After attending Berklee College of Music, Erik Aho’s initial foray into composing came in the form of instrumental and string-arranging work for producers Rick Parashar (Pearl Jam, Nickelback) and Jonathan Plum (Candlebox) including work with Unwritten Law (Interscope), Brandi Carlile (Columbia), The Fighting Machinists (Interscope) and Default (TVT).
He has composed music for numerous critically acclaimed and commercially successful video games. No One Lives Forever was chosen by critics as “Game of the Year” in 2001 (Gamespy, PC Gamer, Computer Gaming World, Computer Games Magazine). Drakan: The Ancients’ Gates was called “The finest 3D medieval action-adventure game to grace any console” (Play magazine – 100/100 pts) and praised for “breathtaking visuals, magnificent audio, and extraordinary game play” (Gaming Age 100/100 pts). The Suffering, Midway’s action-horror title sold over 1.5 million units was again hailed by critics and gamers alike.
After moving to Los Angeles, he began composing music for film and television where his credits include writing original music for the Amazing Race (CBS), The Bachelor (ABC) and The Miracle Workers (ABC) and close to 100 other shows. His orchestrations and music production can be heard daily on The Family Guy (Fox). His most recent work includes Blood Relatives on Investigation Discovery.
He is co-founder of the commercial music production company WaxLab (http://www.waxlabmusic.com) whose clients have included Honda, Activision and Naturemade.
Erik holds a BA in Philosophy from the University of Washington and has studied music at UCLA.