Recently we had the chance to sit down and pick the brain of musician Eric Hutchinson, who kicks off his US tour in Boston on October 27th! Eric is teaming up with Tristan Prettyman & Nick Howard for the Sun & Sand Tour. Grab tickets to the show in a city near you!
Ok, now let’s get to know Eric a bit more, shall we?
Indie Minded: What have been some of your favorite venues to play?
Eric Hutchinson: The Paradise was HUGE for me! I went to Emerson College in Boston and always went to see shows there. I saw Jack Johnson there before he blew up. It felt very cool to sell out the Dise for the first time. Everyone I talk to tells me to play the Royale, so that’s what we’re doing.
IM: You’ve said that The Beatles were prominent in your house growing up, but who are some of your modern day influences – and who’s on repeat right now in your headphones?
EH: I love Vampire Weekend more than anything! All of their albums are fantastic. Frank Ocean’s album also blew my mind.
IM: Have you had one of those “worst gig” experiences yet? If so, can you tell us about it?
EH: Too many to count! It’s a long way to the top if you wanna rock and roll.
IM: If you hadn’t become a musician, what do you think you’d be doing?
EH: These days, I think I’d be a cook.
IM: You attended Emerson here in Boston, how was that experience? Do you still have a soft spot for our city?
EH: I LOVE Boston and kicking the tour off there, just around the corner from Emerson feels very right. Gonna walk around on Newbury Street and hit the South End just like in the old days.
IM: If you could perform live with any band, which one would it be?
EH: Mine. They’re the biggest musical badasses I know and I can’t believe the things we do on stage every night.
IM: Let’s talk about the luck you’ve had (though quite deserved):
- Signed originally with Madonna’s Maverick Records
- Performed on Leno, Jimmy Kimmel, Craig Ferguson, Conan O’Brien, Letterman … the list goes on…
- Had a song (Watching You Watch Him) be played on Grey’s Anatomy
- Various online awards
Do you have some sort of lucky rabbit’s foot that you’re rubbing on your days off? Again, QUITE deserved, but does this all seem surreal to you?
EH: I pinch myself everyday! Getting to do this every night is what I’ve dreamt about since I first got onstage with a cover band and sang “Johnny B. Goode” at a family cookout 25 years ago.
IM: How does your current album, Pure Fiction, differ from your previous releases?
EH: This is my most modern album. I think all the other music lead up to me making this and I’m very proud of it
IM: What is your songwriting process like?
EH: It mainly consists of my sitting in my pajamas at the piano, singing my head off, until I realize it’s night time and I need to go eat dinner.
IM: What is the last book you read?
EH: I’m reading a book about Babe Ruth right now. I’m a huge baseball fan and he crosses through Baltimore, Boston and NYC. All places that have had an impact on me.
IM: Lastly, if we were to look into your iPod, who would that one guilty pleasure be? Duran Duran? Nickelback?
EH: I made a Yacht Rock mix on Rdio that will melt your face .
Huge thanks to Eric for taking some time out right before his tour to talk to us here at Indie Minded! We’ll be covering the Boston show, so look for pictures soon right here on our pages!