Steve started out his career in music at a young age of 7. After winning the CI keyboard and organ championships 7 years in a row, he took time out to focus on sport. In his teens he spent time away from keyboards to percussion and having played with the Royal Marines Band it was not long before returning to the black and white keys. In 1990 he made his first record with legend composer and producer Marc Mitchell with a record deal with BUSH records. Steve moved away from electronic music to piano in 1995 to start writing with a focus on setting up a music management business at a later date. Whilst doing music, Steve had a 22 year career working in the stock market based in London and ended up CEO and founder of his own business before selling in 2008.
It was at this point Steve focused on music and famously became acquainted with Ed Sheeran as Steve was managing Ed’s closest friend. This opened the doors to working with many acoustic artists and hosting the famous Rabbit Hole Acoustic sessions for 4 years where discovery of big names today played there years before making the spotlight.
Inspired by Steve’s late dear friend Stephen Gatley he moved into more commercial music and worked with boy band BLUE and also on his own record label produced an album that went number 2 in the Jazz Charts for Ray Quinn who was also managed by Steve’s company RabbitHole Management.
Steve started his love of Jazz in 2012 working with Will Bartlett and this is how the jazz started and now having hosted some of the leading names in jazz at his venue Hampstead Lounge and Jazz Club.
As well as music, Steve had a very successful career in sport cycling for a pro am Team in France and now owning his own Cycling Race Team that competes in the pro am UK circuit. Steve still races today and in 2017 qualified for GB for the world championships in two disciplines Road Race and Time Trial. The team is fully sponsored by Hampstead Lounge and Jazz Club and is called HJL.
John-Paul Muir has established himself as one of the finest pianists to emerge from New Zealand in recent years, and certainly one of the most versatile; equally at home in both classical, jazz, and contemporary genres.
In 2010, having received top honours in all of New Zealand’s major music competitions, he graduated from the University of Auckland with a Master of Music degree and moved to London to study at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. He has since graduated with distinction from their Artist Masters Programme and is currently enjoying a freelance career based in London.
John-Paul was appointed Programme Manager of the Bloomsbury Festival in 2015, an annual five-day arts festival held in October featuring over one hundred events across Bloomsbury.
In January 2018 John-Paul was appointed Musical Director of Hampstead Lounge & Jazz Club, and his regular appearances there feature an ever-evolving roster of guest musicians from the UK jazz scene and beyond. His latest project featuring original compositions and improvisations, the Cornerstone Suite, was recently premiered at the 2017 London Jazz Festival.