My name’s Erin. I’m a native Angelino and I’m very enthusiastic about it.
I started writing songs as early as 8 with my childhood best friend whose dad was in a garage band. I kept up with it but never shared them with anyone except my mom and my dad. I also started playing guitar at around 7 or 8 after watching Lindsay Lohan in Freaky Friday. I thought she was the coolest person ever when she did that guitar solo. From there, I picked up drums and piano and finally at 15 I saved up enough money to buy my first bass which became my favorite and main instrument.
One day at a lesson, my mom told my vocal coach that I wrote songs. I was so shy but ended up showing him a few and he became my first real songwriting partner. We wrote a song called “Until We Meet Again” that I performed at my school before my 8th grade graduation. That was the first time I ever sang one of my songs live. I always felt like an outsider in school growing up. This was the first time I felt like I was showing people my full self.
I started working with different producers, recording a few of my songs just for fun. I was 13 the first time a producer offered to pay for one of the songs I had written called “Can’t Wait to Meet You” for an established artist they were working with at the time. I declined because I had no idea what was going on, my parents and I didn’t know much about this side of the business but I think everything happens for a reason.
I went to high school in Studio City and continued writing quietly for myself. Even though I made amazing friends I’m still close with, I never shared this side of myself with them. Opportunities to write for other people or sell my songs came up periodically but something stopped me from doing it. I had always known deep down that I wanted to be the one to sing my own songs but I really doubted that could ever become a reality. People had always been very complimentary about my writing (which I’m so grateful for as it has given me a confidence I needed), but I have a unique voice and it took me until I was older to embrace and love that it was different.
Music took a bit of a backseat while I was at Chapman University studying film and economics (econ was just for fun, I found it so interesting) until the summer of 2020 when the world stopped moving and I, like most people, had nothing to do other than sit with my feelings and process some of my experiences over the past few years. And thus… my album “Sim Controllers” was born.
I had written 9 out of the 10 songs on the album when I reached out to Alex Elena to maybe, possibly record some of them. I had met Alex when I was 15 and he and his producing partner Topher Mohr were the first producers I worked with that I felt really understood me as an artist. Alex was down and I was in the studio shortly after that.
I recorded the album with Alex and Marciel Miranda in a month or two and the album would not be what it is without them. Every time I was in the studio it felt like I was getting a masterclass. I didn’t think I
would put these songs out right away. Originally I wanted to put out some of the songs I wrote when I was 14-17 first but Alex encouraged me to go with what’s fresh and I’m so happy I did.
I announced that I was releasing my first single “Loser” the morning after my college graduation. I guess I didn’t want to have to face anyone I knew if it was a disaster. Thankfully it wasn’t and I released one more single before putting out the album in October of 2021. I had my first gig ever in June and it’s been so rad seeing the album have a new life performing it live. I’m so stoked to keep performing while I’m busy working on the next album 🙂
Besides music, I’m still a film nerd and will talk to you about it for hours. Films often influence my songwriting and I would love to intertwine the two in the future.
I couldn’t be more grateful to everyone that has listened to the album or come to a show, and supported me along the way. It’s not easy to be vulnerable but it makes it a lot easier when you know you have genuine friends and family in your corner.
So thank you for being here. Can’t wait to get further acquainted <3
- Favorite Film: Sunset Blvd. (1950). Love Widler and I’m also a big Hitchcock fan.
- Favorite City: LA (unbiased)
- Favorite Place to Travel: Switzerland
- Favorite Food: Cheese.
- Favorite Band/Artist: Queen or Bowie