Eric Carranza is an artist and music teacher based in the Lowertown Arts district of Saint Paul. In creative endeavors, he has a rich and diverse pool of projects to juggle (Excessive, Hot Date, batteryboy, Yeti Steady, etc.) as well as musical composition and sound design for mobile games, apps, ads, and more. He is also locally known for his community and art forward events, with various twin cities venues and organizations as well as Springboard for the Arts, Walker Art Center, Saint Paul Art Crawl and many others. Eric has begun branding his unique form of live art and music event production. Building close relationships with businesses and artists, he crafts larger events and interactive experiences by working with venues or uses the more intimate environment of his own space, Sweet 317.
He has also lead interactive music making events with Walker Art Center, Visit Lake Street and East Side Arts Council that blend performance, teaching and collaboration.
Eric's series “Appreciation Shows” is a constantly evolving gallery/venue and home for music and visual art in his Northern Warehouse studio. Providing regularly evolving shows has pumped blood into the community’s events. A recipient of the Knight Arts Challenge, his mission is to offer a platform for artists, compensation for musicians and provide free art/music shows to the public. Past events have featured music and visual art of various medium and cultures. His crowds vary in age, ethnicity and social background. Drawing in a diverse art audience may be among the most valuable things Eric has done within his space, his community and his work. His shows have the pulse of something at a tipping point and demonstrate that art can shake you and make you feel.
Expressing various moods through sound and creating multi-sensory art forward events.
Releases & Collaborations
Through All The Windows I Only See Infinity - 2012 Multimedia project
Me as a Pilot - “Quarrels” 2012 LP
Batteryboy - “Up For Air” 2013 LP
Me as a Pilot - “White Room” 2013 EP
Batteryboy - “Minus One Together” Single
Better Bones - “The American Love Story” 2014 EP
Hot Date - “For Lovers” 2015 LP
LOTT - “Parking On The Grass” 2014 Single
Batteryboy - “Before the Silence Breaks” 2016 LP
Hot Date - “Three Sides to a Story” 2016 EP
Fitness - "Dust" 2017 Single
Fitness - "Touch" 2017 Single
Hot Date - "Spaces" 2018 EP
Sticky Mitten - "Turning" 2018 Single
Excessive - "Flared Opinions" 2018 LP