Interview With Eric Hutchinson: Pure Fiction and New Music Video "Forever"

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Eric Hutchinson, American singer and songwriter, best known for songs "Rock and Roll" and "Ok, It's Alright With Me", has been performing for fans since he was eight years old.

His big break occurred when he signed on with Madonna's Maverick Records, but the label shut down before his album was released. He then released his album, Sounds Like This, on his own, making its way to the top ten on the iTunes Store.

The record then peaked number five in 2007 and debuted at #1 in the Billboard Heatseekers chart.

Since then, Hutchinson has released more albums, including Pure Fiction in 2014. Eric recently had a Q&A with EmptyLighthouse about his newest album and his new music video for "Forever", which was picked up by Funny or Die.

Why did you become a singer/songwriter?

I've been writing songs since I was 8 years old. I grew up in a musical house and always liked singing.

Making up a song in my head was the next natural step. I used to make tapes with my brother and sister and even when I was 10 I was convinced that band would get signed to a record label.

If you were only able to play one song for the rest of your life, what song would it be?

"Crazy Little Thing" by Queen. I cover that song sometimes in my show and I love getting to channel Freddie Mercury and Elvis and Rock & Roll all rolled into one.

Let's talk about your most recent album Pure Fiction. Tell me about your journey creating that album. What is your song to perform?
Pure Fiction was a big growth for me.

I wrote songs differently, recorded them differently. I hear a song like "Forever" which I was closing my shows with and I'm so proud of it. I could never have written a song like that 5 years ago.

What inspires your lyrics? What would you say is your overall message in your songs?
Life is confusing and doesn't always make a lot of sense to me.

My songs are when I get to sit down and try to piece together why things happen and what I think about it all.

What was the wackiest or worst non-music job you've ever had?
I worked at an ice cream parlor for a summer in Boston. My forearms got real muscular from all the scooping.

I always try to tip ice cream scoopers more money now. It's hard work!

What can you say to your fans who are aspiring musicians?
Start writing songs right now. Learn to play an instrument.

Those two things are the building blocks of being an artist. The sooner you get started, the sooner you'll get good at doing them.

Let's talk about your new music video for "Forever." How was making that video? Any funny stories to share aside from the hilarity of the video itself?
The video was insane! The idea was to have a bunch of babies and puppies on set and as soon as they all showed up it was clear it was going to be utter chaos! I tried to just be ready to shoot whenever the director needed me.

We spent the day chasing all the puppies around with a camera. Funny Or Die loved the video and asked to premiere it, which was really cool for me.

Check out the music video for "Forever" below: