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Ez Jon Erikson
Vocals, guitar and harmonica

Ez Jon Erikson has been described by his fans and critics as something of a cross between Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie and Elvis Presley. As a very charismatic and flamboyant singer, songwriter and performer, Ez has been heavily influenced by the aforementioned and by a diverse range of musical styles and artists such as Billy Joel, Big Country, Kiss, The Beatles, Buddy Holly, Bon Jovi, David Lee Roth, Hall and Oates, George Michael, Duran Duran and Bee Gees to name only a few. They’re all in there, as if they’ve been placed in a huge pot, mixed, and left to simmer on a low heat, although Ez believes in being innovative rather than immitative.

Ez, also affectionately known as Ezza, or EJE, complete with trademark shades and bandana or ski hat over his shaved head, is a very energetic and unpredictable performer and generally brings a kind of softer, folk pop feel to Detours' music. However, to appreciate the true depth and versatility in Ez's songwriting it is essential to study his own solo work. His lyrics contain a clever mixture of humour, observation, analysis, fear, isolation, rejection, hope, unity, anti-racism, romance and love. There is almost a schizophrenic quality to Ez's music, as he is able to balance humour and energy (Fun In The Sun, Mama's Goin' To The Ball Tonight, His Bark Is Worse Than His Bite, That's The Way The Cookie Crumbles, Snowballed, Fun In The Snow) with intensity (Half The World, Live To Die, Fear Of The World, Ramshackle World, To Feel Young Again, Escape (In The Night), One More Time, Reality, Been Here Too Long, A Dark Storm, Room To Breathe) and easy listening (Otiose). Above all, his songs make sense and the average person can easily relate to them, which is one of the reasons why they are so good. There is also a strong sense of melody and a variety of musical style in Ez's music.

Ez met fellow Detours member Julian Flindle at school, and the two have shared a close friendship ever since, writing and recording many great songs together. Their first group was as a duo Vis-a-Vis, which became Erikson Flindle. Then Ju joined Sam's group Diversion Ends as keyboard player until their split in the early nineties, when Ez and Ju recorded the demo album Ez Jon Erikson - Eztravaganza. After that they wrote the odd song together, but tended to write and record separately. Sam had started to develop a friendship with, and record with producer/musician/sound engineer Paul Adshead, whom he had met whilst in Diversion Ends. Sam introduced Ez to Paul, which led to the recording of the EJE albums Summers Of My Life, Ramshackle World and Ezposure (The Acoustic Performancez) before Ez formed Detours.

Whilst studying Ez's solo work it is impossible to overlook the strong Detours connection as many songs were cowritten by Ez and Ju, and also Sam and Ju appear on each album. In fact five of Ez's solo songs have even been covered by Detours on their first two albums and their Christmas EP, and are still performed in their live shows.

EJE's solo CDs are currently available to purchase online through Detours Music Store, from Detours' live performances, and by digital download from iTunes and TuneTribe.com. A new EJE solo album is planned, entitled 'What Will I Become?' Recording started during Summer 2011, and the title track was released as a digital single on 5th November 2011. A 32 track compilation entitled 'The Ezsential Ez Jon Erikson' was released on 23 July 2012, focusing on both EJE's solo work and his song writing in Detours.

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