Erik Carlson | Songwriter, Teacher & All-ages Club Owner

Being an all-ages club owner, songwriter Erik Carlson is a passionate music advocate and sound maker. After starting SoHiTek Records in 2009, he is taking an ambitious multi-pronged approach to his field, Erik’s work includes playing in the band DoublePlusGood, teaching music at West Hills Montessori , and creating space for music to be shared at S1.

Your manifesto / rules to live by / motto:

Never be afraid to try something new. Never be afraid to scrap an idea and start over.

How would you describe your work if you left out all the boring parts?

Chasing ideas and themes that pop in to my head down whatever rabbit hole it takes me. Experimenting. Writing, rewriting!

Pen, pencil or stylus?


Be honest: how often do you clean your desk?

Almost never. I clean when I’m frustrated and the creative juices aren’t flowing yet.


Rotring 600MP Mechanical PenciL

This is IT. This is the mechanical pencil you've been waiting for. With this piece of German technology you can elevate your daily drafting, writing, sketching, and margin noodling to an absolute science. They're elegant, well-thought out, and simply attracting. Isn't that what your work should be? 

Rotring has been known for beautiful and ingeniously designed writing tools since 1928. These prove why with a solid aluminum body for satisfying balance, knurled grip for easier traction and more control, neatly hidden eraser, precision brass mechanism for perfect lead movement, and an extra-supportive tip to reduce breakage. The tip shape is minimized, allowing you a greater view of your work. It even has a variable lead hardness indicator that you can use for quick reference, so you always know you're choosing the right tool.

The only downside is how distractingly attractive they are... But passion is great inspiration. Get to work.