Johanson seamlessly blends technology with the soulful musicianship that he honed while playing blues and rock guitar for years in clubs and festivals throughout the Southeast. Following his high school graduation, Eric spent about a year as a regular attraction on Memphis' famed Beale St., before returning to New Orleans to pursue larger philosophical questions that traditional blues playing could not satisfy. Over the next 4 years, he would work out his ideas both through academic means, earning a degree in Philosophy from the University of New Orleans, and through the music of Cire, his progressive art-rock trio. Cire released 2 CDs, Pleasure Is Our Enemy (2001), and Adrenological (2003), generating an international cult following that reached well beyond Cire's live exposure. Wanting to branch out from the common rock format, Eric once again began experimenting with the open palette of sampling and synthesis to tastefully compliment the guitar/vocal-based songwriting, to reach an emotional intimacy beyond anything he'd done before.
This new project, both defying normal genre classification and yet strangely accessible at the same time, would become Emptyself. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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