Meet Erik, 27 years old from Tulsa, Oklahoma.
“I'm a marketing professional out of Tulsa, OK. I love Tulsa and I must say we have quite the music scene. Between our more classic venues like Cain's Ballroom and the Brady theater, and our more modern venue the BOK Center, we have quite the music selection. You could catch someone like the Head and The Heart at Cain's on a Thursday and see someone like Shawn Mendes on a Saturday. It's a great music city!”
What is the soundtrack to your life?
This is a tough one. I would say consistently a duo called Penny & Sparrow would be my choice of a soundtrack to my life, very soothing, very insightful lyrics. I'm also really into Maggie Rogers' new album "Heard it in a Past Life" right now. If I'm not in a soothing mood though and I need a bop I'm going to turn on some 80s music like "Jump" by Van Halen or "Super Trouper" by ABBA. In other words, the soundtrack to my life would vary, and often.
What is the most annoying song in the world?
"Wonderwall" by Oasis. I'm not saying this is the worst song in the world, it's just the most annoying. I feel like it drags on for hours and I'm pretty sure it was the only song people who were first learning how to play the guitar knew how to play in the late 90s.
What’s more important to you? Music; or Lyrics? Why?
Music. I can get a beat stuck in my head for weeks but sometimes lyrics are lost on me. I also think music affects people in different ways. Take music genres like chill hop or lofi for example. Very steady, very creative, but typically lyric-less. This type of music keeps me super focused and motivated, but for some people, it doesn't really move them and just sounds like "elevator music." But that's why it's music, everyone has their own taste, and mine is typically beat heavy.
I'm going to give you a current favorite, because naming my favorite of all time is too stressful. It's like picking a favorite movie, there's too many to pick from and are too different. My current favorite is LANY. A pop trio out of Los Angeles. Quick fact though, the lead singer Paul Klein is actually from Tulsa, and just another reason to check out our wonderful city. I'll list some other favorites: Singer-Songwriter is Penny & Sparrow, rap is Drake, folk is Jacob McCoy, 80s is ABBA, electronic is Kygo, chill hop is Dixxy.
If you had the chance to interview an artist, who would it be? (Dead or alive)
Sinatra, but in his time. If I'm allowed to interview dead people I'm assuming I get to control time, so I'm traveling back to the 40s or 50s to a swanky jazz bar to hear him live and interview him after. That would be a dream.
My last concert was LANY at the Brady Theater in Tulsa. This was their second time to perform in Tulsa and you could tell they were a lot more comfortable this time around. My wife and I sat in the mezzanine and sung our little hearts out. This band is going to be huge one day, and I'm excited about that because I've been following them since the start.