Steve Schiltz is a songwriter/composer, singer, and multi-instrumentalist based in New York City.
Schiltz founded Longwave in 1999, and by 2002 the band was signed with RCA Records. Longwave’s sophomore album, The Strangest Things, helmed by Flaming Lips producer Dave Fridmann, brought the band’s music to the masses, and international tours with The Strokes, Bloc Party, OK Go and many more followed.
Longwave went on an unofficial hiatus in 2009, after releasing Secrets Are Sinister. After years of collaboration, Schiltz wrote, recorded, mixed and produced Tonight Is the Ghost by himself — the first set of songs from the project that would become Hurricane Bells. The album quickly garnered kind words from critics and a following of fans.
But it was “Monsters,” a B-side from the album, that revealed the true power of Schiltz’s songwriting. The track was featured on the soundtrack to The Twilight Saga: New Moon, alongside Death Cab for Cutie, The Killers and more. Suddenly, Schiltz’s modest new project was a full-fledged band. “Monsters” was the song streaming out of a “Twilight” Hallmark card; the soundtrack sold over a million copies.
Hurricane Bells released an EP in 2010 and a second album, Tides and Tales, the following year. Another EP, There’s Nothing Precious in the Past, is pending release. The band toured the States and played to crowds in Japan and India.
Between stretches on the road playing his own music, Schiltz has been invited to play guitar on tours with the likes of Albert Hammond Jr., The Pierces, Teddy Thompson and James Iha. His playing can be heard on Blue October’s 2016 hit album Home, as well as UK hits by Birdy and Gavin James. And he’s built his own boutique studio, where he keeps his music organic, using vintage guitars, pianos, synths and drums.
Schiltz has co-composed scores for documentaries including 2013’s surfing spotlight “Stephanie in the Water” and the Occupy Wall Street chronicle “Another World” in 2014. In 2016, his score for "Voskhod" is accompanying that movie to the Cannes Film Festival. His melodies have also landed in ads for Verizon, Coca Cola, UPS, Cracker Barrel, Kohler and many more.
In addition to Hurricane Bells’ There's Nothing Precious In The Past, an album by new project Harvard Of The South is set to be released soon.
By Justin Jacobs