We had the good fortune of connecting with Eric Penn and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Eric, how do you think about risk?
I don’t believe there is any chance at success if you aren’t willing to take a risk. And yea, risk-taking is subjective because my cliff-jumping could be a walk in the park for someone else and vice versa, but risk-taking is mandatory. When you think about how the direction of music and arts in general can change so quickly, you have to be steadfast in your own vision and not worry about whats so called “popular”. I think knowing and being true to my art has helped me not only develop a fan base but stay grounded in my own ideas and my own process. If you aren’t willing to be different you can’t expect your outcome to be either.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Music is the most important thing on earth to me, which also makes it one of the most challenging things to do, I value the integrity of my pen and my ability to write a song that I can feel. If I can’t connect to it, I won’t even let anyone else hear it, which is a constant battle I still face to this day. I’ve been engulfed in music my entire life. My mother was my music teacher, my choir director, my piano instructor, shit, she basically showed and shaped my idea of music. I owe her so much, but because it became such a constant, it began to feel like a task instead of something I enjoy. I went to college and studied something that had absolutely nothing to do with music, but in my Junior year, I got an opportunity to write and record for Mad Skillz. Being involved with studio production and recording was not in my sight at all, but your passion seems to find you. That experience led me to realize that I wanted to pursue music as an artist. I haven’t looked back since. Yes, the life of a musician is filled with ebs and flows, but the journey is such an important concept to understand. The results will come, if you truly appreciate the journey.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I really enjoy conversation and intimate time spent together. I’ve realized as I get older I just want to be able to sit down and know that my friends are doing okay mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. The best way to find that out is through good conversation. A New York Summer is the best place on earth so Im sure the time would be filled with trips to Harlem’s discrete speakeasy and museums. My friends already know that I’m not bar hopping all week. Its just not happening lol.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My two children. Charlotte and Paige. They are the embodiment of inspiration for me.