Eric Eckhart never took the conventional path.
His formative musical years were spent heading a New Wave/Rock band in his working-class West Virginia hometown before setting out as a solo artist moving around from state to state and working a day job in corporate America.
Things finally came to a head during an early mid-life crisis when Eric left his job, sold his house and his possessions and moved to Ireland to start completely anew. The results were immediate.
His 2006 Irish debut album, ‘Lost and Found’ won the hearts of critics and fans alike which led to appearances on radio, TV and numerous tours and playing support for Broken Social Scene, Fionn Regan, Ocean Colour Scene and many others.
Once again searching for new horizons, Eric picked up sticks and moved to Berlin in 2008 to begin work on his critically acclaimed follow up album, ‘This is where it starts’. The accompanying tour saw Eric and his band trying a different approach by traveling by car-sharing, Coach Surfing and playing numerous house concerts as well as traditional venues.
Exploring further models of how to work as an independent musician, in 2012 Eric organized a pioneering project that brought 100 people together for one week to record, mix, design, promote, film and release his third album ‘Do-It-Together’ in a public space, in front of a live audience and live streamed all without spending any money.
Fatherhood gave Eric time to slow down and focus on writing about his experiences as an independent artist and doing workshops and talks on the art of songwriting and how to help create your own alternative music industry.
2017 saw Eric’s formal return to recording, this time working completely alone in a former WWII bunker turned recording studio in the heart of Berlin. Playing all the instruments, engineering and mixing the new songs gave Eric a chance to truly come into his own as a songwriter and artist.
The result is Eric’s stunning new album, ‘Lumos’ due for release in March 2018.
“Hugely enjoyable… a considerable songwriting and vocal talent…
Eric the king” – Hot Press magazine
“A classic songwriter” – Die Tageszeitung
“Beautiful… with a rare honesty… a virtue in today’s time…musical revelations that give your aura a warm hug” – Oh Fancy
“One to watch out for” – Irish Times
“Epic, powerful” – Westzeit
“Above all, honest and authentic” – Music Scan Germany
“So much optimism, hope and insolent youth…a very successful, energetic, mature interpretation of the category “Singer-Songwriter” – Shitesite
“Simply rich songs… composed together beautifully” – OPAK
You can contact Eric for promotion and performance requests at firstname.lastname@example.org