Tristan Eckerson is an Electronic Musician and Producer that is truly hard to categorize: A classically trained Pianist that produces Electronic Dance Music. An EDM Producer that doesn't DJ. A Composer, Arranger, and Songwriter that has scored multiple award winning films and commercials. A Keyboardist that has performed and recorded throughout the country in countless Jazz, Funk, Indie Rock, and Pop groups. Whatever you want to call him, Tristan is a hard working, talented, and visionary artist who is genuinely pushing the boundaries of Electronic Dance Music. Crossing and blending genres with ease, Tristan has been churning out material that takes listeners on a journey and makes them move, and there seems to be no sign of him slowing down in the near future. With each new track that he releases, Tristan infuses his eclectic experiences, interests, and unique vision into a style of music that is completely fresh and new to the world of Electronic Dance Music.
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, and San Francisco, California, before eventually settling, at least for the moment, in Seattle, Washington. 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 dance music really is, and incorporate more original ideas, influences, and emotions into my songs."
And ever since he decided to start producing Electronic Dance 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 EDM world, coloring outside the lines with an ease and exuberance that is clearly heard and fealt in his music. As Tristan delves deeper into the world of electronic music production and continues to expand his musical horizons, it undoubtedly won't be long before we have another exciting set of songs that break the boundaries of traditional Electronic Dance Music.
"Dance Craze, if expanded into an LP, could be EDM’s equivalent of classic rock’s Dark Side of the Moon. It is that epic."
Joshua Smotherman- Middle Tennessee Music- November, 2013
"...Whatever you call this, though, it’s a strong set. The three tracks are all extensive and quite intriguing. I like this a lot."
G.W. Hill- Music Street Journal- November, 2013
"In the ever-growing world of electronic music, it’s difficult for an artist to get his foot in the door and compete with the big dogs in the music industry, but with Eckerson’s eclectic style and broad range, he is well on his way to doing just that."
Alec Cunningham- Good Vibes- November 2013
"It’s somewhat difficult to judge an artist’s overall creativity and potential in just three songs but, with these three on the Dance Craze EP, Tristan Eckerson makes a strong case for his future."
Andrew Greenhaigh- Along the Journey- November 2013
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