Eitan Akman- 100 gigs to success
With influences that range from Erykah Badu to James Taylor to Burt Bacharach, Eitan Akman places a strong emphasis on being familiar and relatable to his listeners.
Seemingly incapable of holding back the sweetest smile from his face Eitan sat with a gentle presence and expressed his strong commitment to his music. Eitan said, “I think that many artists have this idea that someone’s just gonna come find them. But, the people who succeed are the people who are willing to make moves. I take every gig I get”.
Knowing that it will take dedication and determination to get his name recognized, even amongst smaller crowds, Eitan is willing to put in all he’s got to make that happen. “After 100 gigs, I’m going to be insane. Even if I’m playing to a room of three people. No one shows up? It’s still an opportunity to play”.
Living in New York City, the pulse city of singer songwriters, is hard, and Eitan is not blind to the fact that there are a lot of other people doing what he is doing. He said, “I want my music to be entertaining. I don’t want to audience to be bored. You know? Like, one song writer after the next and they all start sounding the same”.
After attending Berklee College of Music in Boston, with a major in performance guitar, Eitan was given the gift of realizing the skill it takes to be a musician; “It opens your eyes, music school, and gives you a standard by which to compare yourself. It was a really good opportunity to develop my identity as a musician”.
While Eitan is appreciative for the places that music school took him, he also acknowledges that he is just at the beginning; “I’m at a stage in my craft where people don’t want to buy my music – people will catch on eventually though”. He knows, however, that this ‘catching on’ won’t just happen, it will come after long hours, playing to empty rooms, and plenty of effort on his end.
Trying to find the happy balance between the simple and the complex is one of Eitan’s main goals with his music; “The people who can artfully use things from both abstract and mundane sides are the people I admire”.
Come check out Eitan play one of his 100 gigs before he makes it big. This Wednesday night, at For Locals By Locals, 231 Rogers Avenue in Brooklyn.