What was it like growing up in New Orleans?

Growing up in New Orleans was a lot of fun, but it was challenging. My early years were shielded with motherly love and close family. I grew up in some of the toughest neighborhoods in New Orleans. I watched my parents struggle to survive day to day. Spending my summers with my father who was an active musician around town and abroad, added a level of excitement that I grew attached to, and soon I began to love it. That excitement introduced me to the lifestyle of the entertainment world. As I grew older, I met friends who shared the same interest as me, and that was listening to lots of music and plenty of jam sessions.

You said your father has a background in music. Was he delighted to see your interest in music at such an early age?

Absolutely! My dad was a hard-working musician. What I remember most about watching him practice and perform, is that he loved being a musician. He loved performing, writing, and producing. So I guess to my dad, it was like seeing himself reborn again.


Since you were acquainted with music at an early age, what kind of music were you into as a teenager?

I grew up listening to jazz, funk, gospel, and r&b. So in my teen years, these were my favorite types of music.

Was your music taste more widespread than the typical teens?

I thought so because I would often listen to music of other cultures. 

What instruments do you play?

My primary instrument is Piano, but I dibble and dabble with a little bass guitar and drums.

Were you in any bands early on? 

After high school, I was a member of a band called Silhouette, where I learned a lot about the basics of being a performing artist. 

What is your song creation process?

To be honest, I don’t have a formula for creating. My process of creation varies, depending on the song. I first have to be inspired by something and then I try to recreate that emotion. Most of the time, I would start off with laying a drum foundation that I can feel deep inside, and then I seek out various melodies and synth patterns to support that emotion.

Do you do collaborations with other musicians often?

By all means. I love to collaborate with other musicians. Music is a universal language. What better way to learn a language than to collaborate with others who understand it?

Do you perform live often? 

Yes. I perform as often as I can. 

Tell us about your latest project.

My latest project is entitled “Integrated Compositions.” It is a fusion of jazz, hip-hop, funk, r&b, and soul music all wrapped up into one package. On this project, I was blessed to work with some extraordinary artists and musicians. 

What can we expect from you in the future? 

In the immediate future, you can expect me to brand a new sound that will re-energize hip-hop, r&b, and contemporary jazz. You can expect unlimited soulful productions, each with my own signature sound. You can also expect collaborations with some of the top entertainers in the industry.

I want to start by saying that my fans are the greatest. Thank you guys for voting for my songs on HardcoreMix.com. You helped me to achieve a milestone in my career. As a young musician, I used to say, “When I release a recording it’s going to go straight to the top of the charts!” Many songs and quite a few years later, you guys have made that happen for me. It might not be the grand slam hit that every artist hopes for, but for me it is. My songs went from #97 to #1 and #2. Now that you know what I am capable of, the rest is history.

A big shout out to the crew at Sea Breeze Records for believing in me and allowing me to tell my musical story without editing my process. I would like to re-post an article that SBR published on their website.


Ciré Second Lines His Way Into Internet Radio

New Orleans is known for its vibrant celebration. On Sunday, February 3, 2019, Ciré second lines into Internet radio. Tone for Tony by Ciré featuring Nicholas Payton was heard in its entirety for the first time on HardcoreMix.com. Tone for Tony entered the Hardcoremix playlist at #97 and by the close of the day, it was #1. Quite an achievement for a new artist showcase.

Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, the city of style, culture, vibrant nightlife, and partying, Eric Nicholas, known in the Music Industry as Ciré, is the ultimate Renaissance artist.

Ciré caught the music bug early in life. Watching his dad practice on piano and perform as a keyboardist with his band, Ciré developed a passionate love for music. When he was just five-years-old he performed his first recording session, singing background vocals on his father’s first professional recording.

Ciré studied music at the acclaimed New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA), which allowed him to travel the world and perform throughout Europe and South America. When Ciré saw the legendary Herbie Hancock perform, at that moment he knew that he was destined to do something extraordinary with his talent. Thus, his destiny was set.

Ciré utilizes his extensive knowledge of the techniques of acoustic designing and sound recording to produce music in a plethora of genres: pop, rock, r&b, soul, hip-hop, jazz, classical, orchestral, as well as his own signature music style.

On January 26, 2019, Sea BreezeRecords released Ciré’s debut album, Integrated Compositions.  Appropriately named, Integrated Compositions is a combination of genres and styles, carefully integrated to produce a unique and colorful musical tapestry.

Asked to describe his music, Ciré writes, “I think my music is interesting. I express with my fingers what I see in my mind and feel in my heart. I’m a solo artist, a keyboardist, but I consider myself more of a producer than an artist. I use different bands for different occasions, so my band could be a quartet or a full-blown jazz ensemble: violins, woodwinds, brass, and all. For ‘Integrated Compositions’ I used a variety of noted musicians. The album incorporates some of the greatest musicians of the decade as you have never heard them.”

These contributing, venerated talents include Academy Award Winner Nicholas Payton, Donald Ramsey, Rashaad Carlton, Felicia Bossier, Michael Brown, Russell Batiste, Joe Dyson, Jason Carpenter, Andrew Block, Adam Hawley, Ricky “Bongo” Carthen, Jamil Ford, Scott Mayo, Daryl Williams, and Damian “Deno V-Flyy” Duplessis. Ciré, himself, provides performances on piano, Fender Rhodes, clavinet, organ, synthesizers, bass synthesizer, string synthesizer, vocorder, and melodica.

On February 3, Tone for Tony by Ciré featuring Nicholas Peyton was featured on HardcoreMix.com. By 11 pm it was #1.

The following day Undecided Lover by Ciré featuring Rashaad Carlton was added to the HardcoreMix playlist. At 4 pm, February 5, Undecided Lover had reached #2 on the playlist. In just 2 days, Ciré second lines into Internet radio with a bang!

Taking into account the manner in which Ciré came into music, it’s easy to see how his music has taken its present sound and form. For his efforts to this end, his loyal, international fan base continues to grow. Such an overwhelming response could only come from an energized fanbase. Ciré’s fanbase showed up in a big way to vote him into the top ten playlists of featured new artists.

Growing in scope and depth with each new release, his style has been compared to that of Bill Evans, Kenny Kirkland, and Joe Sample, as well as that of Miles Davis, George Duke, and Chic Corea. Through clever, creative, and kaleidoscopic use of tone, structure, and delivery, Ciré builds sonic intensity for recordings, performances and playlist spots which never fail to excite his audiences.

“Some musicians work for the money, some musicians work for fame,” Ciré says. “I work for the joy of pleasing my fans. I have discovered the secret: the more I work to please my fans, the better I get.”

To his listeners new and old, Ciré has this to say: “Thank you for helping me to discover myself. I’m having so much fun doing what I love for you!”

“Integrated Compositions” from Ciré is available from over 600 quality digital music stores online worldwide now. Visit his official website at https://www.cirethemaestrocom

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