Eric Solomon has the soul of Prince and beats of Mike Posner. This Vancouver-based musician just released a debut EP Antarctica, while starring in his screen debut of MTV’s newest online reality show, The Youth Electric. You’d think he’d be some arrogant snob, but this guy is down-to-earth and so chill.
Amidst his busy schedule, Eric made time for an interview with Schema. We got the chance to chat about his new show, his career aspirations and even feelings associated with dislocation. He had been a globe-trotter all his life, not necessarily by choice, but fate seemed to have brought him to this point. Check out some of the highlights of our conversation, and I bet you too will fall for him like I did.
We began the interview by talking about The Youth Electric and how he applied for the show. It just so happened that it was fate. The show was going to be about three Vancouver musicians trying to make it big. Solomon had no previous knowledge to this upcoming show. In fact, him and a friend had been working towards making their own show when they heard about this opportunity with MTV– two days before the submission deadline.
“We quickly made it happen,”stated Solomon. They invited friends over for a party, showed themselves having a good time by singing Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’.” A friend with professional filming skills came and put the submission together. They sent it in, and the next day they got the call.
I’m portrayed as a bit of an a**hole in the show,” he mentioned &mdash a womanizer. But that’s media.”
The Youth Electronic provided the opportunity of exposure. There are plenty of outlets in which people can showcase their talent, but it’s hard to stand out. “Controversy gets people,” said Solomon, “And if controversy gets my music into people’s homes&mdashthat’s something.
However, Solomon doesn’t want to stay as a controversial image for long. “I want to be a highly respected musician/artist who is strong-minded, but playful&mdashnot too serious. I want to be followed for quality,” he mused.
Ultimately, he wants this exposure to open greater opportunities to leave a positive affect on the world. When Solomon mentioned that he wants to leave a positive affect on the world, it wasn’t a light statement.
He was born in Montreal. He spent his childhood in Kinshasa until the declaration of war. He was separated from his family and was sent to live in Israel. Sadly, they lost contact for a year. He didn’t know if they were dead or alive. It was ten years before they were reunited in Montreal.
This instability left a mark as Solomon lived in his own Antarctica, “displaced and dislocated from the world.”
It seemed that the greatest struggle is finding the foundational understanding of oneself&mdashfor example, when individuals can no longer relate to those who should be closest to them, because other identities have been imposed on them.
Solomon used an example of when the was reuniting with his family after a decade of separation. “I was waiting for the reconnection moment, but I was also afraid of my father’s approaching reaction to my dyed red hair and earrings.”
Through his album, Antarctica, he was able to begin his process of defrosting from his sense of isolation. He spoke about the necessity for each person to be unique and feel special in their work.
Solomon touched on the idea of an independent identity that individuals can find strength in&mdashone that is aside from the realm of community. An identity that can never fit in, or stand out because it is separate in itself. “If we all do what we love we would feel the self-esteem that would make us want to give, instead of take,” states Solomon.
“I think I’m here to do something authentic,” Solomon stated. He once made a comfortable living out of performing covers across Asia, but now he is writing and composing. Strongly passionate for innovation and trusting in his innate gifts, his message is simple: do the best you know, and the best you can do.
Then, he spoke a proverb, “People ride a boat. They get in the water: it’s stormy, and they get angry. The water is never smooth, but you can learn to sail and act as the sailor.”
Expect Eric Solomon to rise to great heights in music as he touches the hearts of communities!
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