Originally created 10/07/04

Sonic spotlight



ERIC KINLAW

AGE: 30

HOMETOWN: Fayetteville, N.C.; moved to Augusta in 1989

OCCUPATION: Co-owner of The Bee's Knees restaurant downtown, with wife, Kristi

PLAYS: Moog Theremin, which he has played since 1998. "I was a music major in college, so I got to play lots of different instruments. The theremin was just a cool instrument that I'd heard; they used a variation of one on the song Good Vibrations, they used in the theme for Star Trek and a lot of horror movies, so I was just kind of intrigued by it. ..." He also has played the sitar since 1998. "I've been into The Beatles, and George Harrison has done so much work with Ravi Shankar."

STARTED PLAYING: Age 9. "I wanted to play saxophone, but my dad convinced me to play the clarinet, and I just fell in love it."

PLAYED WITH: Shaun Piazza, mid-2002 to present; Moniker, late 2002 to present; Deathstar, 1995 to April 2004 (on hiatus); Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting jazz band at the Soul Bar, 1996 to 2002; Lyrical Sol, 1993 to 1994; Grinch, 1991 to 1993

FIRST CONCERT HE ATTENDED: "I remember going with my parents to Carowinds in Charlotte, N.C. to see Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers in 1980. I just remember that song Refugee."

PERSONAL BEST: Deathstar, the summer of 1999. "We played the 40 Watt (in Athens, Ga.) for the first time, with a band called Five-Eight, an old Athens band ... Probably every band I love has played the 40 Watt. There was hardly anyone there, there was a huge rainstorm that night, but it was great."

IF HE COULD PERFORM WITH ANY ARTIST: Mr. Shankar. "He's this 92-year-old master."

PRESHOW RITUAL: "Nothing really. Sometimes I get nervous, but most times I don't. Just setting up equipment can take awhile..."

- Compiled by Patrick Verel