And it looks like Eric knows exactly which side his bread is buttered judging by this sweet clip.
One Direction were put together by Simon during the seventh series of The X Factor. The footage shows little Eric giggling away - drum in hand - to their hit Story Of My Life, and the little boy can't hide his delight when the song starts up.
Simon uploaded the clip with the message: "One Direction have just hired Eric as their new drummer!"
Harry, Zayn, Louis, Liam and Niall have made Eric's dad Simon a whole heap of cash since they starred on the ITV talent show four years go, and the band was recently named Britain's top earning act.
No wonder Eric's a fan...
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