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Steven Drozd Background information Birth name Steven Gregory Drozd Born June 11, 1969 (1969-06-11) Origin Houston, Texas, United States Genres Alternative rock Occupations Musician, actor Instruments Guitar, drums, bass, keyboard, vocals Years active 1983-present Labels Warner Bros. Records Associated acts The Flaming Lips
The son of musician Vernon Drozd, he grew up in Houston with three brothers and a sister. From the age of ten, he played drums and later keys with his father's polka band. While attending Eisenhower High School in Lawton, Oklahoma, he played percussion in the school's marching and symphonic bands, and played keyboards in a jazz quartet he formed with fellow students Michael Brown (tenor and soprano saxophones), Robert Archer (bass guitar), and Todd Balcom (drums), performing smooth jazz and jazz-fusion. Besides his work with 'The Lips', he heads a side-project, The Paris Gun where he plays guitar and keyboards. He has also appeared on a number of recordings of other artists including Elliott Smith's From a Basement on the Hill, Jay Farrar's Sebastopol and ThirdShiftGrottoSlack and Steve Burns' Songs for Dustmites. Steven is also featured on the current 2007 online release of Cake's B-sides and Rarities.
He joined The Flaming Lips in 1991 as a young up-and-coming drummer. While his style is deeply influenced by the big drum sounds of the 1970s, his youth spent playing in his father's polka band developed a keen sense of taste and syncopation, allowing for seamless transitions through an articulate and dynamic touch. His thick grooves, with episodes of odd-time funk, are equally matched with heavily distorted straight ahead rock, mixing and jumping from various genres often marrying the virtues of his influences.
Drum gear (incomplete): 70's Ludwig Supraphonic chrome snares; Remo Black dot batter and vintage Gretsch drums.
His battle with heroin, which he first tried in 1990, is portrayed in a very graphic and emotional scene in the 2005 Flaming Lips documentary The Fearless Freaks. Drozd is currently clean. He is married to Becky Stokesberry and they have a son, Daniel James Drozd (born September 22, 2005), and a daughter, Charlotte Michelle Drozd (born February 26, 2008).
During live performances, he typically plays lead guitar (usually with a Fender Jazzmaster) and keyboards, often alternating between the two during the same song. Drozd also sings background vocals, often in a very high register.
In Flaming Lips' film Christmas on Mars, he plays Major Syrtis, the main character of the film.
Steven has also appeared on Noggin's Jack's Big Music Show, with Daily Show host Jon Stewart, and original Blue's Clues host Steve Burns.