Stephen Bastien was raised in the Caribbean where he experienced playing in a steelpan orchestra. When he moved to London he joined the British Airways Groovers a steelpan band that travelled internationally for five years.
In 1991 he joined a hard rock band called Illegal Attittude as a bass player.
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Groove Factory Conobus
Stephen Bastien is a man of varied interests. It's difficult to tell whether his perfect day involves an afternoon of Aussie rules football, followed by an evening of expressionist painting and a Dallas DVD marathon, but musically his passions and influences certainly run far and wide. It's perhaps the product of a life spent living in the Caribbean, London and now Fife - not to mention a musical career encompassing steelpan, funk, metal and much much more - but there's no arguing with the results. Under the Groove Factory Conobus moniker, Stephen's instrumental 'Compolation' lp takes the pick of four previous CDs and adds some new material to fan out a startling mix of dance beats, ambient jams, prize metal moments and experimental atmos like some crazy tingling electro tapas.