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Eric Calderone (born March 11, 1985) is an electric guitar player and a teacher of guitar. He has a YouTube channel called 331Erock, where he uploads his own guitar cover versions of movie or video game soundtracks and songs made by popular musicians. He is mainly influenced by the metal genre, primarily heavy metal. Calderone is currently not a member of any band.
Eric Calderone was born on March 11, 1985 in New York. He grew up in Bradenton and his family then moved to Sarasota, Florida in 1990, where he attended Cardinal Mooney High School and he enrolled in art programs offered through the Ringling Museum of Art. 1 Then he studied long-distance in Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, where he obtained a Bachelor's degree in Orchestration for Film TV and Video Game. He also went to the University of Tampa in Tampa, Florida, leaving the school with a degree in Music for Classical Guitar. In October of 2011, he moved from Florida to Los Angeles in California. Calderone is currently employed as a guitar teacher and he has written an instruction book called Apply the Shred. There have been several debates about whether Calderone is ambidextrous or not, which he ended by stating that he is solely right handed.
Even from his field of study, it is obvious that Calderone’s life is heavily influenced by music. He started playing electric guitar in 2001 and throughout time he learned a lot of guitar playing techniques and tricks. In his music, he typically uses the shredding and tapping techniques of playing, along with vibrato and other guitar effects. "Shredding is a lead electric guitar playing style based on fast guitar solos" 2 and tapping is a "guitar playing technique, where a string is fretted and set into vibration as part of a single motion of being pushed onto the fretboard." 3 In the video Daft Punk Meets Metal, Calderone used a talk box to create his own unique version of the sound. Over 10 years of intense playing, Calderone has basically mastered all of the guitar techniques and he continues to perfect his playing.
As mentioned above, Calderone is oriented on heavier types of music, which reflects on the list of his favourite bands, which are e.g. Symphony X, Motley Crue, Iron Maiden, Megadeth, Judas Priest, and so on. On his personal website, 4 Calderone states that some of his many guitar player influences include Paul Gilbert, Jason Becker, Shawn Lane, Tom Englund, Michael Romeo, Yngwie Malmsteen, and Andy James. His work is also inspired by soundtracks from TV series and movies, such as The Lord of the Rings 5, Harry Potter 6, Batman7, X-Men8, or Transformers9, which he also made a cover of on his guitar.
Calderone has only done a single original album so far. The album is called Hollywood Shred and contains five songs. This means he mainly orients himself on doing the covers of various pop songs, movie theme songs, soundtracks from TV series and more. He started uploading covers to YouTube around 2009 and his channel currently has over 170,000 subscribers, although the number of his video views exceeds 22,000,000 in total. Calderone has done covers of songs from many popular and famous artists, including LMFAO, Skrillex, Rihanna or Lady Gaga. He either chooses which song to cover himself, or he picks one that gets frequently requested by community. He covers the songs by extracting some parts of the original song, adding drums via computer programme and then he records all the guitar solos himself. He usually adds an extra solo from a song done by a different artist somewhere in the middle of the song. His most popular covers include Skyrim Meets Metal, Skrillex Meets Metal or Harry Potter Meets Metal. Each of these videos has over 1,000,000 views. Along with this, he also does a thematically or seasonally oriented videos, e.g. for Christmas 10, Halloween 11 or Valentines day 12, with appropriately themed songs. Occasionally he does a short intro or dresses up accordingly to match the video theme. All of his covers are available for a free download on his website.13
Name: Hollywood Shred - EP
Total Length: 18:57 mins
Genres: Instrumental Rock
Released: 21 January, 2010
℗ 2010 Erock
|1.||Take Cover Child||3:46|
|2.||I Prefer Rum... Rum Is Good||4:10|
|3.||Cyrus the Virus||3:07|
|4.||Pieces of Strange||4:37|
|5.||Zombie Kill of the Week||3:17|
Calderone's work started to get noticed after the first year since he began publishing his videos. In the winter of 2010, a cover on Lady Gaga's song Bad Romance 14 has gained over 70,000 views in four hours and his channel popularity grew from 400 subscribers to 4,800. The University of Tampa has written an article about Calderone's success. "YouTube contacted Calderone to let him know he had the fourth most-watched music video in the world that day and was chosen as a featured video on the site. The local rock station 98ROCK called Calderone and asked him to be the official guitar player for DJ Jesse Kage’s show." 1 On the last day of the year 2011, his Star Wars Meets Metal cover has been featured in one of the videos of the Smosh Pit 15. The artist Sonny Moore, better known by his stage name, Skrillex, has been promoting Calderone's cover of his music on his Facebook page 16. The famous metalcore band Underoath also approved and promoted his videos, along with other artists like Deadmau5 or Josh Groban. His cover of Careless Whisper by Wham! has been featured on VH1's Best Week Ever and TV Guide.17 Another cover of the soundtracks from the Dr. Who TV series 18 has been published on the official Whovian Facebook page 19 and on the Geekologie website. 20 He has also been featured on the Tosh.0 blog, Hot Topic, Examiner.com, the Tampa Bay Times Soundcheck blog 21, CBS 22, and College Humor.
Calderone only published a few tabs of his covers on his website and then decided to create a tab book, which people can buy online. Due to copyright laws the book contains only the solos Calderone has written for the songs. The book also includes time references of the songs and it is released in volumes. Calderone has released one volume so far, containing four song tabs.
- University of Tampa Website article, "Graduate is YouTube Guitar Hero". Retrieved 2012-04-25.
- "Wikipedia: Shredding". Retrieved 2012-04-25
- "Wikipedia: Tapping".Retrieved 2012-04-27
- "Eric Calderone's Personal Website". Retrieved 2012-04-25
- "Video: Lord of the Rings Meets Metal".
- "Video: Harry Potter Meets Metal".
- "Video: Batman Meets Metal".
- "Video: X-Men Meets Metal".
- "Video: Transformers Meets Metal".
- "Video: Christmas Meets Metal".
- "Video: Halloween Meets Metal".
- "Video: Valentine's Day Meets Metal".
- "Download Eric Calderone's Covers for Free".
- "Video: Bad Romance by Lady Gaga Meets Metal".
- "Smosh Pit Featuring Eric Calderone"., Retrieved 2012-04-27
- "Skrillex Facebook Page".
- "Video: Careless Whisper by Wham Meets Metal".
- "Video: Dr. Who Meets Metal".
- "Calderone's Dr. Who cover published on the Dr. Who Facebook Page". Retrieved 2012-05-01.
- "Calderone's Videos Featured on Geekologie". Retrieved 2012-05-01.
- "Metal cover of Lady Gaga's 'Bad Romance' a YouTube hit for University of Tampa student". Jay Cridlin. Retrieved 2012-04-28.
- CBS Featuring Eric Calderone, "Guitarist Eric Calderone shreds Nyan Cat theme". Bailey Johnson. Retrieved 2012-04-27
- Eric Calderone's YouTube Channel
- University of Tampa Website
- Tampa Bay Website
- Buy album Hollywood Shred online
- Eric Calderone's Personal Website
- Eric Calderone’s Tab Book Vol. 1
- Eric Calderone's songs on Itunes
- Eric Calederone's Facebook Page
- Eric Calderone's Twitter Page
- VH1 Website
- Dr. Who Facebook Page
- Geekologie Website
- Tosh.0 Blog
- Hot Topic Website
- TV Guide Online
- College Humor Website