"I remember as a child
Waiting for the summer rains to come"
- Dry Spell
Each time Greg Steps takes the stage he sings his heart out. He says what he means and he means what he says. His music is thoughtful and relatable, offering poignant insights into everyday life experiences.
Accompanying himself on guitar, piano and harmonica, Steps is a modern day storyteller. His songs exude an old-timey, world-weary feel, yet still sound fresh. The stories he tells bridge the divide between urban and rural life, taking place in a wide range of locales. Sometimes it’s a quiet suburban street in some run-of-the-mill town, other times a distant sunburned landscape. As an artist he possesses a watchful eye and a razor sharp mind, allowing him to fashion lyrics that are sophisticated, poetic and timely. With his distinctive voice, unique song writing ability and spellbinding live performances, he has proven himself to be a true original.
In the past twelve months Steps has captivated audiences in some of Melbourne’s premier live music
venues, including the Toff in Town, the Gasometer Hotel and the Northcote Social Club. While following in the tradition of archetypal singer-songwriters such as Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Jackson Browne and Bruce Springsteen, he also draws influence from various Australian bands of the 1980's, such as The Go-Betweens, The Triffids and Paul Kelly.
Growing up on the outskirts of Brisbane, Steps taught himself guitar on his dad’s old Yahama acoustic. After leaving high school he played in a variety of bands, all the while honing his burgeoning song writing skills. In 2013 Steps moved to Melbourne to become a solo artist, releasing his first EP Always a Drifter independently the following year. In its wake he undertook a string of shows in Melbourne and regional Victoria, where he won over
crowds both large and small.
2016 saw the addition of a new backing band, 'The Not for Prophets', bringing together the talents of Olivia Hand (piano), Bob Hutchison (guitar), James Kemp (bass) and Aoife Murphy (fiddle). With these musicians by his side, Steps released his second EP, The Overland in early 2017 to critical acclaim and regular airplay on community radio.
Presently Steps is continuing to gig at a relentless pace throughout Melbourne and regional Victoria, all the while preparing for his next release, due in 2019.