1. Who are you guys?
My name is Eric. I do a lot of overdubs on the records, so it sometimes sounds like there is more than one person in the band.
2. Where are you from?
I’ve lived in Seattle, WA since the end of 2006. Prior to that, I was in Brooklyn and the East Village of New York City for about seven years. That’s where I started the band and made the first four records. It seems like another lifetime, but I also grew up and went to school in a small town in Southern California called Los Angeles.
3. What’s your plan to offset the perpetual dark cloud of modern existence?
The best way I can think to do this is by making indie pop records that people can listen to as a distraction from the constant barrage of terrible news we’re inundated with via our tiny hand-computers.
4. What’s your best (original) joke?
-- Q: What do you call a semi-hip vegetable?
-- A: Radish
5. I enjoy listening to Say Hi on Spotify or Apple Music or YouTube, but would like to support the band. How can I contribute?
Streaming as the cultural norm is a beautiful thing (it's how I prefer to listen to music too!), so I've created this Say Hi Patreon to help me pay the bills I used to be able to pay back when people still bought CDs.
6. Where did you record [insert-record title here]?
With a few tiny exceptions, I’ve recorded and mixed all of the records at my home studio. More often than not, this ‘studio’ has been a laptop on a small desk in a bedroom.
7. Will you produce my record?
Yes! (Maybe). If you like the way the Say Hi records sound and have a budget for a producer, please feel free to email me a link to your music.
8. Will you play in my band?
Yes! (Maybe). I quite enjoy being a sideman if I love your band (and you’ve graduated from sleeping on people’s floors). I’ve played bass or guitar or keys or drums in bands like Telekinesis, David Bazan (Pedro The Lion) and Big Scary. Once I even did a short tour as the bass player for this band.
9. What’s Euphobia?
Euphobia is the name of the record label I started to release the Say Hi To Your Mom, Say Hi and Werewolf Diskdrive records. A number of the Say Hi records have also been released by the wonderful people at Barsuk.
10. What does Euphobia mean?
Fear of good news. A lot of the anxiety I’ve experienced over the course of my life has resulted from my over-analyzation of very exciting things. Fortunately, each new strand of grey in my hair or beard has brought with it a better appreciation for embracing good news at face value.
11. Will you release my band on your label?
Probably not. Have you considered releasing it yourself?
12. How can I see you perform live?
I tend to do a headlining tour (in venues or living rooms) once every few years and occasionally some support shows when a bigger band is gracious enough to take me out. If you sign up for the email list, I will send you an email when these shows happen.
13. What’s the live show like?
Say Hi has performed as a four-piece, trio and duo, but I’ve been primarily performing as a solo act since 2011. Depending on the venue, this solo performance is either heavy on the synths, drum machines, bad jokes and sloppy dance moves OR of the unamplified acoustic guitar variety.
14. Will you support my band on tour?
Yes! It’s lovely that you’ve asked! I promise not to eat any of your green room snacks and to finish my set in the allotted time. You don’t even need to break down any gear between soundcheck and your show. I’ll work around it!
15. Why did you change your name from Say Hi To Your Mom to Say Hi?
This is a very popular question and one that I have a hard time answering. Why did you buy those pants that you’re wearing right now? Why do you like action films and not romantic comedies? Does spicy food taste good to you?
16. Wait, I thought you retired in 2017?
Well, I thought it was time to move on from Say Hi, so I started a new band called Werewolf Diskdrive. But then this Kickstarter (and a dream about a centaur named David Bowie) happened and a lot of people were really supportive, so I revived Say Hi with the Caterpillar Centipede record in 2018. Shortly after that, some very cool psychology experiments inspired me to make the Diamonds & Donuts record, which came out on February 7th, 2020.
17. Hold on a sec. This Werewolf Diskdrive stuff is super cool. How can I find out more?
You can find out more here.
18. How can I buy your records, t-shirts, posters, tote bags and stuff?
I’ve got everything in stock at home, so I’m ready to promptly package and ship you anything you want! You can go here to get started!
19. Will you compose music for my badass film or TV show?
Yes! I’ve done a lot of this, including the entire score and soundtrack for the film Free Samples starting Jess Weixler and Jesse Eisenberg. You can reach out to Bank Robber Music about facilitating this.
20. How do I go about sync-licensing music from the Say Hi, Say Hi To Your Mom or Werewolf Diskdrive records?
It’s easy! Once again, send an email to Bank Robber Music. They’re very nice and will get you sorted.
21. I guess that’s it, unless you have anything to add?
Nope. I’m good!