An Interview with Edgehill – The Vanderbilt Hustler

By | September 17, 2022

We caught up with Vanderbilt-based band Edgehill, who mentioned how their identify happened, how their ardour for music was born, and their newest singles.


Sophie Edelman

Pleased Friday new music! This week, Edgehill. (Group Hustler/Sophie Edelman)

As a switch scholar now attending Vanderbilt, it is at all times thrilling to see how proficient and distinctive my new friends are. One one that stood out to me was vocalist and guitarist Chris Kelly, a sophomore, of the Vanderbilt-based band Edgehill. Out of curiosity, I seemed up his band on Spotify and listened to their new singles “Jonny’s Buddy” and “Capturing Glances”. In pure amazement on the euphonic music, I made a decision I wanted to search out out extra about them and share their story with the Vanderbilt group.

Their roots

The group was not at all times referred to as “Edgehill”. The truth is, Kelly defined that they began out with a string of names they now remorse, together with “the Backpockets.”

“I preferred it at first, however now wanting again and searching again, it was horrible,” Kelly mentioned.

The group was impressed by Edgehill Avenue, one of many essential roads across the Vanderbilt campus, however oddly solely Kelly initially preferred the identify. Drummer Jonathan Wilson, a sophomore, guitarist Jake Zimmerman (’22), and bassist Andrei Olaru, a senior, thought the identify might have been higher however after some time they fell in love with it.

Their musical passions

Previous to the band’s creation, music had at all times been an integral a part of their upbringing.

“I imply round fourth grade, I began studying guitar from Youtube movies. I even keep in mind studying my first Inexperienced Day track…it was sick,” Zimmerman mentioned. “The guitar has at all times been a part of my life. It is like a buddy I’ve at all times had.

“My mother matched the pitch for me as a child earlier than I might even converse,” Kelly famous. “Each of my mother and father are musicians, so rising up, music was consistently a factor.”

Drummer Wilson began out as a pianist however turned to rock music in highschool. He performed drums for his worship group at church and carried out in his highschool band.

Not solely is Olaru a bassist for Edgehill, he is additionally been a guitarist for different bands.

“Guitar is a really lovely type of music that I am actually glad I used to be uncovered to from a younger age,” Olaru mentioned. “In faculty, I joined a band and nearly all of my social life was a part of a music scene.”

Their biggest and newest tracks

“Capturing Glances” is the band’s most well-known track, with over 207,000 streams on Spotify. Kelly described the songwriting course of because the glue that held the band collectively.

“We actually wrote it piece by piece regardless that we barely knew one another,” Kelly mentioned. “Now we’re very shut and that comes from the track.”

“Capturing Glances” is a enjoyable and playful track, the place the speaker “glares” at a lady he desires to chase. The road, “however I am intimidated by how good you look in blue” was really impressed by a lady Kelly was interested in.

Edgehill’s newest single, “Jonny’s Buddy”, can be out there on Spotify. Sung from Kelly’s perspective, the track follows his third encounter with a lady he’s fascinated by and who nonetheless solely considers him “Jonny’s buddy”. This upbeat and energetic track has over 20,000 streams.

Edgehill revealed that they’ve extra songs within the works, equivalent to their upcoming launch titled “Love To Go” which they’ve already carried out at their concert events. They mentioned they have been additionally recording new songs.

Edgehill’s upcoming occasions embrace an look on the music and humanities competition Bummeroohomecoming performances at campus fraternities like Alpha Tau Omega, reveals round Nashville and plans to carry out in Gainesville, Fla. subsequent month.

You possibly can observe Edgehill in streaming “Jonny’s Buddy” and “Looking Seems” on Spotify and even probably meet them on campus.