In the bustling local music scene in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, new artists arrive daily. I was fortunate enough to be introduced to one while he was in the midst of recording his first album, Wishing Well. There is a very genuine and forthcoming sound, to Nick Eiben’s first record, and during my first interview with the singer he shared with me his influences, hopes, and some snippets from the recording process.
Which bands and musicians inspire your sound the most?
My sound is definitely influenced the most by 50’s and 60’s rock n’ roll. Elvis was the first musician that I idolized as a kid and the reason I wanted to play guitar in the first place. Later on I became a fan of The Doors and Jim Morrison in particular, who became an influence on my lyrics.
When you were writing “Wishing Well” did you have a definite plan for the outcome of the album? Were you very hands on in the process?
I have been writing for years, but the album itself didn’t really come together until I was recording the demos of a number of my songs and began to see which ones seemed to fit with others and then I saw the direction I wanted to take it. I was very hands on in the recording process as far as knowing what sound I wanted for the songs, but if anyone had a suggestion and it worked better, then we used it, which happened a few times.
Which song on your album would you consider as your favorite?
I think my favorite song is “So this is How it Ends,” because it’s pretty much a straightforward 60’s type of pop song. The song came about when my former singer quit and I was thinking about how someone can be an important part of your life one day and then gone the next. So that was the initial inspiration, but then I took it in the direction of a relationship and wrote it from the perspective of a breakup.
What is the best concert you have ever attended?
I would have to say Woodstock 99′. It was three days and I got to see bands that I liked, and was also exposed to bands that I hadn’t seen before or heard much of, and became a fan of after the show, such as Korn and Rage Against the Machine.
Now that you have your first album recorded, what is the next big step in your music career?
The next thing is for me to get my music heard, which will include trying to start playing some real gigs. I’ve done a few open mics and contests, but never put a full set together and played.
Nick Eiben’s music is available on online through cdbaby.com and amazon.com.
Nick may also be found on Facebook and Youtube.