Eric McCann is now becoming well known in the Los Angeles independent music community as a man about town and a ‘go to guy’ for upright/electric bass, production, arrangements, anything musical you need really. Eric has also run live sound at my ‘Mad For Sadness’ night since it began last year which is how we met.
Eric and I have very similar backgrounds in terms of working, recording and touring extensively with many artists and bands over the last decade or so which made working together on my album really easy and the process felt very organic. His approach to recording and his production style created a warm creative atmosphere and the end result exceeded my expectations. I felt like Eric knew what I wanted with this album and in the end I feel we made the record I needed to make.
Born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri, a town known for it’s rich musical heritage, Eric started playing upright bass at 10 years old. He eventually got involved in the local music scene and playing in bands by going to Punk Rock shows. After studying jazz, classical bass technique and orchestration in music school and a brief stint in the Wichita Symphony Eric began working with songwriters and became interested in studio work and producing.
After moving back to Kansas City in ’04 Eric started playing and recording with The New Amsterdams lead by The Get Up Kids frontman Matt Pryor. The group’s effort to incorporate earnest folk and dusty alt-country into indie-rock was aided by Eric’s addition of upright bass, harmonica, and later string and horn arrangements.
It was during this time he picked up great ideas and techniques from working with Roger Moutenot. (Yo La Tengo, Paula Cole, John Zorn) Eric began studying recording engineering under Ed Rosehe and also did sessions and learned tricks of the trade with producer Mike West.
After their first and last European tour, the New Amsterdams went on hiatus in ’08 and Eric decided to head to LA where he began connecting with the local music scene and joined local band A House For Lions.
A House For Lions recently completed work on their debut full-length album with Grammy Award-winning producer Tom Biller (Silversun Pickups, Elliot Smith, Fiona Apple) after completing an innovative DIY crowdfunding campaign to fund the making of the album. By successfully bypassing the traditional crowdfunding platforms (Kickstarter, et al) and building their campaign from scratch, they’ve impressed the indie music world at large and attracted flattering press including an interview on NPR, articles from Digital Music News, Hypebot and many others.
At this point I have to give a big shout out and massive thank you to ‘Lions’ drummer Joe Luisi for his incredible drums on ‘Don’t Let Me Down’ and ‘Feel Something’ and also for the use of his studio in Santa Monica.
Eric continues to work on local and international projects and is always looking for new artists and interesting bands. If you’d like to work with Eric you can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact me direct through this site.