12Eleven is an alternative/indie/pop band based in Troy, AL. In the year 2015, Daniel Hunt’s first night of college was spent playing guitar in his newly assigned dorm room. Directly next door, Jairuz Rojas overheard soft guitar riffing through the walls. Interested in hanging out with someone who also played music, Rojas grabbed his guitar and followed the sound next door. Hunt answered the knock at his door and the two immediately hit it off.
Just a day later the two recorded a short cover video of Sam Smith’s “Lay Me Down” and uploaded it to Hunt’s Instagram. Already having 9,000 followers from two of his popular videos in high school, and frequent collaboration with other Instagram stars; Hunt’s video with Rojas quickly went viral with over 9,000 likes. The two decided to start an official band and dedicated the rest of their freshman year of college to writing songs, playing takeaway shows, and performing during campus activities.
Pierce Gilmore enrolled at Troy University the following year, and was quickly brought on board by Rojas to play drums for 12Eleven. The two had gigged together in their hometown of Milton, Fl during their high school years; which made adding Gilmore the perfect fit. Being well-rounded is, perhaps, the most important aspect of being a musician and 12Eleven features this in the most humble way possible. 12Eleven’s style of music comes from a blend of creativity that goes along with its diverse cultural background. Every member brings a certain genre to the table that can be heard through their music. 12Eleven will be releasing an EP in late 2017.