Grammy Award-winning Producer/Engineer Steve McLaughlin has produced, recorded and mixed the scores for over 100 major feature films, including the “Die Hard” series, the “Lethal Weapon” series, and the Academy Award nominated scores for “Interview With The Vampire” and “Michael Collins”.
Stephen was born on the 25th October 1960 in Helensburgh. He grew up in Craigendoran and attended Hermitage Academy. He began his musical career as the drummer in the late '70s punk group The Cubs, where he was known as Chic, which was a part of the literary art-punk scene around a pub near an art college in Edinburgh. His fellow art-punkers in this scene included The Fire Engines, The Scars, and the most popular of the set, Josef K.
He later moved on to join up with Scars in 1980, when their original drummer Calumn Mackay left the group. As a member of the band, he participated in the recording of the band's sole LP, the critically acclaimed 'Author! Author!', and performed two songs with them on the UK music program "The Old Grey Whistle Test". The band disbanded in 1982. However interest in the group remains high, and in December 2006, the tapes were fully restored to playable mode at Abbey Road Studios by EMI, and the tapes were remastered by Steve and transferred to CD format, and the original artwork was also remastered by John Mackie. The CD became available for purchase again via the Scars website and Amazon.
In the early 80s became a recording engineer at Zomba's Battery Studios in London. In 1987, he was approached by composer Michael Kamen to work on the score for Ridley Scott's Someone to Watch Over Me (1987). In 1991 Steve mixed and co-produced, with Kamen, the classic score for Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991) The soundtrack album went on to sell over 3.5 million copies. This was to be the start of a 15 year partnership as Kamen's musical producer.
Steve and Michael Kamen co-produced the Sting single, "It's Probably Me", for Lethal Weapon 3 (1992) The single went to number one in France and Italy and is to be found on Sting's Greatest Hits album. 1995 saw Steve win a Grammy Award for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical for his work on Tom Petty's Wildflowers album.
Between 1995 - 1998 Steve received two Motion Picture Sound Editors Golden Reel Awards, and two Nominations, for Best Scoring Mixer. In 2001/2, Steve produced Damon Gough aka Badly Drawn Boy's critically acclaimed score for the Weitz Brothers' About a Boy (2002) starring Hugh Grant.
Stephen is now one half of the 'Gohl McLaughlin' production team. The company was formed in 1999 by Steve and Teese Gohl, a fellow music producer. The company continues to go from strength to strength and has recently been involved with the musical production on films such as: Stardust, Hannibal Rising, Edge of Darkness, Telstar, Awake, The Young Victoria and Public Enemies.
Full details and up to date information can be found on Stephen's Music Film Producers site