Classical music was the mainstay in his household, until Eric saw the Beatles perform on the Ed Sullivan show in 1964. At age 10, Eric's life changed forever.
At 16, he started writing songs for his first band, "Evil Seed". He got hooked on performing as his band played all original music at "B-ins" at Belmont Plateau, in Fairmont Park. By the mid 70's, while attending the University of Pennsylvania, Eric met his musical soul mates and closest friends. Rob Hyman, Rick Chertoff and he created a musical energy, which remains strong to this day.
Eric's and Rob's most notable early collaboration founded The Hooters in 1980. "Nervous Night", The Hooters' debut on Columbia, sold in excess of 2 million copies and included Billboard Top 40 hits such as "Day By Day" (#18), And We Danced (#21) and "Where Do The Children Go" (#38). After creating 6 well-received albums, The Hooters achieved superstar status throughout the 1980's and 1990's. As a result, The Hooters were asked to open 3 of the most important musical events of the century, Live-Aid Concert, 1985 in Philadelphia, Amnesty International Concert at Giants Stadium in 1986, and Roger Waters' extravaganza at The Wall in Berlin in 1990.
Since then, Eric has become recognized internationally as a gifted songwriter, musician, arranger and producer. Eric wore all those hats while involved with Joan Osborne's debut project. "Relish" was nominated for 6 Grammy Awards in 1996 including Song Of The Year for the #3 Billboard smash hit "One Of Us" which Eric is proud to have single handedly written.
Globally, Eric's crafted hits for artists such as Billie Meyers/"Kiss The Rain", Robbie Williams /"Old Before I Die", Amanda Marshall/"Believe In You" and Ricky Martin/"Private Emotion".
As busy as he's been, Eric found time in 2000 to release his long awaited debut solo album "The Optimist". "A Very Dull Boy", his sophomore effort, followed in May 2002.
He continues working with veteran and up and coming artists alike. Most recently, he wrote and performed the theme song for Joss Whedon's TV show, "Dollhouse", with Jonathat Brooke, and co-wrote Ricky Martin's current hit single, "The Best Thing About Me Is You", which Ricky performed at the 2010 Latin Grammies and topped the Latin Charts. He also co-wrote seven songs on the most recent Scorpions album, "Sting In The Tail".
Eric is currently launching a project in Sweden with Mats Wester of Nordman, which they have been working on for over ten years and are both very passionate about. It's an exciting hybrid of Swedish folk music and American rock and roll which they are very excited about finally unleashing on an unsuspecting world. Eric is also currently performing live shows with the Eric Bazilian Band as well as preparing for an upcoming Hooters tour in Germany
Whatever the venue, 2011 promises to bring forth new, well-crafted evocative music. Whether for other artists or his next solo project, Eric's unique and diversified songwriting skills and producer talents hint at tradition while inspiring imagination and originality.