In 2003, Steve Wilmans left California and moved to the mountains of WNC to build his dream studio. He found the perfect place in an old church on the edge of downtown Asheville. The Church was upfitted into a state of the art recording studio while preserving as much of the original decor as possible. The antique wooden doors were split down the middle and soundproofed. The original wall panels were reclaimed and used around the newly built control room, designed by George Auspurger.
In 2006, Steve purchased the neighboring building, which originally housed the Asheville Salvation Army, and built the API Studio. The tracking space is split between two levels, with the control and isolation rooms on the lower level and a large tracking room on the middle floor.
When Steve sold Stepping Stone, his Seattle based recording studio, he moved back to Southern California to escape the dreary weather of the Pacific Northwest, soak up some sun and spend time surfing. When LA became a bit overbearing, Steve decided to help a friend move out of town, not knowing at the time that it would result in his relocation to Asheville. Steve fell in love with the mountain town and decided to start his first East Coast studio, Echo Mountain Recording. He has 30 years of experience as a recording engineer, mixing engineer and studio owner.
When Jessica had her first studio experience at the age of 16, singing backup vocals on a hip-hop track in Detroit, she never thought it would be the start of her career in music. In 2006 she become the studio manager at Echo Mountain. Since then, her career has included artist and label management, booking and event production. In 2014 she started her own company, Jet Up Productions and co-founded Asheville Music Professionals, a non-profit organization providing education, advocacy, connection and collaboration in the music community.
Assistant Manager, Resident Luthier
Autumn has been working in the music industry since 1998, beginning her career in music retail. She apprenticed to be a luther (person who builds and repairs musical instruments) and started her own business in 2001 offering fretted instrument repair work and on-tour tech services. Autumn owned an instrument repair shop, The Guitar Mama, in West Asheville for 5 years before coming to Echo Mountain in 2015. Aside from taking care of stringed instrument repairs at the studio, Autumn is involved in the daily operations including billing, contracts and scheduling.
Julian grew up in the mountains of Western North Carolina in the small artist community of Celo. After graduating Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelors of Science in Music Technology from the University of North Carolina at Asheville, he spent 4 years as a live sound engineer at The Orange Peel in Asheville working with numerous national touring acts and large productions.
Julian has spent the last 10 years at Echo Mountain Recording as a producer/engineer and the last 5 years as the chief engineer.
Clay Miller attended Western Carolina University where he earned his BA in Music with a concentration on recording and bass guitar. After college Clay interned at Echo Mountain where many opportunities and mentors lead him to his current position of house Engineer. Over the past four years he has worked with many critically acclaimed bands and producers.
With engineering roots in Asheville and Chicago, Jim graduated from Appalachian State University's Hayes School of Music with a BS in Music Industry Studies, concentrating on classical guitar, recording and production. Jim came to Echo Mountain as an intern in 2010 with plans to move to Chicago, where he was able to work in live sound production and intern at the legendary Chicago Recording Company. After two years of the windy city, he returned to Echo Mountain excited to build his recording career. An inherently enthusiastic person, Jim creates a truly exceptional recording experience for many notable artists and producers.
Kenny earned his BA in Audio Production from the Art Institute of Washington. He began his internship at Echo Mountain in 2013, shortly after relocating to Asheville from the DC area, and has since moved to the position of Assistant Engineer. He has assisted on numerous sessions and continues to grow his career as an engineer. In addition to engineering, Kenny also manages the internship program at the studio.