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Dan McAvinchey: Eric, let's get right to it, when did you first get interested in guitar, and how did you progress as a player?
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.
Dan McAvinchey: The Beatles seemed to give a lot of players the inspiration to take up the guitar. Was your CD "What I'm Doing" self-released, or did you try to find a label that would work with you?
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.
Dan McAvinchey: How would you describe the music found on your many album releases?
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.
Dan McAvinchey: Which of the tracks from "What I'm Doing" do you enjoy playing the most?
Eric Loy: All of them, because I like jazz to classical to rock, so I can't choose just one!
Dan McAvinchey: Are live audience performances on your monthly agenda?
Eric Loy: Yes, for the last twenty years, I've usually played a dozen gigs a month.
Dan McAvinchey: Are you using any social media sites to promote your CDs and music career?
Eric Loy: No, not too much. I have ericloy.com and my albums are for sale on CD Baby.
Dan McAvinchey: From a publicity and promotion standpoint, what do you find is working best for you at the moment?
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.
Dan McAvinchey: What do you now find to be the advantages and disadvantages of being an independent musician?
Eric Loy: You can be true to yourself and not compromise musically, artistically, or morally. I really see no downside to being independent.
Dan McAvinchey: Other than guitar-oriented music, what kind of music do you like to listen to?
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.
Dan McAvinchey: Finally, what's up next for you?
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.
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