About The Artist
Eric C. Powell is indie synthpop electronic music artist and enthusiast striving to engage life with creativity and passion. Eric’s writing and production reflect his signature catchy synth tracks with penetrating lyrics to challenge any listener and delight synth enthusiasts.
Genre: Pop, Electronic, Alternative, Indie
Similar Artists: Owl City, Chvrches, Mesh, De/Vision
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 focused heavily on recording tracks for his newly released 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 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 3rd place. More singles are planned for 2018, culminating in a compilation of the singles in a new album. The project is yet unnamed.
Please follow Eric’s music on social media today and stay up-to-date with the album and new music in production. And of course, we encourage you to purchase the album on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, and other popular outlets.