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echostep started off as the alternative music adventure of Cleveland, Ohio based songwriter James Patrick Young. His debut EP 'Pictures in the Sky' was released on Friday, January 13th 2017. Soon after the release, James transformed the project into a three piece band featuring Nate Baker on guitar and Marc Sotak on drums. In 2018 echostep introduced Mike Demagall on bass and are looking to showcase their new sound with several live performances followed by a new release.





Right out of the gate, the self-analyzing ‘Pictures in the Sky’ introduces echostep as an endeavor with a sound fairly unique unto itself. Young’s vocals are almost within the realm of Phil Collins, but his instrumentation walks a closer line to someone like Brian Eno. Beginning as a very atmospheric, eerie piece, ‘Pictures in the Sky’ eventually evolves into a rock-esque creation that puts Young’s anthemic vocals and lyrics and its center.

Brett David Stewart

The Independent Spotlight
The effectively eerie “Pictures in the Sky” features hushed vocals and pulsating synths, and the piano ballad “I’m Okay” has a subtle intensity to it.

Jeff Niesel

Cleveland Scene Magazine
Sweet and evasive electro-pop. This EP reveals a fresh title song and cool remixes.

Side-Line Magazine

Based out of Cleveland (OH) echostep is fronted by James Patrick Young with bandmates Nate Baker, Marc Sotak, and Mike Demagall. They have a very unique alternative style that takes newer alternative electronic music and fuses it with the great styles from the eighties.


Media Group
For the B-Side, the band worked up a static-y, Nine Inch Nails-inspired cover of the Erasure tune "A Little Respect

Jeff Niesel

Cleveland Scene Magazine
The synth-heavy track begins with a drumbeat that is accompanied by a strong bassline that bring to mind a combination of both New Wave music and early Industrial. When the rest of the music enters the picture, what is created is a track that would make Trent Reznor proud.

Matheson Kamin

The Rust Belt Chronicles