Who Am I ?
1: Who am I?
A romantic philosopher with a love of music and the desire to express.
2: What do you do and what project are you currently working on?
I sing, play, and write music. I’ve spent the last five years in Hollywood learning and growing personally and musically. Through so much twisting and bending, I have, with the help of talented individuals, come to a style that thematically, sonically, and visually allows me the platform to express what I enjoy. It’s where I should be right now. Feels very right.
3: Where are you from and where are you going?
I was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana. In 2004, while finishing school at Purdue University, I was called-up by my high school drummer who was talking about a music group that was being put together in Boston. Nothing was certain except that it needed a front man and that the intention was to record a strong demo to be heard by plenty of then functioning major labels and shoot high with solid, clean, if not young-oriented, pop rock. I thought it sounded like a lot of fun coming right from college and feeling flexible about life. That experience would later be self-defined as The Click Five Daze of which there are enough sensory and emotional memories to sift through for a lifetime. It was bittersweet: I sang a song I didn’t write with guys that never understood me for wonderful fans all over the world who loved us. I give us credit, we were put through a lot all at once with no road map. After filming “Taking Five” in late 2006, we split. They reconfigured with a new singer and I began my melodramatic Hollywood adventure. Shortly after leaving The Click Five I wrote a song called “No Surprise”, which was later reworked and released as the first single on Daughtry’s second album “Leave This Town”. I know where I’m headed but never sure where I’m going because I can’t say that I’d always planned to be where I’ve always been. Having said that, I’d love and intend to share my take on music with all the people that I sang for the first time around and then some.
4: Who is your biggest hero?
My biggest hero is the first guy who got on a rock and started singing. I also like Freddy Mercury.
5: What book is your bible?
Not to be a smart ass but my bible is actually the Bible. Uninterested for the longest time, I find myself in pursuit of understanding its content.
6: What are some things you love? And some things you hate?
I love gaming–roleplaying, board, video, card, tabletop miniatures, etc. I find that games offer one of the deepest levels of human interaction. Whether it’s a 60 frames per second, multi layered mental martial arts throwdown like Street Fighter or running a twelve year long self-created Dungeons and Dragons campaign, your imagination will be stretched, you will be challenged and you will be with friends. That’s a win, no matter how you play it. I love animals. I have 2 dogs, 3 cats and 1 fish. I love music. I love people. I love kindness. I hate jewelry on babies. I hate to see or be a human in pain, separated from the pack, emotionally lost and alone.
7: What is your raison d’être?
My reason for being is to see what’s next.
8: What is your favorite color?
9: Who is your favorite comic book superhero?
Superman on a day where I feel invincible. Rorschach when I feel like no matter how hard I try, this place will never be perfect and neither will I.
10: What is your favorite NYC hot spot?
Madison Square Garden, center stage, that was fun. Jingleball 2006, I believe. I’d do that again.
11: What turns you on?
Many things turn me on fortunately and for different reasons. I am excited by the challenge of a friendly intelligent opponent. I lose myself when performing music whether writing, recording, or live performances. I enjoy the visual beauty of nature, humans, visual art most of which sculpture and creative drawings and the compelling alignment of what you’d call a “good shot” through the lens of a camera. I am turned on when an unavoidable challenge leads to an epiphany. There is a sense of pleasure associated with hearing and singing the independent notes in a chord.
12: What would the last question of this questionnaire be if you were the one asking?
Probably the same because it’s a good question. But if I had to make my own it would be: “If you could share one thing with your younger self what would it be?”
Eric Dill is a critically acclaimed singer, songwriter, and musician from Indianapolis. Currently, Dill lives in Los Angeles, California, and spends his time focused on his music career from singing, songwriting to playing guitar; Dill is no stranger to the music industry.
Dill is best known for his work as the lead singer, guitar player and face of the pop-rock group The Click Five. He was an influential part of The Click Five’s debut album “Greetings from Imrie House,” which hit #15 on the Billboard 200 and the lead single “Just the Girl,” which hit # 1 on Billboard’s Hot Digital Songs and #8 the Pop 100 chart.
After years of preparing his solo career Dill released his first highly anticipated EP, Wherever You Are, on January 10, 2012. Dill plans on releasing one more EP, War With The Wolves, later this Spring in anticipation of releasing his debut full-length album later this year.
Questions by PMc Magazine
Edited by Meaghan Coffey
Photography Courtesy by Susan Blond, Inc.
Design by Jillian Mercado
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