Eric Taylor Escudero is the Brazilian born artist who allows his emotionality to be reflected through his music, having been influenced from an early age by 60s and 70s folk-rock.
Making a name for himself in Brazil, he's now hoping to take the UK by storm. We got the chance to put some questions to Eric about his career to-date, future plans and much more. Read on to find out what he had to say...
For those who may be new to your music, how best would you describe your sound?
Honest and deep folk-rock with lyrics that reflect on modern life and the passing of time.
What challenges have you faced in the music industry so far?
Well, the most challenging thing so far is getting the music out and delivering it to the right audience. The internet may seem like an open space for everyone to show their work, but that creates a huge cacophony. It's like a crowded room in which everybody wants to speak and nobody wants to listen.
How difficult would you say this career path is in terms of making a name for yourself?
Pretty difficult. Living in South America doesn't make it any easier since everybody looks for music in North America and Europe. I depend a lot on the internet to show my work to people abroad. However, the experience has been great, so far.
How important is it for you to have creative control over the work you produce?
Really important. Once you lose control over your work, it all becomes really pointless, doesn't it? I only do what I do because I believe that my music is a true expression of who I am and what I think. That's what I look for in other people's music too.
Where do you draw influence and inspiration from for your work?
I think we can draw a lot of inspiration from other people's works and lives. Personal meaningful experiences are very important and a main source of inspiration, but I think that music and literature can take you to a different time and space and we can be enriched by the experiences of others.
If you could collaborate with anybody going forward, who would you choose and why?
Paul McCartney, he seems like a really nice guy.
Tell us a random, funny fact about you that not many people know.
I released my first three EPs as 'Eric Taylor'. When I was in Texas recording the album, I realised that there are many 'Eric Taylors' in the world - There's even another one from Texas who plays folk. So I decided to add the Escudero, my other family name, making it more unique.
Do you have definitive aims or goals for your career?
I hope to share my music with as many people as possible and perform in as many places as possible.
What should we expect from you in the coming weeks and months?
A couple of promo videos will be released and I hope to record some live videos as well. Watch this space!