I recently got in contact with Brandon at Elevation Boutiques in Nashville, TN and I wanted to learn a little more about what he’s doing. Elevation Boutiques is basically a sales rep company that is doing business with some sweet builders – Spaceman Effects, Tone Freek Effects, Emma, etc just to name a few. To really stay up on things, you need to check out his blog. He’s got a pretty good one going on about the builders/brands he represents. You can check out the blog here. Additionally, you can follow him on Twitter and Facebook.
I put together a few questions for Brandon, here were his responses:
– What inspired you to start Elevation Boutiques?
First of all, I love boutique gear. It all started with Flatline Guitars when they approached me about becoming a sales rep. I sold a few Flatlines around Nashville and realized that musicians here wanted to see more quality, boutique gear and wanted the ability to demo it first hand. I wanted to give players and dealers the opportunity to demo the best gear they haven’t heard of yet.
– How long has it been around?
I started Elevation in 2010.
– Where are you located?
– Is it a physical store as well? Or strictly online?
Elevation Boutiques is a sales rep company. We are an extension for boutique companies to secure dealers and make direct sales. On occasion, we sell special featured items online, but we can always take an order via email inquiries. We do not have a physical store, but we will have a private showroom by the end of the year. We book appointments for high profile players to demo high end gear without distraction.
– What are some of the hottest pedals on your shelf right now?
Each pedal we rep is hot. Everyone has their favorite flavors. My personal board is holding Spaceman Effect’s Mercury lll Harmonic Boost, Gemini lll Dual Fuzz, Spacerocket, and will soon hold Spaceman’s Aphelion Harmonic Overdrive. I’ve also got Creation Audio’s MK.4.25 & Holy Fire. I’m over eager to add EarthQuaker Device’s Bit Commander, Disaster Transport and Ghost Echo to my personal arsenal.
– Are you seeing any particular trends with boutique pedals? Styles/types?
I think there is a big trend of being totally unique. It seems like there are less and less clones being made and more new concepts starting from the ground up. You have to get your ideas from somewhere, but I’m not seeing a lot of guys ripping each other off. A trend that I am loving is using vintage parts. I love that because builders are after the best tone they can find. It’s a digital world, but there is a serious hunger for analog in boutique pedals.
– Any new brands that you’ll be selling in the future that you want to talk about?
I am really excited about EarthQuaker Devices. We have just started with them. I met these guys at NAMM and geeked out over every pedal they make. Personally, I am a big fan. We have already had some great traction in the few weeks we’ve been working together. EQD screams quality with lots of options. Each pedal is handmade and affordable and that combination can be really hard to find in boutiques.
– How does the future look for Elevation Boutiques?
Bright. We will be expanding our lines and opening a show room that will offer by appointment only demos. There are several different directions we will take Elevation Boutiques in the future. The most important is offering our clientele the best in boutique custom gear.
I asked Brandon if he could hook our readers up with a deal… and he is! He doesn’t have a online store, but he’s offering a 10% discount with a coupon code: ELEVATION. Just call (615.495.1248) or email him via ElevationBoutiques.com!