Welcome to the February 2014 edition of the Artist Spotlight! This month singer/songwriter Erik Henriksson of Lucky Drag joined us to chat about journey as a musician and to play us some new tunes. Erik is from Byron, MN originally, but is currently based out of Los Angeles. Have a listen!
Winston: Welcome to February’s Artist Spotlight of the month here at North Coast Productions. I am with Erik Henriksson. How are you doing?
Erik: I’m Alive. Doing pretty good.
Winston: How’s the music scene going for you man?
Erik: It’s alright. Writing songs. Demoing songs. Recording songs. Hating the songs and starting over.
Winston: That’s typical, right.
Erik: Spending a lot of time writing on napkins in bars. Somebody will say something and I’ll be like I should adapt that.
Winston: Right. I mean how many times are you sitting at the bar saying “that’s great” and you don’t write it down when you get home.
Erik: That’s why I have the napkins. I’ve got lots of waitress tickets. Like the waitress will pass by and I’ll be like “can I get a ticket?”.
Winston: What is your inspiration when it comes to writing music?
Erik: I like pop songs because I grew up listening to (I know a lot of people like my mom loved) The Beatles and Elton John and stuff like that. So like really tight written songs. I like a lot of punk rock, but there’s not a lot of songwriting involved in like, Black Flag, but you can take the song down to (what I’m going to do today) just one guy and an acoustic and it still stands up ‘cause it’s still a really well pieced together piece of music and I’m really into that, and I’m also into super loud guitars.
Winston: What do you want people to take away from your music?
Erik: Everyone has questions about stuff, you know about life, and I don’t got any answers you know. I’m just talking about how I’ve probably screwed things up in whatever. So maybe you can commiserate like ‘oh, I know, yeah. This song about a girl. That feels familiar to me.’ Or like some of my songs are just I like loud music and having a brew. I like to do both.
Winston: So I know you were living in Nashville and now you’re living in LA. Tell us about your roots here in Minnesota.
Erik: I was born here in Rochester and I actually went to Kindergarten here and then my parents moved us out to Byron. Grew up in Byron and that is what that is. Then I transferred high schools. I went to Studio Academy when it was still downtown before they moved. Graduated there, barely. I grew up around here, born and raised. I still identify as a Minnesotan wherever I go. I’ve never even changed my driver’s license. It’s just home, man.
Winston: So for people to get a hold of you for booking, how would they reach you?
Erik: I think it’s just Facebook.com/luckydrag , if you search you can find it. There’s music up at Bandcamp.com , luckydrag.bandcamp.com Those are the two best ways. You can message me on Facebook, I’m always on it, its on my phone. That’s the best way to get a hold of me. That and I’ve got Twitter, I’ve got Tumblr, and I’ve got Instagram and everything.
Winston: You’re way ahead of the game.
Winston: Well that’s Artist Spotlight of the month with Erik Henriksson, “Ewok”. Let’s get to some more music.
Winston: Alright man, let’s do this.
Erik: I’m gonna pick this thing up and make some noise.
Winston: Yeah, it’s pretty.
Erik: It is. It’s new. I like it.
Winston: Yeah, what’s this? [Points to symbol on guitar]
Erik: It’s E, for Epiphone. But conveniently, for Erik.
Winston: For Erik.
Erik: It works out.
Winston: Well, let’s do this man. Cheers, alright.
COBB Radio: http://www.thecobbradio.com/
The ReVerb: http://www.reverb.mn/
Erik Henriksson can be reached for booking at: www.facebook.com/luckydrag
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North Coast Productions would like to thank the sponsors of our monthly “Artist Spotlight” series, Rochester’s C4, COBB Radio, and The ReVerb! Also, a very special thanks goes out to the Artist Spotlight crew, Kayla Arend, Nate Bisping, Sally Corbett, Jim Fisher, Winston Howard, Jacob Kosharek, Nate Langworthy, and Justin Pruett. Without them this series would not be possible.