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STEVE RATCHEN MUSIC

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Steve Ratchen

Musical Artist and Songwriter

Ever hear the old Indian proverb about the six blind men and the elephant It's standard reading for any philosophy class and a treatise on moral relativism. But when people ask me what I do musically, I tell them, “I'm the elephant!”

 

I've spent 35+ years writing, recording and of course, performing live, in projects that are fairly diverse, and because of that, there are entire segments of people who know me only in one of those modalities, like the guy who only gets to feel the elephants tusk and thinks “An elephant is sharp and smooth like ivory.” But there's also the tail, and the ears and...

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Musical Career Highlights

  • 4 Octave vocal abilities- currently playing/singing the roles of Timothy B. Schmitt, Randy Meisner and Peter Cetera in Eagles and Chicago Tribute shows.

  • Previously played/sang the roles of Paul McCartney, Geddy Lee and Glenn Hughes in Beatles/Wings, Rush and Deep Purple Tribute shows.

  • Countertenor vocal range that includes everything from McCartney to Barry Gibb, Brian Wilson and King Diamond.

  • 35+ years of professional experience as Bassist/Keyboardist/Vocalist(lead and harmony) in diverse genres from Classic Rock and Country Rock to Progressive, Neo Classical and Thrash Metal to Jazz.

  • Unique playing style (Left handed player who plays right handed instruments upside down).

  • Long time endorsements with Conklin (including Signature model bass) and ESP.

  • Dynamic stage presence with audience engagement.

  • Principal songwriter with diverse genre acts including The Wizards of Winter, Alchemy X, Vyndykator and Division 1.1.

  • Detail oriented self-starter who has founded or co-founded several successful acts including The Wizards of Winter and Winslow An Evening of the Eagles.

  • Team player who has successfully functioned as both a solo composer/lyricist and in tandem with collaborators.

  • Seamlessly adapts to different scenarios to best serve the song, album or project as a whole.

Steve Ratchen Official Tribute Acts

Winslow - An Evening of the Eagles

Steve Performs the Voice of Timothy Schmitt and

Randy Meisner of the Eagles

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Winslow Eagles Tribute

JTA - Chicago Tribute Band

Steve Performs the Voice of Peter Cetera of Chicago

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JTA Chicago Tribute

Steve Ratchen Music Discography

A Delicate Balance by Alchemy X

Alchemy X
A Delicate Balance

1999

11-59-59 by Alchemy X

Alchemy X
11:59:59

2003

Vyndykator

Vyndykator
Heaven Sent From Hell

2003

With a Vengeance

Division 1.1
With A Vengeance

2012

Division 1.1

Division 1.1
United We Brawl

 

Beneath the Northern Star

The Wizards of Winter
Tales Beneath a Northern Star

2011

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Wizards of Winter

The Wizards of Winter
The Wizards of Winter

2014

The Magic of Winter

The Wizards of Winter
The Magic of Winter
2015

The Christmas Dream

The Wizards of Winter
The Christmas Dream

2019

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Steve Ratchen Endorsements

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As a left-handed player who none-the-less employs right-handed extended range instruments upside down, Ratchen has had a long-standing relationship with Conklin, his endorsement with them going back 15 years. While the GT-7 has been his instrument of choice since that time, in 2010 Conklin built the prototype SR-14, a signature 14 string bass that bears his name. Octaves from the low B thru G and then summarily echoed at the C and F, the GT-14 is a feat of engineering brilliance- Essentially an octave 7 string, it solves the conundrum of sacrificing high end riffing for low-end structure and rumble.

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