|Birth name||Eric Matthew Stefani|
June 17, 1967 |
Fullerton, California, United States
|Origin||Anaheim, California, United States|
|Occupation(s)||Keyboardist, songwriter, animator|
|Instruments||Keyboard, synthesizer, accordion|
|Labels||Interscope, Trauma, Atlantic|
|Associated acts||No Doubt, Gwen Stefani|
Eric Matthew Stefani (born June 17, 1967) is an American musician, composer, writer and animator, best known as the founder and former member of the ska punk band No Doubt. He is the older brother of Gwen Stefani and is also a former animator on the animated sitcom The Simpsons.
Eric, Gwen, and John formed the band No Doubt in 1986. The group added several members, performing live shows at Fenders Ballroom in Long Beach. The group started writing original material, much of which Eric contributed. Eric left after the band's breakthrough album Tragic Kingdom was recorded. He and Gwen were nominated at the 1998 Grammy Awards for Song of the Year for "Don't Speak".
Eric found time between Cypress College and the band to learn to work as a layout animator for Cartoon Director John Kricfalusi through contact with Lynne Naylor including Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures, The New Adventures of Beany and Cecil and the Troop Beverly Hills title sequence. Those jobs led Eric to work at The Bob Clampett Studio for Ruth Clampett, where he traced 35 mm film enlargements of original Bugs Bunny and Porky Pig animation frames to create sericels. During that time Clampett told Eric there was a new project upstairs called The Simpsons and that he should take a look.
Eric finished work on a short animation film titled "Frisbee" (2008), released June 27, 2008, and his most recent effort in a series of solo albums is Let's Ride Horses (2007). Pumpin' Water (2001), In Tune (2002), Land of Make Believe (2003), Jazz Circus (2005), The Best of ERIC STEFANI (2008). His last solo album On Time (2012).
Currently Eric is working on short clips of animation that lip sync with the Original Soundtrack to "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" (1971). The project was to learn how to sync his animation with record dialogue and actors voices. You can see progress on Vimeo.
- Official website ericstefani.net
- Blogger: User Profile: Eric Stefani
- Eric Stefani at the Internet Movie Database