Management and Booking

MGMT: Jeremy Gould -

PRESS: Kristen Chambers -

LABEL: Organic Vinyl -

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 Fall of 2014, 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 Clasico, on April 7 of 2016.  The album was recorded at Micah Gilliam's home studio in St. Augustine and was mixed and mastered at The Magic Shop Recording Studio in SoHo, by engineer Matt Boynton (Hospitality, MGMT, Kurt Vile). 

"Take it easy, man...but, take it!" - Terence McKenna


The Compass - The Young Step album release at St. Augustine Amphitheatre
Emerging Indie Bands - Review of El Clasico
Folio Weekly - Review of El Clàsico