LA-based producer Ferris Pier creates effervescent dance pop, inspired by his cities hauntingly energetic glow. Merging electronic dance grooves with pop and the occasional orchestral touch, Ferris Pier mines the same vein as Zedd and Clean Bandit, crafting a massive debut single for Abby Cates – a recent crowd favorite on the latest season of NBC’s The Voice.
Ferris Pier is the moniker of Jonathan Pasma who majored in Jazz Performance at Whitworth University while simultaneously studying to become a physician. He became a full time sports doctor but slowly became addicted to the art of electronic music production. In early 2018, he cut his physician hours in half to allow more time for music and began producing dance pop, dialing the vocal line and lyrics before hunting for the perfect vocalist, often approaching contestants on The Voice whom he particularly dug. Abby Cates is one of a few former contestants from the show who’ve crooned over Ferris Pier’s funky beats, joining Chris Jamison and Claire DeJean.
Cutting back his hours wasn’t an easy decision to make, but Pasma knows that he couldn’t listen to peanut gallery when he felt it was time to segway into a music career. “Lift Me Up’ is about being creatively constrained by people who are afraid of change. People who are afraid to explore and be brave,” he reflects. “I want the song to inspire people to follow their passion despite the obstacles.”
“Lift Me Up” is off the debut Ferris Pier EP dropping in the Spring of 2020