BSCkids recently got to sit down with singer, songwriter, and musician, Eric Dash as he talked about his music and videos that are a hit on YouTube and VEVO. Dash recently took a break from recording his debut album with producer, Jack Joseph Puig (John Mayer, Goo Goo Dolls, No Doubt), to head on tour with The Janoskians on the Got Cake Tour.
Eric Dash is a rising musical sensation you do not want to miss. He has quickly become a YouTube & VEVO star, with his first single, “One More Love Song”, topping the Nielsen Top 40 Radio Chart. His love for music began at age 8, when he wrote his first song; his love for the guitar quickly followed – with heavy influences from John Mayer, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix, B.B. King, and Eric Clapton.
BSCkids: Eric Dash
You wrote your first song at age 8, tell us about that? What was it about?
It was really a Weird Al Yankovic inspired creation. I don’t remember exactly which song we changed, but my brother and I would write funny lyrics over a ton of different pop songs!
How supportive has your family been regarding your musical ambition?
Very supportive. It’s a dicey situation because sometimes things look like they’re going well and sometimes it gets scary. My parents’ friends come up to them asking them when I’m going to get a real job and say “I did my best”. It’s hard for a parent to stomach that – and I love them for staying strong and believing in me.
When you first started putting your videos on YouTube, how long did it take till they got really popular?
Not very long. I got very lucky with the timing. One More Love Song went Top 40 on Nielsen radio and the video also got placed all over the US on different company/gym televisions. So that gave it quite a bump.
Tell us about your single “One More Love Song.”
It’s a love song about how I don’t want to have to write love songs about the same person anymore. It’s painful.
We didn’t want to make it a sad video. I feel like that’s going to be a trend with my videos – sad songs turned nice videos. So we made it into the dream that I had when I wrote the song: “Maybe I’ll play this song for her and she’ll come back to me”.
Where do you pull your inspiration?
Life. Love. Loss. Anything that gives me a strong emotion.
When can your fans expect a full-length album release?
I want it to come out tomorrow but I just have to be patient. We’re either going to release it with the right label or at the right time to move. Whenever that is. But I refuse to let it get lost in translation.
How long have your been playing guitar and what pulled you to play that instrument?
Since I was 13 and since I was 18. Confusing! I started using guitar as a tool to write when I was 13 but I didn’t get into serious playing until I was 18. And my father played guitar. When he had a stroke and couldn’t play anymore, it pulled me in very hard. Solace of sorts.
If you could pick one artist to work with on a single, who would it be?
Bruno Mars right now. He writes some wonderful songs and it would be heard. I want to be heard.
What do you do when you aren’t working on your music?
It’s weird because music is work and pleasure. I wake up and start working and having fun. And when I’m tired I stop, but I’ll be back at my guitar again soon after. I try to get out a lot because I’m living in Los Angeles now and don’t know many people. Making friends when you’re always working alone on music is very difficult.
Do you have any advice for aspiring singers or musicians?
Listen to your gut and be smart about every little move you make. Every move matters, even when people tell you they don’t. They definitely do. Keep the loyal people in your corner. Be kind, but if someone tries to get the best of you, stand up for yourself. This is not a fairy tale.