Friday, 14th June, 2019
More about RSL's Fellows
Steve White – Drummer/Educator
2018 RSL Fellow.
Steve White was born in Bermondsey, South London and has lived in the south part of London all his life. At 16, through the support of King Crimsons’s Bill Bruford Steve was recommended and accepted on a scholarship to the drum school PIT in Los Angeles and also won a place at the Berkley School of music in Boston. In 1982 he was invited to audition for an unnamed band, which turned out to be Paul Weller’s new group The Style Council, with whom he played until 1989. After the Style Council, Steve co-founded the Jazz Renegades with saxophonist Alan Barnes. The band toured the UK and Japan as part of the burgeoning Acid Jazz movement and Steve went on to play with such groups as Working Week, Galliano, The Young Disciples, The James Taylor Quartet, and Ian Dury.
In recent years, as well as his continuing association with Paul Weller, Steve has played with bands including Oasis, Ocean Colour Scene, The Who, Jon Lord, Sam Gray and La Roux. He has also established a reputation as an in-demand personal teacher and motivator, course instructor at the Freddie Gee Drum Academy, and as a drum set clinician.
Max Helyer – Guitarist
2019 RSL Fellow.
Max Helyer is a guitarist in UK rock band You Me At Six. You Me at Six’s acclaimed debut album, ‘Take Off Your Colours’, included such hits as ‘Kiss and Tell’ and ‘Save It for the Bedroom’. Six years and three albums later, they found themselves Number 1 on the UK album chart with 2014’s ‘Cavalier Youth’. The band have toured with the likes of Paramore, Fall Out Boy and Thirty Seconds to Mars. Max took Rockschool grades as part of his school education and has cited the qualifications as formative to his preparation for industry.