Eric Seats | Musician | Producer

Eric Seats is an accomplished drummer to the stars, a father of two daughters, a mentor, and now an Executive Producer of the Next Great Drummer. The Next Great Drummer show will follow aspiring drummers in a U.S. tour, covering contestants as they compete for the title of “top drummer” in their city.

Multi award-winning producer, musician, arranger, arts advocate.

Eric Seats, along with Rapture Stewart established Key Beats, Inc. in 1997. They got into the music game touring and working with Montel Jordan. From there, Rapture went on to be the music director for Timbaland, Missy Elliott, Aaliyah, Ginuwine and Playa. Timbaland soon noticed their production talents and signed them to a publishing deal with Warner/ Chappell. Missy also got on board and began to work with them in the studio. They developed very unique chemistry with Missy right away. Their first song produced with her was the chart-topping 702 hit “Where My Girls At”. This song paved the way for what was to come. Soon after, they signed a management deal with Blackground Entertainment and began on their musical journey.
They went on to produce songs for the movie and soundtrack “Romeo Must Die”. They caught the ears of hit songwriter and Destiny’s Child member Beyonce Knowles while producing a song for them on this project. They went on to produce the song “Independent Women (Pt. 2)” for their “Survivor” record. This was the original version of the song that was recorded for the movie “Charlie’s Angels”. After the success of the soundtrack, Aaliyah wanted to work with them on her next project as well. They went to work right away with hit makers Static and Black of the group Playa. They also developed very unique chemistry with Static. They went on to produce half of her record “Aaliyah” which included the number 1 hit “Rock Da Boat” written by Static. This solidified their place in the music game and they went on to work on numerous projects.
Key Beats, Inc. has worked collectively and individually with many different artists, either producing and writing in the studio or performing live. To date, some of them include Aaliyah, Timbaland, Missy Elliott, Ginuwine, Playa (Static Major, Digital Black, and Smoke E. Diglera), 50 Cent, Lloyd Banks, Young Buck, Tony Yayo, DJ Whoo Kid, Travis Barker, T.I., DJ Drama, Young Dro, Jay-Z, Nas, Destiny’s Child, Beyonce, 702, Tweet, Nelly, Murphy Lee, DMX, Ashanti, Ja Rule, DJ Reflex, DJ Dense, Yung Joc, Diddy, Pharell, Busta Rhymes, Chingy, Fabolous, Lupe Fiasco, Rick Ross, Tank, Keyshia Cole, Kanye West, Kid Cudi, Mary J. Blige, Keri Hilson, Ne-Yo, Bubba Sparxxx, Nelly Furtado, Joe, Rich Boy, Baby (Birdman), Lil Wayne, Jay Sean, Flo Rida, Bun B, The-Dream, Lil Mama, Soulja Boy, Lil Mo, D4L, En Vogue, Karen Clark-Sheard, J. Moss, The Soul Seekers, Mary Mary, Montell Jordan, Chante Moore, Kenny Latimore, Dave Hollister, Lalah Hathaway, Kelly Price, Tamala Mann, Patti LaBelle, Stevie Wonder…and the list goes on and on.

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