Eric Corbin was born in the hills of rural West Virginia in a town so small that the entire county still to this day only has one stop light. When his parents talked about having to walk to school in the snow uphill both ways, they weren't joking. Luckily for him he came from a musical family and discovered his calling pretty early in life. Although his tastes where always more on the heavier side, he still enjoys the sounds of old country and bluegrass.
Corbin attended West Virginia University and was the first in his family to obtain a college degree. Upon graduation he moved to Pittsburgh, PA to join a band. After a few failed band attempts he settled in with a hardcore outfit called Endless. After a few rape offers by some independent labels, he decided to start his own label, Da' Core Records, in 1995. Da' Core concentrated mainly on Pittsburgh's thriving hardcore and punk scene and is still active today.
In 2002 Corbin went to work for Inside Out Music America where he took on graphic design, press and radio promotion duties. He worked his way up to Vice President in charge of Media Relations and got to work with a lot of great acts like Symphony X, King's X, Evergrey, Kerry Livgren from Kansas, ASIA, as well as members of Dream Theater, Genesis, Yes and many other Progressive music legends.
In 2007, SPV decided to absorb Inside Out Music America and run it from their US office in Red Bank, NJ. Not willing to give up his home and move even further away from his family, he decided to stay in Pittsburgh and make go of it.
Corbin informed some of the artists that he had worked with over the years that he was starting his own independent PR company and could use some testimonials. These nice words came back...
"I had the pleasure of working with Eric Corbin during his time at Inside Out Music America. Eric will work on something until it is done - he never misses a deadline and has an extensive attention to detail. He never misses a beat and his loyalty and work ethic are second to none. He never seems to lose his passion for doing creative and effective work with a real eye to detail. Eric always had his product fully scoped, knowing its appeal and its market parameters and he always knew the key elements for alerting his audience - and even growing new audiences. He knew the product and knew the market."
"Eric is the kind of business partner that makes everyone's job easier. He is a sharp and precise reference for record distribution, marketing, promotion and sales. And Eric is a man of his word. His follow through and attention to detail were outstanding. I found Eric to be a passionate person who understood the music industry and used his expertise to do the right thing for his clients."
- Thomas Ziegler (SPV North America)
"Evergrey worked with Eric Corbin on several occassions when doing promotion in the US. Each and every time he's made us feel safe and relaxed, making our work very easy. On top of that Eric is a very nice guy that makes his profession a prority at any hour of the day. We'd love to work with Eric again the next time we come over and we would recommend him to anyone."
- Tom Englund (Evergrey)
"Over the years Eric has been a reliable asset for King's X while working with InsideOut Music. As the coordinator of American press, as well as other responsibilities concerning King's X's dealings with InsideOut, Eric has been someone we could count on to be on the ball. We will miss working with him and hope that our future dealings lead us to work with him again."
- Ty Tabor (King's X)
"Eric was instrumental in incorporating a new band into the roster of his label and ensuring promotion throughout the US both before and during our recent tour with Dream Theater. He played a key role in significantly broadening radio, print and video coverage of Redemption and in providing key artist support."
- Nick Van Dyke (Redemption)
"As a recording artist, I worked with Eric Corbin at InsideOut Music for over 6 years. I found him to be very capable and efficient in his position there."
- Derek Sherinian (Billy Idol, Dream Theater, Alice Cooper, KISS, Planet X)
"Eric has always been a pleasure to work with, both on a professional basis and also personally. His enthusiasm and hard work have opened many more opportunities for me and have furthered my career."
- John Payne (ASIA, GPS)
"Eric Corbin was extremely professional in all of our business dealings. I would have Eric work on any and all future albums."
- Mark Zonder (Slaviour/Fates Warning)
"Already the first time I met Eric he immediately struck me as being a very nice guy who can make everyone feel relaxed and appreciated. He is the kind of guy who can be professional and effective while at the same time making everybody feel like he's just being himself - a very welcome feature in this business. I am sure he will remain successful in any type of management or PR, and I hope to be working with him soon again, wherever he ends up working!"
- Daniel Gildenlow (Pain of Salvation)
"Eric is highly professional at everything he does. He is one of the main reasons for Pagan's Mind's growing popularity in the US. He is doing great promotion and marketing for us! A very reliable guy to have on the team!"
- Jorn Viggo Lofstad (Pagans's Mind)