 1991 with Mike Wolofsky providing bass guitar. Stephen, Anthony, Mike and Aimee were no strangers to each other all having attended the same school in Miami and have remained great friends. Stephen is given special thanks on the cd liner "For jamming dude!"

In 1992 Stephen and some friends, including his best friend, Emerson Forth, formed a metal band called SkilletHead, which performed the club circuit in and around Miami. That year Stephen also made occasional appearances as a guitarist backing the Bee Gees.

In February of 1997 Stephen joined one of South Florida's 'buzz bands', The Underbellys. (In the photo, Stephen is on the far left) This five piece band included Billy Velvet (lead vocals), Joel Dasilva (guitarist), Sean 'Evil' Gerovitz (bass), Randy Blitz (drums) and of course Stephen on guitar. The band played countless venues including the Viper Room in Los Angeles and Don Hills in Greenwich Village.

The Underbelly's, including Stephen , recorded for Columbia Records with Pat Dinizio of the Smithereens as their producer. Unfortunately this did not result in a record deal. Later the group would dissolve over 'creative differences'. Three of it's members, Dasilva, Gerovitz and Blitz would later form the power trio now known as The Hep Cat Boo Daddies.

On October 14, 1988, Stephen and 9 other students at The Lear School in Miami performed their first concert. This group was put together by Isaac Ersoff, a mathematics teacher at the school with a background in music. The students performed at lunchtimes and for special events at the school. (The photo on the right is from an article published in the Miami Herald at that time. Although it's not at all clear, Stephen is the individual to the right in the picture.)

Despite the fact that their high school closed its doors in early 1989, Stephen and friends, Mike Wolofsky and Matt Ackerman, maintained their friendship.

That same year Stephen and friends formed their own band which was indecisively christened NNY for 'No Name Yet'. Later they would settle on the name ZEX. (sounds like sex?)and in February of that year they landed a gig at 'Woody's' a Miami club owned by Rolling Stone, Ron Wood. Later in the year Stephen would work as a guitar technician on the Bee Gee's 'One For All' Tour.

In 1991, after being his dad's guitar tech for two years, Stephen enrolled in a music school in Miami where he studied, made some good friends and got his degree.

He began writing songs, the first of which was a solo effort entitled 'Whiskey Jam'. Other songs penned during this time were 'Shadow of Your Dreams' with Emerson Forth and Deniz Kose, 'Hole In My Soul' also with Kose, and 'Ren and Stevie' with Middle Ear Studio engineer, Scott Glasel and his girlfriend, Amanda Green. This song being a take off on the Gibb family dog, Ren, and the Nickelodean cartoon series 'Ren and Stimpy'.

Continuing on ... ... ...

Since his beginnings Stephen has continued to progress in his chosen field, playing with Nikki Sixx (Motley Crue) in 58, Zakk Wylde in The Black Label Society, the New Orleans based, metal/sludge band Crowbar and Kingdom of Sorrow, Barry Gbb and Saigon Kick, as well as co-writing for many other artists. The Discography page details commercially available recordings which feature work by Stephen.

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