I wanted to start the new year with music!!! Obviously right?? LOL.. anyway I wanted to start out by being thankful for the previous year with all of it’s ups and downs. I am thankful that I am here doing what I love to do.. which is music and entertaining people.
Every month I will be posting a new mix of house music to inspire, move and uplift… My goal is to help the world dance. House music has always allowed people to unite under ONE song and love. I hope these tunes will help the world do just that.. UNITE!
This new mix is my housemix of The Jacksons “Shake Your Body Down”. Of course I added some of my own musicianship as well as show off my production skills.. I hope you all enjoy this!!!
Enough of the talk! Now DANCE and SHOUT!! OH.. by the way.. A new original single is coming soon.. Stay tuned!!!! PLEASE LEAVE YOUR COMMENTS!!! I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU!!!
I am always trying to push the limits in musical expression.. I love experimenting with sounds and ideas.. well.. here is my idea of EDM gone Crazy.. By all means please leave a comment.. Oh yeah.. some of these are FREE to download!!!
This experience is what I call Synthetic Soul (The White Lable Chronicles)… I combined variations of house, funk(of couse), dub-step, rock/metal, and trap on top of samples, and beats… Of course there is the HUMAN element to the music.. didn’t wanna have it all the way mechanical so I played all the instruments too.
My philosophy is “humanity should dictate the technology not the other way around” hence the blending of the sounds with instruments..
As an indie artist, I must admit, I get discouraged from time to time with this music thing. As an indie artist I realize that I am in business for myself. Not only do I have to think of the music, but the avenues of how to get it to the public as efficiently as possible! This is NOT a complaint. This IS the lifestyle I chose. This choice of lifestyle has to be balanced with day job/home responsibilities with and the dream life I once had and want again.
As an artist, I am always asking this question… Am I making an impact with my music? I got an email that had to make me re-evaluate what is important about my gift of song. Of course I want to make money from my craft and to be able to support my family and all that other stuff, but DAG!!! I WANT IT NOW(in my Barucca Salts voice from Willy Wonka ) .. Well… Just when I was starting to accept the reality of having to deal with my day job for the rest of my life, I get THIS —->
“Hey Eriq, I almost pulled over my car earlier today … but wasn’t in a good place. Was listening to your new music in the car and it hit me somewhere deep inside. Hard to explain. It was very moving. You have incredible talent. You need to be touring! Just wanted you to know” – Julie White
She purchased the projectXOXO (Hugs & Kisses)and told me what she thought of it. These words are so empowering and the very thing that I needed to hear. Some folk might say that this is all about my ego or my insecurity as an artist. I think from an artists’ perspective, the ones who put it all on the line are the most vulnerable and at risk of being rejected and set aside.. (and even booed) .. To those who are quick to call artists “narcissistic” “egotistic” “insecure” then let me ask you.. Do YOU enjoy rejection for something you are passionate about? Of course you don’t .. NO ONE DOES! We have enough artists “playing it safe”.. which is why I think we as a society have an addiction to mediocrity – but that’s another blog..
This is merely a “thank-you” note to a person who valued what I did by purchasing it and making it a part of her life.. which what music is for in the first place.. right???
I was going through my catalog of stuff (that has yet to be heard) to revisited my old joint Fur Elise off the first EHG project “From The Basement To The Heart.. Life’s Soundtrack Vol. 1” and I thought wow!!! This joint is really good.. Ok I’m sounding like a narcissist.. but for real though.. no seriously.. check it out! (on iTunes too)
I went back to the thought and time when this tune first came to me… In Germany. I originally did this with a jazz quartet while I was living outside of Heidelberg, Germany. I’ve always love this joint and thought Hmm.. wouldn’t it be cool to honor the cat that made this tune.
The concept came from the thought of Beethoven being funky. LOL. Yeah I know… right.. but the fellas in the band that it would be cool to tackle it and make it a 4/4 count to give a groove. Add some bottom(bass that is) and make the piano swing a little.. We performed it in this little joint by the hauptbaunhoft (main train station) in the middle of Mannheim and the natives seemed to really dig the rendition of Ludwig’s funky new old classic.. LOL.. The crazy thing is that we never got around to recording it.
Welp… 2009 comes around and finally the time came to record it. Back in the States.. different cats of course. It took on a whole different interpretation from my original concept. It was more laid back but still just as powerful.. maybe in more. I love experimenting with all types of musical concepts and styles. This version took on a more jazz fusion flava with a dramatic climax towards the end instead of the swing. However it still have the element of GROOVE. Check it out.. Like Share Enjoy!
So glad you all made it to the page!!! Thank you guys SOOOOOO MUCH!!!
Just a little info for you guys.. I wrote, produced, performed, programmed, engineered, and composed every track on the project. I had a little help from my boy Shawn Charles who co-produced Electric Leviteand my home-girl Elaina Thompson who helped me with the background vocals on I am Eriq Troiand Jeanine Love on background vocals on Rebel Musik (The Psycho Jam).
This project took me almost 4 years to record. Why so long? Welp.. LIFE!!! This happens or that happens to where I had to put certain things ahead of the project to maintain peace and balance in my life.. dig?
Anywho.. The recording process is DONE!! … NOW THE REAL WORK BEGINS!!! The next process is to find a single which is where YOU guys come in.
All you have to do is listen to the tracks…. leave a comment about the ones YOU like! Yup.. that’s it!
Just so you all know, in order to leave a comment, you have to leave an email. For those who leave a comment I have FREE joints I would love to send you for taking the time to listen.. YOUR KIND EARS are appreciated!
OH!!! I ALMOST FORGOT…. PLEASE SHARE THIS WITH THOSE WHO MAY LIKE THIS TOO…
Thank you soooo much for taking the time to listen
I was going through my catalog of stuff (that has yet to be heard ) to revisited my old joint Fur Elise off the first EHG project “From The Basement To The Heart.. Life’s Soundtrack Vol. 1” and I thought wow!!! This joint is really good.. Ok I’m sounding like a narcissist.. but for real though.. no seriously.. check it out! (on iTunes too) I went back to the thought and time when this tune first came to me… In Germany. I originally did this with a jazz quartet while I was living outside of Heidleburg, Germany. I’ve always love this joint and thought Hmm.. wouldn’t it be cool to honor the cat that made this tune. The concept came from the thought of Beethoven being funky. LOL. Yeah I know… right.. but the fellas in the band that it would be cool to tackle it and make it a 4/4 count to give a groove. Add some bottom(bass that is) and make the piano swing a little.. We performed it in this little joint by the hauptbaunhoft (main train station) in the middle of Mannheim and the natives seemed to really dig the rendition of Ludwig’s funky new old classic.. LOL.. The crazy thing is that we never got around to recording it. Welp… 2009 comes around and finally the time came to record it. Back in the States.. different cats of course. It took on a whole different interpretation from my original concept. It was more laid back but still just as powerful.. maybe in more. I love experimenting with all types of musical concepts and styles. This version took on a more jazz fusion flava with a dramatic climax towards the end instead of the swing. However it still have the element of GROOVE. Check it out.. Like Share Enjoy!
Drums – Mike Watkins / Piano, Bass, Strings – Kenneth Wallace / Lead bass and guitars and production Eriq Troi
By all means!!! leave a comment.. I’d love to hear from you!!
I was going through my hard drive; with all of my songs, demos, and song ideas and thought to myself.. WOW! I have over a thousand pieces of music on this hard drive! SHEESE!!! One particular piece I did was a track in which I sampled various phone noises and made it into a track. I called this track Phone Sex.
Phone Sex has all of the bottom to rattle the trunk, the melodies to carry you into other dimensions, and just enough rhythm to “get your swerve on” (LOL.. I’m so old)..
Initially this project was going to be called Musique Erotica. I didn’t want people to think this it was “porn music”. I didn’t want to alienate people who were a little less adventurous when it came to matters of intimacy either. I also wanted it to be a back drop of straight groove and chill-out music that could serve as the night’s theme for sensual encounters. More importantly, just good music.
If you have already purchased this project, I thank you warmly and ask that you leave a comment, share and tell your friends. I would love to hear your feed back. If you HAVEN’T heard it.. WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR!!! It’s available on iTunes and any where digital music is sold.
I am introducing my new joint that includes an excerpt of Chuck Roberts… For all my Chicago house heads out there, y’all know what this is.. For those not into house, allow me to introduce to you what is known as “deep house”.
This blend of house music is really rooted in funk! It’s my touch on dance music that made you get up and move that body.. or better known as JACK… I hope you all find this tune an enhancement for you lives! .
I have always loved house music. I love to dance. I love to watch other people dance. So.. this track was born. I hope you all love it and share it with everybody you know
Yeah ok.. It’s been a while since I have posted a memoir. Don’t judge me. LOL.. Nah but for real.. The balancing act between the day job and the transition to music career is a constant thing. I have to make a good representation of the company I work for and to whom I am grateful to have a job. At the same time I want to be the change I seek around here. I say “around here” because I have to bloom where I am planted.
Locally I have noticed a lot of ideals that define music as “excellent” is quite contradictory to the ideals of excellence that has come before. I want to say it’s a generational thing but that’s not entirely true. One thing I think is that there’s no mentorship with the younger musicians/artists. In my experience, I was blessed to have my an uncle, a cousin and their friends to show me things. I also had music in my school as a part of the general curriculum. I also had examples of groups like Earth Wind and Fire, Chicago, Prince and The Revolution, Santana, Parliament-Funkadelic, Rush (this list is ongoing) to be examples of what giving a performance that goes beyond explanation look like. This was my standard and I saw local groups back in the day reach and sometimes go beyond that standard.
Live_At_B-Side_2006_Mic_Check.wav(my band live in Clevleand Heights, Ohio The B-Side as backing band for Bill – spoken word artist – Spoken Word Concert Series 2006)
When speaking of such standards on a local level, the issue of budget comes up. But I remember everybody in the band chipping in and pooling their recourses to give a show that was bigger than life. More importantly it was really about the creativity. All those guys in my uncle and cousin’s band all had day jobs. They all had the expectation that no one is going to give them anything. Looking back on those guys, they were “average” in skill level individually but collectively they were colossal!
My hope for the change I seek is to be the example of perseverance through rejection, the nay says from local cliques, and the beacon of creativity and musical excellence, to give my local audience a musical experience that defies explanation, to be the standard in which the bar is raised/set, and synonymous to ideals of musical innovation…starting right here where I am planted!
As an artist with a day job here in Northeast Ohio, sometimes we get up on Mondays and feel like calling off to finish a project or to just say NO I DON’T WANNA COME IN ON GENERAL PRINCIPLE. Fact is, we just can’t do that. We have rent to pay, bills, our children, car notes, and all other sorts of financial responsibilities. So no! We can’t just leave or call off. For now we have to be thankful for our day jobs. We have to be grateful and make the most of where we are and what we do. After all WE’RE the ones who chose that job. It didn’t choose us.
So how do we get to that grateful place of Zen and peace? How do we balance the psychotic, anal retentive, micro-managing supervisor who has nothing else better to do except harass you on every little thing you do that’s not “in compliance with company policy” which he/she uses to make you look like you’re not a team player? This is a tough cookie indeed. The way to navigate through this is to focus on the things you DO like about the job and why you chose the job in the first place. We have to focus on the positive. Yes.. This is an active thing we must do BEFORE we clock in. I will be the first to admit I am not always successful at this mental exercise. I can be a bit of a brat when it comes to my time. At times, I chose not to focus. For me, I look back at the time when I was jumping around from couch to couch trying to figure out what I’m going to eat. So that being my alternative, I sometimes make a point to stop right where I am and breathe. Then I start back and pace myself through out the work day to prevent burn-out. Focusing on what we want our day to look like is key. I am more successful at this than not.
Speaking of artists with day jobs, I think as artist we undervalue some of the things we learn there…or at least some of us. Work Ethic is a key ingredient for a working artist. A lot of my fellow artist here in NEO have never understood the idea of work ethic. A part of work ethic is BEING ON TIME. If you are late all the time on the day job, most likely disciplinary action will be taken. If we call in sick all the time or not show up. If we have lame excuses as to why a job wasn’t done properly. Spreading rumors on the job. Inner-office romances. Appearance not up to company standards…I know this sounds like corporate crap we don’t wanna hear (I know it grosses me out too) but these things are the difference between the artist who will have longevity and a reputation of excellence as opposed to the artist who ends up in their 40’s and 50’s talking about the good ole days as they complain about the factory work they hate or how the city the live in is killing them creatively. In other words, let’s look at our dreams as the day jobs we want.. AND TREAT IT AS IF WE HAVE OUR BOSSES DOWN OUR NECKS TO DO OUR DREAMS.