About Us

Steeple On Main

Housed within a historic 19th-century church, this meticulously curated space seamlessly blends timeless charm with modern conveniences, offering an unparalleled creative environment for artists and creators.
Owned by three close friends hailing from small town northern Minnesota; united not only by their passion for creating art, but also by the vision of offering superior performance services to the local community at an affordable price!

The Owners

Michael “B” Birrenbach- Growing up in rural Northern Minnesota, music was always a passion with Mike. Performing in bands during his youth, he fell in love with the production side of music. Working as the house recording engineer at the legendary First Avenue for the past 15 years tells you that he is a top tier engineer with a solid work ethic.

Brian Makela- A musician his whole life, Brian also grew up on the Range and has followed a career in human services for the last 30 plus years, but never lost his love of performing and enjoying music. Sharing this dream with the group he is “all in” on helping to make this a premier music studio that serves the area with an air of creativity and professionalism. After 30 years of planning, the dream is finally becoming a reality.

David Maki- Also a lifelong musician, Dave enjoys playing with his band and joining in on jam sessions in the studio. Having taken a career in the medical industry, this investment was a perfect opportunity for Dave to put something back into the music industry. Music has given him so much pleasure over the years and he is excited and proud about building a business that serves the music and arts community.

Our Team Of Engineers

Michael “B” Birrenbach- Working as a recording engineer since the late 1980’s, Mike has owned his own professional level home studio for many years.  Having honed his skills on analog gear and then moving on to digital gives him a unique perspective on recording.

His career, including 15 years as the house recording engineer for the iconic First Avenue Mainroom in Downtown Mpls; has brought him to work with innumerable extraordinary artists from every corner of the globe. A musician for his entire life, he understands the needs of the customer and the need to keep the creativity flowing while keeping the budget under control.

Jason Keillor- Award winning Radio Producer, Stage Manager, and Audio Engineer with 25+ years experience at Minnesota Public Radio. He Has owned and operated several recording studios since 1994 and recorded, mixed or mastered hundreds of projects in every genre.

Jason is a Certified Pro Tools expert and works effectively in virtually any digital or analog format.

Paul Nevins – Paul comes to us through more traditional training with an impressive background in DAW based recording and editing. His work flow is seamless in the studio, making it quick and easy to get the work done.

Paul, like everyone at Steeple On Main, is a musician first. An accomplished drummer, Paul also plays keyboards, bass, and guitar, making him a great asset to a band that needs some “extra attention” on tracks in the studio.

Dietrich Poppen-