Tristan Eckerson is an electronic musician and producer that doesn't understand the concept of lines. You know those lines that everyone told you to color inside of when you were a kid? Those lines have never existed for Tristan, and that nonexistence shows through in every aspect of his eclectic and ever expanding body of work. Ambient one day, techno or deep house the next, hip hop the third, and maybe funk, afro-beat, or Ethiopian jazz by the end of the week. That's how the ball rolls in Tristan's creative world, as he unashamedly pushes the boundaries of electronic music and the many worlds encompassed within it. From growing up playing classical piano, to performing in jazz and funk groups throughout his college years, to writing string arrangements for indie rock groups and composing music for films during his time living in San Francisco, and finally to writing and producing electronic music of all genres and styles, Tristan has truly taken the road less traveled by as an artist, and the soul searching has certainly paid off.
Classically trained on the Piano as a child, Tristan grew up writing songs and playing piano and keyboards in various bands, spanning genres from Jazz, Blues, and Funk to Indie Rock, Punk, and Pop. Tristan's ever voracious and eclectic sensibility pushed him towards any and every style of music, but he always opted for music that had the ability to make people move. Tristan himself moved around as well, leaving his hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio and spending time living and performing in Charleston, South Carolina, San Sebastian, Spain, San Francisco, California, and Seattle, Washington before eventually settling, at least for the moment, in Asheville, North Carolina. During his time in San Francisco Tristan enrolled in a Master's program for Music Production and Sound Design for visual media, and it was this education that drove Tristan towards the world of Electronic Music. Tristan explains, "I had spent my entire life playing keyboards and writing music with a pencil and paper, and suddenly I was introduced to this crazy world of electronic music production, and suddenly I could write for an entire orchestra! It changed everything for me." Since enrolling in the program Tristan has written music for multiple award winning films and commercials, but what the program really did for Tristan was to open him up to the possibility of creating music electronically, and of the limitless creative potential that came with this new discovery.
It wasn't long before Tristan had taken his love for dance music from various parts of the world and combined it with his lifetime of musical experience and his newfound production abilities. The result has been a completely unique, thought provoking, and danceable form of electronic music. Tristan takes on the worlds of House, Techno, Trance, and Moombahton and combines them with his long standing and ever expanding influences of Afro Beat, Latin, Hip Hop, Funk, Pop, and Jazz to create a sound that is completely original, and equally accessible to fans and non fans of more traditional Electronic Dance Music. Tristan explains, "Having spent most of my life playing keyboards in bands and listening to all kinds of dance music, it wasn't until after college that I really started to get into electronic music at all. Once I did, I got hooked, and then when I learned how to produce music electronically, it was all over for me. Ever since then I've been on a mission to create Electronic Dance Music that's full of energy and is danceable, but at the same time is filled with musicality. I want to create Electronic Dance Music that is accessible to people that don't necessarily like EDM. There is so much "Dance Music" out there, created in different ways, from all over the world. I want to broaden the sense of what electronic music really is, and incorporate more original ideas, influences, and emotions into my songs."
And ever since he decided to start producing electronic music, Tristan has been doing exactly that. From his well received debut EP "Dance Craze," to his more recent single "Stars," Tristan has continued to dance around the borders of the traditional electronic dance music world, coloring outside the lines with an ease and exuberance that is clearly heard and fealt in his music. As his addiction to electronic music intensifies, Tristan continues to crank out material at a breakneck speed, and he isn't showing any signs of slowing down any time soon. As Tristan's eclectic influences and interests continue to grow, morph, and expand into new worlds, we can certainly expect to hear more and more of his unique brand of electronic music in the very near future.
Recent Press for Tristan Eckerson:
Trancehub (EP Review)
Think in Electronic
Neal Heart- Champion Magazine
Music Street Journal
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