You visited Zagreb for the first time in 2004. and lot of people were wondering “who is Eric Sardinas”, but since then, I believe there is a special bond between you and Croatian audience. What are your thoughts?
I've been fortunate enough to be able to visit Croatia on several occasions. I think the one thing that I love the most is connection that I've been able to have with friends and ones that came to listen to music. It's been very passionate and It's very simple for me. I love music and if you're on concert with us, you have to love music as much as I do. At least. So... I always try to bring out the best in the moment of the evening and the energy that I gain to get. I hope that that connection resonated thru the times of my return.
You already played in Hard Place, it was four years ago when we had a chance to enjoy in really magical concert. But, Hard Place moved to new location. Do you like it? I know you starter your career in small clubs like this...
Yeah, absolutely. You can say it's a small place, but you can also say it's a big place. I really enjoy the new location, I think it's something that's a gift to music lovers here in Croatia and a great place for people to hang out and enjoy in real deal when it comes to music. And that's why we are here.
You will have four concerts in a row in Croatia. Where do you find energy for such tempo?
It's actually something I really enjoy. It's all I do, making music on the road for the last 15, 20 years. It's what I do. I wake up resilient and alive. As tired as I am, I wake up in the morning brand new.
Paul and Lee are new members in your music family. Well... The latest.
The latest, yes. There has been changing in our guards, so to speak. I've got Paul on the bass and Lee on drums. It's just turning the page, my musical atmosphere.
I think your latest album returned to inspiration like you had on self titled album in 2008. Thinking like that, name “Boomerang” is totally appropriate.
I've approached every album very honestly, no bullshit, no computers or so... There's just an honest approach to everything. But I also look at my CD's like lily pads... Me growing as a musician. Being where I am like a photograph and hopefully going forward from that moment.
So it has sense to call it “Boomerang”. Something that turns back.
All the way round. Absolutely.
What can you tell me about connection with Johnny Winter? I hear a lot of influence on this album.
Yeah. I think really what I have to say is... Johnny was a very special friend of mine and I had a lot of great times on tour with him and working together, recording and... Hi is very missed. As far as the legend and a great person.
Too bad we didn't have the opportunity to listen you now together on stage.
That would be nice.
It's been more than 15 years since your first album. I know a lot of thing has changed in music industry, but what about you? Have you changed approach to creating songs?
There's been a lot of change. I think about it this way... I hate to sound like an old man or something but I'm really not. But when it comes to what I've seen, change happened really quickly, basically the record stores disappeared and physical product, to hold it, disappeared as well. You have to see the music or listen to it on-line. Holding vinyl was eliminated, holding CD is eliminated. The only way you get CD is something you can hold from the concert. Outside of that, it's all downloaded. The cool part is that it's really opened up the whole genre of people being able to live their own music, not have to deal with any crap in industry and being able to put it out there and not be part of big machine of major labels.
You're inspired by traditional blues, but you have your own style. How do you mix traditional and modern? Is it hard to get good mix out of that?
It's a nice question. I guess my answer to that is... To blur the lines between something musically is... When it comes to the blues there are levels of where your are coming from. My inspiration is deep Delta blues. But, the electric side of me brings in that Texas, that Chicago, that electrified side and blurring the lines between the two is something is very powerful to me. 'Cause I always think of the blues as a single player, one person and I can hear one single player stomping his foot and singing what's on his mind. And to me that sound is big as Marshall stack amplifiers. It's the same energy. You have to have your own voice and that's the thing. It's story telling, it's from the hart. And if you're not speaking the truth, people will know. What I do is I take both threads of both side of the coin, blues and rock, and just tie them up. I'm happy that I found myself within both.
“Liquor Store” is your new single. I like the tittle. What's the story behind it?
It's very simple, you walk back and forth to liquor store. I just thought it would be fun... It doesn't matter in which city or town or country I'm in, once in a while we found ourselves going to the liquor store and everyone goes there to get some cold drink once in a while. I thought it was appropriate to write something like that. Just a “good time” song.
What are your plans for the summer?
More the same. Just stain' on the road, writing for the new album. And more of that.
Thank you for your minutes!
It's been a pleasure, thank you so much.