Meet the Board: Steven Gillis

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Steven Gillis attended Berklee College of music and is a producer/engineer/mixer and owner of Transient Sound in Chicago where he has recorded and/or produced artists such as Los Lobos, Naked Raygun, AyOH, The Right Now, Juan Pastor's Chinchano among many more.  Along with working full time at Transient Sound, Steven has played thousands of gigs with hundreds of artists as a professional drummer since 1989. Steven has played/toured, been a member of and /or recorded with Filter, Chuck Berry, Buddy Guy, Sugar Blue, Cathy Richardson, Micheal McDermott, Nicholas Barron, Martin Short, The Jersey Boys, Magic Box, Inner City, Swimmer, Sumo and many others.  Steven has loved volunteering as a member of the Recording Academy and would be honored to serve another 2-year term as Governor.

What is your favorite thing about the Chicago music scene?

My favorite thing about the Chicago music scene is its huge diversity of styles and artists. We have world class talent here and a deep sense of music history which is unique to Chicago. I'm so proud to call this city home!

Why did you choose your profession? 

I first chose my profession as a drummer when I was a sophomore at Evanston Township High School. In 2000, after attending Berklee College of Music and playing professionally for over 10 years, I discovered my other passion while spending a lot of time in studios recording and working on records as a drummer/engineer/producer. I have been practicing all three, and continually evolving as an artist ever since.

What are your 2 favorite albums?

My 200 favorite albums are...hahaha..Impossible to give only 2. 


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Chicago Chapter Executive Director - Sarah Jansen

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