The Tidbit had the pleasure of interviewing musician, Eric Dash – known for hit songs: “Freedom”, “One Word Bomb”, and “Rich Girl”. Dash’s interest in music began at a young age, around the time he saw his first concert, No Doubt, at the age of 8 (his favorite No Doubt song at the time was “Spiderwebs”). Now, he’s releasing a new single and EP this summer, and talks with us about his musical inspiration, process, and what’s to come in the future.
The Tidbit: We see you got your musical start at a young age. Tell us a bit about your background and what peaked your musical interest?
Eric Dash: The musical influence came from my father who played guitar and piano. He played as a hobby here and there, but I loved listening to him and records with my parents. AND I actually started writing as a joke like Weird Al’ Yancovic. My brother and I would take popular songs from groups like N’SYNC and change the lyrics to make the funny. I wish I still had them somewhere!
Then I just continued to fall in love with different bands and I started different bands, played around in the Philadelphia area, and then started playing out solo – switching between guitar and piano. Sometimes I’d even do a dance routine to pop songs. Whatever I could to entertain.
TT: What are you most excited about regarding the release of your new single?
ED: I think I was always trying to figure out who I wanted to be like. I would’ve said John Mayer mixed with a little something new. Now, I have no interest in being anything but myself unapologetically. I wrote and produced these songs with the guidance of an important few who got me to the finish line. I’m so excited because I think these records have a different sound and it will be interesting just to see how a different sound is received.
TT: Who are the people who have influenced your music the most?
ED: Before it was John Mayer, Coldplay, Fleetwood Mac, The Eagles, Eric Clapton. Then there were specific records that did it for me like Sheryl Crow’s “Tuesday Night Music Club” to Gavin DeGraw’s “Chariot”.
But now I can’t get enough The 1975, Calvin Harris, and Clean Bandit. I wish I could just be a part of their sessions and learn from them. Masters.
TT: Being that you write and produce with other musicians, can you tell us some of your favorite moments of collaboration?
ED: My favorite moments are when we capture the butterfly. That’s what my previous producer used to call it and I like that way of speaking about it [laughs]. When a session player does something unbelievable and your mind is blown. When a line is said that you never thought of which takes everything in such a better place. Magical moments where everyone in the room is on the same wavelength – communication is so easy.
TT: Do most of your lyrics come from your life experiences, or are they inspired by something else?
ED: My lyrics all come from life experiences or overall goals I want to accomplish. My entire EP is about life and not giving up on your dreams. I never wanted to produce other artists. I just wanted to be an artist. I’ve been discouraged by so many and when I have been encouraged, it doesn’t come with anything but words. I wanted to put out some hopeful music and some songs about the low points I still battle with.
TT: What do you like to do in your spare time?
ED: Spare time? [laughs]. My spare time is fleeting but I like to spend it with my dog, talking to my family who’s on the east coast, going to the gym and reading. Dinner with friends if I’m not in session. That’s it. Simple.
TT: If you could cover any song in history, what would it be?
ED: I won’t cover any song that is that special to me. I refuse to ruin it for myself. It will always live as something magical and not something that I practice so much it becomes stale. But I used to do a cover of “Everbody Wants To Rule The World” and that’s a fun one!
TT: What can your fans look forward to in the near future?
ED: A lot of me. There was a large lull time between my old music and newer material. Now that I’ve learned to produce, I’m moving faster. And a lot of the songs I’m releasing for other artists – it’s still me. You’ll hear me all over it. I’ll never stop.