The journey to a successful career in the entertainment industry is not a race; it’s a marathon. It’s all about consistency and while some luminaries seemingly come from nowhere and find instant fame, most burn out their star fairly quickly. Trends change, but training and tradition will always be in demand. While working to take his brand to the next level, Grammy Award-winning Producer/Musician/Composer/Engineer Steve Pageot will certainly strive to keep these virtues at the core of his work.
Though Steve comes from a musical family, receiving his earliest instruction from his father, noted musician Fritz Pageot, his personal journey began near the end of high school. He reflects with a laugh, “It seems like my father had a plan for me from day one. Luckily my brothers eventually came to pick up the slack.” After winning a major competition in Canada, where he was raised, he soon found himself participating as a musician on several domestic and international projects. As is the norm within the entertainment industry, work begets more work and in 1998 he moved to New York with $400 and got a chance to prove himself under the wing of producer Ron Lawrence (Diddy, B.I.G, LL Cool J). Within a year, Steve would be beginning his collection of industry accolades with a platinum plaque for his work on the 1999 release of Krayzie Bone’s “Thug Mentality 1999”.
Leaning not only on his talent as a producer, but also as a musician able to play instruments, Steve began working other avenues of his craft, racking up commercial and jingle credits for some of the most recognizable brands in America today. Another gold plaque and a Grammy Award later, the latter for his work with the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, Steve inked a deal with MTV to score music for several of their television shows including runaway successes Run’s House and Rob and Big. Becoming somewhat of a staple in the Viacom arena, he has also scored music for VH1 shows and appeared four times on BET’s 106 and Park as a judge on the Freestyle Friday segment. He was also slated to work on the final studio album for Michael Jackson, and though the opportunity will never materialize he still counts it as a blessing. “Just to be considered good enough to work on a Michael Jackson project will always make me feel validated as a producer.”
“It’s all about taking the brand to the next level”, he smartly outlines. While continuing his work in production, composing, engineering, and mixing, he seeks to get the message of the importance of music education to the youth and share what he has learned about the entertainment industry with novices and apprentices. Continuing the tradition of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Scott Joplin, and Quincy Jones, Steve Pageot is readying the baton to be passed to the next generation of young musical talents.