Q&A with the deli's Artist of the Month in February: Eric Ott
by Chrissy Prisco
The Deli: How did the band start?
Eric Ott: I was in a few bands before going solo. My last band album was with Mercuryhat. We made a couple albums that did ok and got some nice reviews. We had so many people coming and going within the band I decided it was kind of a joke to keep the name Mercuryhat. So going solo, I could release anything I wanted to and have anybody play with me. It really gives me the freedom to do anything I want as a writer.
What are your biggest musical influences?
70’s Singer/Songwriters, R.E.M., Jeff Tweedy, Radiohead
What artists (local, national and/or international) are you currently listening to?
Tan Vampires, Beirut, First-Aid, Vetiver
What's the first concert that you ever attended and first album that you ever bought?
Concert: Def Leppard Record: The Knack, Get the Knack
What do you love about New Englands music scene?
There are some great places to play in such a small area. You can cover a huge area within a few hours of driving.
What would you like to see change in the local music scene?
I would like to see the extinction of Cover Bands.
What are your plans for the upcoming year?
Promote Letter Box with small regional tours, release my full band record in June then maybe another album in the Fall. I also have a new album coming out with Nate Laban (Former Brickhouse Singer).
What was your most memorable live show?
Hackmatack Theater in 2010. It was a sold out show. I was warming up for Martin England and it was the first time I played with Cellist Kristen Miller. Pretty much the first time I played solo. It was either going to fail miserably or go really well. It went so well I decided to make a record with cello.
Is there someone who has helped your band grow through support?
Joe Simes. I would have to say without him, I would have quit a long time ago.
Is there a piece of equipment you couldn't live without and why?
My Demo station. (Mac) I write and record demos a lot! I may demo a song 15 times before I record it for release. It has helped me learn how to write. It has also helped me realize that I should not press record when drinking vodka.
Why do you read The Deli?
If I stopped writing/playing music tomorrow I would still be a happy man. There is so much great music out there. The Deli gives me the opportunity to read about and listen to some amazing bands in the area. The Deli is truly an independent resource for great indie music. Also a great resource for indie bands.