What is your name?
My name is Erin Coburn.
What is your genre of music?
I like to describe my genre of music as rock with blues influences.
Give us a little bio about you.
When I was 2 years old, I found my dad’s acoustic guitar in a closet. I drug that old thing around everywhere and made up my own songs. There’s videos of me playing and singing made up songs and because the guitar was bigger than me, I played it like an upright bass. At 7 my parents got me my own guitar and had me start lessons. I hated those and would not do what the teacher told me to do. Instead I did my own thing and picked things out by ear what I wanted to play. My 3rd guitar teacher was my turning point and things clicked. By age 11, I was going to jam sessions and open mics around the Greater Cincinnati area. Through those experiences, I learned how to improvise, solo, lead the band, and interact with others while performing on stage. That is also how I found my first band members and got my first paid gig. I’ve been performing ever since… by the way, I am 18 years old now. I play guitar, bass, the vocal chords, and ukulele (mine is electric and has a whammy bar!). Over the years, I’ve played with Grammy nominated artists in Nashville , opened for amazing acts such as Three Dog Night, Larry McCray, Blackberry Smoke, The Accidentals, Marcus King, and many more. My band and I perform around the United States bringing a new rock sound with a familiar raw edge. I’ve written and released three all original albums and I’m writing more music right now.
What made you go into music?
I was always pretty interested in the guitar and making up my own songs, but I got interested in making music my career when I got my third guitar teacher, John Redell. We really clicked and instead of him telling me what to do, he’d ask, “What are you working on?” After being his student for a little bit, he started bringing me to open jams. Then, he invited me to play with him on his gigs. I thought it was so cool to see first hand he was doing this whole music thing as a job. John inspired me to put my own band together and right after I did that, I scored my first paid gig at age 12. It just kept going from there. From that first show, someone booked me for another… and it’s just snowballed from there. My parents were also an incredible support system when it came to helping me dive (smartly) into my music career. My dad has taught me a lot about reading contracts since he has his law degree and my mom has taught me a lot about the financial side of the music business since she worked in finance. They both said as long as I was happy doing this, they would continue to encourage me. Actually, I have learned so much from everyone who has touched my life. My growth through music is constantly evolving and growing… and I have really LOVED every second of it..
Are you a signed?
I am not a signed artist, however; I am not opposed to being one in the future if it makes sense. The right partnership has not presented itself, yet. it makes.
You released your new single ‘Out From Under’, tell us more about the single.
My single “Out from Under” is a song with a strong message and clear blues influences. It’s got the driving, tough, and tasty guitar sprinkled throughout, and one wild jam in the end. My musical career was brought up on jamming, so it felt right to showcase that in my title track.
What is the meaning behind the single?
I wrote “Out from Under” with a clear goal in mind: to let people know that it is okay to overcome the standards society has put on us. In the world today, there are so many “rules” and “restrictions” as to how we look, act, or think. It is okay to be your own person and not go with the crowd. Before I wrote this song, I was starting to realize how much I was beating myself up over not looking like other people, or not doing the same things as them. I felt like I was wrong for thinking differently or doing things in a non-traditional way. For example, almost all of the people I knew from high school were going to college and I wasn’t planning on going to college right after high school. That’s when it really hit me… I shouldn’t worry about what other people are doing. I overcame the standards of “I should look like this”, “I need to go to college”, or “Why don’t I do that?” and so much more, and with this song I want to invite anyone else who feels different or pressured to come out from under all of these standards with me and be yourself. Find what makes YOU happy, even if it’s not “standard”.
Describe the track in two words.
BIG & BLUESY.
What was the writing process like?
Writing this song was actually pretty easy for me because I was so passionate about getting my message out to my listeners. I felt eager to make sure that people who felt the same as me had something to tell them it was okay to be different. I actually had some of the chords written before I even wrote the lyrics. I typically record any melody or chord ideas into my phone and sometimes they will just sit there and then one day I will stumble back on it and write more to it. That’s exactly what happened with this song. I had the lyric idea, and then I rediscovered this cool chord progression I had created.
What was the recording process like?
Recording this song was a BLAST. I recorded this song, along with the rest of the songs on the album, at Lava Room Recording in Cleveland, Ohio with Mike Brown as my producer. I told Mike I wanted this song to really pack a punch, especially with the guitar. I think the guitar solo in the end and the vocal harmonies in the chorus were my favourite to record. I absolutely adore layering harmonies. Something about it is just so satisfying. It feels like I am building a lego tower, and I keep building it and building it until it’s this HUGE, beautiful structure. When it came time to record the big guitar solo in the end, I got nice and comfortable in the studio and then let my feelings flow. I do plan a lot of my guitar work for songs, but this solo was completely improved and it felt so freeing. I think not only the lyrics, but the guitar as well, sing my message.
Who did you work with on the single?
I worked with Mike Brown as producer on this single, as well as the rest of the album. I have to say, Lava Room is my favourite recording studio- and I’ve been to quite a few. I also had some incredible studio musicians play on this song (and the other songs). Mark Matthews really added some awesome bass, Adam Mercer played the hell out of the drums, Jacob Wynn and Dave Casper came up with those super cool horn parts, and Jon Denney played some killer keys.
Will we see a music video for the single?
I am definitely not saying no to this question, but as of right now I am working on a different video for one of the songs off the album… I would absolutely love to shoot a video for this song.
You also have an album out, tell us more about it and where to find it.
My album “Out from Under” is out now. There are eleven all-original tracks, and each one has its own unique flavour. It’s like walking into an ice cream shop with eleven EPIC flavours and each one has a delicious surprise ingredient. It is very different from my other two original albums out because I have grown up a lot more and my sound has matured. My album can be ordered on my website at www.erincoburnmusic.com/store, and I’ll sign it too. I also like to send personal notes whenever someone buys my CD because of how much that supports and means to me. “Out from Under” can also be streamed on all streaming services and it can be found on Youtube.
Describe each track two words.
Friendzone: Sassy Comedic
Diggin’ You Heavy: Fresh & Sweet
Fast Paced; Freakish: Heavy Loud
EVRYBDY: Powerful & Beautiful
Out from Under: Big & Bluesy
Your Mind Gun: Deep & Haunting
Roundabout: Casual & Revolving
Trip on This: Acceptance & Carefree
It’s Over (Virtual Reality): Catchy & Bouncy
Snap in Half: Political & Angry
Guilty Mouth: Fun & Bright
Do you have any shows coming up? If so where will you be heading?
I will be playing at Natalie’s Coal-Fired Pizza and Live Music in Worthington, Ohio (it is in Columbus) on December 3rd. This is a full band show so it is going to be a party with a big sound! After that, I play at Smoke Justis in Covington, KY with my bass player Jack Ryan on December 14. Then, on New Year’s Eve I am playing Big Ash Brewing in Cincinnati. For more dates, check out my website www.erincoburnmusic.com/store and my Facebook page Erin Coburn Music.
What else can we expect in 2019?
Expect more singles! I have been writing a LOT more songs lately with more unique sounds and new stories!
Do you have any collaborations coming up with any upcoming artists?
I do! The Grandace and I have been talking about getting a collaboration going as well as my band and I are actually collabing on some songs already.
Would you be up for collaborations if other musicians wanted one with you? and who would they have to contact?
ABSOLUTELY! I am always down for writing with other artists. I especially have an interest in writing with artists from other genres because I LOVE genre bending. They can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or DM me on my instagram “Erin Coburn Music”.
Do you play any instruments?
I play guitar, ukulele, bass, a little bit of keys (only when I am recording- not at live shows), and the vocal chords. I am hoping to get some drum lessons from my drummer soon too!
Who are your influences?
I have so many influences, but to name a few: Gary Clark Jr., B.B. King, Cage the Elephant, The Black Keys, Melanie Faye, Polyphia, Sus Vasquez, Felly, Alice in Chains, Joe Satriani, Badflower, Kaleo, BROCKHAMPTON, and so many more. I find that I don’t just stick to one genre when it comes to influences. There are so many artists and bands that light sparks under me.
How do you get inspiration to write songs?
I draw inspiration several different ways. One of them being from other people. I like to put myself in other people’s shoes if I ever feel stuck with a song idea or if it is tough for me to discuss. I tend to like writing about a character and what they’re going through and then switching it back to first person because I feel like more people can relate- including me even if I didn’t realize it in the beginning of the writing session. Another way I get inspiration is from my own experiences. I know I am only 18, but I am discovering the world for myself and learning how to adult… so I get a lot of song ideas from that. Other times, inspiration will just randomly hit me in the face. There have been multiple times where I’ve started to fall asleep and then HELLO ideas flood into my head. Then I have to try and stumble around my room in the dark to find my phone to record what my mind is telling me I have to write. Each of these processes of finding inspo is different, but I love how I can mix it up.
Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?
In five years, I see myself with another album already out and working on more singles. I see myself achieving my goals of reaching out to more people and sharing my message of being your own individual. I plan on putting together a Europe tour because my fans over there have been asking to come to a live show! I’m also envisioning myself with another guitar 🙂 I love me some Strats… hehe.
When you’re not doing music, what do you do?
Take care of my physical and mental health. I thoroughly enjoy lifting weights, taking spin classes and yoga classes, shopping at health food stores, making delicious meals, and walking my dog. I also like to learn new things and grow my knowledge on skills I might need, aka I watch a lot of Youtube.
What was the song you listened to most that influenced you to go more into the music scene?
WOW. This is a hard question… SO MANY SONGS have influence me to keep digging into the music scene. If I had to choose one, I would say Rotten Apple by Alice in Chains. That song is very unique with its talk box intro and intricate parts. I grew up with my parents playing this song a lot, so it always interested me. Once I saw videos of Alice In Chains playing live, I was hooked.
What the best advice you have ever been given?
You need to work twice as hard as your male counterpart in this male dominated music industry. was told this several times at Victor Wooten’s music workshop, and it has stuck with me ever since.
What advice would you give to aspiring musicians not about the industry and just as an artist?
Stay true to who you are and what you are trying to share with your listeners. Do not let anyone change your message or your brand. It is easy to lose yourself as an artist because there is so much pressure on you to be what everyone wants you to be.
What quote or saying do you always stick by?
“Get comfortable being uncomfortable”. This quote stemmed from my favourite Vlogger “Sarah’s Day”. She inspired me to get out of my comfort zone, and I’ve noticed that every time I do that, I learn something new and have a great time.
Where in your hometown is a must go to visit?
Wunderbar!!! Wunderbar is a little German restaurant and bar in Covington, KY with an Albert Einstein mural on the side of the building. Do not judge this place by the outside… it looks small but it is MIGHTY. Incredible German fusion food from locally sourced places and great music. It is also one of the places my music career started!
Your coming off tour;
1/ Where do you go first? KROGER (the grocery store). I enjoy grocery shopping… it is one of my favourite hobbies besides working out and cooking.
2/ Who do you see first? My boyfriend if he is in town. He goes to Purdue, so I don’t get to see him a lot since he’s three hours away from me and I am normally on the road. He’s very supportive of my career though and I am very thankful for facetime!
3/What do you eat first? Depending on what time I get home from tour, I’ll typically eat a cauliflower pizza if I get home late because it’s easy to make. If I get home in the morning, then PROTEIN OATMEAL. I AM OBSESSED. It’s delicious. I use Orgain chocolate protein powder, collagen powder,cinnamon, blueberries, oats, and a little bit of natural creamy peanut butter. AMAZING. would do that, too.
When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?
1. GUITAR. This is embarrassing to say … but I have forgotten my guitar for a radio interview
2. The city I am in- I try real hard to remember this because sometimes cities close to each other are rivalries in like sports and stuff. Definitely don’t want to offend.
3. Setlists! I like to have my setlists made wayyy before the actual show. I love planning, and having a setlists keeps the show on track!
4. SNACKS/FOOD. I like to eat before and after shows, and I am sure if I could eat on stage
5. Making sure I am plugged in- I’ve had too many times I’d like to admit that I thought there was a seriously problem with my gear when I realized it wasn’t plugged in. *face palm* fffffffffff