I am Eric Pratt, the guitarist and vocalist for Glitterknight. We are from Las Vegas, Nevada and Insanely Jealous Lovers is our debut album. Currently, we are promoting the single Please Come Back, to be followed by Devastation and No Excuse For Pain.
Our permanent lineup is TBA, but included in this album are bassist Ray Kemple and drummer Don Hartley, who was also the sound engineer and producer of this album. I hope to introduce fans to what I call the “Nevada Sound.” This album is mostly basic garage band style rock, driven by crunchy, wailing guitars, snarling vocals, and a loud, in- the- pocket rhythm section. There are a couple ballads. My wish is for Glitterknight to expand their music to showcase the band’s diverse musical influences in the future.
Have you always been interested in music? What is your story and how did you start making music?
I have been interested in music since my early childhood. My first memories from childhood were of songs I heard on my parents’ car radio. I got older and remembered more songs. My grammar school teachers played guitar for us at the end of the day, and let us hear records. The Beatles, Loving Spoonful, stuff like that. I got into Rick Nelson doing Garden Party on the radio. I knew from that time on that I wanted to jam and play music. I got more into heavy metal and alternative rock in addition to my beloved classic treasures when I got older, started hanging around bands. I worked toward my goal ever since.
What are you working on now? Any future releases we can look forward to?
I am working on some covers, and there is definitely going to be more originals in the future. I am pleased with our work on Insanely Jealous Lovers, But this new group of songs is even BETTER than what we have on this debut album. The new album will show a wider variety of musical influences, and though a lot of it is still built on classic models, the sound will be more progressed. I am also planning on releasing some acoustic material in the near future also.
Insanely Jealous Lovers was just to introduce you to us.
What Is Your Ultimate Goal In The Music Industry?
To release albums of all the songs I have wanted to record, and to perform them to live audiences. Some of these albums will have a theme or an idea, or pay tribute to people or places. I hope also to tour and bring our music to a wider audience personally. I hope to touch bases with a few of the pros and learn from them. I am still learning things at this moment. I also want to pay tribute to those who inspired me by doing covers of their songs and mixing them with my originals. I basically just want us to be heard and to build this into something that will allow us to express our feelings for the times and the people, and give them an even bigger gift than what you are hearing now.
What Has Been The Biggest Challenge In Your Career Thus Far? UNSTABLE MONEY!! By rights, I should have been able to do this long ago, but man, doing music is not cheap stuff. It is very expensive. I have run into setback after setback over a period of MANY years, things that have hampered me financially. It has delayed my progress significantly, though I have had the rock’n’ roll fever since I wax a kid, and have been working consistently toward making a career in music since my college days. I have lived a feast or famine life. It took me nine years alone to complete Insanely Jealous Lovers, and five more years to publish it. Normally, I would have had about three or four albums done by this time …if not for my inconsistent financial situation.
How do you go about writing a song? Do you have a melody in your head and then write the other music for it or what’s Your typical songwriting process?
Sometimes it is a melody in my head, which I reproduce in the guitar. A lot of times it is the lyrics first, and I dunk around with the guitar to find the right jam that fits the words. Sometimes both the music and the lyrics flow out together at once while I am thinking or feeling something while I am holding my guitar. Pretty much a combination of all three of these things.
How do you feel the Internet has impacted the music business?
I think it is great that we can promote our music so quickly, and even look up any song we want, lyrics and all, from any era. We can become heard by thousands in a very short time if you have the right promoter on the right websites. That’s OK. But I also still wish more people wanted to buy music in a physical form like CD, at least. It is no secret that it is harder for musicians to get paid for their work these days because you can just hear any song on the internet without buying it. Hit like and add it to a playlist, and the song is yours. Where does that leave us? Broke.
I miss the days of cassette tapes and vinyl, too.
List some famous musicians currently on your playlist?
Clarity to Brave
What Did You Do Before You Started Making Music?
I worked as a janitor in my early college years. Then I sold change in a lot of casinos in Reno. I also did sales. After I moved to Las Vegas in my early college years, I worked as a security officer. After college, I went back to sales. I finally got a break in writing that I was looking for and got to interview rock stars, artists, and entertainers. I also did concert reviews, CD reviews, and movie reviews. But that was short-lived, and I had to go back to security again, and this time the Recession was on. I did open mics for 12 years and struggled to make Insanely Jealous Lovers during the Revession.
Would you have any advice for young people wanting to follow in your footsteps?
Never let anyone discourage you or scare you out of doing what you want to do. If it doesn’t seem to take, back off and go back to the drawing board. Practice and never getting discouraged is the key. Practice, practice, PRACTICE!!
Also, you may be influenced by other musicians, but you still are not them and cannot be them. Learn as much as you can from them. Do the songs as best you can. Learn to play, sing, whatever you want to do as best you can, but if you try to BE those other guys, it won’t work. But you can have a whole lotta fun being YOU!
If you could change anything about the music industry, what would it be?
Let there once again be a way musicians can make money off of sales from their songs and albums.
Make it harder for hucksters to ruin it for people who really are struggling to be musicians, and not just to get all the perks by connecting to the lifestyle. The same goes for these people who only pick the ones they primp and prime to be the next best thing based on some formulaic or image criterion. I am OK with these things too, but a lot of talents could get hurt because they don’t get “picked” or are not set up to be stars.
How do you feel about originality?
It is a MUST. Becoming a cliche is a trap anyone can fall in. Whatever you do, do it if it truly fits you and represents what you are trying to say. Music is a personal, feeling thing. You can imitate a style of playing or cover a song, try to sound like so and so, but you cannot make a Xerox copy out of feelings. Again, be you. Don’t be a cliche.
Is there anything else we should know about you? or Something that you would like to add?
I cannot think of anything right now. I believe I talk to much, actually.
But I believe in giving the people what they want. If there is something you want to ask … ask me.
If there is something you want me to play, say so. I’ll get right on it and see what I can do.
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