Best known for his work with Alice Cooper, Sonia Dada, and Flo & Eddie, "Erik "Eski" Scott has a recording career that stretches back to 1969, making albums with Northern Illinois groups "Food" and "Jambalaya". It was in 1974 he met and played bass with Zappa cohorts and Turtles members Flo and Eddie, and would later record and tour with Alice Cooper. He was a founding member and worked fifteen years with Sonia Dada. He also made recordings with Pops and Mavis Staples, Kim Carnes, and many other artists over a forty year career, a love affair and devotion which spans until present day where we find him playing some truly zoned out, interstellar bass on his solo record "Other Planets", which is as beautiful as it is technically adept. His current material is virtuosic but never ostentatious, with nods toward ambient sensibilities fleshed out through unique and often complex melodies." Kelly Burnette, for Foxy Digitalis
How do you describe your music to people?
Soulful. I've spent alot of my career propelled by the energy of rock, except for the genre bending R&B, folk, rock, and soul of Sonia Dada's six albums, and the gospel blues of Pops (just one song written and played, but it was the title song on his Grammy winning record for Contemporary Blues) and Mavis Staples...sooo the one thing I hope permeates all the different music is a soufulness.
And of course this solo record I've just done is more chilled out, instrumental, and even "ambient".... "Other Planets"....but it simmers with a slow soulful groove, and it's nice to just stare up at the stars every once in awhile, isn't it?
Tell me about how you originally got into your craft.
I was always drawn to music, and having mastered air drums to Danny and the Juniors' big hit "At The Hop" in fourth grade, I went to join the grade school band, and they gave me a trombone....harrumpf. After messing with guitar in High School, a buddy said I could play their next show if I played bass, so off I went. And so I continued on, semi-serious about it all until I was asked to make an album with the group "Food" in '68. Also, I must say, with the youthful rebellious energy of the sixties, and Viet Nam, and the drafting of kids to be cannon fodder for the defense contractors, I became somewhat counter cultural, with music as my weapon.
What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
I like it when I realise that I have just been involved in making some great music.
What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your business?
Combining the business and promotional aspects with the creative artistics.
When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
Well, I thought it might be cool to be a cowboy, then a fireman, and when I grew up, a baseball player....ha.
In what way has your community impacted your development as a musician?
Good point... people always ask a musician about his influences. Well, the biggest influence on any musician is the people he or she is playing with at any given time.
After you grow up as a musician and can play more than those riffs and three chords you learned in your first band, the challenge becomes to blend and contribute to the chemistry of who your playing with then. Also, when I started it was balls to the wall rock in the midwest. Then after three albums and groups I moved to LA where one becomes exposed to the commercial aspects and requirements, and it is important NOT to lose or abandon artistic personality to the cash cows. Absorb but maintain, I guess.
What other artists out there do you love?
Being old school, and one who just doesn't really respond to electronica, or the overuse thereof...the many so-called legacy acts' music still blows my dress up...the Little Feats, Elton Johns, Pink Floyds, you know the list.
Among newer artists that have caught my ear, and not been vacuumed clean of all personality by producers using all the same techniques....Arcade Fire and Evanescense have caught my ear. Christine Aguilera can sing her ass off, John Meyer can play, and altho he's not new, Tom Waits' new emergence into the spotlight is sure welcome.
What does your future hold?
I'm gonna write and record, and try to use everything I've learned and know to make some quality music. Don't know what shape it's gonna take, but I'm sure gonna try and make it have a little something different, and have qualities that reward the listener for taking the time.