Steve Cradock is best known as the guitarist for seminal Brit-Pop band Ocean Colour Scene but has had an illustrious career playing guitar for Paul Weller, The Specials and his own solo projects. Steve’s retro, 60’s inspired playing style has allowed him to become a very distinctive player and is often regarded as one of the best and most talented British guitarists.
In 1988, along with some school friends, Steve started his first band The Boys. After spending time at Paul Weller’s studio in Marble Arch trying to push The Boys’ music (and often getting evicted in the process) Steve left a lasting impression on Paul Weller. Polydor and CBS showed interest in The Boys but the band would later dissolve and Ocean Colour Scene would form later in 1989.
Paul Weller invited Ocean Colour Scene on tour and the band achieved a small level of success with their self-titled debut record. However, Ocean Colour Scene felt that they hadn’t achieved their full potential so, after touring with Weller, Steve self-funded their second and most successful record ‘Moseley Shoals’. This record sold over 3million copies world-wide.
After joining Paul Weller’s band in 1992, Steve has appeared on all of Weller’s albums and is credited with writing the songs ‘Night Lights’, ‘111’ and ‘Song for Alice’. In 2008 Steve announced his first solo record ‘The Kundalini Target’ and features his wife Sally. As a solo artist Steve has toured extensively and has recorded three studio albums.
Steve Cradock plays the Farida J-10CE in a natural satin, open-pore finish.