Live from the Boom Room | S. Eric Ketzer

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This week’s episode features S. Eric Ketzer performing his original, “Generations.”

About this week’s artist:

Eric Ketzer is a singer/songwriter and a poet that has been doing all three longer than he cares to admit. Originally from San Diego, Ketzer moved to St. Louis in 1998 after serving in the Navy to attend Lindenwood University and just never left. Over the years, he has fronted, recorded, and toured with: So Much Closer, Whiskey Daydream, Pawnshop Testimonies, the Frontline, and EKe.

What brought you to this point in your life as a working St. Louis artist?

Relentless obsession with music and the willingness to never compromise what I value. I decided a long time ago that I was chasing creation and wanted to always remain authentic to myself.  

What inspires your music?

Singer/songwriters like Damien Rice, Duncan Sheik, Edwin McCain, Elena Tonra, and Jason Isbell are all major inspirations to my writing.

What does this song in particular mean to you?

I wrote this while I was managing social media. You see a lot of stuff when your job is to stare at social feeds all day long. “Generations” is about how challenging it would be to grow up in this environment when everything you do is public or could be public.

Who in St. Louis are you inspired by right now?

I have always been obsessed with Donald Williams. Sinister Dane, Sugardaddy, Getaway Car, Superhero Killer…I just think he is brilliant, and he is such a good dude. Played on my 2nd solo CD when I was nobody.

What bands are you performing with lately?

Honestly, I am more dad than anything these days. I mainly play benefit shows, so I end up playing a lot with Giant Monsters on the Horizon because Vinnie organizes a lot of benefits. Seems like Brian Sowinski and Dear Genre are always involved too. I love those dudes.

Where do you hope to be in 5 years?

Let’s see, five years. Both kids should be graduated from high-school, I suspect I’ll be putting together my sixth band. If I can get Ranya and Dan to settle into one project, it’ll be the line-up in this video because these are the sounds I think about when I am writing music. Moody Cello and a guitar player that makes me smile because I know I could never play that good. I’ll need a drummer, so I’ll call up Corey Woodruff from Whiskey Daydream and beg a little. We’ll see.


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