Erik Johnson is a drummer/composer/multi-instrumentalist from Philadelphia, PA. He is a member of The Fractals, a Philly based power trio. The intersection of their Venn diagram of influences contains The Police, Steely Dan, Todd Rundgren, The Beatles, Jeff Buckley, Joni Mitchell, Iron Maiden and Stevie Wonder. The Fractals include three of the four members of the former Interscope Records band "Huffamoose." Erik has performed or recorded with many artists in myriad styles. His recording and performing credits include: Ben Schachter's Trio of Many, George Garzone, Tim Hagans, Jack Walrath, Gary Bartz, John Swana, Jef Lee Johnson, Ralph Bowen, Larry McKenna, Jim Ridl, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Kurt Elling, Gerald Veasley, Schooly D, Huffamoose, Jim Boggia, Susan Werner, Karan Casey, Mutlu, Joseph Parsons, 4 Way Street, Ben Arnold, Phyllis Heitjan, Lelia Broussard, Liz Longley, Matt Parrish, Tyrone Brown, Dave Posmontier, Tony Marino, Chico Huff, Amber DeLaurentis, Scott and Brian Bricklin, and many others. Erik has recorded many jingles and has performed and/or written music for films including "Here Comes Huffamoose," Abel Ferrara's "RX Mas," "Aqua Teen Hunger Force" (with The Fractals) and others. He and "The Fractals" will appear on an EP backing the artist "Mutlu" entitled "Mutlu--4X4" which will be released on Manhattan/Blue Note Records this summer. At UArts, Erik teached drumset, improvisation, jazz ear training, and directs small and large jazz ensembles.
Young drummers, developing in the current climate of rapid technological growth and constant musical evolution, have at their disposal tools and resources that musicians could never have imagined twenty years ago. From seemingly infinite digital musical libraries that can be accessed anywhere, to professional-grade recording software that can be downloaded as free shareware, the potential to cultivate one's musical personality and document one's ideas is limitless. While there are unprecedented varieties of genres and sub-genres of music today, the basic elements of musicianship remain relevant. As a teacher, my goal is to prepare drummers to meet the challenges of today's musical world through the pursuit of traditional skills, framed in the context of the current creative milieu.