Eric Schackne is an upcoming punk-inspired Singer-Songwriter from Los Angeles. When we first checked out some of Eric’s dynamic piano-driven tracks we were really impressed and were therefore really happy when Eric agreed to complete an interview with Song Revelation. Read everything below to find out, amongst other things, how he would describe his music, what songs he likes listening to from other artists and what he’s hoping to achieve over the next 12 months.
Q: What is your name?
Eric Schackne…I hope these questions don’t get any harder.
Q: If you could use a tagline of less than 20 words to describe your music and who you are what would it be?
Think “punk-rock Ben Folds.” I write, play and produce everything top to bottom. I play the piano pretty hard.
Q: What is your musical background?
I’m classically trained on piano from the ripe age of five. Picked up the guitar in high school and drums in college. I am one of those annoying people that like almost everything, but my main influences come from punk, oldies, pop punk and gangsta bluegrass (one of those was made up).
Q: How have the last 12 months been for you?
A roller coaster ride, to say the least. I’ve been in and out of a handful of bands, one of which is signed to a major. I self-produced and recorded a new EP. I’ve been in and out of love, almost moved to NYC, and have been doing a great job of growing my hair.
Q: Who inspires you musically?
I’m again going to be all over the place on this one. Dashboard Confessional and Fallout Boy undoubtedly claim a lot of my past inspiration, and Bryce Avary from The Rocket Summer continues to inspire me with his songwriting. But I came from a lot of punk-ish stuff, so the energy and songwriting in bands like The Getup Kids, Millencolin, Copeland, Underoath, etc. really hit me in the music chamber of my heart spot.
Q: Which modern day artists do you look up to?
Any DIY (do it yourself) artists deserve a great amount of my respect. I’m more likely to support my peers than idolize the big stars. But isn’t Katy Perry just the most?? I’d also say that Andrew McMahon(Something Corporate/Jack’s Mannequin) is someone I look up to with regards to succeeding with a piano-fronted band in a similar realm as my stuff.
Q: Is there anyone you would like to collaborate or gig with?
I’ve always wanted to straddle the line between the punk scene and the pop scene, so I’d love to tour with bands that also ride that line. In no specific order: Mayday Parade, Paramore, Panic! At the Disco, Jack’s Mannequin…I mean, touring with Coldplay wouldn’t be the worst thing either.
Oh, and I want to collaborate with everybody. Is everybody available for some studio time?
Q: What songs are on your iPod at the moment?
I don’t have an iPod, but here are a few tunes I’m into lately:
M83 – Midnight City
Florence + The Machine – No Light, No Light
Mayday Parade – The entire new album…
Q: What is your creative process for creating a track?
My process is a product of my resources. I typically write a song acoustically either driven by piano or guitar. Then I progressively add more parts as they come to me. The drums are typically the second instrument to join the song, sometimes before the lyrics are finished. I also improvise a lot in the studio, especially with vocals.
Q: What’s more important, melody or lyrics?
I want to say that it’s not what you sing, but how you sing it. Lyrics are important because they deliver the message, but the melody really makes you feel that message. Not to say there isn’t some great word-less hooks out there (the new M83 song comes to mind) but lyrics a super important as well. In summation, I hate this question…haha.
Q: Where are you based?
A studio apartment in Los Angeles, CA
Q: What’s it like being where you’re from?
Earth is pretty great, there’s something for everybody. PS: what’s the deal with the hole in the ozone layer? I haven’t heard much about it lately…
Q: What are you currently working on?
My biggest goal right now is to reach new ears and to build a base of fans that care if I succeed or fail as much as I do. With Hammers & Strings EP currently available to the public (iTunes/Bandcamp/Spotify), I’ve also been playing a lot of gigs with my new live band.
Q: What’s been the highlight of your career to date?
Well because I’m so un-famous, I don’t have any “I opened for U2” or “Adele made a pass at me one night in the studio” type stories yet. One very vivid memory is from the first time I rehearsed with a full band, shortly after the release of my debut untitled EP. That was the first time I’d ever fronted a band, and hearing my music live for the first time made me choke up and I had to stop. I’m such a softy.
Q: What are you hoping to achieve in over the next 12 months?
I’d love to have a manager and either be on tour or gearing up for one. I also expect my hair to be a few inches longer. Oh and I’d like to see all the Harry Potter movies…I haven’t seen a single one all the way through.
Q: Do you have any gigs or shows that you’d like to tell us about?
I’ve just played in the “world-famous” Viper Room for the first time on May 20th in LA. I’ve played there with other projects before, but not yet with my stuff. I’ll also be playing a gig in south Florida the week of June 25th (venue to come).
Q: What do you do to relax?
Relax? What is “relax?” To be honest, I relax by writing more music. I’m constantly writing and there are always some new lyrics to try out. I did just go to Six Flags for a friend’s birthday recently and had a blasty blast. I think I could be an adrenaline junky if I had more free time.
Q: Where would your favourite holiday (vacation) be and why?
I’d love to escape to Europe. If I could lose my cell phone and just wander around a few countries with a guitar I’d undoubtedly find bliss (can sherpas lift upright pianos?).
Q: If you could give a little piece of advice for new or aspiring musicians what would it be?
Be nice. Whether you “make it” or not, no one can take away the positive influence you’ll cast on everyone you’ll encounter.
Q: Is there anything else you’d like to let our readers know about?
Hammers & Strings EP is on iTunes/Bandcamp/Spotify check it out!
I’m currently rising in the ranks of the Ernie Ball Battle of The Bands to play Warped Tour ’12 – vote for me here: http://warped.battleofthebands.com/u/Eric_Schackne
I’m also a person and not a robot, so I’d love to hear from you on my Facebook page!
Editor’s Note: Eric Schackne effectively embodies high level of energy and technicality to create an intriguing and commercially appealing sound.
If you’d like to learn more about or get in touch with Eric Schackne just follow the links below:
YouTube embeds: http://Youtube.com/EricRockMusic