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Repping yinzers’ pedestrian traffic fails, indie band Jaywalker leaves the world a better place with their reggae-infused rock
Written by:
Emily Plazek

Jaywalker’s motto: Leave the world a better place with the songs we’ve sung. Also, if you’re playing a festival on a farm, beware forgotten sprinkler systems.

Macintosh HD:Users:adammeyers:Desktop:Jaywalker Pics:B & W Jaywalker.jpg

Time to welcome Jaywalker as one of the first additions to The MIC MVMT!

You can catch them in person at Jam on Walnut on August 19th -- and also a HUGE shoutout to frontman, Adam Meyers, for his solo debut EP, Motive. His release party at the Hard Rock Cafe on July 13th raised $3,400 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. (More about Adam in a later sanctuary article!)

Practicing is the best way to find your sound and make sure you can create the strongest performance of your music to others.

Pittsburgh Indie band Jaywalker is Adam Meyers, Keith Quinn, Trevor Oliver, and Jake Locke -- and they’re grade-A examples of indie musicians balancing the craft of music (the key: practicing!), with the business of being indie.

Fresh off a set at Riley’s Pour House, they give us some insight about how they got started and evolved into who they are today.  This reggae-infused rock band’s goal? "And leave it better than I found it with the songs I've sang."

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Tell us a little bit about yourselves and how you got started.

It all started in 2007 as Pita, the high school ska/rock band from the Pittsburgh suburbs. During his freshman/sophomore year of high school, Keith Quinn (guitar) brought us all together to create Pita. Our first performance was for a high school talent show for which we played one original tune called “Lost Son.” We performed it in a high school auditorium, and I’m sure if we had video of the performance you would be able to tell it was our first time. We’ve come a long way since writing that song and actually don’t perform that one anymore.

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How have things progressed since then?

Since that first performance, we went through three name changes: Pita became Man And The Arena which became Jaywalker. Our name simply came from the fact that we’re a Pittsburgh-based band, and people in Pittsburgh jaywalk. Here are a few pics from our beginnings:

Macintosh HD:Users:adammeyers:Downloads:216984_1015749918528_1425_n.jpg

What do you love most about being an indie band?

Being an indie band allows for a lot of autonomy. We enjoy making the music we want to make and creating a unique sound based on each member’s contribution. We’ve definitely learned a lot about how to create your own “brand” as a band throughout the years. This has been our bio that best encapsulates our “brand":

Macintosh HD:Users:adammeyers:Desktop:Jaywalker Pics:JaywalkerBeeWed-2.jpg

Jaywalker is a Pittsburgh-based band, looking to bring you the very best in reggae, rock, acoustic, popular and more. We have a motto, and that is to leave the world a better place with the songs we’ve sung.  Lead vocalist, Adam Meyers, puts down infectious melodies over the wide array of rhythms Jaywalker has to offer.  Backed by the rhythm section of Trevor Oliver (bass), Keith Quinn (guitar), and Jake Locke (drums), these four create music that makes you smile.  Great music and good fun, Jaywalker is a guaranteed good time.

What are some struggles you’ve faced as an indie band?

Being an indie band means more than just playing music. Being in an indie band is kind of like running your own small business. It can involve anything from booking, advertising, promoting, creating brand images (logos and merch), keeping up with social media, and even balancing finances. Figuring all this out has probably been the biggest struggle we’ve come across. Aside from all the “business” aspects of being in a band, you still have to make time for what’s most important:  playing and practicing your music.


Any advice for up-and-coming indie bands?

I suppose the best advice for up-and-coming indie bands would be to practice day in and day out. Practicing is the best way to find your sound and make sure you can create the strongest performance of your music to others.

What are some of your favorite Pittsburgh haunts?

Micro Diner on Mt. Washington has been a favorite spot to catch some diner food no matter what time of day (or night). If you would’ve asked us this six years ago, we probably would’ve responded with Eat’n Park. We used to go there after long nights of practicing recordings at 3 in the morning. The buffalo chicken wraps were the go-to order.

Macintosh HD:Users:adammeyers:Desktop:Jaywalker Pics:Jaywalker at PGH Winery.jpg
Macintosh HD:Users:adammeyers:Desktop:Jaywalker Pics:Penn State JW.png

Craziest/funniest tour story?

A few years ago, we were the entertainment for a Fall Festival at Trax Farms. In between a four-hour set, we took a break to get something to eat.

While we were on our break, Jake (drums) stood up up from the picnic table we were sitting at with his eyes fixed towards the stage area. Walking away with urgency, all he said was, “Water.” We quickly all realized that the sprinkler system set up behind the stage area of this farmers market wasn’t turned off properly -- it was carelessly hosing down all of our band equipment.

Funny to look back at now, but, at the time, we weren’t laughing much. Luckily, there wasn’t a lot of damage to our equipment, and the farmers market took care of anything that was ruined from the incident. But, from now on, we are a little more mindful to make sure there aren’t any hoses directed at our equipment when we play.

Macintosh HD:Users:adammeyers:Desktop:Jaywalker Pics:Jaywalker Hand.jpg

Like always, here are all the links you need to be Jaywalker fans:  Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, listen on Spotify and Soundcloud, and watch them on Youtube!

Like we said -- go catch them in person at Jam on Walnut in Shadyside on August 19th!

Repping yinzers’ pedestrian traffic fails, indie band Jaywalker leaves the world a better place with their reggae-infused rock
Repping yinzers’ pedestrian traffic fails, indie band Jaywalker leaves the world a better place with their reggae-infused rock
MIC is my baby.

Jaywalker’s motto: Leave the world a better place with the songs we’ve sung. Also, if you’re playing a festival on a farm, beware forgotten sprinkler systems.

Macintosh HD:Users:adammeyers:Desktop:Jaywalker Pics:B & W Jaywalker.jpg

Time to welcome Jaywalker as one of the first additions to The MIC MVMT!

You can catch them in person at Jam on Walnut on August 19th -- and also a HUGE shoutout to frontman, Adam Meyers, for his solo debut EP, Motive. His release party at the Hard Rock Cafe on July 13th raised $3,400 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. (More about Adam in a later sanctuary article!)

Practicing is the best way to find your sound and make sure you can create the strongest performance of your music to others.

Pittsburgh Indie band Jaywalker is Adam Meyers, Keith Quinn, Trevor Oliver, and Jake Locke -- and they’re grade-A examples of indie musicians balancing the craft of music (the key: practicing!), with the business of being indie.

Fresh off a set at Riley’s Pour House, they give us some insight about how they got started and evolved into who they are today.  This reggae-infused rock band’s goal? "And leave it better than I found it with the songs I've sang."

Macintosh HD:Users:adammeyers:Downloads:197281_1015001819826_2282_n.jpg

Tell us a little bit about yourselves and how you got started.

It all started in 2007 as Pita, the high school ska/rock band from the Pittsburgh suburbs. During his freshman/sophomore year of high school, Keith Quinn (guitar) brought us all together to create Pita. Our first performance was for a high school talent show for which we played one original tune called “Lost Son.” We performed it in a high school auditorium, and I’m sure if we had video of the performance you would be able to tell it was our first time. We’ve come a long way since writing that song and actually don’t perform that one anymore.

Macintosh HD:Users:adammeyers:Downloads:205689_1015001779825_2120_n.jpg
Macintosh HD:Users:adammeyers:Downloads:208377_1015002179835_3859_n.jpg

How have things progressed since then?

Since that first performance, we went through three name changes: Pita became Man And The Arena which became Jaywalker. Our name simply came from the fact that we’re a Pittsburgh-based band, and people in Pittsburgh jaywalk. Here are a few pics from our beginnings:

Macintosh HD:Users:adammeyers:Downloads:216984_1015749918528_1425_n.jpg

What do you love most about being an indie band?

Being an indie band allows for a lot of autonomy. We enjoy making the music we want to make and creating a unique sound based on each member’s contribution. We’ve definitely learned a lot about how to create your own “brand” as a band throughout the years. This has been our bio that best encapsulates our “brand":

Macintosh HD:Users:adammeyers:Desktop:Jaywalker Pics:JaywalkerBeeWed-2.jpg

Jaywalker is a Pittsburgh-based band, looking to bring you the very best in reggae, rock, acoustic, popular and more. We have a motto, and that is to leave the world a better place with the songs we’ve sung.  Lead vocalist, Adam Meyers, puts down infectious melodies over the wide array of rhythms Jaywalker has to offer.  Backed by the rhythm section of Trevor Oliver (bass), Keith Quinn (guitar), and Jake Locke (drums), these four create music that makes you smile.  Great music and good fun, Jaywalker is a guaranteed good time.

What are some struggles you’ve faced as an indie band?

Being an indie band means more than just playing music. Being in an indie band is kind of like running your own small business. It can involve anything from booking, advertising, promoting, creating brand images (logos and merch), keeping up with social media, and even balancing finances. Figuring all this out has probably been the biggest struggle we’ve come across. Aside from all the “business” aspects of being in a band, you still have to make time for what’s most important:  playing and practicing your music.


Any advice for up-and-coming indie bands?

I suppose the best advice for up-and-coming indie bands would be to practice day in and day out. Practicing is the best way to find your sound and make sure you can create the strongest performance of your music to others.

What are some of your favorite Pittsburgh haunts?

Micro Diner on Mt. Washington has been a favorite spot to catch some diner food no matter what time of day (or night). If you would’ve asked us this six years ago, we probably would’ve responded with Eat’n Park. We used to go there after long nights of practicing recordings at 3 in the morning. The buffalo chicken wraps were the go-to order.

Macintosh HD:Users:adammeyers:Desktop:Jaywalker Pics:Jaywalker at PGH Winery.jpg
Macintosh HD:Users:adammeyers:Desktop:Jaywalker Pics:Penn State JW.png

Craziest/funniest tour story?

A few years ago, we were the entertainment for a Fall Festival at Trax Farms. In between a four-hour set, we took a break to get something to eat.

While we were on our break, Jake (drums) stood up up from the picnic table we were sitting at with his eyes fixed towards the stage area. Walking away with urgency, all he said was, “Water.” We quickly all realized that the sprinkler system set up behind the stage area of this farmers market wasn’t turned off properly -- it was carelessly hosing down all of our band equipment.

Funny to look back at now, but, at the time, we weren’t laughing much. Luckily, there wasn’t a lot of damage to our equipment, and the farmers market took care of anything that was ruined from the incident. But, from now on, we are a little more mindful to make sure there aren’t any hoses directed at our equipment when we play.

Macintosh HD:Users:adammeyers:Desktop:Jaywalker Pics:Jaywalker Hand.jpg

Like always, here are all the links you need to be Jaywalker fans:  Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, listen on Spotify and Soundcloud, and watch them on Youtube!

Like we said -- go catch them in person at Jam on Walnut in Shadyside on August 19th!

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