Steve Mackey dead: Pulp bassist dies aged 56

By Stermy 6 Min Read

English musician and record producer, Steve Mackey, who was best known as the bass guitarist for the alternative rock band Pulp, has died. He was aged 56.

Pulp band revealed the news of Steve’s death via their Twitter account in a press statement published online, stating that the musician, born with his legal name Stephen Patrick Mackey, passed away on the morning of Thursday, March 2, 2023.

Along with the announcement, the band shared a 2012 photo of the late musician during a Pulp tour in South Africa.

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The post captions; “Our beloved friend & bass player Steve Mackey passed away this morning. Our thoughts are with his family & loved ones. Safe travels, Steve. We hope to catch up with you one day. All our love xx.”

In a separate statement shared on Instagram, his wife, Katie Grand said that;

“After three months in hospital, fighting with all his strength and determination, we are shocked and devastated to have said goodbye my brilliant, beautiful husband, Steve Mackey.

“Steve died today, a loss which has left myself, his son Marley, parents Kath and Paul, sister Michelle and many friends all heartbroken. Steve was the most talented man I knew, an exceptional musician, producer, photographer and filmmaker.

“As in life, he was adored by everyone whose paths he crossed in the multiple creative disciplines he conquered. I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to all the NHS staff who worked tirelessly for Steve. He will be missed beyond words.”

Steve Mackey Cause Of Death

As it stands as of the time of this post, no cause of death has been established.

Steve Mackey Wife & Children

In 2009, Mackey married his longtime girlfriend, stylist and fashion journalist, Katie Grand. He lived in North London with his wife, and son, Marley (born 1996).

About Steve Mackey

Steve Mackey is an American musician, composer, and producer known for his work as the bassist in the rock band, “The Breeders,” as well as his collaborations with a diverse range of musicians and composers. He was born on October 31, 1966, in Frankfurt, Germany, but grew up in Virginia, USA.

Mackey began his music career in the late 1980s, when he joined the alternative rock band, “The Breeders,” which was formed by Kim Deal, the bassist of “The Pixies.” He played bass on the band’s critically acclaimed 1993 album, “Last Splash,” which included the hit song “Cannonball.”

In addition to his work with The Breeders, Mackey has collaborated with many other musicians and artists. He has performed and recorded with acts such as PJ Harvey, Beck, David Bowie, and St. Vincent, among others. He has also worked as a composer and producer, creating music for dance and theater productions, as well as for film and television.

Mackey has received numerous awards and honors for his work, including a Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album for his work on St. Vincent’s 2014 album, “St. Vincent.” He is also a member of the composition faculty at the Princeton University Department of Music, where he teaches courses on music composition and production.

Steve Mackey also collaborated with the British band Pulp in the late 1990s, playing bass guitar on several of their albums. He first worked with Pulp on their 1995 album “Different Class,” which is widely considered to be their breakthrough record. Mackey co-wrote several of the album’s tracks with the band, including the hit single “Sorted for E’s & Wizz.”

Mackey continued to work with Pulp on their subsequent albums, including “This is Hardcore” in 1998 and “We Love Life” in 2001. He contributed to the songwriting and production on these records, and his bass playing helped to define the band’s distinctive sound.

Overall, Mackey’s collaborations with Pulp helped to cement his reputation as a versatile and innovative musician, with a talent for creating memorable bass lines and crafting complex arrangements. His work with the band remains influential to this day, and has inspired many other musicians and producers in the indie and alternative rock scenes.

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