Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I grew up in New Jersey and my parents had me playing piano at a young age. Then I started writing songs when I was seven or eight by making parody versions of popular songs in the vain of Weird Al. I thought Amish Paradise was hilarious… so I kept on writing, got super into guitar, and the rest is history. The fact that my next single is a parody in any regards is just taking me full circle.
How did you get your start in music?
I reached out to Jack Joseph Puig because I loved his work and I ended up working with him for years. That was my introduction but, I think my real start was when I began working independently a couple of years ago. Trying to figure things out and really grinding without the feeling that someone has your back. It lights a fire.
How would you describe your musical style?
My style is everywhere at the moment but it’s rooted in singer/songwriter, rock, pop, and blues. I’m very guitar-oriented, but today isn’t much of a guitar day-in-age. I mean, there are guitars in popular music, but more loops than parts. So I’ve adapted in a way that’s hopefully a good middle ground and still true to myself!
You self-produced your single, “Heroin”. Walk us through that process and how that came about (I understand it was unplanned).
Everything just took a life of its own. The unplanned love interest which was with someone in a serious relationship… the song being singer/songwriter but turning into a rock song… I just didn’t try to control it. I was in New Jersey for a weekend and playing the chord structure on an electric to see what it sounds like. I used my iPhone as a mic to get a demo of the electric version, threw the file in Ableton, distorted it, and there it was. That’s the guitar you hear in Heroin. I tried to beat that demo version when I got back to LA, but I couldn’t.
You released an EP in May. What can audiences expect from this set of songs?
I have no idea what audiences should expect. But that EP is just me getting started. What I hope is that people continue to listen and resonate with what I’ve written, and patiently wait for more which are coming soon.
You’ll be sharing a new single soon. What details can you tell us about it?
Yes, I will. I don’t want to give away much, but it’s a parody of our current society and social culture. Maybe it was always like this, but I’ve been frustrated with a feeling that I’m surrounded by fakes. And I’ve turned my frustration into something humorous. I’ve truly let everything go in terms of who I thought I was and now I’m just being who I am.
Do you have any live shows coming up? What’s the experience like at one of those shows?
I have small acoustic gigs I’ve been playing week-to-week under the radar. I just want to play for intimate settings and talk about songs right now to people who are really listening. When my single is slated for release in October, I’ll have a show to launch it. Just haven’t figured out where yet.
What advice would you have for aspiring singers/songwriters?
Don’t try to be anyone but yourself. When you’re influenced by someone – an artist, producer, or whoever – learn from it and then let it go. And if you want to go back to it later, great, but just repeat that process.
What’s your life like outside of music?
Hah! Music right now is more of a lifestyle than a job. But in the moments between I go to the gym, hang with my dog, and eat. I have a lot of fun making music so for me that’s enough right now.
Let the readers know where to find you online.
I’m @ericdash on Instagram and @ericfdash on Twitter. You can also find my music on Spotify at: https://open.spotify.com/artist/0LSj3Ml1qImE3dRHEUt1Qu.