American singer and musician Eric Martin (60) rose to fame with hard rock band Mr. Big in the early nineties. The members scored a worldwide number one hit with the ballad To Be With You and have been succesful both as a group and with their own music projects. During the Covid-19 pandemic there are hardly any concerts, but it’s a good time to catch up with Eric and have an online chat about his songwriting, the politeness of Japanese audiences and a funny story involving Paul Rodgers, David Coverdale and Chinese chicken salad.
After decades of songwriting, singing, producing and performing, The Hooters’ Eric Bazilian is still as active in the music industry as ever before. The 66-year-old Philadelphia native has created major hits with his own band, but also for dozens of other talented artists such as Joan Osborne (One of Us), Ricky Martin (Private Emotion), The Scorpions (The Best Is Yet To Come) and Amanda Marshall (Believe In You). In the summer of 2020 Eric is going on an extensive Hooters’ 40th anniversary tour through Germany, but he’s working on several music projects with different artists as well.
It’s been a busy, but very rewarding time for Danish/English singer-songwriter Daniel Firth. The 23-year-old got to perform at the Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon, Portugal this year with singer Rasmussen, representing Denmark with the peaceful viking song ‘Higher Ground’. Now Daniel gets to spend some time in the studio to record his own songs and he looks forward to performing on stage again with his fellow ‘vikings’.
There are many different ways in which an audience can experience live music. There are huge concerts with thousands of people, musicals, festivals and many more. The live music experience German singer-songwriter Michael Fitz offers, doesn’t fit into the categories I mentioned. Where many artists put the emphasize on the show, their fame or a party atmosphere, Michael puts the focus where it should be: on the music. Continue reading