EP 20: Steve Forman

From the late 60s to the early 2000s Steve Forman was known as one of the most well respected and in-demand percussionists on the LA studio scene. Steve was the percussionist for many iconic recordings with Pink Floyd, David Bowie, John Lennon, The Beach Boys, REO Speedwagon, James Taylor, Dave Matthews Band, Christina Aguilera, and also played percussion on some of Hollywood’s greatest movies including: E.T, Pretty Woman, Catch Me if You Can, Flipper, Last of the Mohicans, Jumping Jack Flash, and Dumb & Dumber.

Around 10 years ago I met Steve at a music session in a pub in Glasgow, Scotland where he has now relocated. Steve had decided to leave the once booming LA studio scene to pursue his life’s next journey percussion and music while completing his PHD in composition at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

In this Episode

We hear from Steve about the early days on the LA scene, his first major studio session that turned out to be for John Lennon, playing sessions for movies, the early days of audio sampling, and Steve’s new major focus of understanding and teaching rhythm theory in a three dimensional and non linear way.


Above is a photo from one of our many sessions in Glasgow. Me on cajon and Steve on congas with some of Scotland’s finest: Adam Sutherland on fiddle, Innes Watson on Guitar, and the wonderful late Fraser Shaw on low whistle. (Photo by Natalie Champa Jennings)