Eric Dash
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Eric Dash

West Hollywood, California, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2012 | INDIE

West Hollywood, California, United States | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2012
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New York, New York, USA

New York, New York, USA

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Sometimes a shot in the dark is all you need.

After more than a year of trying to make it in the New York music scene, Cherry Hill native Eric Dash had tried everything the usual way: While juggling two internships, he searched Craigslist for shows and toted his guitar to venues all over the city, trying to find a break.

But with the prospect of having to head home without ever realizing his dream hanging ominously above him, Dash worked out a deal with his family: If he could get interest from a big producer, they’d help him keep that dream going.

It turned out to be almost that simple.

Dash, who styles himself a bit like John Mayer, pulled together an iPhone video of himself performing and fired it off to the West Coast, to Ocean Way Recording, with the hopes it might get seen by the one man Dash thought might fit that big producer bill—the man who produced Mayer’s second album, Jack Joseph Puig.

“A week later I got a call from California—I thought it was Time Warner cable, so I let it go to voicemail,” Dash said.

Instead, it turned out to be Puig.

And he was interested.

After a whirlwind back-and-forth with the Grammy-winning producer, Dash found himself in Los Angeles with Puig last summer, getting set to record his first few songs for a then-untitled album.

“Jack is unbelievable—it’s amazing that one person can have that much talent,” Dash said. “He hears things no one else hears. Jack has been a mentor of sorts, and made me so much better—before, I thought I had everything figured out.”

But after time with some session musicians and some studio finesse, Dash said Puig’s guidance proved essential—simply playing a guitar and singing well wasn’t enough.

“Those little pieces make such a big difference,” Dash said.

The album—now called My Own Island—was far from the final step in Dash’s musical journey. While the first single is scheduled to release at the end of this month, there’s been plenty to do in the six months since he was in the studio.

That’s meant pulling together a full-time band, playing more live shows in New York and Philadelphia and even harnessing the power of the internet—the plan is to build a buzz around what he’s calling Dashday, a regular release of videos covering others’ work ahead of his original music’s release.

“We’ll see where it goes,” he said. “It’s a hustle, it’s a grind…and everything is going in the right direction right now.”

Wherever it ends up, Dash said it wouldn’t be possible without his parents, who have been his toughest critics, and that extra support and push to take the shot with Puig.

“Leaving college, I didn’t know what I was going to do,” he said. “I had some expectations—I wanted things to happen right away. To where I am now—I attribute it a lot to my parents and the support from my family.” - Patch.com


If you haven’t heard of the name Eric Dash before, you probably will. This young man out of Jersey has in the past couple years caught the attention of some pretty big names in music, and whose tour with Aussie group, The Janoskians, brought him to San Diego for the first time. I got to chat with Eric before his performance at the House of Blues.

Dash got an early start, as his love of music developed quickly at 8 years old, but its not really a story one would expect to hear from an artist like Dash. “My older brother and I used to take songs and rewrite the lyrics like Weird Al Yankovich. I played piano at the time. My dad played guitar, but I hadn’t picked it up yet. My brother picked it up and a few friends picked it up. I started at 13 and mainly used it for writing. I really got into the blues and other forms of music. My musical horizons expanded.”

As his music developed, he decided to try his luck making his mark as a musician in the big city. So he shipped off to New York City to build an audience by playing cafes and open mic nights. After a bit of time however, Eric explains that it was nearly make or break for him. “I hit a wall. My parents were helping me, because its not exactly easy financially being a musician in New York City. They said, not thinking I would find anything, ‘listen Eric, you need to find a Grammy award winning producer to take you under your wing, and it has to be someone we know that we can trust.’ So I knew one producer and it was Jack Puig. (Goo Goo Dolls, John Mayer) I made a video and he ended up calling me and that was the beginning.”

Despite Puig’s status in the industry, Dash mentions his flexibility when it comes to producing a sound that is strictly Eric’s. “He respects my points of view.”

Playing a short, 4 song set, Dash has a lot to prove in not a lot of time. He opens with “One More Love Song,” his first single which appeared on the Nielsen Top 40 radio Chart. Throughout the set, Dash converses with the audience, makes jokes, tells the fairly young audience to follow their dreams, despite what people say. (This testament is met with the loudest of screams and hollers) With songs such as “One Plus One” and “Miss Sally Jones” in the lineup, Dash hops into his role being dubbed as the “male Taylor Swift,” which, like his show, he takes with good humor and a chuckle. “Im an emotional being. Its because I write songs that are more love songs. Songs from the male point of view about losing the girl and being down and out. I think it’s a little bit crazy, because if you think about all songs, they are all kind of like that. But Taylor Swift is super successful, and I have the utmost respect for her and if they want to compare me to her… sure.”

So what’s next for the young Eric Dash, whose career is only beginning to blossom. He couldn’t give me details, but he promised there were some good things up his and Puig’s sleeves.

“We have a lot of people who are interested in the music and theres a lot of great things coming.” - The Examiner


The concept of the typical, attractive heartthrob hasn't been eradicated from mainstream society, nor will it ever. In conjunction with the heartthrobs, most recently including One Direction and 5 Seconds of Summer, they all appear to be seemingly harmless, entertaining cultural icons. However, when the latest, arising heartthrob sensations use their platform to project misogynistic and chauvinistic ideals, predominately through horribly offensive jokes and acts, onto a vulnerable audience, of mostly 13-16 year olds, suspect to blindly following what young, attractive men convey to them, issues arise.
Aside from the opening acts of the "Got Cake" Tour, featuring girl-group, Blush and soulful, John-Mayer influenced, Eric Dash, the 'Got Cake Tour' features headliners the Janoskians, who embody offensiveness with their headlining act. Perhaps, such is to be expected, given the typical antics of the self-proclaimed 'pranksters' of YouTube. From making experiences on trains awkward to being 'public disturbances,' the Janoskians have made their audience of "Janoskiators" (the title granted to their fan-base), well-aware that they aren't striving to portray innocence or be another cookie-cutter group of Disney or Nickelodeon kids who "can do no harm."

Yet, there is a fine line between 'doing no harm' and being outright offensive, consequently exuding the wrong messages to impressionable young girls.

Prior to the Janoskians arriving on-stage on October 11, the global girl-group called Blush took the stage at New York City's Irving Plaza, adding an interesting, eclectic dynamic to the show. The girl-group is comprised of Alisha, Angeli, Nacho, and Victoria, all of whom hail from four Asian countries. A versatile, diverse mix, Blush made the audience warm up to them easily, inclusive with their fun-loving energy, passion for performing, and ultimately, positive vibes. Considering what was to follow, later, Blush gave the sold-out New York audience a source of female empowerment that was desperately required for the malleable crowd. What they’ll be fighting for though is how to stand-out amidst the over-saturation of girl groups. Between Fifth Harmony, Little Mix, and others, Blush has the story that sets them apart from others, now, they’re required to demonstrate their musical talent and performance ability that distinguishes them from the rest, and only time can tell if they'll be successful.

Shortly following Blush was Eric Dash, whose presence and performance brought on a sense of intimacy and genuine passion for creating music. Familiar with the Manhattan area, Dash announced to the audience that he’s from South [New] Jersey, with a substantial hometown following present at the venue.

A fresh-sounding, acoustic-driven performer, Dash added an element of musicianship that had previously been lacking from the tour’s lineup. While Blush provided a source of female empowerment and entertainment, Dash contributed his evident musicality and passion to an intimate performance. He didn’t require gimmicks or anything auxiliary to up his performance — only his acoustic guitar, his backing band, and his voice, captivated by tranquility. Along with putting on a solid performance, Dash succeeded in crowd engagement, frequently interacting with audience members, not making it only a musical performance, but an interactive, engaging experience. At one point, when introducing a song, Dash questioned the crowd, “If I texted you, would you text me back?” After seeing one audience member shake her head in refusal, Dash jokingly and playfully called her out, watching as the audience member quickly altered her answer.

Overall, Dash provided an enjoyable, relaxing set, only striving to influence the crowd in a positive way, even urging them to not give up on their dreams, even if others try to convince them to. For what the headliners tend to portray, Dash seems like an out-of-place choice for an opening act, as he’d be much better suited opening for acoustic-driven, more alternative acts, versus the ‘comedians’ who later followed.

Shortly after Dash completed his set, two of the five Janoskians appeared on stage — Daniel Sahyounie and James Yammouni. For what appeared to be harmless, the two performed a DJ set, striving to warm up and energize the crowd before the remaining members — Jai Brooks, Luke Brooks, and Beau Brooks — joined them on stage. All was well, as they played a pop-based artist remix, including the likes of 5 Seconds of Summer and One Direction. After the DJ set concluded, the issues were immediately brought to light.

After Sahyounie and Yammouni left, but before all five appeared on stage, a rather prolonged video introduction appeared on-screen, portraying the members of the comedic group as porn stars — already signaling a red flag for the parents in attendance. What only followed the video was a conglomeration of fan-fiction reading, dance-offs between fans and the Janoskians (which consequently resulted in the 19-year old Jai Brooks kissing a series of fans), and subsequent jokes centered around the potential of them kissing or having sex with another member of the group Homosexuality,imagine that! A short cartoon-video bit even included telling the young girls that they could refer to them as ‘sluts and bitches,’ but according to them (or the cartoon orange projecting their thoughts), being labeled as either is acceptable and considered to be good now.

In conjunction with the conveyed offensiveness, the Janoskians appear to be better in front of the camera than on-stage, which was only disappointing. At the end of the day, they are YouTube comedians, known for publishing videos, not channeling their inner Harry Styles on-stage. In this case, the comedians are better off sticking to what they’re known and have gained notoriety for. In front of the camera, the boys are entertaining, often producing viral and hilarious content, but, on-stage, their energy and performances don’t translate as such. Rather, on-stage, the Janoskians rely on their good looks and charming personalities to cover up their offensive jokes, unfunny humor, and lack of stage readiness. Maybe, the attractive, young comedians should stick to their formula for success and evade from their disappointing, offensiveness that is obvious throughout their unhumorous, mindless performances and gimmicks. - The Examiner


For up-and-comer singer and songwriter Eric Dash, singing a soulful tune on the end of a bad relationship is part of his repertoire. Through his music, he conveys heartache and sadness paired with a breezy and refreshing musical style.

Dash, whose hometown is Cherry Hill, New Jersey, started his musical career by writing songs at the age of eight. He would later learn how to play the guitar, which he continues to do today. Although the singer-songwriter has counted John Mayer, B.B. King and Eric Clapton among his influences, Dash told SweetyHigh.com in a July 2013 interview that his own father, a guitarist and piano player, initially inspired him to become a musician.

Dash’s songs focus on love, including the heartbreak and sadness one feels during a breakup. Is it any wonder, then, that Stereotude.com has described him as “the male Taylor Swift” due to his “lyrical honesty” on the subject of love?

His EP, My Own Island, is scheduled for release in spring 2014. The album was produced by Jack Joseph Puig, a Grammy-winning producer who has worked with a number of musicians, including Goo Goo Dolls, Sheryl Crow and Five For Fighting.

The singer keeps his fans up-to-date through his prolific use of social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. He regularly retweets fan’s posts and pictures and also posts pictures of his own. On his YouTube account, Dash has posted his official music videos for the singles “Ms. Sally Jones” and “One More Love Song,” as well as behind-the-scenes videos and videos of the official lyrics. His videos were also directed by Rob Mor, who directs and serves as executive producer of the “Electronic Spotlight” web video series.

Dash’s songs also get airtime the traditional way, with “One More Love Song” breaking into the Nielsen Top 40 Radio Chart. He has also made guest appearances on radio shows around the country, further increasing his profile.

Dash’s fans, known as “The Dashers,” can catch the singer in concert through select upcoming performances. Previously, he has toured across the U.S. with Heffron Drive, as well as Ariana and The Rose to favorable reviews, garnering a new fanbase along the way. - AXS


Discography

Single Release (4/10/2013)
Eric Dash - One More Love Song

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Eric Dash is a singer/songwriter and guitarist who just recorded an album in LA with producer Jack Joseph Puig (John Mayer/Goo Goo Dolls/No Doubt). The record sounds like a mix of John Mayer’s “Room For Squares” with a touch of Owl City electronica and early Maroon 5 funk.

Eric started writing when he was 8 years old and started playing guitar when he was 13. His early influences we're eclectic, but the artists who shaped his playing most are John Mayer, Gavin DeGraw, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Eric Clapton.

Every artist has a story. Eric's writing tells the truth behind his life as he divulges into family and relationships, both with women and God.

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