We had the good fortune of connecting with Erik David Hidde and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Erik David, what habits do you feel play an important role in your life?
I have been a habitual person for most of my life. I create habits that I knowingly and unknowingly maintain each and every day. The habits that have helped me succeed the most have been many, and I’ll cover some of them here.

Work hard. It may sound cliche but working hard at something each and everyday will only make it easier to do so moving forward.

Focus and finish. I truly believe in focusing on a song or even an album of songs and finishing them before trying to create an entirely different new theme.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My journey is one I will never take for granted or forget. It started when I was a kid writing lyrics for fictional bands even though there was no music. Then in college I was assigned to arrange loops and mix and master them. It really brought something creative out in me.

After graduating and while living in New York, I ran an independent record label and was in a live band and we would perform at coffee shops, outdoor festivals and small clubs. Once I helped many artists and bands get their music out into the world I ended up focusing all my attention on my solo music.

I have since written, recorded, produced and arranged 7 albums and an EP as well as multiple singles in my living room. My dreams have came true and it couldn’t have happened without Jesus! He has blessed me countlessly over the past 15 years.

A big lesson I’ve learned is to be prolific and continue to release music at a high level. Never lose their attention. I want to inspire others now or later by creating emotional, heartfelt music that challenges narratives and is original in nature. I want to bring the joy of the Lord to others through song.

One thing people may not know about me is that the production value is just as or more important to me than the lyrics, singing or songwriting. I wake up excited to potentially produce a new song and it’s the most fun I have doing any sort of work. I find myself feeling like a little kid and beaming with excitement when I produce a part I can feel inside. The lyrics always come after and are usually stream of consciousness.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
A list of my favorite places:

Jinkey’s Cafe, Sherman Oaks

Speranza, Los Feliz

Fry Madness, DTLA

Buono’s Pizzeria, Long Beach

Figueroa Mountain, Westlake Village

Ace Hotel, DTLA

Tenants of the Trees, Silverlake

Long Beach Shoreline Marina

Griffith Park

La Piedra Beach, Malibu

Manhattan Beach

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?
Shoutout to Pastor Phil the Voice from Nations Church, Los Angeles! He was one of the driving forces in helping me change my lifestyle for the better! He is a wonderful man, a great musician and an amazing pastor!

Website: www.prisonescapee.com

Instagram: www.instagram.com/prisonescapee

Other: www.prisonescapee.bandcamp.com
www.music.apple.com/us/artist/prison-escapee/1029915602
www.open.spotify.com/artist/3qVT2MWKUjudSO6Lpir1AW?si=mn_Kwf0GT2qp6Oz0mDX7hw&dl_branch=1

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