Hailing from South East Missouri, Eric Ziegler is a young Singer/Songwriter. At 18 years of age, Eric was in a signed Rock band but didn't realize the chance he was given. "At 18 my band and I signed. We had beat the streets
promoting and touring, and a dream had finally come true. However, as quick as it came, it also went. The genre of music we were playing overnight was suddenly not the "in" sound. However, this was a blessing in disguise. I grew up listening to and loving country music. It's the only genre of music I longed to perform. Over the years, I've prepared myself and sharpened my skills to make another run at the industry. I was very fortunate, but I'm hoping lightning strikes twice" said Ziegler.
Booked to share the stage with such acts as Gary Allan, Randy Houser, Brett Eldredge, and many more, Eric Ziegler proves every time he steps under the stage lights that he is having just as much fun as all those singing the words back to him. Will lightning strike twice? My bet is there's a storm brewing.
What Musical Genre Do You Feel Best Describes Your Music And How Would You Describe Your Sound?
World Country. I pull from any era of country. But unlike most country artist, I pull from a ton of different varieties of genres. I listen to a lot of newer hip hop and edm music while writing, all the way into the beatles. Just whatever feeling in that moment that inspires me is My Life, which makes up my album(s)
How Did You Get Your Name? Is There A Story?
There's no story about my name per-say lol, other than the fact I've just recently found out that I'm Bavarian German bloodline, LOL. But my album and my music there's a story behind. I've been playing music since I was 6 years old. I began playing drums in the church because church was like a family business for my family. My grandfather built and was the pastor. My entire family was in attendance. My grandma lead the vacation bible school and sunday schools, etc... Massive ties to the church. So I just played music to become a member of the family. However, my taste wasn't defined by just gospel or gospel country like the rest of my family. I enjoyed playing drums because I wanted to be Peter Criss from Kiss, or Tommy Lee from Motley Crue. But after playing drums in Rock bands, and eventually getting a record contract that fell apart just after launching, I realized I just wanted to deliver my story, or my life, or my style. So I began playing music that is as true to me as possible. If I like it and it moves me, I write it. So with my concept, or my album.... It's just #mylife . It's more than just a genre, it's an entire movement.
What Are or Have been Your Musical Influences?
From top to bottom everyone mentioned at some point or time has been the most important musician or band in my life. However, no particular order.
Futrustic, Kiss, Chris Janson, Dillon Devoe (aka MimeGame), Jeff Bates, Sam Hunt, Michael Ray, HopSin, Bring Me the Horizon, The Used, Taking Back Sunday, Garth Brooks, Keith Whitley, Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings, Chris Stapelton
What Are You Working On Now? Any Future Collaborations We Can Look Forward To?
I just finished the #mylife EP. Now I'm currently focusing on the business side of my brand and revamping my IT department and Merch designs. We just launched EricZieglerPhotography, which will be the primary illustrations or art for all of my work from top to bottom. And it'll all be done in house in my hometown.
I just launched a charity effort in my area called Sing for Seniors. It's an effort where a school selects one financially less fortunate senior, upon choosing that Senior, my charity steps in and fully funds that Senior throughout the entire year from cap and gown to senior pictures. Then my charity sends the Senior on a trip to Florida with his or her family to celebrate the first milestone in that Seniors life. And finally the first two years of college will be on Sing for Seniors. Fully funded, and just launched.
And I'm going to continuing writing.
What Is Your Ultimate Goal In The Music Industry? What Is Your Plan Of Action?
To change it top from bottom, and leave my mark.
What Is Your Favorite Track To Perform Live and Why?
Farm Town. No matter if it's a home market show, or an out of town show, everyone can and has shared their relation with the song. It's neat to write a song about my hometown, but someone half the country away feels as if I wrote it for them.
Any current fun cover to. I like to mix things up and keep it fresh.
What Has Been The Biggest Challenge In Your Career Thus far?
Not making it farther on season 4 of NBC's the Voice lol
What’s Your Typical Songwriting Process?
It varies and changes, however, currently the feel has been complete isolation for days, or going into the studio for a weekend and starting and finishing a song entirely in one sitting.
How Has Social Media Influenced Your Career As An Artist?
It's the biggest article of music and the industry these days.
What Are Some Tracks and Artists Currently On Your Playlist?
Futuristic, Michael Ray, HopSin, Chris Janson, Chris Stapelton
What Did You Do Before You Started Making Music?
I've worked just about any type of job you can imagine.
Any Advice For Young People (Men or Women) That Want To Succeed In The Music World?
Be crazy. What's crazy to your family, or to your hometown, may be the most normal thing in my hometown. And you'll never experience that if you let others dim your light. Take the leap, trust yourself. Go all in or don't at all.
What Would You Change In The Music Industry If You Were A Top Music Executive?
You'll see in a few years.
How Do You Feel About Originality?
I think it's a key element. However, if you shy to far from the format and your originality can't hold it's own with skill, than the statement you are making is just a different form of art and music may not be your path.
Is There Anything Else We Should Know About You Or That You Would Like to Add?
I'm a very humble, thankful, hungry, goal oriented artist. But humble is the first thing that I mentioned because I am very grateful.
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