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EOTRIBE is an electronic music project out of Orlando, FL. The group formed in the mid-nineties with Eric O'Rourke at the helm. The original idea was that a this core group would work with other musicians and singers from other bands in the area to create dance and electronic music for the club scene. EOTRIBE was trying to merge the different circles of music fans in the city.
"Headphone People" is the first official release from the group. The album is a diverse mix of electronic genres using different gear and software for each song making the album as a whole a hard one to peg. This is exactly what Eric wanted. He wanted something for everyone with this first release. Eric is currently working on more club specific tracks that will be available via digital distribution. Digital distribution allows the fan to download 1 specific song in a high-quality mp3 format for an average price of 1 or 2 dollars. This allows the fan to get more music from their favorite artist faster than waiting for an entire album to be released. This makes the fan and artist very happy.
Eric O'Rourke started playing the violin at age 10 and moved on to cello at age 11. Once entering junior high, Eric found his place as a percussionist in the rhythm section. He went on performing with the school orchestra, chorus, jazz band, and marching band up through high school graduation. In college, he performed with University of Central Florida marching band and toured one summer with the "Summer Knights" who recruited high school students around Florida to the music program at UCF. His next venture was playing drums at the Magic Kingdom and Epcot Center in Orlando, Fl.
It was right around this time in the early nineties that Orlando had a strong late night dance scene which highly appealed to Eric because of the large crowds and powerful drums of electronic music. Growing tired of the Mickey Mouse songs, He began to DJ jungle music and eventually started producing on the side. His DJ style changed to breakbeat and now is playing more house music than anything. Groups like Orbital, Underworld, and Chemical Brothers are some of Eric's heroes in the live electronic realm. Fat Boy Slim is one of his favorite producers. He considers them and many others the pioneers of today.
All of this experience has made Eric O'Rourke a well rounded, open-minded, and highly trained musician, DJ and producer. The future is wide open for this man and a career in film and video games is always crossing his mind. Until then, he'll be busting out more jams for the groove minded.
Industry Magazine writes:
Check this delectable debut...."Headphone People" from EOTRIBE just out on Electro Society Recordings, an Orlando-based independent label.
"Headphone People" is a well-mixed concoction of the most organic, raw rhythms, featuring grooves for all tastes, from hard-hitting house to down-tempo trip hop to the most melodic, banging breaks. It's a true taste test for thirsty palates who wish to sample something unique and completely original, an album which spans all genres within the electronic realm.
Eric O'Rourke, the artist behind EOTRIBE, has DJ'd and performed live as EOTRIBE in Orlando for eight years. Some of his influences include Orbital, Moby and Groove Armada.
"If you own headphones, you should own this album!" - Electro Society Recordings
Planetxusa.com writes, "Eric O'Rourke busts out some serious skills with a great arrangement on this first release for EOTRIBE!!!"