Prison Escapee is the moniker of Erik David Hidde located in Los Angeles, CA. After running the independent record label, Housewarming Records, out of New York from 2011-2013, Hidde has since decided to put all his focus into his original music.
Hidde was raised in Fort Hunter, a hamlet located in upstate New York by a Christian family, which is represented in his music. Surround by water, Fort Hunter is also a common subject in his music, which subject matter often includes reflecting back on his childhood. Other subject matter includes loss, which is centered around his close friend’s prison cell suicide. Hidde was brought up singing in his church, and all-county chorus in grade school.
The first music he ever produced was in college, and was part of his multimedia degree. It wasn’t good, but it brought something out in him and also filled a void. He then went on to record short looped songs using a digital camera microphone for his vocals, and later created original music dedicated to his late friend. He was also the lead singer of a five-piece rock band that often played in upstate New York.
After years of writing, recording and practicing production, he started Prison Escapee in Summer 2014 and has since been releasing his melancholic, electronic, rock songs. Inspired by equal parts post-rock, electronica, lo-fi field recordings, and film soundtracks. All of his music has been written, recorded, produced, and mixed in his living room.
In the Autumn of 2020, Hidde signed with the legendary LA label, Cleopatra Records, home to Joy Division, Nico (of the Velvet Underground) Bob Marley, Jimmy Page (of Led Zeppelin) Iggy Pop, Everclear, James Brown and Little Richard among many others.