Flik moved from Grand Rapids, Mich., to Asheville in 2002, began performing in local open mics and recorded a 4-song demo. Xpress editor Steve Shanafelt put Flik’s “Tryin’ Not to Love You” on his list of best local heartbreak songs, dubbing it “one of the best songs about getting over an ex you could ever want. In fact, the content of the song’s chorus is so graphic, the images so painful and so true, they can’t even be printed here.”
In 2002, Flik sat down for a Q&A with Xpress. He described what he wanted to get out of music thusly: “I want to live cheaply. I want to make a little bit of money, enough to support myself and drink cheap beer. As long as I can do it playing music. … I’m not looking to be on the TV or anything. I just want to be myself, have a place to live and play music.”
In 2003 he moved from country and acoustic to a more aggresive style, forming Cannibal Unicorn with drummer Justin Whitlow. The duo broke up in 2005, and Flik went on to form Satanic Elite, though an undated announcement on the group’s MySpace page declares “my passion for music fails me now. I am going on a journey. My path will either take me to Transylvania or Valhalla, both are fine with me.”
Flik’s body was found Sunday by his roommates, after they had not seen or heard from him since Friday, Jan. 25.
— David Forbes, staff writer