TheElevatorChannel (born July 3, 1994), also known by his real name Jacob Bachta, is an elevator filmer from St. Louis, Missouri, United States.


Jacob first interested in elevators since in his early age, one of his earliest memories are from the days when his parents would take him to ride on the glass elevators at the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Jefferson City, MO[1]. Ever since, he has always enjoyed taking rides on elevators.

Jacob has been filming elevators since July 4, 2008. He used two accounts on YouTube.  On March 3, 2008, he launched his first channel jack9547. However, he discontinued it and replaced it with his current channel TheElevatorChannel, which was launched in mid-October 2009.

His recording devices included a Sony HandyCam that he gave to dieselducy, a Sony DSC-TX100V and a Sony DSC-TX20. It is unknown what his recording devices were before he started shooting in High Definition (HD). His Kodak Zi6 was given to defunct YouTube user Streetcar1743.

He and dieselducy have met up several times in 2011, 2012, and 2013. They could be unofficially called the top elevator filmers in the United States.

Video devices used

  • Kodak Zi6
  • Sony Cyber-shot DSC H20
  • Sony HandyCam HDR CX110
  • Sony Cyber-shot DSC TX9
  • Sony Cyber-shot DSC TX10
  • Sony Cyber-shot DSC TX100V
  • Sony Cyber-shot DSC TX20
  • Sony Handycam HDR CX430V


  • He also has a Flickr photostream, which contains all of his still photography from filming trips, personal vacations, and anything else of his own interest. Most of his Flickr photostream relates strongly to his YouTube channel.
  • He also has visited Mexico many times during vacations, making him a leading Mexican elevator photographer (dispite being based in St. Louis).
  • He also a hotel room reviewer in Tripadvisor under his account called "Missouri2Mexico".
  • He upload two types of elevator videos; "Elevator of the week" and "The Elevator Show". The "elevator of the week" videos simply show a single elevator in an unedited cut. "The Elevator Show" shows the surroundings of elevators in the video along with the elevators themselves.
  • Other than elevators, he also films trains, dead malls, car washes, and sometimes hotel rooms as hotel review videos.
  • He has a 15-inch MacBook Pro, he gave his 13-inch model to his parents back in 2011.
  • He is a huge fan of the Dave Matthews Band



  1. Q&A for 3-Year YouTube Anniversary

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