DIY Artist and music maker ERIKA emerged from a life coloured by the musical corners of London and Japan. Crafting beautiful and innovative pop, the mood can switch from haunting to joyous and from hope to despair from verse to verse.
Her voice has also caught the attention of some established artists. She provides backing vocals, keyboards & percussion for Skunk Anansie, backing vocals for Japanese artist, Hotei, has toured extensively with MIKAas his backing singer and recorded a guest vocal on two tracks with #1 UK artist, Bastille.
In November 2018 Erika released her ‘Bugeisha’ EP through Pledgemusic. This is the final EP of a trilogy of Eps ‘Onna-Bugeisha’ (female samurai), ‘Onna’ (woman) & ‘Bugeisha’ (the art of war). It will be available online throughout 2019.
ERIKA is a huge fan of connectivity and interaction. Every show has always had interactive moments. Whether that be a dress made of velcro would can be designed every night by the crowd from a finale with a belt that attaches onto up to one hundred and twenty people spanning ten metres; OR throwing a giant pompom out from stage which triggers sounds making the audience member part of the band made by avant-garde sound artist, Sam Topley or more recently has had a jacket made by designer, Kei Kagami which makes noise once all audience members attach on. Expect more connection through innovative technology at all her shows.
Went to see @erikaofficial launch her Bugeisha EP. Great singer, adventurous songwriter, utterly compelling performer. Superstar quality…..if only stardom was based on talent. @Neil_McCormick (Music critic for Daily Telegraph.)
Looking around at the faces facing stageward for the duration of ERIKA’s set, I couldn’t spot a single distracted or daydreaming man or woman. ERIKA can emote like a classically-trained actor, dissolving the artist-audience boundary by living every moment with a complete lack of inhibition and dragging all onlookers into that space alongside her. Unlike those world-class actors, however, ERIKA’s performance is one hundred percent real. www.themusicalmeltingpot.com