You could say the last few years have been a bit interesting for Easyfriend frontman Eric Brown. After realizing his dead end job was killing his creative energy, Brown decided to change things up a bit. In September 2013 the singer / songwriter turned in his drudging day job for a 100 sqft Lazy Daze RV, shifting his complete focus to creating and sharing his art.
Over the next two years, Brown blazed trails from coast to coast, playing over a hundred shows and building solid touring routes through the Southeast and Texas. All of Easyfriend’s tour support came from daily street performing. His unique model of living and touring, allowed Brown to become a full time artist and focus on building a connected fan base through real and creative engagement. In January of 2016, Brown wrapped up his 2 year adventure with a series of shows in Los Angeles.
Back in LA for only a few weeks, Brown was viciously attacked while street performing in a Hollywood subway station. He escaped the scuffle with a black eye and a bruised ego, but his vintage Martin guitar wasn’t so lucky. One of the 3 attackers had smashed Brown’s prized possession during the altercation. He had clearly reached the culmination of this part of his journey, and now something needed to change. The last two years had been whimsical and inspiring, but lacked an infrastructure to move the project forward. With his head down he cascaded through a rush of inspiration, where all of his journey found its way through pen to paper. The result was 10 completed original songs in under 2 weeks.
Shortly after this burst of creativity, Eric was introduced to engineer/producer Matthew Faulkner. There could not have been a better match. With only a few days between meeting and starting the recording process, 16 days later the album was complete. The rest of 2016 was spent developing the live show and diving deep into the bustling music scene in East Los Angeles.
Easyfriend has since played sold out shows at all major East Los Angeles venues including, The Satellite, The Echo, The Hi Hat and Resident. Brown and Faulkner have also thrown a handful of secret destination shows, providing transportation, meals, visual art, workshops and live music for their patrons.
Easyfriend’s debut album “Gaunt” is slated for release Fall 2017 via BETAWAVE Records. The record release is set to be a very intimate and cinematic experience. All 10 songs on the album will have an accompanying music video in which the viewer will travel alongside Eric as he blazed those original trails three years ago.
Ingenuity and creativity have kept the Easyfriend journey moving since its inception. Brown has no thoughts of changing that sentiment now. Whether through relentless touring or floods of quality creative content, 2017 will be an exciting year for Easyfriend.
On the road