Saturday, March 15, 2014
MONTHLY MUSIC MADNESS: Eric Victorino
Eric James Victorino is a true artist. He's a vocalist, a lyricist, an author, a poet and his art has been reprinted in magazines, on tshirts and hung in galleries.
He is a talented man whose work has touched so many people over the years.
I hope that my readers will peruse the article I've written and then try the various art forms Eric had created over the years.
I've seen him live twice and yearn for more. He is a fiery ball of passion with a voice that could carry throughout an arena.
He's also one of the kindest artists to his fans. He'll stand at the merch table or at his art exhibits for hours sometimes, signing autographs, taking photos and just talking with the fans.
He's sweet, talented and dedicated to his art. Here is a guide to his works for you to enjoy.
Music Career (Strata):
He began his career in his Bay Area hometown in 2001 with the alternative band Downside. They later changed their name to Strata abs released 2 full length albums (Strata Presents the End of the World and Strata) on Wind-Up Records.
They disbanded after Eric left the band in 2008 to pursue a slightly different career path, which I will tell you about in a moment.
Strata toured with numerous bands in their 7 year career, released a few singles and videos (click here for their YouTube channel) and their unique brand of rock music is still relevant today.
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Music Career (The Limousines):
After Eric left Strata he decided to persue other musical aspirations and, along with musician Giovanni Giusti (left in the above photo), he formed the electronic outfit The Limousines.
Using the same amazing talent to write lyrics, fans immediately took to the new sound and the fanbase grew considerably.
They released their first album, Get Sharp, in 2010 and filmed two videos.
In 2013, they decided to leave their label and use crowd-funding site Kickstarter to make their new album, the dark and bombastic Hush.
They've toured with The Sounds and played the 2011 Sunset Strip Music Festival at the legendary Roxy Theatre.
Currently, Eric had stated that The Limousines are going to take a short hiatus from music to focus on the art forms I'm going to talk about below...
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Eric has written two books, Coma Therapy and Trading Shadows for Sunshine (remastered as Trading Sunshine for Shadows). The books consist of his poetry and cover a wide range of topics so that everyone can enjoy his thoughts.
He has a brilliant mind and it is evident when you read his work. The reader can tell that Eric isn't just a "rock star" who decided to publish books because he can. He is a natural poet and is currently working on his next book and has hinted of book tours!
You can purchase his books via his independent publishing website, Orchard City Books & Noise, by clicking here !
Photo by @totallyGIO on Instsgram
Photo by @megatanner on Instsgram
Along with his accomplishments in music and the publishing industry, Eric is a talented artist! Recently, his work was showcased at Seeing Things Gallery in San Jose, California. Photos from that gallery are above with the proper credits. Photos with no credit in this post were from Eric's Instagram account (I'll link you later) or Google.
His art is as unique as he, bearing truthful sentiments that touch the heart. Currently, he's working on his first mural in San Jose.
His artwork can be purchased at Orchard City here .
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