Erik McCall, also known as Erik’s Own (@eriksown), is a Scottish triple threat. He is a musician, producer, and music video director. McCall embraces the DIY approach to today’s music industry and appears to have a good time doing it. He shows a wide range of what he is capable of and if keeps up the good work it will pay huge dividends down the road.
As a one man band, McCall pulls it off by showing off an impressive skillset that includes piano/keyboard, drums, and of course guitar. His influences include the likes of Vangelis, Enya, Jean Michel Jarre, and Mike Oldfield. He most certainly channels Vangelis on the tune “The Dying Man’s Dagger”. His collaboration with Di Lee on “Another World” is quite the live performance and shows off McCall’s rock side. Lee’s vocals on the tune (as seen and heard above) are tremendous and a pairing in the future should not be out of the question. With a range of inspirational musicians to choose from, Erik’s Own represents the ultimate hybrid artist.
Further proof of Erik McCall’s versatility is that for a time he was part of a rock group EASE and has another project known as Salvatore Sgarlata. Some one-dimensional individuals might make a living in today’s industry, but with McCall as a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and video director it gives him more income streams. He could sell or license songs he created, be a featured performer on others’ projects, and direct videos for up-and-comers to help them promote their brand.
McCall is a talent and embraces social media, with accounts all over the place. This includes lesser known outlets such as ReverbNation, Vimeo, and eMusic. His main focus is getting himself out there as an artist on an independent label, which is not the easiest thing in the world to do. Given today’s music climate, however, it may be the best approach for him. McCall gets to make the music he wants and express creative freedom with not only the music but the videos. That is something a lot of musicians do not have with major labels. Be on the lookout for him because if he keeps it up, the act of Erik’s Own is going to deservedly go viral.