I am an experienced and strong singer in the high baritone range with my own sound. I have five solo records out currently and also love to play guitar (especially my telecaster) and synths. I'm fast, professional, capable, love to work and am respectful and nice to everyone I collaborate with.
My strength is singing, songwriting and guitar. I am most at home in the indie rock genre. Although I listen to and play a lot of musical styles, and here on Soundbetter I have been hired to sing on house and country tracks in addition to more indie oriented sounds.
In my current project Dahlia Fiend I play all the instruments except for the drums which I either program beats for myself or hire a drummer. Formerly as Sherman Baker I released music more in the folk/singer-songwriter vein in comparison to Dahlia Fiend which is more electronic and synth oriented.. Both Dahlia Fiend and Sherman Baker can be found on Bandcamp, YouTube, Soundcloud and most streaming sites. A sample of various Dahlia Fiend tracks can be heard here as well.
My next release will be a covers record focused around my favorite guitarists including Mick Ronson, Johnny Marr, Johnny Greenwood, Dick Dale and Link Wray.
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6 ReviewsEndorse Eric Sherman Baker
Eric is an artist. !! has a unique style. easy communication. great to work with. will work with him in the future.
It was an absolute pleasure working with Sherman. Great in listening and understanding the project, his voice is something special. 5 stars and more!
Sherman came through with exactly what I had hoped for.
His unique voice was perfect for my track.
Very fast and great communication. It was a pleasure to work with Sherman.
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Pleasure working with sherman, responds quickly and made the whole process enjoyable
Serious and Fast, a pleasure to work with him!
Interview with Eric Sherman Baker
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love to sing, play and create.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Great sounds, fidelity etc are useless if the emotion and feel is not in the performance. Those things don't come from gear or plug-ins.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Pretty basic but it gets the job done. I work in Logic Pro. I record with a basic mic setup for guitars or vocals (condenser and dynamic) and use midi for synths, drum machines and beats.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: As a singer-songwriter I like David Bowie, Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Radiohead and Elliott Smith in particular. As a producer I like Aphex Twin, Brian Eno , Rick Rubin, Stephen Street, Nigel Godrich, James Blake and Daniel Lanois.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: If you are into House Music I really liked singing for the artist Airbas,
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: To paraphrase Jon Brion I don't want to be analog or digital I want to be both. It really depends on the situation. I don't want to romanticize tape too much. Being a good musician and creating is something that comes from within Whether it's being recorded into a DAW or onto tape is less important.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That singers now all just use autotune and manipulate everything digitally. I don't. That writing a great song is something that can be done on command at any given time in a day or two. I certainly can meet deadlines and am not slow but it takes work to make good music. Both on my part and the collaborator's.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What their timeline is. When and how they plan to release the music. What their personal influences are.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: The obvious one is to listen the sampler music I've uploaded here or go to my Soundcloud- Dahlia Fiend. I played everything on those records (minus acoustic drums) as well as recorded, wrote and sang on every track. That should give you an idea of what I can do. I would like the customer to understand that music is a creative process and if it is made heartlessly and mechanically it will sound like that most of the time. It I take on a project regardless of it's size I am going to treat it as serious as I would my own music and work very hard. I can only be me though. Not The Weeknd or Daft Punk or The Strokes. :) Although I love all those artists.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started performing and recording fifteen years ago. Currently I am working on a covers album as well as an album of originals. I would like to do more session work in the future both as a singer and guitarist and hope that my music will continue to capture people's attention.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I listen to the artist's demo or track, ask them what sound they are going for, what bands they like, what music of mine they're heard. Then I spend some time creating and send back my ideas and we go from there. Inn general it is faster and easier to do a vocal where the lyrics and melody have already been written. When the artist is looking for a vocal, lyric and melody from scratch, the more specific they are the better and faster I can work.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Above all I want to bring honesty and truth as a singer and/or songwriter to whatever I'm doing. Regardless of genre, those qualities are what draw a listener in and they can't be faked. Of course they often are but once the new sheen wears off most of that kinda music disappears.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Well first off I'm gonna need clean power.....
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Vocals over an existing track. Sometimes I'm asked to add or write melodies and lyrics which I love to do but I'm also comfortable with singing the song exactly like the demo.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Johnny Marr, so I could ask him questions incessantly about making The Queen Is Dead.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: My current electronic project Dahlia Fiend
Q: How would you describe your style?
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I have my own sound and my own voice as a singer, musician and songwriter. My creativity is my strength.