Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Send in you fan questions for 5x world and 3x olympic champion, "Lightning" Usain Bolt

Some more big news!!!! Eric Live On The Air will be interviewing the world record holding, 5x world and 3x olympic champion, "Lightning" Usain Bolt. And I am giving you, the fans, the rare opportunity to ask the man himself a few questions!!! You can either comment on this post with your questions or message them to me. I look forward to reading them.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Send in your fan questions for Warped Tour Founder, Kevin Lyman

Big news!!!! Eric Live On The Air will be interviewing the founder of Vans Warped Tour, Kevin Lyman. And I am giving you, the fans, the rare opportunity to ask the man himself a few questions!!! You can either comment on this post with your questions or message them to me. I look forward to reading them. The deadline for submissions is January 9th at midnight.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

1-on-1 interview with Aaron Bonus of Westland

Check out an exclusive 1-on-1 interview with Aaron Bonus of WESTLAND only on Eric Live On The Air

Also, here is an exclusive acoustic performance of, Save This, he performed for us:

Friday, December 16, 2011

Interview with Life After Liftoff

Check out an exclusive interview with Life After Liftoff only on Eric Live On The Air

Live Concert vs. Online Concert

By: Eric Haftel

Imagine going home after a long day of work, opening your laptop and watching a free, live concert while you lie in bed. This is a new reality to many fans of bands out there.

This reality is because, in the wake of the economy bands are having a harder time going out and playing as many shows and tours as they used to. It used to be that when you're in a band, you're touring or you're in the studio. Now bands need to take time off and raise the funds to go back out on the road, and when they are out on the road, there are fewer fans who come out. Not only are the bands strapped for cash but the fans that want to go now have to pick and choose when to spend the few extra dollars they have. Because of this, bands have found another way to still play for their fans but also save up cash; playing through a video screen online.

With websites such as Ustream and Stickam bands now have the opportunity to do live performances while spending no money at all. Even better, not only do bands get to play live songs to fans, they can also  speak with their fans online.

Stickam describes itself as, “the pioneers of the live interactive web broadcasting space and home to the largest live community online.”
According to Ustream’s site, “Ustream’s mission is to bring people together around shared interests for amazing live, interactive experiences that build and maintain relationships.”

Between the two sites, there are over 10 million registered users and they get over 15 million unique visitors a month.

While there are some obvious positives to this new technique of performance, there are also some negatives that bands are debating over.
Dave Melillo

Dave Melillo who is a solo artist and has done various tours in his career is adamant that online performances are the wave of not only the future but also the present.

Every Monday I do a stickam chat and I get 2,000 people every Monday. For me to play in front of 2,000 people on a tour it would take me probably like three weeks. I’m comfortable, it’s cost friendly for both sides and it’s fun. I’m a big believer in social networking and that’s where peoples attention is,” Melillo said.

Shaun Soho
Shaun Soho who is the lead singer of the Universal Record signed band, Crash Midnight also has some positive thoughts but knows of the negative side as well.

“I'd say the biggest difference between true live and live online is you lose the interaction with the audience. Live online has more in common with a music video.
It's great promo and great to bring a band's live performance environment to the attention of fans but it's less of an experience. For Crash Midnight, we've always focused any videos we did on the live band performance rather than any grandiose story line, so something with ustream or a music video would be pretty similar from our side.”

Soho went on to say that, “A live performance is just a different animal, so I don't know if you can really compare them in that sense. I'd say it's a good tool just like a music video is a good tool.  It's a little less produced in one-way than a music video is, but it's definitely not comparable to actually being in the venue from my perspective”

Bo, who plays bass in Soho's band, had this to say: "I look at online concerts kind of like phone sex's good enough for some people, but I prefer the real thing."

Aaron Bonus
Aaron Bonus who is the lead singer of a nationally touring band named Westland has used this new way of reaching fans as well and has found there to be both negative and positive.

I've only used ustream to date, but as in everything there are positives and negatives. The positives are people are more willing to watch you from there home and it doesn't cost money for travel, or a ticket.  It’s how you capture what we call the lazy fan. The ones that are unwilling to do more then view all online things dealing with your band and never come see you live at a club. So online through ustream or youtube you might have thousands from the same city that tune in or view what you post but are only playing to a hundred kids when you show up in there city at a club.”

Bonus went on to say, “The negatives are the personal connection is gone, as a artist you can't make money on merchandise or for performance to support yourself. I think not seeing your favorite band in person, at an arm length away is kind of sad. In my mind I wouldn't be who I was if I didn't go see bands live. However, the fact is its just another great tool, like many others making playing music more affordable, and allowing a stronger reach across more territory in a short time span.”

While the clear cut positive is the availability to anyone and the cost effectiveness, fans and bands lose that sense of intimacy and excitement of a live event. More then likely this will be something that will evolve but don’t expect to stop seeing tours in your area. If you have a choice, see it live!

Article can also be found here

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Free Music from Dave Melillo

Want some free music from Dave Melillo well his new mixtape was just released and you can download it free here:

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Some of the pictures from the Tribeca Film Festival

Here are some of the pictures from the Tribeca Film Festival
The article and interview with Abigail Breslin will be up soon!

About to interview Abigail Breslin
Kevin (camera) and I


Thursday, October 20, 2011

Breaking News!!!!

Tomorrow I'm going to be on the red carpet interviewing Abigail Breslin and then on Sunday, Dennis Farina & Vincent D'Onofrio. Nervous and stoked all at the same time.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Breaking News!!!

Breaking news!!!! Tomorrow I will be interviewing Dave Melillo live at CMJ!!!!! Have any questions? Get them in quick

We The Kings Interview coming Thursday

Guess who I'm interviewing on Thursday- Travis from We The Kings!!!!! Do you have any questions? Well like Eric Live On The Air and let me know and I might just ask him.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Chosen to be Featured journalist by Creative Spotlights Website

I was recently chosen as a featured journalist by Creative Spotlights Website-They did an interview with me and I am currently on their website- check it out here- Don't forget to check out the pictures and links/recommendations at the bottom of the interview.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Free Music from Those Mockingbirds

Who wants to some free awesome music? Well my friends in Those Mockingbirds just released an album for free download here:

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

One Less Heart To Break

Here is Patent Pending's music video for One Less Heart To Break

Dance Till We Die

Special Surprise tonight Eric Live On The Air put up 2 brand new music videos from Long Island band, Patent Pending- You can check out the music videos for, Dance Till We Die and One Less Heart To Break, now on youtube


Hey, my name is Eric. I am 22 and a working member of the press. I have been doing this for about 5 years now. I have been able to cover some of the biggest tours, some of the biggest bands, live sporting events, red carpet events and so many other amazing things. You can look at my previous work here, and I will be updating it frequently. Thanks for checking out my page, and I hope to hear from you soon!

I would love for everyone to check out my youtube page with my interviews/acoustics and please subscribe/comment. It always means alot!

If you would like to see my work, you can go to any of the following: and search Eric Haftel

Here I plan on conducting interviews and acoustics with the best of the best. I don't care if they are the biggest or just up and coming. You will be introduced to multiple bands, athletes and bands that you don't know but will learn to love. You will also get the chance to hear from some of the bands, athletes and celebs that you do know.
I will also be writing articles for my blog.

Also from time to time I will post music videos of up and coming bands that I have or will be working with for you, the fans to check out!

Get ready to have some fun!!!!!!