Erik was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. Coming from a musical family, he was introduced to the guitar at a very young age starting at just four years old. His older brother Kurt was a drummer, and during middle school they decided to form an alternative blues/rock band called, “High Street” eventually leading them to gig all around the Chicago Club Circuit for many years. While Erik was still in junior high, he and the band were already playing at renowned Chicago venues such as The Double Door, Hard Rock Café, Subterranean, and many more. After actively performing live, Erik began to compose original music for the group and soon after, the band collaborated and recorded albums with top notch producer Sean O’Keefe, who is best known for his work with Fall Out Boy.
However once Erik got to high school, everything changed. His freshman year he was forced to join the jazz band, and knowing nothing about jazz music, he was not intrigued by this at all. His older brother who was also in the jazz program at the time would blast his Buddy Rich albums and Art Blakey records all over the house non-stop to the point where it would become repulsive to Erik, who wanted nothing to do with jazz at the time. But it wasn’t until Erik’s jazz director gave him a listening assignment at the end of his freshman year that changed his mind completely. He can recall coming home and flipping on Grant Green’s “Jean De Fleur” and instantly being converted from a long-haired heavy rocker to a highly committed jazz musician. That moment would soon change his whole career. Erik decided to put an end to his old rock band and devote all of his time an energy to exploring the genre of jazz. As high school progressed, Erik’s jazz career had really taken off. He began to be selected for prestigious summer jazz camps and colonies, eventually allowing him to be the only high school jazz guitarist in the country to be chosen for the 2017 GRAMMY Camp – Jazz Session Combo where he and many other of the nation’s best young jazz musicians performed most notably at the 2017 GRAMMY Nominee Reception and the 2017 GRAMMY Awards Afterparty. During that week he and the GRAMMY Combo recorded their first album together, “Grammy Jazz 25” at the world famous Capitol Records in L.A. One opportunity led to another as Erik later was selected for the guitar spot of the acclaimed 2017 Jazz Band of America, a big band comprised of the country’s most elite high school jazz musicians. That summer, Erik was invited to play at the legendary Newport Jazz Festival in 2017, where he performed with some of the biggest names in jazz, which opened all kinds of new doors for him.
Erik now resides in Los Angeles, California where he actively performs around the L.A. Club Circuit and leads his own jazz quartet called, “The Erik Findling Entity” featuring Erik’s original music and studio albums. Erik has shared the stage with many famous musicians, most notably Dave Liebman, Joey Alexander, Arturo O’Farrill, Danilo Pérez, Chris Potter, Aloe Blacc, Victor Garcia, Christian McBride, and many more. He received a Bachelor of Music degree in Composition from California State University, Northridge where he studied classical guitar with virtuoso Bryan Fasola and jazz guitar with legends John Pisano and Cary DeNigris. Erik especially credits his mentors and teachers for getting him to where he his now and that he would be nowhere if it weren’t for them.