By Nicholas Jason Lopez
Described by many to be the “melodic Post Malone,” Toronto-based artist Erich Mrak released his latest single “Girls” on June 23, 2020.
Mrak recalled the influences of “Girls” to be “somewhere between Post Malone, Tame Impala and The 1975,” with an emphasis on guitar-heavy production and processed vocals. Lyrically, it revolves around a recent heartbreak with the core message being that someone can do better, all guided by supportive friendship.
On the strength of several 2019 singles, Mrak has already amassed over 400,000 streams across multiple platforms to date. Overall, his music fuses elements of styles like alternative pop and hip-hop, which fans can expect more of once his upcoming album ‘Glimpse’ drops.
The Music Bugle had the chance to talk with Mrak about “Girls” and more.
Music Bugle – How would you describe Toronto to someone who has never been there before ?
Erich Mrak – It’s a lot more than the CN Tower and Ripley’s Aquarium.
Music Bugle – What excites you the most about pop music?
Erich Mrak – Its evolution and simplicity.
Music Bugle – What was your mindset when you were writing your new single “Girls”?
Erich Mrak – I was reflecting on a conversation I had recently had with a close friend of mine who was going through a recent heartbreak. I had initially titled it “Boys,” but changed the name later in the sessions, as the perspective of the song also changed.
Music Bugle – If you had the chance to chat one-on-one with one of your musical influences, who would you choose?
Erich Mrak – Bon Iver.
Music Bugle – What was it like making your upcoming album “Glimpse”?
Erich Mrak – It was challenging in the best way possible. “Glimpse” took me two years to complete and went through several revisions, evolving into a more pop-focused album.
Music Bugle – How have you been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic?
Erich Mrak – I lost my job and with everything closed for awhile and now slowly reopening, the shift of what “life” looks like has taken time to understand. It’s caused me to reevaluate how I spend my time. Since the lockdown, I’ve been spending most of my time working on music, moving and focusing on maintaining a healthier lifestyle.
Music Bugle – What do you hope you accomplish within the next year?
Erich Mrak – I’ve already started working on the next album, so I’m hoping to have that project in a stable place by this time next year.
Music Bugle – What has been the hardest decision you’ve had to make regarding your career so far?
Erich Mrak – Setting boundaries as a professional when working with something I love, as the line between working hard and overworking become blurred.
Music Bugle – What made you want to become a musician?
Erich Mrak – The ability to freely express emotions. My great, great grandfather was also a wonderful musician.
Music Bugle – What is something people should know about you as a person, away from music?
Erich Mrak – I’m also a trained chef and make fresh pasta frequently for friends. I also love dogs and Strongbow cider.