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Elevator Pitch

Hoboken, NJ | Established. Jan 01, 2017

Hoboken, NJ
Established on Jan, 2017
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ELEVATOR PITCH

Elevator Pitch has only been together a short time, but the group has already performed at Groove On Grove, the Turtle Club, Little City Books, and this fall's Hoboken Arts & Music Festival. Most of this talented quintet still attends high school, although keyboardist Ed Horan (son of noted singer/songwriter Kate Jacobs) is a freshman at Princeton.

Guitarist Andrew Wholf describes Elevator Pitch as "fusion-y, jazzy, funky stuff," a sound that mixes intricate soloing and instrumentals with high-energy rock rave-ups. Andrew and Ed have been playing together for years. In fact, Wholf noted that Horan (who will be missing this show because of college commitments) recently shared a video of the two of them playing together at 7 years old.

"It was hilarious," Wholf said. "Our parents knew each other and we just got together and became friends when we were little kids. I'd get so excited to go to Edward's house every week and have band practice."

Horan shared a music teacher with Robert Baxter, who joined the group on second guitar.

"And to be honest, I have no idea how we got Christian, our drummer," Wholf said. "One of us knew him, and he came to jam with us a few times, and he just wound up in the band."

The group needed a bassist, and Wholf knew a kid from school named Martin Baker.

"He came over one day and we wound up jamming for eight hours, it was just so much fun," Wholf said. "He was just automatically in the band after that."

Elevator Pitch's first live performances were at The Turtle Sessions, the monthly event that Hoboken scene stalwart Tom Vincent used to convene at the now-closed Turtle Club.

"I really miss that," Wholf said. "I ran into Tom and he said they were looking for another restaurant that would allow them to do it again, which would be great. I loved playing at those."

Wholf, who namechecks Jack Johnson as a major influence, also plays with the Andrew Wholf Band, who recently won second place at the JC Studios Battle Of The Bands. But both groups find themselves shut out of the kind of places where they'd have the best opportunity to meet and mingle with other musicians because of their age.

"It stinks that we can't go to so many places because of our age, but FM is great, they let us play there, which is really cool," Wholf said.

Elevator Pitch is currently working on material that will hopefully be recorded in the near future.

"We're writing songs and we're working on a press kit, and we're sending things out to as many places as we can," Wholf said. - Jim Testa


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First Floor (November 17, 2018)

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They might be young, but don’t let that fool you.  Elevator Pitch, a teenaged quintet from Hoboken, New Jersey, are quickly making a name for themselves with an almost indescribable fusion of technique, creativity, and wit.  “There’s not a specific genre for what we do,” says drummer Christian Conte. “We’re taking the best of all our influences.  We’re punky when we sing, but there’s a lot of jazz theory in what we do too, and yet we’ve got a lot of poppy chord progressions.” 

Guitarist/vocalist Andrew Wholf agrees.  “Every time we practice, we’re always trying to be creative and experimental.  We’re always throwing different things together so that people will hear the final product and just think ‘Elevator Pitch.’”

Elevator Pitch’s self-released debut EP, “First Floor,” showcases two songs that exemplify the group’s range. “Eric” is a funky throw down about Eric Trump that melds a sharp-witted political critique with punk-rock chops, showcasing keyboardist Ed Horan’s charismatic lead vocal.  The EP’s second track, “Vladimir Putin Has A Weather Machine,” is a sinewy instrumental that highlights the band’s technical dexterity, with ear-bending progressions falling somewhere between modern jazz and sophisticated pop.
  
Guitarist/vocalist Andrew Wholf started sharing musical playdates with keyboardist/vocalist Ed Horan when they were in grammar school. “I'd get so excited to go to Edward's house every week and have band practice,” Wholf recalls.  Horan grew up in a musical household – his mother is singer/songwriter Kate Jacobs – and their home was a hub for Hoboken’s musical community.
 

After that, the group coalesced organically. Guitarist/vocalist Robert Baxter, who immigrated from London with his family as a child, shared a guitar teacher with Wholf, and drummer Christian Conte just showed up one day and made himself at home. “To be honest, I have no idea how we got Christian," Wholf recalls. "One of us knew him, and he came to jam with us a few times, and he just wound up in the band."    The same thing happened with bassist Martin Baker, a high-school acquaintance who joined the group after a mammoth six-hour jam session.

Baker comes from a musical family too. “My step-dad plays guitar and my mom plays the ukulele, so I picked up what was left – the bass – and we play songs around the house,” Baker says. “I didn’t really get serious until a few years ago, but I’ve tried to learn as much as I could as quickly as I could.”

Elevator Pitch represents a true musical democracy, with all of the members contributing to the songwriting, and three of the five members taking turns on lead vocals. “I know that when I bring a chord progression to the band, it will become something totally different when we’re through with it,” says Wholf. 

“We all have completely different styles,” adds Baker. “The kinds of songs that Robert comes up with are completely different from what someone else might do.  He’s a poet, really; his songs are meaningful in a way you don’t hear in pop music.”


Ask these young tyros to namecheck their influences and you’ll hear names that their own parents probably wouldn’t recognize. “I really like disco, I just love those basslines,” says Baker, who claims neo-soul artist Rex Orange County as a current favorite.  Wholf lists surfer turned soft-rocker Jack Johnson as a big influence. 

Matthew Bellamy of England’s Muse ranks high as another band hero. “I love the way his music is drenched in classical music theory,” enthuses Baker.   “I like to think that we’re inspired by the people who took inspiration from the original generation of classic rock. I love to listen to the blues and hear the way it’s evolved from the Fifties to the Sixties to now.”

Elevator Pitch has been working with producer Rob Shepherd and engineer Corey Zack at The Cocoon recording studio in Jersey City.  The group plans to release several short EP’s over the next few months while working on bookings. For more information, contact elevatorpitch5@gmail.com, or visit elevatorpitch.bandcamp.com and Instagram.com/elevatorpitchofficial.

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