Eliot Pister
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Eliot Pister

Surrey, British Columbia, Canada | SELF

Surrey, British Columbia, Canada | SELF
Band Alternative Singer/Songwriter


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Eliot Pister @ Port Kells Centennial Hall

Surrey, British Columbia, Canada

Surrey, British Columbia, Canada

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Still, Life - 1999
30 Weeks - 2008



Eliot Pister, the long-time Vancouver-based songwriter and producer, certainly knows about producing under pressure. Having just completed a seven month, self-inflicted songwriting fundraiser called the 30 Week Challenge (www.eliotpister.com/30weeks), he has mastered the skill of turning inspiration into finished product... FAST. During the 30 weeks he has written, recorded and released to his fan base, a song-a-week for public scrutiny and comment, and eventually, purchase.
Beginning as a professionally trained recording engineer from Columbia Academy of Radio, TV and Recorded Arts some 17 years ago, he’s been behind the board on well over 100 projects. As a producer, Eliot has in his career, recorded and produced for artists as varied as Carolyn Dawn Johnson (Arista Records), Motherdown, Mike Carew, The Non and dozens of ethnic artists from around the world. He has also scored soundtracks for independent films such as Hitching Home and Madagascar Pink.
Of course, after 15 years of operating Greengate Media - a recording and post-production - Eliot had a lot of musical influence from which to draw. Combining rhythmic and lyrical textures a la John Mayer or Jason Mraz with the lush arrangements and rich vocals of seasoned Adult Contemporary artists, Eliot writes songs that run the gamut from radio-friendly Pop and Rock, to playfully jazzy or dark-themed soundtrack pieces. His compositions focus on the intricacies of relationships on one hand, while hitting the lighter side of post-adolescent life on the other, often with a sharp wit that Bill Maher would envy.
Now, with a renewed focus on writing for Film and Television, Eliot Pister brings a considerable amount of skill and experience to the table. He says, “With my production, engineering, songwriting and performance background, I feel I am uniquely suited to projects where versatility and quick turnarounds are required. To be able to deliver a highly professional-sounding product on tight timelines, I think you need to draw on all these skills. Hopefully my work demonstrates that.”
Two-time Grammy-nominated producer Frank Fuchs (Whitney Houston, Billy Braggs) agrees, “Eliot has a solid sense of melody, and definitely knows how to deliver a good hook!”. Berkeley College of Music’s Pat Pattison puts it even more simply, “Great songwriting. Great production.”
Please listen to some samples of Eliot Pister’s work on the enclosed CD. Alternate versions and lengths are also available upon request. For all inquiries, please contact Greengate Media at 604-765-2395, or by email at music@eliotpister.com.