Definition Music LLC is proud to announce the official digital release of "Here", the debut EP from Columbus, Ohio Jazz/Funk/Hip-hop fusion band EOP (formerly the Evan Oberla Project). With influences ranging from the Roots and MMW to Trombone Shorty, this group of veteran musicians pulls flavors from live Hip-Hop, New Orleans Brass, and improvised experimental music to provide a truly unique, freshly original, yet strangely familiar musical experience.


Born as a group in 2012, EOP consists of Evan Oberla (Trombone/Guitar/Ringleader), Ero (Vocals), Dan Shaw (Keys), Jeff Bass (Bass), Nathan Parker (Drums), and Joey Gurwin (Percussion), and has already displayed substantial initiative in pre-releasing their first EP ‘Here’ locally to a growing fanbase and critical acclaim. "We don’t strive to sound like anyone; it's just a natural feeling like breathing or dancing. That's why we call it freshly original. We just want to share our favorite thing with you," asserts trombonist/composer and project founder, Evan Oberla (who moonlights as trombonist for international act O.A.R.) The EP captures the depth of their multi-layered live sound with the assistance of Vital Recording’s Fred Blitzer, who mixed the record, and Grammy Award-winning engineer Brian Lucey (Black Keys, Arctic Monkeys, Dr. John), who mastered the project.


"Here" bridges the sounds and experiences of a band that has toured, shared the stage, and worked with national and international acts such as O.A.R., Allen Stone, Flo-Rida, Mac Miller, Wanz (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis), Spoon, DJ Logic, Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, and the Columbus Jazz Orchestra. These travels have built the group a widely testified reputation as a band with a jaw-dropping stage presence, exhibiting a magnetism that brings everyone inside and outside the venue towards the stage. Their charisma and band-to-fan camaraderie is nothing short of infectious, as they take full advantage of what makes a live show so special, transporting everyone in the venue to the "here and now". Their debut EP radiates that energy and captures the indefinable beauty of a live experience, bringing listeners right "here" no matter where they may find themselves.


"Here" joins a diverse and acclaimed discography at Definition Music LLC, best known as label-home to fellow Ohio hip-hop artists Ill Poetic and HuntorPrey. In partnership with EMPIRE Distribution, Definition Music has allowed these artists' creations to reach listeners through channels such as VEVO, Spotify, Pandora and iTunes. Built as a platform for creative artists that demand high quality out of themselves and their work, Definition Music is excited to expand their reach into the Jazz and Funk world with the digital release of EOP's "Here".


“I wanted to make a record in that one regard is a headphone record with a varying depth of layers and colors, but also something that is eminently singable and could be the soundtrack to a party.” With a strong network of local and regional support, EOP is ready to go out with a bang and share their diverse, authentic sound with the world in hopes of bringing them right back "here"


"Here" EP Digital Release PartySaturday, April 12th @ Dick's Den RSVP HERE





Our bassist, Jeff Bass, has moved on to other amazing projects (Forest & the Evergreens, Jared Mahone, Canta Brasil, etc).


Our keys guru, Danimal Shaw, has joined the Werks, so he will be with us when he can. Big ups to the Danimal and catch him on the road!



We say hello to our new bassist and the guy with the biggest beard, Mitchell Deitrick!!!!


Anddddddddd, we have added my good friend and homey from the high school days, Samuel Foley, on guitar duties.