The Young Step

Management and Booking

CONTACT : Micah Gilliam -

MANAGEMENT : Travis Morgan


Listen to our Debut album


The Young Step hail from St. Augustine, Florida. The Young Step sound is as obscure and mysterious as the northeast Florida swampland, with subtle impressions of David Bowie, David Byrne, The Doors, Roxy Music, and T-Rex, blended with New Wave quirkiness and a sort of 'Rock N' Roll Spiritual' aspect only the lovechild of Alan Watts and Janis Joplin would understand. It's a funky-sexy mind-trip. 

Formed in the summer of 2015, The Young Step originated with Ben Whitson and Micah Gilliam, who had previously collaborated on numerous musical projects. Ben, a film-maker and song-writer, has created music under multiple monikers (Flowers, The Sons Of), and is the primary writer and vocalist of The Young Step. Ben is the artistic spearhead of the group and keeps the band on the 'bohemian' side of Steve McQueen-cool. Micah, the oldest (and wisest) of the group, has been writing and performing since pubescence, has toured nationally and internationally, engineers and produces in his own studio, and is also a member of The WillowWacks with his wife, and third member of The Young Step, Lauren Gilliam. Lauren, a vocalist and ukulele player, was added on bass, guitar, and vocals soon after inception. Lauren has played bass with St. Augustine favorites Chelsea Saddler and Amy Hendrickson, and is a professional blown-glass artist. Veteran drummer Matt Carter, formerly of Red Jumpsuit Apparatus and Virgin Millionaires, has stepped in behind the kit, bringing with him a wealth of recording, writing, and international touring experience. 

The Young Step released their debut album, El Clàsico, on December 4th of 2016.  The album was recorded at Micah Gilliam's home studio and was mixed and mastered at the legendary Magic Shop in SoHo, by engineer Matt Boynton (MGMT, Kurt Vile). The Young Step have toured extensively in the Southeast, and are fresh off their Epic Summer Tour, covering the eastern 1/3 of the country, which kicked off with the Secret Stages Festival in Birmingham, Alabama.  


The Feedback File - Review of El Clàsico
Emerging Indie Bands - Review of El Clàsico
Folio Weekly - Review of El Clàsico

The Compass - The Young Step album release at St. Augustine Amphitheatre