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nada (always written in lower-case letters) is the alias of Steve Grainger, a UK based electronic composer and musician.

nada's music references a variety of sources including post-war European 'art' music, classical impressionism, expressionism and romanticism, musique concrete, ethnic folk musics, circus bands, fairground mechanical organs, minimalism, electronica, post rock, ambient, dance music, easy listening and jazz.

Steve Grainger has been active as a musician and producer for almost 30 years, in which time he has worked as a music writer for TV production companies, produced numerous records and played in several bands - most notably, those of the mid-noughties Brighton scene such as The Customers and the small.

In 1999 he signed with Infectious Records (a subsidiary of Mushroom] as a founder member of Elevator Suite, a band whose first two singles were crowned "Record Of The Week" on Radio 1, and who went on to tour Europe with Morcheeba and release a critically acclaimed album: Barefoot & Shitfaced.

The name nada, according to Grainger is: "...supposed to indicate my attitude toward music; you see, 'nada' is the ancient Sanskrit word for the universal sound vibration - which I believe gives rise to the entire universe, everything we know... and of course, it's also Spanish for 'nothing' so, to me, 'nada' means 'everything and nothing', which is how I think about music..!"

"We Don't Talk If I Don't Call You"
30 second clip - taken from the album 'how to avoid matrimony' 2009 Drift Records
"Paperhouse For Two"
30 second clip - taken from the album 'how to avoid matrimony' 2009 Drift Records
30 second clip - taken from the album 'how to avoid matrimony' 2009 Drift Records
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Live performances - which are rare - either consist of just Steve with a laptop and a few auxiliary instruments or comprise a small 'chamber' group of musicians from other acts on the Drift Records roster. A typical 'Group' line-up might include: Johny Lamb Thirty Pounds of Bone / Cottonmouth Rocks / Actress Hands (Cornet), Sally Megee Cottonmouth Rocks (Keyboard), Rob Woolhouse The Burns Unit (Bass), Jon Pugh The Poppycocks (Drums) and Tim Didymus Tim Didymus (Saxophone)

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nada's debut album how to avoid matrimony features instrumental contributions from Johny Lamb, Jon Pugh, Tim Didymus, Andy Halliday, Annie Kerr and Art Holland. It is released in 2009 on UK-based independent label Drift Records

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