We had the good fortune of connecting with Ed Sweet and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ed, how do you think about risk?
I always try to take calculated risks that take me out of my comfort zone, at least a little bit. This approach has always served me well in my work as a copywriter and ghostwriter, and now as a songwriter/musician. When the pandemic first started this past spring, I reached out to two music producers I had never worked with before. One was a friend of mine who I always felt was out of my league professionally. The other was a local artist who I didn’t know at all. I saw him perform live in February and liked his sound. The music I made with these people, which we started releasing in July and will continue through April 2021, is the best music I’ve ever made. It never would have happened if I didn’t take a chance or risk rejection.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I started making music late in my career, but it was something I was doing when I was really, really little so I consider it my first real passion. If nothing else, I’ve learned that it’s never too late to pursue your dreams. Every new day is a chance to do something you love and get better at it, so I encourage people to make a commitment and then figure out how to make it work by learning and doing. The less I focus on results, the more fun I have and the better the results actually are. I started Electric Sol about four years ago, and it’s taken that long to really figure out our sound. It’s still going to evolve as we move along, but our sweet spot is 1980s-influenced synthpop/dancepop. What I’m most proud of is that our newest stuff is both retro and modern at the same time.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Oh wow, so much has changed since the pandemic hit. I just found out that one of my favorite restaurants, The Dressing Room, won’t be reopening and I just want to cry. But, in an ideal world, I’d take my best friend to FilmBar, Tratto, Antique Sugar, Squaw Peak, Hanny’s, Valley Bar, and Wrigley Mansion. I’d also throw a party in my backyard, at which I’d do a live set with my band and serve cocktails named after some of our songs.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
So many people deserve credit, but I’ll dedicate this shoutout to my bandmates Lindsey Bair, Cody Hazelle, Robert Bates, and Eddie Rossi. These talented musicians turn the music I write and record into amazing live performances. I’m constantly amazed by their talents and grateful for their friendship and mentorship.
Other: Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/4XFr6ukarNNPJiRRgPC8k0?si=qv_oP54DRl2Ux0n1VC7aYw