In the vibrant world of house music, where beats unite souls on the dancefloor, few names resonate as powerfully as Bobby & Steve. With a legacy spanning nearly four decades, their journey is a testament to passion, resilience, and the universal language of rhythm. Join us as we embark on a journey through their narrative, from humble beginnings to becoming iconic figures in the soulful house and disco scene.
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The Beginnings of a Groove
Born and bred in London's East End, the twins Robert and Stephen Laviniere entered the scene in the early 1980s. As the landscape of the city's nightlife shifted, they found themselves at the forefront of change, playing alongside renowned DJs like Norman Jay, Paul 'Trouble' Anderson, Jazzy B, and Trevor Nelson. This era marked the inception of their musical odyssey, paving the way for a trailblazing future.
Soulful House Pioneers
With a blend of soul, funk, and disco, Bobby & Steve created waves in the eighties warehouse party scene. As the rare groove movement gained momentum, they became instrumental figures, spreading their love for music through their trailblazing Zoo Experience show on Kiss FM. For over a decade, their radio platform introduced listeners to exclusive tracks and remixes, nurturing a community of devoted followers.
The Birth of Garage City
In 1987, a visit to Larry Levan's Paradise Garage in New York marked a transformative moment. Inspired by the 'Garage' music sound championed by Levan, Frankie Knuckles, and Tony Humphries, Bobby & Steve returned to the UK with a new perspective. Klub Zoo, their legendary night, played a pivotal role in introducing the UK to 'house music,' weaving soulful influences into dance beats.
A House Music Evolution
Fueled by their passion, Bobby & Steve launched 'Garage City,' a renowned house night that defined UK's sound. With a mix of soulful, funky, and uplifting US garage, the night attracted global legends like Masters at Work, Kerri Chandler, and more. Telstar Records released compilation albums mixed by the duo, cementing their place in the music scene.
Groove Odyssey's Rise
The new millennium heralded a fresh chapter for Bobby & Steve. They introduced 'Soul Heaven' at the Ministry of Sound and embarked on a weekly Ibiza residency at El Divino. Defected Records released a 'Soul Heaven' compilation mixed by the dynamic duo, marking their enduring impact on the industry.
Island Vibes and GO Ibiza
Their passion for music led them to create Groove Odyssey, a powerhouse record label and club event. The brand's label produces original releases and compilation albums to critical acclaim. The GO Ibiza weekender, now in its third year, has become a must-attend event, uniting house music lovers from around the world.
The Resilience of Legends
The journey of Bobby & Steve is one of triumph over challenges. At the start of their debut album tour “Let’s Stand Together” in March 2020, on returning from Madrid Bobby & Steve both contracted Covid-19.They were both placed in induced comas and as a result of this Steve has been diagnosed with a rare brain injury called Acute Hemorrhagic Leukoencephalitis (AHLE-aka-Hurst disease) and is in a neurological care home / hospital.
Continuing the Legacy
Initially, Bobby was not going to carry on without his twin brother, but ultimately made the decision to continue carrying on the legacy of the dynamic duo whilst waiting for Steve to fully recover and rejoin the movement. In 2021, Bobby launched the 'Dance For Stevie' brand, a fundraiser for Steve's future care and rehabilitation. This initiative sees the return of their legendary Garage City party, bridging music with a purpose.
As we reflect on the remarkable journey of Bobby & Steve, it's evident that their legacy in the world of music is one of resilience, passion, and unwavering dedication. For over three decades, these iconic figures have woven their soulful sound into the fabric of the house music scene, leaving an indelible mark that continues to inspire generations.
From their early days as pioneers in the eighties warehouse party scene to their establishment as legendary DJs, promoters, and producers, Bobby & Steve have not only shaped the evolution of house music but also cultivated a community bound by the love of rhythm and melody.
Bobby & Steve's story is a celebration of the joy music brings, the connections it forges, and the timeless impact it carries. Their unwavering spirit and dedication to the craft serve as an inspiration to music enthusiasts, DJs, and artists worldwide.
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