Les Claypool/Roger Waters Sideman, Skerik, uses EV Mics Every Night on Over 200 Shows a Year
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Les Claypool/Roger Waters Sideman, Skerik, uses EV Mics Every Night on Over 200 Shows a Year

July 19th, 2007

Thanks to Left Coast Marketing man-about-town Kevin Johnson, the Electro-Voice artist relations team was not only turned on to the mad skills of saxophone czar Skerik, but his history as a long-time EV microphone devotee. Performing over 300 dates a year with any number of a bazillion bands (see below), including Roger Waters and Les Claypool, Skerik’s horns are never seen without an N/D468 affixed to the bell. Likewise, Skerik’s two go-to mics for stage and studio work (besides the ubiquitous mounted N/D468) are the RE20 and RE27N/D.

Skerik comments: “I use the EV N/D468 because it is lightweight and a dynamic mic. The rotating head is important for making adjustments while playing, especially when using effects.““

Watch for Skerik on a stage near you; he’s currently touring as Les Claypool’s mad sax scientist.

To view video of Skerik performing live with EV microphones, please visit the following sites:






Biography: Skerik (check out www.myspace.com/43304272)

Skerik (born Eric Walton) is a saxophonist from Seattle, Washington. Performing on the tenor and baritone saxophone, often with electronics and loops, Skerik is a pioneer in a playing style that has been dubbed saxophonics. He is a founding member of Critters Buggin (including Matt Chamberlain, Brad Houser and Mike Dillon) and Garage a Trois (including Stanton Moore, Charlie Hunter and Mike Dillon; recently featuring Marco Benevento) and has been a member of, performed frequently, or toured with the following: Les Claypool’s Fancy Band and Frog Brigade, Midnight Disturbers, Galactic, The Rhythm Section, The Meters, Johnny Vidacovich, Fred Wesley, Mike Clark, The Headhunters, Bobby Previte, Ponga, Joe Doria, Sadhappy, Tuatara (with Peter Buck), Mad Season, Roger Waters and many others.

Skerik leads Seattle-based “punk-jazz“ ensemble Skerik’s Syncopated Taint Septet. Skerik also leads New Orleans-based Maelstrom Trio (including long-time duomates keyboardist Brian Coogan and drummer Simon Lott). The Maelstrom Trio combines disparate elements such as free jazz, funk, metal and textural music.

In Spring 2007, he toured with Mike Dillon and New Orleans bassist James Singleton as The Illuminasty Trio. In Summer 2007 he tours with The Fancy Band.