At HelloGiggles, we always appreciate a good storytelling session. And the only thing better than hearing a good story is hearing a good song. That’s why I love Eric Hutchinson and his latest album “Almost Solo in NYC.” First of all, the songs are awesome. Like, “Stick your wet hand out of the shower to make sure Pandora knows you like this song” awesome. Then, you really get a sense of his personality by his totally honest, no B.S. stories and anecdotes in between the songs.
Whether they’re about his adventures in Amsterdam or his spoof of Snoop’s relationship with “Hot Pockets” by the end of the album you feel like you’re friends with the guy. I was lucky enough to interview him, so we pretty much really are best friends now. Okay, probably not best friends. But it’s always more fun to be a fan of someone who you genuinely think is a good person. But don’t take my word for it. Read for yourself what a cool dude this great singer is.
Santina Muha: Thanks so much for meeting with me. How are you?
Eric Hutchinson: “I’m good, I’m good. It’s been a fun week. This record has been waiting to come out, so it’s always fun to get the live stuff out and have people download it.”
SM: Who are your musical influences?
EH: “I grew up in a really musical household. My parents pretty much worshipped The Beatles so they were kind of my introduction to music and are still sort of my favorite band, but there’s a lot of new stuff coming out lately that’s been really inspiring to me. Vampire Weekend is probably my favorite out right now and Frank Ocean, and the FUN record I thought was really great. So there’s been a lot of stuff that’s been encouraging to me, and gets me excited about smart pop music.”
SM: With this album you’re offering that your first one million fans can “pay with a tweet” and, get the album free! What was your thought process behind doing that?
EH: “I did this live acoustic tour, the “Almost Solo” tour, and it was a fun way to reconnect with the songs and do them in a different way, and I thought let’s make sure as many people can hear this as possible. So I had the idea to give away a million copies on my website and so far the reaction’s been awesome. It’s really fun to find a different way to do things. You know, it’s 2013 – It’s not going to a record store anymore. It’s something new and different and that’s really exciting to me.”
SM: Well you’ve had sort of a rollercoaster ride with labels, is that right?
EH: “Yeah, you know the label thing is sort of up and down. I always say it’s worth it, but it takes some work sometimes.”
SM: Do you have any advice to people who maybe sometimes feel like just throwing in the towel?
EH: “In my experience, persistence always wins out. There’s been a lot of times when I thought about just quitting, or it would’ve been easier to quit, and I just keep pushing through it and I love what I get to do for a living. A lot of the people that I know that are in entertainment, the ones that have really stuck to it and keep pushing, they’re the ones that are really in their stride.”
SM: Perez Hilton is a big fan of yours. Tell me about that.
EH: “Yeah, he was really supportive in the beginning and helped me get my name out there when it was important.”
SM: How did he end up finding out about you as an artist?
EH: “I think a friend of mine just sent him a link to my record and he liked it so he put it up on his website, and then it sort of just blew up overnight and suddenly my album was in the top 5 on iTunes. It was exciting.”
SM: So I’ve listened to the album and I love all of your little monologues and storytelling that you do between songs – It’s so funny.