MusicDish e-Journal - January 21, 2020
MusicDish Advertising Network
» HOME » INSIDER SCOOP » CAREER TIPS » MUSIC SPOTLIGHT » MUSICDISH*CHINA
» INDUSTRY INTERVIEWS » NEWS BEAT » DIGITAL SKOOL » OPEN REVIEW » MUSICDISH EDELWEISS
Search MusicDish e-Journal (Advanced)
Subscribe To MusicDish e-Journal
About | Contact | Advertise | RSS | Submit Article | Submit News | Artist Development | Premium PR Distribution
Mi2N | MusicDish*China | MusicDish Network | MusicDishTV | Urban Music News Network

Pleading the First - A talk with Singer/Songwriter/Smartass Eric Schwartz
By Matthew S. Robinson
(more articles from this author)
2001-06-21
Comment | Email | Print | RSS

When asked (or even when not), Eric Schwartz claims to have been "singing from day one" (much to the surprise of the obstetrician, to be sure!). Schwartz was also born with an insatiable hunger for attention, which he manifested through behaviors which earned him the title of "wise-ass" from those who, he says, did not understand.

In Junior High, Schwartz followed his natural road to the theater. "It was my way of getting attention and love and all of that unoriginal stuff," he says.

After graduating from Tufts University, Schwartz switched tracks slightly to musical performance. While on a post-graduate trip to Spain, Schwartz picked-up his roommate's guitar and quickly realized that he could not only cover Chapin, Croce and Costello, but that he could also write his very own songs.

After touring Europe as a busking street performer, Schwartz returned States-side and returned to acting. This time, however, life on the boards bored the burgeoning talent, and Eric soon found himself strumming instead of hamming.

Schwartz began playing in ever-larger clubs around Manhattan. Unfortunately, most of these venues were more attuned to cover bands and Schwartz's insightful and often hilarious compositions often went unheard and unappreciated.

Hooking up with an Upstate management firm, Schwartz began the "slow, painful road" to obtaining professional recognition as a singer/songwriter. As for where he gets his material, Schwartz has a simple and typically cynical explanation.

"We all do things we're not proud of," he says. "I write about them." Schwartz especially likes exploring the world of taboo (i.e., what we all think but only few say) and often wonders where the concept of propriety comes from.

"I don't get that," he puzzles. "We're not all pure and good, yet the world tries to pass us off as if we were."

In order to test this theory, Eric uses his songs as conversations with his audience, always watching carefully for titter placement and seat shifting. "The more I push the limits," he figures, "the funnier and less trivial it can be. One song often gets to the heart of a different subject."

Though his oft humorous contexts make uncomfortable topics more palatable, such piercingly personal pieces have brought many a staunch music fan to tears and fits of laughter, sometimes within the same three minutes. People just LOVE his songs. For Eric, however, the playing's the thing.

"I don't care how good a song is," he claims. "It's about the performance- that conversational give and take. That's what makes it."

That's not to say, however, that Schwartz does not work hard at his creative craft.

"I'm not saying that I don't try to write great songs," he explains, "but it's irrelevant if there's nobody to play it for. We are all social creatures."

Eric's great desire to connect on a personal level, in combination with his flair for the dramatic and theatrical greatly enhance his performances, turning many a listening room into a rollicking roadhouse. They have also garnered him bookings from the Avenue of the Americas to the American Virgin Islands (and some British ones too).

"Those were nice," Schwartz smiles, tugging at his trademark overalls. Looking over his ever-expanding, ever more affecting repertoire, Eric is ready to defend himself, but does not see the need.

"I know what I feel and why I feel it," he declares," so how can you fault me? Even bathroom humor can be deep."

Having thus flushed his critics, Eric is hard on the trail of finding a future direction for himself.

"I'm an odd combination," he admits. "On the one hand, I want to be intellectual and philosophical. On the other hand, I want to have fun and entertain."

Such duality has led Eric to question his own tactics at times.

"I often ask myself 'Is this cheap? Am I trying (only) to get a rise out of people?' And then I answer myself (sometimes in another voice), 'No. I'm in this for me and my enjoyment.' While I admit that this may not be a pleasant motto," Schwartz concedes, "at least it's true."

Apparently, Schwartz has bought in (at least somewhat) to the 'truth will set you free' thing.

"In showing my journal, I am empowering others to admit their perversions. They may be protest songs," he says, "but they're not protests against ideals. They're protests against those who would stifle me."

Still looking for attention, Eric?

"What can I say? I'm a brat!"


Home » Music Spotlight » Pleading the First - A talk with Singer/Songwriter/Smartass Eric Schwartz
Permalink:http://www.musicdish.com/mag/?id=4021
Email |Print |Comment |RSS

back | top


MusicDish Advertising Network

Music Spotlight

» Hollywood Heavyweights Launch New Christian Music Label

» Round Hill Music And Zync Sign Madge To Joint Venture

» YG PLUS and Gracenote to Bring K-POP to Fans around the World

» Lithuanian Band Grabs Bronze at the Silk Road Indie Music Festival 2017

» HBC Fall Festival Celebrates 12 years of HBC Fest

Music Spotlight Directory



» [2018-09-16] Live Nation Electronic Asia Inks Deal With Budweiser For Creamfields Festivals; Together, Creamfields And Budweiser Will Focus On Building Entirely New Content For Dedicated Electronic Music Fans Throughout Asia

» [2018-08-23] Andy Ma Appointed Warner Music China CEO; Andy Ma Has Also Been Appointed EVP, Commercial And Business Development For Greater China

» [2018-08-23] IndieOn Connects Music To The Blockchain; IndieOn Is Confident Of Creating A "music Miner" Who Listens More And Grow Their Token Value

» [2018-06-23] The 2018 MIDEM Silk Road International Music Alliance Signing; International Music Industries Signing Of A Mutual Resource Sharing Agreement With Shanghai Conservatory Of Music & The China Records Group

» [2018-06-06] Screen Music Connect To Explore The Music Of Film, Television And Interactive Media; Created By James Hannigan, Award-winning Composer And Game Music Connect Co-founder, Screen Music Connect Builds On The Success Of The Sold-out Game Music Conferences

» [2018-06-05] Fred Casimir To Develop BMG's Global Recordings Business; As Well As Building BMG's European Infrastructure, Casimir Was Instrumental In Developing BMG's Recordings Business

» [2018-06-03] 13 Music Label Sold To MTN; DSN Music Spins Off Record Label To Albuquerque Music Entrepreneur's New Group

» [2018-06-02] CISAC 2018 Annual Report; A Comprehensive Overview Of The Confederation's Work To Serve 4 Million Creators And 239 Authors Societies Across The World

» [2018-06-02] MusicDish Announces A Love Electric 2018 China Tour; The Tour Will Crisscross Through China With 12 Shows In 8 Cities, Including Guangzhou, Dongguan, Zhuhai, Shenzhen, Kunming, Jiaxin, Wuhan And Beijing

» [2018-06-02] Darcus Beese Named President Of Island Records; Renowned U.K. Music Executive To Join Universal Music Group's U.S. Label Leadership

» [2018-05-17] Avant-Garde Label Maybe Noise Launches In Beijing; The Official Launch Will Be On May 26 At Magnet Theater With A Performance Supporting Its First Vinyl Release: Png Z

» [2018-05-04] Award-Winning Lithuanian Rock Band Colours Of Bubbles "She Is The Darkness" 2018 China Tour; The Tour Will Kickoff In Shanghai Where The Band Will Represent Lithuania During The Country's Signing To The Silk Road Music Alliance
MusicDish Advertising Network

follow MusicDish on
Follow MusicDish on Twitter

Mi2N Music PR


Micayla De Ette, Star Of The Upcoming Film Hold On, Releases Her New Single And Music Video "Write A Song", Featuring Flavor Flav

AWOLNATION Brings Fans "The Best" / Announces Tour With Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness

Pianist Luo Tingyuan Actively Advocates Cultural Exchanges On Classical And New Music - A Review For 'Young Professionals On Stage' Recital Series

Deadline Looms For Musicians - The 16th Annual Acoustic Music Awards

C Z A R I N A Releases Samurai Music Film "BLAZE: Dances Of The Yokai"

Stephanie Ryann Releases Her Official Music Video For "Whiskey Regret"

New Jersey Rock Band Scores Endorsement And Big Shows



Websites: Mi2N | MusicDish*China | MusicDish Network | MusicDishTV | Urban Music News Network
Services: Submit Article | Submit News | Submit Video | Artist Development | Premium PR Distribution

Copyright © 1997-2018 MusicDish LLC., all rights reserved.
About MusicDish e-Journal | Contact Us | Advertise | RSS | Internships