Welcome To The Numatik Lab
The Numatik Lab is the production studio base for music producer Steven Botting from the UK.
For over 20 years Steve has been in and out of studios most of his life. His humble beginnings as a drummer and percussionist at 12 years old landed him a place at his local youth music society. Steve was a popular member of the orchestra and was often seen playing timpani, xylophone, and snare drums.
The youth society was a big part of Steve’s percussion training and for his age, his ability as a percussionist awarded him a grade A+ at The Kent Music School UK.
The drums were a very important part of Steve’s life as a child and he owned a 6 piece Tama drum kit where he would be actively playing in a local punk band in the mid-’80s. The band almost landed a record deal but Steve was not quite ready for the massive commitment at the time.
During the late 80s, Steve was in his late teens. He discovered Acid House and Rave music and became obsessed with the music that came from the scene at the time and saved up for a Roland W30 workstation and a few Roland synths like the SH101 and Juno 106.
After several months of studying drum machine and synth programming, Steve made music. A few of his productions were released on small independent labels. This led to doing DJ sets at all-night warehouse parties and then onto licensed raves and clubs. The love of synth and electronic music was a natural progression into the dance scene.
The late 90s was a great time and Steve hooked up with Tony Edwards from EMI who used to be in a band that supported Gary Numan on tour. They formed Aquilia, a progressive house concept that became quite a successful project landing on one of DJ Sasha’s biggest selling Ibiza compilations. The biggest track “Dreamstate” was also featured on a Channel 4 documentary about clubbing as well as many clubbing magazine covermount CD’s.
Aquilia was only successful for a brief time as Tony moved to Australia and Steve decided to learn how to engineer in a studio environment so purchased more equipment. In the early 2000’s Steve was working for Pinnacle Distribution selling dance music. He made many contacts and produced music in any spare time possible.
Steve loved the Ibiza chillout scene and started producing chillout mixes of dance tracks in his small studio. He had mixes licensed to BMG, Warner Brothers, EMI, and Inferno Records and went under the name of “Tranquillo”.
After more productions, projects, releases, and flirtations with remixing some big artists on White labels and officially by the UK label Music Factory Mastermix Steve then became a DJ for private parties and operated a company that successfully offered some amazing DJs for high profile events.
It’s been a rollercoaster ride for at least 25 years and now Steve has been busy creating production music for media in various electronic styles ranging from Pop, Dance, Chilled beats, Electronica, Synth Pop, and Indie Pop.
Some very interesting albums are currently in the making for libraries worldwide. Featured tracks will be available to listen to on the Music page on this website.
Please feel free to contact Steve by email if you require any further information on music and album concepts. Steve is a member of the PRS/MCPS for mechanical and performance and the PRL (Performance Rights Ltd) for neighbouring rights. He is also a member of the PMA (Production Music Association).