Erik started taking piano lessons after his father heard him plunk out the Olympics theme music on the family’s piano by ear. He continued his plunking until he began formal piano lessons and continued his musical journey by playing trumpet and French horn in middle school. Early in college he picked up an electric guitar for the first time and began teaching himself how to play. He decided immediately that he would pursue playing guitar and he hasn’t looked back. He currently plays guitar and/or keyboard in a handful of groups, teaches (guitar, piano, ear training, music theory, sound theory, and music production), writes/records/produces his own music, produces for other artists, is the after-school guitar instructor at Alderwood Elementary, teaches out of Wild Hare Music School, and is writing a book on guitar & polytonal harmony.