About The Artist
Eric C. Powell is an award-winning indie synthpop electronic music artist and enthusiast inspiring creativity and passion in music and life. Eric’s writing and production reflect his signature catchy synth tracks with penetrating lyrics to challenge any listener and delight synth enthusiasts.
Genre: Synthpop, Synthwave, Electronic, Alternative, Indie
Similar Artists: Mesh, De/Vision, OMD, Pet Shop Boys
Location: Austin, Texas
Eric C. Powell expressed an interest and music talent from an early age, but it was when he received a now-vintage analog Roland Juno 106 synthesizer that his songwriting craft began.
His teens proved to be creative years for Eric as he wrote, recorded, and performed hundreds of originals songs. Eric seized many opportunities to share his music performing for school events, selling cassette tapes to fellow students, and eventually performing weekly at a local restaurant at the age of 16.
College years marked a dive into the music industry for Eric. After an interview, a potential music manager suggested he seek out band members to record a demo. A few months later, Eric formed Turning Keys, an early 90s synth pop band which received favorable reviews and a significant following in the Southern California electronica sub-culture. Eric took the role of frontman and songwriter of Turning Keys with the band producing several albums, music videos, a tour, and a number of live performances – notably opening with Flock of Seagulls, Depeche Mode, and Missing Persons.
Eric left Turning Keys but continued his songwriting craft, eventually finding work as a professional band leader working with numerous skilled musicians and vocalists in California and Montana. It was during this time that Eric also honed his skills as a live musician. With keyboard and vocals as his main instruments, he also learned skills on guitar and djembe, but more importantly how to form a cohesive sound with a group of musicians from different backgrounds and influences.
In recent years, Eric has experienced some life changes moving from Montana to California, and finally to Austin, Texas in 2014. Since then, he has release a newly remastered compilation of his songs from Turning Keys called TK Essentials. He also focused heavily on recording tracks for his debut solo album called Back To Life.
Songs on the project express the extremities of life. Hope and despair, faith and doubt, and unchanging love are themes that are evident in some of these newly recorded tracks. Back To Life boasts songs with an electronic indie pop feel, and at the same time, reflect the influences of Eric’s early writings and his time with Turning Keys.
In early 2018, Eric released his new single, Noise Zombie, catching the attention of the synthwave and electronica scene. The song was also written for and was entered the 2018 SynthMaster Track Contest winning the global 3rd place award.
Released on May 11 was a collaboration with DarwinMcD (@darwinmcd) on a new single entitled Click. Eric contributed production, lyrics, and vocals to the project. It’s bright and uplifting synthpop goodness, yet boasting a fresh modern edge. The new Andrik Arkane (@Andrik Arkane) Remix of Click is a darker EDM / hardstyle / edgepop mashup of the original single.
The newest single True is now available on all major digital outlets. It’s a synthwave-flavored love song with catchy synthpop leads and melodic vocals. As the title track of Eric’s forthcoming album, True the second single to be release from that project. More singles and remixes are planned in 2018.
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