Autumn Steele, FPI Founder, has always been greatly influenced by music, cinema, and pop culture; along with, its related industries. As an audiophile, Steele studied arts-management focusing on music business and entertainment law --- graduating in 2019. Throughout undergrad, Steele interned for renaissance man, Bobbito Garcia; thereafter, gaining credit as a production assistant in the Rotten Tomatoes favorably voted film, Stretch and Bobbito: Radio that Changed Lives. Subsequently, Steele served as the associate-producer for the annual panel series, Complex Con(versations) 2017. Later that year, Steele would collaborate with Bobbito Garcia once more --- attributed for sound recording and camera operation in his autobiographical doc, Rock Rubber 45s. Beyond the preceding, the all-around-creative acquired work experience with companies such as ASCAP, 300 Entertainment, and more.
Whilst her studies, Steele began consulting composers and instrumentalists. Namely, Giveton Gelin, emerging composer, trumpeter, and the 2020 LetterOne Rising Star Jazz Award recipient; plus, regular sideman with Jon Batiste, Ben Wolfe, Bobby Watson, and many more. In 2020, Steele executive-produced (post-production, album sequencing, art design/direction) and independently released, True Design, Gelin's debut LP --- receiving warm reviews and critical mention. Besides the foregoing, her clients are associated with acts such as Leon Bridges, Wynton Marsalis, Eddie Palmieri, Doja Cat, Bebe Rexha, Coco Jones, Jon Bellion, Stretch and Bobbito + The M19s, Orrin Evans’ Captain Black Big Band, plus others.
In 2021, the multi-hyphenate also began providing music supervision. Later that summer, Steele contributed to Blumhouse's Nanny, a suspense-thriller feature, debuted at Sundance --- winning the Grand Jury Prix; together with, Apple TV's Magic Johnson docuseries, and Amazon Studio's Master by Mariama Diallo. Additionally, credits include Netflix's forthcoming Rustin, Hulu's 1619 Project, and HBO's Random Acts of Flyness S2, among other titles.
From time to time, Steele can be found spinning vinyl sets featuring jazz, soul, house, salsa, highlife, hip-hop, and MPB in NYC.