I am a homo-sapien evolving to homo-luminous. I want to play for you. My purpose is not in my music.. however, my music is in my purpose. My purpose is to be the light I am created from. "Strike a match and curse the darkness" - Terrence Trent D'Arby
I Am Eriq Troi (The Bio ~ The Story)
Eriq Troi began his musical journey at the age of 5 as he would listen to his Uncle Edwin practice on drums and rehearse for shows in his native city of Akron, Ohio. His uncle would allow him to travel with in the city with him every summer to talent shows and festivals where battle of the bands marked the climax of the local summer events. It wasn’t until two years later at the age of 7 where his uncle decided Eriq was ready.
Thrown into a crowd of about 300 people playing drums that warm summer night at Akron’s Perkins Park or “The Pool” as it was known then, Eriq realized one thing that terrifying night. He wanted to do this again! That night Eriq Troi the musician was born.
Being raised in Atlanta Georgia in Allen Temple Apartments there was always music provided by his mother. She would play everything from Earth Wind and Fire to Stevie Wonder to Maze, to Natalie Cole. But it wasn’t until he would come back to Akron to hear Roger Troutman, Lakeside, Faze-O, Ohio Players, and the first bass player that would help shape Eriq as a bass player… Ohio’s own Bootsy Collins. It was that funk that his uncle would play over and over again. In the snug of the attic in his uncles practice space, he would listen to Larry Graham and Stanley Clarke that would give him the foundation of the “bottom”.
It wasn’t until his High School years at John R. Buchtel High School where he learned how to record and produce music. All of the instruments were provided and the space to grow as an artist; all in a public school.
He later went on to join The Grambling State University Marching Band and got his first “formal” training in touring and professionalism. It wasn’t until he moved to Cleveland and performed as a bassist for various local acts including Cleveland’s local act Smooth Approach. While in Cleveland he graced the stage with George Clinton and the P-Funk All-stars and George Duke. It wasn’t until his move to Germany where he played percussion for the electro-dance group Garcia. He also landed gigs with the Randy Crawford, and the original voices of Milli Vanilli.
Now Eriq Troi is earning new ears as a producer, musician, artist, and performer. For more info.. http://eriqtroi.com.