Local musicians to audition for ‘The Voice’ - VIDEO
blog by Kathryn Przybyla • February 15, 2013 @ 10:33am
Reality show season is upon us.
With an array of music competitions getting ready for their spring seasons, a couple WNY musicians are going to give it a shot. Eric Van Houten and Jillian McNeight, a local country music duo, will be heading to NYC this weekend to audition for The Voice. NBC’s hit show—featuring Blake Shelton, Adam Levine and newcomers Shakira and Usher as judges—has been an instant success.
The biggest competition for American Idol, the show has focused on great talent and singers, getting rid of the hopeless auditions and embarrassing try outs. We talked with Van Houten about his prep and upcoming trip to New York City to audition. Take a look at the interview below.
How did you find out about the auditions?
Eric Van Houten: I found out they were in New York City from a buddy who is also a musician in the local area. I’ve been told multiple times by multiple people to try out for The Voice, but this will be my first time.
How have you been preparing?
EVH: I’m unaware of how the auditions will be, but i wouldn’t say I’ve prepared in any certain way. I guess I’ve just been singing in the shower a lot more than normal.
Where is the audition going to be in New York?
EVH: My audition is at the Jacob Javetts Center in Manhattan. I will be going with the other half of my duo, JIllian McNeight. We’re both auditioning on Saturday.
What’s your musical background?
EVH: It started the second I came into the world, truthfully. On my father’s side, literally everyone has a musical talent—whether it be guitar, singing, harmonica, drums or all of the above. Every holiday or birthday party was the same—hanging out, good eats and guitars.
I always looked up to my Uncle Dave, Uncle Bob and cousin Robby who would always play when we got together. When my parents divorced at age 11, I took it pretty hard. Even though I was young, guitar became an outlet for me. I began playing it everyday, learning more and more each time I picked it up.
Are you a big fan of the show?
EVH: I am a fan of the show, more than any of the others on air today. Being a local country act and music lover, I would obviously pick Blake if he turned that infamous red chair around.
Will this be your first time auditioning for a reality singing show?
EVH: I did end up trying out for “X Factor” in April of 2011 in New Jersey. My brother came along for the ride and it was a great experience that I am excited to do again.
Where can Buffalonians go to check out your music?
EVH: People can find my music all over social media. Facebook, Reverbnation, Twitter and my website are great places to find it. As far as shows, I like high energy from the band and myself, as well as the crowd.
With Jillian, it’s easy to please a wide range of people with the variety we can play. I do my best, along with our sound tech to make each show enjoyable and unforgettable for everyone in attendance. I love performing live.