Steve Young's career began in 1964 with a Gibson SG Standard electric guitar and a two track tape recorder. "I remember a battle of the bands, my band didn't win first place, we came in second, losing to The Hassels (Billy Joel's band)." Steve attended college in Florida, studying music, advertising and marketing while still performing in a number of top bands. Returning to Long Island in 1975, he opened a music advertising & radio production studio. His work for local businesses has won awards in both music and advertising. Still with a passion for performing, he continued as a lead vocalist and guitarist, teaming up with musician/composer Tommy Sullivan, bandleader of Johnny Maestro and The Brooklyn Bridge, until he retired from the stage in 1983. "I knew the long hours of gigging would be a distraction from what I really wanted which was to develop and produce music for new recording artists and singer/songwriters." During this era, Steve spent many nights jamming with rockers Mitch Mitchell, of Jimmy Hendrix Experience and Mike Pineria, guitarist of Iron Butterfly. It wasn't long before Steve started a local music talent booking business, Island Talent Associates. In any given week, Steve had as many as 25 cover bands and recording artists performing throughout the New York metro area....The Ramones, doing a concert in the Hamptons, while on the same night, the then unknown Madonna, at a Staten Island dance club.
In 1983, Steve launched Island Media Recording and MY Management Company. Between 1983-1994, the company recorded, produced and managed many artists to major labels and music publishers, beginning with De La Soul. Their final release came in 1994 with London Jones, on MCA/SILAS Records. The summer of 1995 cover of Billboard read "Could London Jones be the next Michael Jackson" After that, Steve continued his journey as a music producer, recording engineer and marketing consultant via Media Recording studios. Media Recording has been home to a variety of multimedia projects and recording artists.
Steve Young's musical triumphs are largely due to his dedication and hard work. He may not share the sound of his Tin Pan Alley uncle Joe Young, one of America's top 100 composers of all time, but he certainly shares his regard and talent. Joe Young wrote over 200 hits made famous by Al Jolson, Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley and Nat King Cole to name just a few. Some of his songs include "Five Foot Two", "I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter", "Mammy", "I'm Sitting On Top Of The World" and "Rockabye My Baby In A Dixie Melody" Over the many years of working with a kaleidoscope of talents, Steve has earned a well deserved reputation for being a 'wonderman' for singer-songwriters and bands. His ear, musicality and unstoppable creativity has won him great affection for his exceptional production skills.
Steve always made time to learn his gear and stay at the forefront of his business. He also experiments with new technologies constantly, pushing whatever system he is using to its fullest potential. Steve has maintained this diligent approach to all matters in his life, leading to a successful span over over 40 years in the businesses of music and marketing.