Eric Loy: I saw The Beatles on Feb. 9, 1964 and that was the impetus to play. I did not take lessons, but played incessantly non-stop transcribing LP's on the record player. First, it was just rock, then classical, jazz and then avant garde.
Eric Loy: I've been recording since the late seventies. My newest album, "What I'm Doing", was released October, 2015. Years ago, I shopped major record labels, but have always just went ahead and released them on my own and have made a living.
Eric Loy: My albums are solely instrumental. Sometimes, it's with a jazz/rock fusion trio of guitar, bass and drums. Often, it's solo classical guitar or harp-guitar. Style-wise, it ranges from Chet Atkins type fingerpicking to Michael Hedges type tapping with various tunings to jazz.
Eric Loy: All of them, because I like jazz to classical to rock, so I can't choose just one!
Eric Loy: Yes, for the last twenty years, I've usually played a dozen gigs a month.
Eric Loy: A lot of word-of-mouth leads to my procuring gigs and selling albums. One gig leads to another. I do mail out promotional placards to venues, though.
Eric Loy: You can be true to yourself and not compromise musically, artistically, or morally. I really see no downside to being independent.
Eric Loy: I dig jazz and classical (and Baroque) without guitar, like Dave Brubeck, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, J.S. Bach, Henry Purcell, Maurice Ravel, etc.
Eric Loy: Well, The Lord willing, I'll keep on composing, recording and gigging until my final day. I've done it for 51 years now and like Pablo Casals, I feel I'm improving.