PROFILE OF SUCCESS
Each month, Mind Key shares the story of one person who is successfully striving for, or has achieved, the life they were meant to live. We love sharing stories of adventure, life lessons and people who took life by the horns and forged ahead. We’re excited to introduce you to Eric Bunk, a musician from West Milford, NJ who recently raised his vibration and released a meaningful song he wrote more than 20 years ago, making Ultrablue, a story of success.
Tell us about what you’re doing and your life path.
My life path is really just to try to get the most out of life. Music helps me express some of the energy I have stored up over time. I work a regular job, but like to spend time playing guitar and writing songs so I can create a sonic pattern of outrageous sounds. Very high energy.
How did you first know that music was a calling for you?
I gained a love for the guitar by the time I was 13. When I heard Jimmy Page, it was like BAM! that’s it. I have been hooked ever since. I grew up on country music and early 50s rock from Dad and Mom. I love old country music.
Tell us about your path to playing music and any influences you have.
I played guitar for years and sounded terrible but one day I finally got a book and I sat for many hours, studying footage of Jimmy Page and others. I tried to emulate him like a madman. I took many hours and played wherever I could to get better.
How do you balance your strengths and weaknesses in your music?
I love to make music with a sonic soundscape. I want to do what others normally don’t. I want every show to be an event, not just playing some chords.
*Eric’s strengths come not only from his love of music, but from his affinity for the equipment that creates the vibration and his unique sound.
What are your hobbies and interests besides music?
I love to hunt and fish, especially bowhunting. I entirely live for the bow–the spirit of the wild. The outdoors is the real me. Put me in the woods and I’m at home. I also love to build things. I built my own barn and chicken coop out of old pallets. It’s good stuff.
Ultrablue, a story of success
Ultrablue was written in the mid-1990s The lyrics reflect colors and how colors relate to music. It is by no means a drug reference. I often see music as colors and how sounds have a certain color in my mind when I hear them. I wanted a BIG sound. I envisioned outdoor music shows and see thousands of people just jumping to the beat. That’s how the riff came about. I brought the song to my friend Brian Fitzpatrick who sang and produced the song. He is a pro and has his own band, The Band of Brothers. It blows my mind that a song I wrote years ago is finally out. I just said, “This is it; I’m doing this.”
What are your goals and plans for the future?
My future goals are to spend more time in the outdoors and maybe play some live shows so I can really connect with audiences who are willing to hear experimental energetic music.
With hindsight being 20/20, is there anything you would do differently?
I wish I had recorded years ago. But life is funny that way. I didn’t have any money, a studio or musicians at the time to make it happen.
Thank you, Eric for sharing you story and how music helped you raise your vibration, as well as that of others. If you would like to connect with Eric or support his music, you can find him on Facebook and Youtube as Atomic Fuzzgun, or listen to and purchase Ultrablue at cdbaby.com
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