Erika is a musician, neuroscientist, and writer drawn to the fringe and dwelling at the intersection of creativity and communication.
As frontwoman and lead vocalist for Working Breed, she plays trombone, trumpet, musical saw, and whatever else she gets her hands on to produce original, eclectic art rock. Working Breed released a full-length concept album, Hieroglyphica, in August 2019. She also has a 90’s-esque alt-pop side project, Erika June & The Tunes, which, in contrast to her complex metaphorical style in Working Breed, is aimed at the direct and unbridled expression of her feelings. Her acoustic guitar and raw vocals are backed by punchy rock stylings of The Tunes.
As a neuroscientist, she is a specialist in the analysis of electromagnetic brain responses collected by a highly specialized MEG (magnetoencephalograpy) machine. With this methodology, she works in Carnegie Mellon‘s Machine Learning Department with Dr. Tom Mitchell where she collects and analyzes MEG data to train computer algorithms to predict what words a participant is thinking about based on their brain data, thereby deepening our understanding of the underpinnings of language distribution and processing. She also works at the UPMC Brain Mapping Center where she assists neurosurgeons by developing pre-surgical mapping procedures that integrate into OR neuronavigation systems so as to provide individualized brain function maps of tumor and epilepsy patients.
Finally, as a writer, she is just getting started and having fun! Erika publishes narrative portraits of musicians at First Angel Media, and completed a 21-epsiode season as host and creator of the podcast Petticoat Rule, where she explores the mystery of productive creativity through interviews with successful women in the music industry. She is completing a creative writing degree and hopes to publish many works of fiction and creative non-fiction in the years ahead.