1,2 September 2023 Hartebeespoortdam - LIVE and DJ set
Knysna Oyster Festival 30 June - 9 July 2023
Knysna, South Africa - Eric McCallaghan, a talented songwriter and producer from Southern Africa, is making waves in the international music scene. Signed to BMG Records Africa in 1996, Eric McCallaghan quickly proved himself as a masterful producer and recorded anything from local rock and pop remixes to originals that went onto international playlists and compilations. Today, he is the mastermind behind Beats Me Records, an independent label that has released over a million printed CDs through 100 compilations, 20 singles, 5 albums, and 20 12" vinyls.
It's not just about the numbers, though - Eric McCallaghan's music is truly magnificent. With a talent for mixing international sounds into one glorious magical wonder, Eric McCallaghan has created a glorious international recipe of African beats combined with eclectic sounds from all over the world. His music is characterized by hooks as sharp as Zulu spears that ride the sort of primordial rhythms that first drove our earliest ancestors to get up and dance around their fires, while eloquent, emotional melodies play across the soundscape in ways that must make the Gods themselves smile.
Eric McCallaghan's music is truly one-of-a-kind, with a beat that is the heart, the rhythm that is the soul, and vocals that carry the tracks through their journey. He also has a talent for discovering and nurturing angelic vocal talents to the point where their voices can do justice to the poetic lyrics that give Eric's tracks their meaning and cohesion. The vocals and creative ways these songs are arranged make EricM a phenomenon in this industry.
Eric McCallaghan's accomplishments speak for themselves, with his music being recognized around the world. His single "Xplicit" (under his Heatseeker alias) was #1 in South Africa for several months in 1999 and received the Best South African Dance Track award. It is released worldwide on more than 30 compilations. "Reflections" received a South African Music Award Nomination in 2003. "Touch Faith" is an official Depeche Mode remix of Personal Jesus, and was #1 in Belgium, with 8 weeks on the sales charts and Ultratop 40 2007. "Woven" was #29 on the world DMC Trance Charts in 2008. Paul Oakenfold played "I'll Wait For You" at a 911 benefit concert in New York in 2001. John '00' Flemming gave "Spinning" 4 ½ out of 5 in Mixmag 1998. Eric McCallaghan has also DJed in Pakistan, Belgium, Holland, the UK, and at Miami WMC 2011.
All of Eric McCallaghan's music is available for license for soundtracks, remixes, and translating into any language for TV or film. Eric McCallaghan can be found on Facebook, SoundCloud, Mixcloud, YouTube, and Beatport.
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