After dropping his newest single “Reality,” Eric Vattima took the time to talk to BTS about his creative process, musical inspirations, and personal identity.
Read on to learn more about the up-and-coming singer, and what 2021 has in store for him.
Beyond The Stage: Can you introduce yourself?
EV: My name is Eric Vattima and I’m a 23-year-old Alternative/RnB artist based in Nashville, TN.
BTS: What made you want to get into music?
EV: A series of events that occurred when I was around 11 or 12. I honestly thought that I was broken for a while, but music believed in me and brought me back. It helped to bridge the gap between what had happened, and allowed me to move forward with my life.
BTS: What was the inspiration for your song “Reality?”
EV: Feeling stuck. I was trying to come to terms with a lot of things, and like many this past year, I was feeling lost. The song is an acknowledgement of these feelings.
BTS: In the era of Covid, what was the production process like?
EV: Most of “Reality” was produced in my home studio. Then, I bounced a general mix to my dad who laid down the songs drums . Once he sent it back, I did all overdubs in my setup and then sent it to my buddy, Dallas Jack at his company Record One. From here, Dallas Jack mixed and mastered it.
BTS: What is your favorite part of the song?
EV: That’s a toss-up between the chorus or the outro. The chorus was written so that we can get as many people singing the hook lines as possible (once it’s safe to play live shows again). However, the outro was a lot of fun to get lost in. I just ran that part back maybe 20-30 times and played along to the record, and then I went back and listened to pick the take that sounded most natural .
BTS: What has been your favorite piece of music that you’ve created?
EV: There’s a song I put out two years ago, called “Outta My Mind”, and the entire process of making it was so fun. To then see it resonate with others in so many ways further showed me that I want to strive to make music as much as I can. Beyond that though, I’ve loved every song that I’ve made or contributed to because they each tell their own unique story.
BTS: What are you listening to currently?
EV: Mac Ayres, Jeremy Zucker, Dead Poet Society, Cleopatrick, Justin Timberlake, Mac Miller, Royal Blood, Grandson, Quinn XCII, Logic, J Cole.
BTS: Can we expect to see an album in the near future?
EV: You can expect two EPs throughout this year, and there is also an album in the works for the future.
BTS: What has been a gift unexpectedly given to you in 2020?
EV: Time. I’ve always been moving, trying to find the next thing, and 2020 made me really take a step back and just enjoy the little moments. This past year I’ve had nothing but time, and I’m grateful for it.
BTS: What does 2021 have in store for you?
EV: Lots of music, lots of releases, and hopefully some shows come fall when things are safe. But for now, I’m just taking this year one step at a time and keeping an open mind to what 2021 brings.
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