How did you get started playing music?
I started by banging on pots and pans. After seeing my babysitter's brother's drums I got an idea of the mechanics of the instrument. I played during boring car rides, just banging on my legs and stomping on the floor with the radio, pretending to play a drumset. I think I responded to the sound and impact of the drums, plus they looked rad. I loved driving beats.
What is your prized musical possession?
I cherish all my musical possessions. I have a couple cymbals that are very unique sounding. I've spent a lot of time learning to play them. Also most of the vintage synths I have are family heirlooms. At the end of the day, I try not to be attached to a specific instrument.
Do you prefer to be a performer or a recording engineer?
I've always gone back and forth. I try to do both. I usually do one and get burnt out and really want to do the other. Lately I've been doing more recording, so naturally I miss playing. Lately I've been writing songs on the piano in my free time, so I'm really doing both as much as possible.
Have you had any difficult clients or tough performances? How did you handle it?Erik's favorite songs:
You have to communicate, slow down, take a break, figure it out, reconsider the approach, get drinks, and book more studio time! I don't know, it's music, it should be fun.
When performing I try to remember to breathe and have fun-also imagining hearing what you want to play helps a lot. I used to get way too nervous. That went away the more I performed. Yesterday I performed on keyboards for the first time with a band. I was so scared because I wasn't prepared. Everyone in the band is awesome so it didn't matter.
What's your musical guilty pleasure?
Hot top 40/100 radio.
What should I ask the next person?
What's the coldest environment(s) you've ever played in, how long?
(listen over here)
1. for getting through a tough day at work - The List-Defiance Ohio
2. classical piece - Firebird Suite-Stravinsky
3. to listen to at high volume - Rose Selavy's Valise-Aluminum Group
4. from a lesser-known artist - Don't Give Up-Lake
5. from a Chicago artist - Showrooms-Sam Prekop
6. sung in a foreign language - Aguas de Marco-Elis Regina & Tom Jobim
7. with great lyrics - God Give Me Strength-Elvis Costello & Burt Bacharach
8. for meditating - Somewhere Between Waking And Sleeping - Air