As a songwriter, arranger, and producer, Erik Jarvis holds the diverse skill set necessary to survive as an independent artist today.
His home-recorded debut album Eavesdrop & Elevate (2014) introduces him in this technicolor light. Splitting lyrical duties with poet Kelly Marie Musselman, Jarvis wrote and arranged the music for the ten-song album.
The songs manage to occupy that perfect sonic space where familiarity and innovation shake hands. Using his composition background to craft lush string and horn layers, he gives listeners samples of folk, blues, and soul, with a modern pop twist.
"I read so many quotes from artists about 'recognizing tradition while still contributing something fresh,' and things like that. To me, that's what ALL great art should do. I like to see how different genres can co-exist in the same album or track. Having an eclectic approach to music is important to me because music can set so many trends in motion. Proving that elements of punk and soul and classical can mingle sonically sets an example for how people with different backgrounds can get along."