Erik Johnson








What is music to you? What does it give you?

It beats the cost of therapy.

What is your music dream?

To make a living at it. I don't have to be rich, but being able to keep a steady level of income wouldn't suck.

Which is the most memorable song from your childhood?

That's like asking me to eat only one chip out of a chocolate chip cookie! If I had to choose one, it would be John Williams's "Imperial March" from the soundtrack of the original STAR WARS. I grew up listening to movie soundtracks as a kid. That was my classical music before I knew what classical music was.

Who are your favorite musical artists or bands?

KISS, Journey, Prince, Metallica, T-Ride, Winger, George Benson, Steely Dan... if they're playing live instruments, I'll listen to just about anything.

What inspires you to make music?

Good times, bad times... you know I've had my share.

What is the message you want to send with your music?

You aren't alone and it could be a lot worse. Could be better, sure, but hey...

How do you feel when you perform in front of an audience?

Glad they showed up. It's not easy building up a fanbase playing the style that I play.

How do you see the musicians’ reality nowadays? What could be improved?

It's still an uphill battle but labels (mostly) aren't interested in building artists. They seem to want to take the ones who've done the groundwork and offer distribution and packaging. For a high rate of return, of course.

What frustrates you most as a musician?

Apathy. Apathy from fans and apathy from fellow musicians who flake out.

Do you support your local scene as a fan? How?

Just showing up helps. It's a chance to network as well as be seen out supporting other acts. If an act is playing someplace where I know people, I'll be sure to repost their event on Fb so they'll see it on my feed. It's a pittance, I know, but it's something.

What qualities should a musician nowadays have in order to get their music heard by a larger audience?

Tenacity and patience.

Share some awesome artists that we’ve never heard of.

Bombay Black, Third Degree (out of Little Rock, AR)