If you haven’t heard of the name Eric Dash before, you probably will. This young man out of Jersey has in the past couple years caught the attention of some pretty big names in music, and whose tour with Aussie group, The Janoskians, brought him to San Diego for the first time. I got to chat with Eric before his performance at the House of Blues.
Dash got an early start, as his love of music developed quickly at 8 years old, but its not really a story one would expect to hear from an artist like Dash. “My older brother and I used to take songs and rewrite the lyrics like Weird Al Yankovich. I played piano at the time. My dad played guitar, but I hadn’t picked it up yet. My brother picked it up and a few friends picked it up. I started at 13 and mainly used it for writing. I really got into the blues and other forms of music. My musical horizons expanded.”
As his music developed, he decided to try his luck making his mark as a musician in the big city. So he shipped off to New York City to build an audience by playing cafes and open mic nights. After a bit of time however, Eric explains that it was nearly make or break for him. “I hit a wall. My parents were helping me, because its not exactly easy financially being a musician in New York City. They said, not thinking I would find anything, ‘listen Eric, you need to find a Grammy award winning producer to take you under your wing, and it has to be someone we know that we can trust.’ So I knew one producer and it was Jack Puig. (Goo Goo Dolls, John Mayer) I made a video and he ended up calling me and that was the beginning.”
Despite Puig’s status in the industry, Dash mentions his flexibility when it comes to producing a sound that is strictly Eric’s. “He respects my points of view.”
Playing a short, 4 song set, Dash has a lot to prove in not a lot of time. He opens with “One More Love Song,” his first single which appeared on the Nielsen Top 40 radio Chart. Throughout the set, Dash converses with the audience, makes jokes, tells the fairly young audience to follow their dreams, despite what people say. (This testament is met with the loudest of screams and hollers) With songs such as “One Plus One” and “Miss Sally Jones” in the lineup, Dash hops into his role being dubbed as the “male Taylor Swift,” which, like his show, he takes with good humor and a chuckle. “Im an emotional being. Its because I write songs that are more love songs. Songs from the male point of view about losing the girl and being down and out. I think it’s a little bit crazy, because if you think about all songs, they are all kind of like that. But Taylor Swift is super successful, and I have the utmost respect for her and if they want to compare me to her… sure.”
So what’s next for the young Eric Dash, whose career is only beginning to blossom. He couldn’t give me details, but he promised there were some good things up his and Puig’s sleeves.
“We have a lot of people who are interested in the music and theres a lot of great things coming.”