Founder of the successful U.S. band The Walkabouts, now co-leader (with Hugo Race) of Dirtmusic collaborating with musicians from Africa and Turkey.
Together with Peter Weber, he runs the recognised German label Glitterbeat, which has won four prestigious Womex awards for the best World Music label over its five-year history. Eckman (now living in Ljubljana) perceives music as a multicultural dialogue with a strong humanistic sense, which is why he is such a sought-after and appreciated producer. He stands behind albums by such names as Tamikrest, Baba Zula, Ben Zabo, Samba Touré and Andrea Schroeder. Curiosity: he mixes the Glitterbeat albums in the Czech Sono studio.