Eric Seats is an accomplished drummer to the stars, single father of two daughters, mentor and now an Executive Producer of the Next Great Drummer. The Next Great Drummer show will follow aspiring drummers in a U.S. tour, covering contestants as they compete for the title of “top drummer” in their city. Followed by a national then international competition for the world’s ‘Next Great Drummer’. The show was sponsored in part by Sam Ash Music and Spaun Drums. The producers are currently working with international producers to bring the event to venues across the country with plans already in the works for Brazil, Japan and Europe.
Eric is also part of Key Beats, Inc., an amazing team of music/song writers and producers. This team was established in 1997 by both Rapture Stewart and Eric Seats. Together, they toured with such artists as Montel Jordan. Rapture went on to be the music director for Timbaland, Missy Elliott, Aaliyah, Ginuwine and Playa. Timbaland noticed their production skills and signed them both to a publishing deal with Warner/Chappell.
Eric’s music experience both singularly and collectively have paid off in chart topping successes like, “Where My Girls At” for 702 in collaboration with Missy Elliot. This song paved the way for a management deal with Blackground Entertainment. He and his team went on to produce songs for the Jet Li and Aaliyah hit movie and soundtrack “Romeo Must Die”.
While producing a song for Destiny’s Child member Beyonce Knowles, the opportunity came to also produce “Independent Women (Pt. 2)” for the “Survivor” CD. This was the original version that was recorded for the Drew Barrymore film “Charlie’s Angels”.
After the success of the Survivor soundtrack, Aaliyah requested that Eric and his team work on her upcoming project as well. The result was production for half of her record “Aaliyah” which included the number one hit “Rock Da Boat”, written by Static.
Eric, along with his team have gone on to produce and write music projects with the following other artists: Playa, 50 Cent, Lloyd Banks, Young Buck, Tony Yayo, DJ Whoo Kid, Travis Barker, T.I., DJ Drama, Young Dro, Jay-Z, Tweet, Nelly, Murphy Lee, DMX, Ashanti, Ja Rule, DJ Reflex, DJ Dense, Yung Joc, Diddy, Pharell, Busta Rhymes, Chingy, Fabolous, Tank, Keyshia Cole, Kanye West, Bubba Sparxxx, Nelly Furtado, Rich Boy, Soulja Boy, Lil’ Mo, D4L, En Vogue, Karen Clark-Sheard, The Soul Seekers, Mary Mary, Chante Moore, Kenny Latimore, Dave Hollister, Lalah Hathaway, Kelly Price, Patti LaBelle and Stevie Wonder.
In the future, look out for Eric’s Broadway musical, ‘Timeless’.