Lead Vocals, Guitar
Live Sound Engineer
Flashback Nation has tested my flexibility, endurance, range, and versatility more than any other experience in a lifetime of performing and writing music. I don't think there's a better feeling than immersing ourselves in fantastic songs written by the best artists of our time, finding our voices as artists in each one, and then sharing that experience live with our audiences. I believe music is magic, and every song is a spell, and I love every moment of it.
I have been a singer and songwriter for as long as I can remember, picking up several other instruments along the way as I learned to write and produce in a myriad of different styles. Since training as a live sound engineer, I have started to mix for other artists, bands, and events; and becoming skilled in the technical side of music has come to benefit me all that much more as a performer.
Offstage you'll find me in the outdoors, in the garden, reading, or making art, and always learning or making something new.
Part Machine, part soccer coach, part banker, part Robert Smith fan club president, 100% bad @$$ bass player, Eric is every live music fan’s dream come true. This is the groove you’re looking for – no Jedi mind trick required! Anchorage, AK couldn’t contain him and in 2010 he ended up in Seattle with his wife, 4 kids, and a lot of juicy fretted instrument love to share.
Eric formed his first band in 9th grade and was persuaded to buy a bass because, “Hey! It’s got only 4 strings…it’s easier, right?”. Um, no. Definitely, not. Four bands later and years spent studying bass lines from his favorite bands (The Cure, The Smiths, Pink Floyd, Muse, The Beach Boys...), Eric has developed a finely attuned listening ear and believes that guitarists are a myth. It’s all about that bass!
Eric spends his limited free time enjoying time with his family, watching, playing and coaching soccer – go Sounders! – and watching videos, reading articles and scouring Craigslist for anything bass related. Did we mention that it’s all about that bass?!
Santa brought Fred his 1st drum set when he was 7 years old. 8 years of high school and college drum lines, countless lessons, 7 rock and jazz bands, 1 drum and bugle corps, 4 tours, hours of studio time and several students later, Fred has reached the high point of his Musical career – entertaining in a hot cover band with his best friends. With more chops than a contemporary TV cooking competition, Fred’s beats out feels your dancin’ shoes won’t be able to resist.
Originally from Huntington Beach, CA, Fred moved to Seattle in 2009 to continue his CPA career. Fred was introduced into Ska music early on and is often caught humming the Specials or the Mighty Mighty Bosstones at work. His other favorite influences are the Dave Mathews band, Tower Of Power, and the Mel Bay book of Rock Drumming his teacher gave him as a kid. When he’s not re-arranging and tuning his drums in the garage, he enjoys the beautiful PNW outdoors.
Keyboards, Vocals, Guitar
Piano? Yes. Guitar? Yes. Accordion? Yes. Zumba instructor? Yes. Greatest Taylor Swift fan of all time? …Maybe. From solo piano work to backing bands on multiple instruments, Jon’s done it all. Jon was born, nay, forged in a little town called Seattle where he directs worship, teaches piano, instructs Zumba and checks up on his Christian mingle 24/7.
At sixteen Jon landed his first gig playing piano at Fall City Bistro, and placed 3rd nationally playing piano through MTNA, being featured multiple times on Classical King FM 98.1. Since then, Jon has refined his skills graduating from Wheaton College with a masters in music and media. Jon has performed at Benaroya Hall, Bellevue Towers, Seafair, Youth Camps and churches around the great Seattle Area, and can be heard playing in Fred’s garage every Thursday.
Gavin grew up in Snoqualmie, Washington and studied guitar with Davey French, guitarist of the rock band Everclear for 6+ plus years. At the age of 16, he started to play guitar in multiple cover bands while also participating in the Mount Si Band program. In 2012, Gavin began teaching private and group guitar classes at Big Star Studios in his hometown of Snoqualmie. It was during this time where he discovered his passion for teaching music. After graduating in 2014, he decided to study guitar performance at McNally Smith College of Music in Minnesota before transferring to study upright bass at Central Washington University with one of the most elite bass players in the Pacific Northwest, Dr. Anna Jensen. At Central, Gavin has played guitar for select groups such as the CWU Jazz Band I, and was a section leader for the CWU Marching Band Leadership Team for two years. During his time at CWU, Gavin performed with some of the worlds most renown jazz artists. This includes John Clayton, Terell Stafford, Brian Lynch, and the Grammy award winning Cuban musician, Dafnis Prieto. Currently, Gavin performs regularly with a folk band originating from North Bend, WA, Tinkham Road, as well as being a guitar/bass instructor for Big Star Studios and the 4/4 School of Music. For more, check out gavinguitarstudio.com