Steve’s musical training started at age four with classical piano lessons and public recitals, and his first drumset was just a collection of pots and pans. This evolved into performing with rock bands in jr and sr high school, later touring and recording with many fine bands in a wide variety of musical settings and styles including progressive rock, jazz-fusion, funk, jamband, R+B, soul, ska, new age, pop, classic rock, reggae, metal and more.
Steve has recorded with Carole King’s backup band Navarro, performed with Germany’s rock show Guru Guru, Los Angeles band Robin Crow, toured with 60’s star Vic Dana, recorded with folk rocker Buzzy Linhardt, toured with Acoustic Junction opening for jam band Widespread Panic, and performed or recorded with various individual band members of The Rippingtons, Michael Murphy band, Jerry Jeff Walker band, and Firefall.
Opening act credits include concerts with Widespread Panic, Fishbone, Marty Balin from Jefferson Starship, Jack Mack and the Heart Attack, Commander Cody, and more. Locally, he has performed or recorded with The Freddi Henchi band, Lannie Garret, jazz fusion guitarist Michael Reese, popular ska band The Skatterbrains, vocal group The Chutney Brothers, R+B act The Girls, Jamaican crew Reggae Posse, rocker songwriter Michael John Band, college band Hurdy Gurdy, songwriter Sly del Vecchio, prog rock project Throb, funk project Groover, and many more. He continues to play drums and keyboards on sessions.
His session experience in such recording studios as Caribou Ranch, Northstar, Mountain Ears, Applewood, and many others, as well as recording with major label producers such as Kim Fowley and John Palladino, led to his opening and operating his own studio facility, recording and/or producing various bands, singer/songwriters and soundtrack music. He has recorded pilot ads for national tv commercials for the Solar Energy Research Institute, Sunkist Juice, Coors Lite beer, and Bubble Magic while a staff session player at an advertising music studio, and wrote soundtracks for several small independent films.
He graduated from the University of Colorado at Denver music program, under the direction of former audio engineering society president the late Roy Pritts, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Sound Synthesis, Recording, and Reinforcement. This program included studio recording, music business, music theory and composition, record company administration, music publishing, jazz ensembles, ear training, television/video production, and more.
Some of the bands who have recorded at Altitude Recording studio include jam band Smooth Money Gesture, horn bands Honeycomb, Dream Doctors and Jababa, international bass guitar clinician and performer Andy Irvine, the late jazz pianist Joe Bonner, young Denver singer phenom Jacob Larson, prog rockers Wild Game, eclectic rockers The Violent Femmes, reggae rockers Zen Conspiracy, pop band Reign Project, folk group New Cosmic Americans, progressive hiphop band Von Disco, rock band Vinegar Tasters, vocalist David Frisbie, many great solo acoustic guitarists, duo Firebird 4K, punkers Black Market Translation, The Doors tribute band The Strange Parade, free jazzers Ysam, EDM crew Skydyed, and many more.
As owner of Altitude Recording, Steve Sirockin’s responsibilities include equipment acquisition and maintenance, scheduling of sessions and our freelance engineer crew, as well as making sure clients are happy and sessions run smoothly. As a multi-instrumentalist, engineer or producer, he can optionally add to your session with drums, keyboards, bass, arranging, co-writing, production, or Pro Tools engineering including tracking, overdubbing, editing, or mixing, as well as final analog and digital mastering or premastering.
When not in the studio, Steve likes to go hiking, trail running, or camping in the mountains. He also formerly competed on the colorado trail running, duathlon, triathlon, and road running race circuits.