We’ve come across a few diverse artists in our time but Nashville, Tennessee, based Eric Vattima is right up there with his fusion of rock and alternative with R’n’B and hip-hop.
The Las Vegas-born singer/songwriter released his first EP last year before releasing three singles this year.
We took a listen to his latest single Fade, which offers an insight into the rockier spectrum of Eric’s intriguingly diverse sound. It opens up with light guitars then a cool laid-back lick that drops into a chilled opening verse. It increases in intensity with livelier, almost shouted vocals through the chorus, which feeds straight into another catchy verse.
The song ends with a final chorus that opens up with the instrumentals dropping out leaving Eric’s lone shouty vocals and builds into a big rocky outro. Give it a listen below:
We had a chat with Eric to find out more about his diverse music and him as an artist. Read on below…
GR: Who is Eric Vattima?
EV: “Most people get lost in Las Vegas, but I found myself there. Born and raised in Sin City, I was introduced at a young age to a blend of Rock & RnB by my parents. I spent my early years honing my craft in the local Las Vegas music scene, while spending summers playing all along the South Jersey Shore, drawing crowds with acoustic arrangements of various popular songs that would catch the attention of listeners long enough to play a few songs of my own.
Graduating from Las Vegas Academy back in 2016, I set out to move to Nashville, TN, and continue figuring out his sound at Belmont University. Over the next few years, I started building a band of my own, released my first EP, Thank You, and began releasing follow up singles within a couple months of each other such as “Paralyzed,” “Outta My Mind,” and “Fade” on various digital platforms. With each single came increased streams and listeners on Spotify, and I’m currently averaging 6,000 listeners monthly and 100,000 total.
“Now 21, I’ve found a passion for blending my roots of Blues, Rock, and HipHop in order to create a newer sound, while touching lyrically on relevant topics that engage listeners of all ages.
“Having spent some time on the road in the past year touring the Mid-Atlantic region and my now home state of Tennessee, I’m hoping to grow my audience from continued touring efforts in the coming year.”
GR: You just released Fade. It sounds like a bit of a rockier departure from some of your other music (which we like!). What should people be expecting from the song?
EV: “Thank you so much! I was hoping for people to get more of the rock side of the music that I like to make from this song. It’s one of the heavier ones that i’ve put out, in its overall sound, but there is more of the Alternative Rock influence to the production that I enjoyed putting into the song.
Sonically, I wanted the track to punch a lot more, coinciding with the lyrical topic of the music too. Last year, during a class that I was taking at Belmont University, I had a professor who suggested I try writing a little bit more in the rock direction. I gave it a shot, when we were discussing archetypes in the class, and it got me thinking about how artists are treated in this industry a lot.
“Once their glamour starts to fade, we get shelved and often forgotten about if you don’t know how to adapt and change with the times. It’s a fear of mine, going through this world of music and feeling the pressure to continue to try sounds that are going to hook everyone from song to song. A lot of artists get lost in the mix, and I don’t want to see that happen. So, I took a lot of those feelings, sat down, and wrote fade from it.”
GR: How would you describe your sound to people that haven’t listened to you yet?
EV: “If Jon Bellion took his Hip-Hop and added a bit of sound from Twenty One Pilots in the rapping, with a huge mixture of early Kings Of Leon (a la Only By The Night) and Highly Suspect in the production, that’s the best way I can think right now.
“Over the past year, I’ve put out songs vastly different from one another to experiment and really find the sound that makes up my music. There’s a bit of Blues, there’s a lot of Alternative, there’s a bit of pop, and there’s a good amount of hip-hop influence to what I put out. Some songs are for everyone, and others are for specific music taste. Either way, I make the songs depending on how I’m feeling when they get written, so it’s always interesting to see who’s into some songs and who is interested in others from what I’ve put out.”
GR: What influences you to write music? Any key themes or topics that you write about?
“I write a lot about internal reflection and social topics. I wouldn’t say I’m political per se, but you can catch a line or two in some of the music (especially hip-hop) that tends to reflect my views on the current state of affairs that go on in the world. Whenever I do Hip-Hop, it’s more directed towards the questions that keep someone up at night, more towards this idea of Conscious Rap.
“Whenever I do more Alternative/Rock music, it is directed towards social topics of debate and internal reflection. I like writing about the things that bother me, because it’s therapeutic.”
GR: Which bands/musicians are/have been your strongest musical influences?
EV: “Twenty One Pilots, Jon Bellion, Kings of Leon, COIN, Two Door Cinema Club, Young The Giant, John Mayer, Jason Mraz, Kendrick Lamar (more from To Pimp A Butterfly and Good Kid Mad City), and other old school Hip-Hop artists like Biggie and Snoop Dogg (when it comes to production).”
GR: What have you got coming up through the rest of 2019 and into 2020? New music, new gigs, recording etc…?
EV: “I’ve got a few shows here and there, but have a lot of new music coming up. There’s a new single that my drummer, Arquel, and I are putting out on the Hip-Hop side in a few weeks, called Tell Me. Arquel is a Hip-Hop artist who also plays drums in my band, and you guys should definitely check out his music too, cause it’s awesome (shoutout to his new single Kellogg’s).
“After that, I’ll be releasing a few singles from my sophomore EP, Fears, and putting the full project out early next year. I’m waiting back to see about some potential festival dates going into next summer, but beyond that, I want to build a following across Nashville, and expand to other big cities in the South like Louisville, Memphis, Atlanta, Knoxville, and New Orleans as I keep putting out music.
There is also another Alternative Rock project that I’m going to be putting music out under next year, so I’ll share more as that comes together. I’m excited to get out on the road more and keep building a fan base.”
GR: Sounds interesting! Is there anything else you’d like people to know about you/your music?
“Honestly, I hope that whoever reads this and listens to my music knows that I appreciate them and their time. If they ever want to, they can find me Instagram, and shoot me a message about anything regarding the music, because I’d always love to hear someone else’s thoughts. I hope that my music resonates with you, and just thank you to anyone who listens, follows, and supports what I put out.