Next Step Quintet is pianist Yiannis Papadopoulos, guitarist Thodoris Kotsifas, bassist Ntinos Manos and drummer Vassilis Podaras.
The band has no leader as they all equally participate in developing their own musical language. Despite being called a quintet, the fifth band member is each time a different saxophone player among the regular collaborators of the band (T.Paterelis, T.Pennicott). The quintet met in their late teens while at Music Studies Department of the Ionian University. They immediately bonded and started collaborating on a variety of projects. Soon, joined by Orpheus Wandig Tsoukalas, embarked on working frenetically on what was later going to be their first album.