The Smiths and Blur producer Stephen Street holds production masterclass in Brighton

Students at BIMM Brighton get tips from super-producer

Stephen Street held a production masterclass for students in Brighton last week (February 21).

Street, who has worked on classic albums including The Smiths’ ‘Strangeways, Here We Come’ and Blur’s ‘Parklife’, gave production tips to students at BIMM Brighton.

Speaking about why he took part in the session, Street told NME: “I hate the term ‘masterclass’ – it makes me feel nervous.”

“But yeah, I just thought, when I was younger, getting the chance to speak to the producers I looked up to, whose names I’d read on the backs of sleeves of amazing albums – Tony Visconti, George Martin, people like that – would have been an incredible opportunity,” he added. “So for anyone who likes those Smiths albums, those Blur albums, I’m happy to answer questions.”

In a recent interview with NME, Street spoke about the ongoing rumours surrounding the future of The Smiths and said he thought it was unlikely they would ever reform.

“I really can’t see it happening. I’d love to see it happen more than anyone but I think we’ve gone past a point when it can happen,” he said. “I read Morrissey’s autobiography and came out of it just thinking, ‘You know what? I’m not sure that it is a situation that can be resolved’. It’s too complicated. Which is obviously quite a shame ‘cos there’s such a phenomenal appetite for them – it only gets stronger as the years go on. Young people who weren’t even born when the band together even understand why they were so important. But no, I’m almost convinced it won’t happen.”

Street admitted that he has lost touch with Morrissey over the years but is excited to hear the solo album he is currently working on. He revealed: “I’m not really in his ‘sphere’ anymore if you know what I mean. I’m not really on his radar anymore when it comes to producing sadly. I’m looking forward to hearing it (the new album) though. I haven’t heard much about it, but I think it’ll be good.”