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 an early mid-life crisis saw Eric leave his job, family and all his possessions and move 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’. Eric and his band successfully toured across Germany and Austria receiving radio airplay and making numerous live radio performances.
Exploring models of how to work as an independent musician, Eric organized a pioneering project in 2012 that brought 100 independent artists 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 and 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 at Berlin Music Week.
2017 saw Eric’s formal return to recording, this time working alone in a former WWII bunker turned recording studio in the heart of Berlin. Playing all the instruments, engineering, mixing and producing gave Eric a chance to truly come into his own as a songwriter and artist.
The result is Eric’s stunning new album, ‘Luminous’ due for release in 2019.
“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