Eric Hutchinson talks "Moving Up Living Down"
When Eric Hutchinson created his debut album, "Sounds Like This," he was living in Maryland. By the time the album's touring cycle ended, he had moved to the bright lights of New York City. It was that change that inspired his latest collection, "Moving Up Living Down."
"After touring the world, I finally got to come home to New York and I got to process everything," Hutchinson told SoundSpike. "I would write during the day in my little studio and go out at night and see friends and have dinner and just get enveloped by the city."
Writing is what Hutchinson enjoys the most. He wanted to be sure he had the songs before he went any further into his new project.
"For me, I was always thinking about the live show when I was writing it," said Hutchinson, who found success with the singles "Rock & Roll," "OK, It's Alright With Me" and "Oh!"
"Going out and being able to sing these songs live and have people sing and dance and clap is exciting. So it was exciting for a song like 'The Basement.' I wrote that and knew exactly where that could fit in with the show and the kind of energy."
The first single from "Moving Up Living Down" is "Watching You Watch Him," a song that has a '50s kind of vibe to it. When told that, Hutchinson was flattered.
"I love the '50s," Hutchinson said. "I love classic rock 'n' roll music and Buddy Holly and Chuck Berry. I definitely take that as a compliment."
Hutchinson was aided on the new set by producers Mike Elizondo (Eminem, Regina Spektor) and Martin Terefe (Jason Mraz, James Morrison).
"It was great" working with Elizondo and Terefe, he said. "It was really freeing and creative. Martin lives in London, so I lived there for a month. Mike lives in L.A., so I lived there for a month. It's just really fun to set up shop and get to go to work every day and get to make music. It's the best. I love doing it. I'm really proud with what we can up with."
And he's just as thrilled to perform the songs live.
"We just bring a lot of energy," he said about the live show. "I'm always sweaty by the end. I love shows that make you forget about everything else. We try to have those every night. It's all about clapping and dancing and singing. I just have a great time doing it."
18 - Kansas City, MO - Firebird
21 - Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall Ballroom
22 - Grand Rapids, MI - The Intersection Lounge
23 - Covington, KY - Madison Theater
26 - New York City, NY - Highline Ballroom
27 - Baltimore, MD - Rams Head Live!
28 - Norfolk, VA - NorVa
29 - Charlottesville, VA - Jefferson Theater
30 - Richmond, VA - The National