Eric Martin is known worldwide as the voice of Mr. Big, an 80’s hard rock and glam metal band, best known for their hit ‘To Be With You’. Eric left the group in 2002 in favour of a solo career.
We chatted to Eric recently ahead of his Irish gigs in Dublin and Belfast…
What has been the best moment of your career so far?
I’ve had a handful of great moments in my musical life but nothing comes close to having a number #1 hit single with my song ‘To Be With You’ in well over 15 countries. Now granted, that was 25 years ago, but that magic never rubs off. It’s the gift that keeps on giving. It’s the one that puts all the stamps in my passport.
Why did you decide to record all female songs for one of your albums?
It was a project that I did for the fans of Japan that wrote in to my record company and wanted to hear me sing their favorite songs by female artists. It was a lot of fun.
How do you like to spend your free time?
I like to play video games, or actually watch my kids beat me at sports video games and watch old classic film noir movies like ‘Casablanca’ with Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. I’ve seen this movie over a hundred times and it still moves me like no other film.
Did you have an idol growing up?
I loved 60’s R&B soul singers like Otis Redding, Sam Cooke and Levi Stubbs the singer for the 4 tops. If I had to choose I would say OTIS.
What is your most prized possession?
I have a CP-70 Yamaha electric baby grand piano that I’ve had since the late 70’s, that’s my baby.
Who are your favourite musicians of all time?
The Rolling Stones are my favorite band of all time, ain’t nobody touching them. Hmmm maybe the Beatles. But the Stones live were pure sex, soul and energy.
Are there any artists you would like to collaborate with?
Mick. Ha, I know that ain’t going to happen. I would like to do a new righteous brother’s record with Chris Robinson of the Black Crowes. Maybe a duet with Tina Turner or Pink, two ladies that kill.
Eric Martin will play at Voodoo, Belfast on Thursday, 27 August and at The Workmans Club, Dublin on Friday, 28 August.
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