RESPECT. had the opportunity to link up with Florida’s own, Eric Biddines to get to know him and know his story. Eric talks about trials and tribulations, moving forward and most importantly, the music. Check out the interview below.
RESPECT.: Seeing as you’re project is called ‘The Local Café,’ what was your favorite type of coffee and why?
My favorite type of coffee is ground coffee breakfast blend. I like it because it’s a lighter roast and so it’s a lot smoother and not as bitter as some of the darker roasts.
RESPECT.: Who came up with the location for your music video “Peeuurrnn,” and what significance does it have in relation to the song?
The director, Ryan Snyder, came up with the location. When I was explaining what the song meant and the metaphor we came up around it of transferring yourself from a negative place to a positive place, he said ‘Let’s go to the snow. we’re gonna hop out of Florida and head to Salt Lake City tomorrow.’ When he said that, I was like ‘you’re serious?’ and we left the very next day like ‘Peeuurrnn.’ We spent the video budget on last minute plane tickets to Utah and the video turned out dope.
RESPECT.: Where do you go to clear your head when you need to focus on the music?
I go in the bathroom. I have this really deep tub and an energy aromatherapy cleansing bubble bath from Bath and Bodyworks. I pretty much reset with that. That’s only been the last five months, but it’s been amazing. I do four of those a week. Before that, I’d take a drive. I enjoy being in the car and just driving on the open road. But I don’t get to do that often anymore. I also like to go on run/walks. I’ll run for snapchat but walk the rest of the three miles.
RESPECT.: What role does the music play in your life aside from being your occupation?
Music balances who I am and absorbs all the frustration that I go through and it helps me have a voice and speak beyond where I come from geographically. I like to communicate. It fills that void and is my creative pulse.
RESPECT.: What are some things you’re looking forward to for 2017?
I’m looking forward to touring. That’s a very important thing. I’ve been overseas before, but I haven’t toured the US at all. I’m looking forward to hitting different cities and seeing places I’ve heard about seeing people whom I’ve talked to online without meeting in person.
RESPECT.: What are some things about making new music that makes it such a long process from the lyrics to the beat?
Trying to figure out how to say something different. There’s only so many subjects you can touch on and almost everything’s been said. So for me specifically, the process takes a little longer because I don’t want to approach it exactly the same. Trying to come across somewhat original can take a while just to produce. Like the ‘Railroad’ series. Wanting to touch on that subject took me a couple of years to figure out how I was going to approach the subject matter of slavery without being cliche both vocally and production wise.
RESPECT.: When you finish a project do you ever reflect on your work and notice something different about yourself?
Yep, every single time. I do that as soon as I finish a record. I’m good at letting go and reflecting on it as an observer as opposed to being a creative. I see things that I did perfect and I see the mistakes that were necessary. I find the beauty in mistakes. But more than anything, in listening to the work it throws me back to the mindset I was in when I made the record. I can taste my finances and how thin they were when I recorded certain songs.
RESPECT.: Before doing music what were you doing? Did you ever try another form of art?
Before music, I was working at McDonalds. I was flipping burgers before I put a project together. I worked at Arby’s, Subways, and finally worked in the kitchen at a hospital. In elementary school I would draw, but I never tried it as a serious hobby or career. I didn’t have any other creative passions outside of music.
RESPECT.: Coming this far into the game who are some people you are looking forward to meeting and working alongside with?
Definitely Big KRIT, he’s one of my favorites. Erykah Badu, even just to have a conversation with her. I want to get Andre 3000’s opinion on my music. It’d be good to hear his thoughts because I get compared to him a lot; I think he’ll hear the differences between us. I’ve been blessed to meet a good number of my other heroes in the game.
RESPECT.: Have you ever taken negative criticism and turned it into firewood to come up with new records?
Negative criticism has fueled some of my full projects. Early on, when I was making music right before T-Pain came out, people were telling me not to sing or do melodic stuff. They thought I was doing it too much. I took that negative criticism and did even more of it. You see where music is now. I remember when T-Pain did come out, I was like, ‘woah, he really switched up.’ Because I knew him from the local scene and I knew him as a rapper. He switched it up and did it full R&B. It inspired me to do what I wanted to do without thinking about it too much.
RESPECT.:Did you ever have anyone tell you weren’t going to make it this far?
Nobody ever said I wasn’t going to make it, but I did have someone tell me I’m too old, and I was 28 then. They were like “you’re about to be 30, it’s probably too late for you.” That’s as far as it’s gone.
RESPECT.: What’s up next for Eric and what is something you want our readers to know about you?
I’m going to be putting out The Elephant Wings album, more collaborations, and the Golden Rules 2 album with Paul White. I want readers to know that I’m an ever-evolving artist and that you should expect me to do the unthinkable.’
Check out Eric’s “Peerruunn” visual and listen to his track “20 Dollar Loan” below.