Songwriter, composer, & guitarist in the band Omega.
While Eric Swardt is passionate about musical theater and the art of composing, he works at Toyota South Africa, where he holds an executive management position in the Marketing Division as General Manager for Demand Planning. He previously held the position of General Manager for Business Planning in the Finance Division. He obtained his B. Comm. at the University of Pretoria and obtained his B. Comm. Hons. at the Rand Afrikaans University (now University of Johannesburg) in 1985.
Eric is a free-time amateur composer, lyricist and songwriter for film and musical theater. Eric strives to use the medium of musical theatre to tell stories, by writing songs that develop character and advance the plot of the story, while heightening the emotion, and reinforcing dramatic action, by evoking atmosphere and mood through the music in ways that is not possible by words alone.
Eric composes and orchestrates for classical and symphonic orchestra as well as rock bands. He likes to work as part of a team with directors, producers, performers and book writers to develop musicals with stories and characters that people will care about, and that are easy and economical to produce.
As a member of the Protea Stage Productions committee, he participated in the production of Bottoms Up, a farce directed by Margeret Todd, and Aladdin and his magic lantern, a pantomime directed by Cameron Lawrey songwriter, band director and guitarist (and carpenter).
Eric wrote the music and lyrics for the musical, The Exile, for which he also produced and recorded the concept album CD, and the Rock Opera, Wake Not The Dead. Eric composed for a number of indie films, including the score and theme song for the award winning film, Fate and participated as co-composer with The Composers Collective in composing for full length films. He is skilled in the use of music notation software and studio recording and production software (Sonar Platinum) to compose, record and produce songs as well as for the production of MIDI orchestrations.
He is owner of the Dog-on-blues studio in Benoni, where he recorded and produced for various artists and bands.
Video (Thriller) Music department A disturbed woman, haunted by the death of her "one true love", kidnaps and brutalizes those she believes to be his living successor. Held captive in a subterranean prison, Robert begins a fight for his survival from a sadistic captor willing to kill anyone that disturbs her suicidal plans. To save himself, Robert must survive booby-trapped mazes, implements of torture, and an evil presence which feeds his captors insanity and hides from the world the dark secret of "Max". Written by Paul C Hemmes
Wake Not The Dead