The Business People recorded three sets of music since Nicholas Robinson, Schoonmaker and drummer Anthony Pugliese, all still in their teens, formed the band in 2010. Their most recent set, the five-song EP Dirty Feelings, released in 2016, is by far the group's strongest to date, its songs more melodic and the guitar textures more in lockstep with those melodies.
What's more, Pugliese, 25, and bassist Hyatt Morrill, 27, make up one of the Charlotte music scene's tighter rhythm sections. In September of 2016, budding Charlotte actor and filmmaker Carolyn Laws — who attended North Mecklenburg High School with the members of The Business People — approached Pugliese about using one of their songs, "Cocaine Girls," in her award-winning short indie film Damiane and Her Demons. The song plays over the film's opening time-lapse sequence shot from the perspective of a car driving through Uptown Charlotte.