As we know it, social media might be the easiest way artists can make themselves available and noticeable to an audience. About two years ago during a social media purge, I deleted my old Instagram account and made a new one. Consequently, through the explore page and similar likes, I had the chance to follow a young man with a very aesthetically pleasing page. Before I knew it we both connected and I became acquainted with the young artist who is now known as Eric Solitude. With that said, a low, silky flow, honest lyricism and infectious yet calming beats are only some of the ways to describe this musician from Chicago. Reaching out to him, I have now had the chance to learn more about his music, past influences, and artistic goals. Get to know Eric Solitude in the full interview below:
Why the name Eric Solitude?
Eric because well, that’s my middle name haha and as for the Solitude it had fit me perfect due to me always being alone in a room away from everyone else and just sticking to myself. I’ve always been like that since a kid. I contemplated on the name for over a week, I had a few other ones in mind but that specific one seemed to just stick with me since it suited me more.
When did you decide you wanted to be a rapper?
It was probably in the 4th grade, just mainly because all I ever was listening to was hip hop and rap and by watching so much of it, it made me want to actually do that but I didn’t start attempting anything til the 6th grade.
At what age did you start making music? With who? How?
I started making music at around 12 years old, randomly started off with just freestyling. From there, I went on to actually writing. At the time, I was writing in notebooks but now I adjusted to writing on my phone which is my first to go when it comes to writing a song. During all of this, though, I was actually making music on my own. I didn’t really tell anybody about it, I sorta kept it to myself.
When did you start dropping music?
2011 or 2012, one or the other. It was horrible haha I did a song to this Lil Wayne beat with one of my friends just for fun to do and we were like ‘let’s put this out’ haha. The song was so horrible, at least my part was. The cool thing was [that] we used a PS3 mic and a shitty Toshiba laptop that I was borrowing and practically set everything up in the closet.
I don’t wanna box myself in and limit myself…
How would you describe your artistic style?
That’s a good question. I don’t think I’ve ever thought about this, but I would probably have to say versatile (not to be cliché), honest and therapeutic. Kinda hard to find the words to answer this but that’s what came to mind first. Hopefully, in the future, I can figure out more of what it is.
Favorite song you’ve made?
Probably would have to be “Coffee” just cause during the time that I wrote it, I had a lot bottled up. I was able to say everything I was feeling at the moment. Though I usually always do, something about that song felt more so than other songs that I’ve written before.
Do you have any dream collabs?
Definitely with Brockhampton, Steve Lacy, Joey Bada$$, Kali Uchis, Queen Latifah, Melanie Faye, and Miguel. I have like a big list of dream collabs that I can go on and on about but for now, I’ll keep what I just named. I hope one day at least 1 of my dream collabs comes to life.
Who are some artists that have influenced you?
I could list a lot, but just to keep it to a minimum, they would have to be Joey Bada$$, Miguel, Brockhampton, Tyler The Creator, Brent Faiyaz, Abhi//Dijon, Wifisfuneral, and Raveena. I could go on and on but a lot of 90s hip-hop and R&B, 70s funk/disco, hip-hop/rap and R&B music that’s out now is what I’m also influenced by.
You have a list of different people in distinct genres that you’d want to work with. Have you ever thought about going into different genres?
Oh yeah, of course, I don’t wanna box myself in and limit myself to just one genre, you know? It would get boring making the same kind of music all the time. I wanna be able to make all kinds of music–good music at that. I love different kinds of sounds, and I think it comes from me just having a variety of different taste in music. Once I’m able to fully master certain genres and get to a point where I’m actually good at it, I’ll have a lot more different kinds of sounding songs.