HOT VOX POP QUIZ WITH AUTUMN EVANS
Who is Autumn Evans? Where are you from, how long have you been playing music etc
I’m 24 and a singer-songwriter from Bromley, in South-East London but now I live and mainly gig in Birmingham. I’d been messing around with songwriting, alongside poetry and short story writing, for as long
as I can remember but I didn’t pick up a guitar until I was 16. Suddenly then everything just sort of fitted together and made sense, I’d always sung but playing the acoustic guitar helped me find one channel
where all this stuff came together. I went to Australia when I was 19 and that’s when I started doing it properly.
If you had to describe your sound using just five words, what would they be?
I always find it really hard to sum my music up in just one genre because I find it flows between different brackets a lot, but I’d probably say: folky, atmospheric, lyric-driven, character-based and different (this is
probably cheating but its hard to pin down)
Who are your biggest influences musically?
I am absolutely obsessed with Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) because I think he is just too talented to even talk about, but I am also very influenced by Simon and Garfunkel as I listened to them growing up a lot. I think
my main influences are Daughter and Ben Howard though because there was a time where I wouldn’t go to sleep without his album helping me drift off and I think subliminally I’ve taken that style on in places. I love
Gabrielle Aplin too.
When you were younger, what was the first album that blew you away and you remember putting on repeat non-stop?
Rumours by Fleetwood Mac. The embarrassing (and also true) answer would be Back to Bedlam by James Blunt but mum and dad always had very good music taste and we used to sing rumours with the windows
down on hot evenings in the car on holiday. That and Bridge Over Troubled Water by Simon and Garfunkel. To me they are both very nostalgic and very precious, happy albums.
As a performer, what’s your biggest claim to fame so far?
I’ve been featured on a series of adverts and television trailers over 2016 and 2017. The biggest was probably the Penny Dreadful Season 3 Trailer on Sky Atlantic, but I’ve done a fair few for the Drama
channel as well and some for programmes in the US.
If you could go on tour with any current band or artist, who would it be and why?
This is so hard! Probably Daughter because I think our music is most similar and I look up to her in every way, but Bon Iver because he does some amazing digital things live that I really want to break into and he
could teach me how to capture that magical atmosphere he can create with soundscapes. First Aid Kit are great too though and they seem like they’d have great fun on tour.
If you could put your dream team band together consisting of any musicians from the past or present who would the band members be?
I used to be part of an all-girl acapella group and honestly it’s the most fun and the most uplifting thing in the world so I’d probably try and recreate that with some cracking female folk voices. Let’s say Daughter,
Gabrielle Aplin, Laurel (who is an artist I supported recently who is up and coming and incredibly talented,) and Birdy from modern times and then we’ll have to include Joni Mitchell and Stevie Nicks.
How would you describe your live show to someone who has never seen you perform before?
It tends to be a very intimate thing – my sound is often quite gentle and delicate and it’s really important to me that people hear all the lyrics as the melodies themselves are often really simple – for me its mainly
about the lyrics, so getting that sense of being able to hear a pin drop is really special to me. I also try to give a bit of insight into what each song is about before I sing it. It’s ultmately just me and my guitar though
– acoustic through and through.
Do any of you have any pre-gig or post gig rituals? If so, what and why?
I actually never drink alcohol which I know is probably really boring but I find it just makes me more nervous than calming me down. I can be quite a nervy pre-show performer to be honest, so the more I can distract
myself the better – I tend to just chill out with friends and try not to overthink anything.
What would your ultimate rider be if you could have anything without being accused of being a diva?
A basket full of labrador or spaniel puppies would 100% have to be making an appearance. Also lots of gin and tonic, (gin is apparently the only spirit that doesn’t strip your throat so it’s a winner,) elderflower cordial
and maybe a trampoline so I can gear myself up before going on stage hahaha
If we were to browse your music library what is the most embarrassing song we might find? Or who is your guilty pleasure artist?
I genuinely love James Blunt, like I’m not even embarassed but people tell me I should be. I think he’s written some absolutely beautiful songs and I commend him so much for how he deals with trolls on twitter
– he’s so funny so nobody can get at him. I think I might actually have taken the name ‘Billy’ in my song from his song of the same title subconsciously (I was 16 when I wrote it)
Tell us one thing your fans would be really shocked or surprised to hear or learn about you?
I have absolutely zero guitar theory. I taught myself the guitar when I was 16 and I have come up with all sorts of weird and wonderful ways of finger picking the strings to make them sound more interesting, but
none of them are technically ‘correct.’ I learned the open chords and went from there – I think it’s more fun that way and you come up with far more interesting melodies
If people want to check you out online where is the best place to go?
You can find me on spotify, itunes and all other mainstream music outlets. I released my debut EP, The Watercolour EP, in January 2017 so that’s everywhere now, and I’m looking at getting a Youtube page up
and running soon. All news of that will be on my social media: Autumn Evans on Facebook, ‘_autumnevans’ on instagram and twitter. You can also sign up to my quarterly newsletter via my facebook
page where I keep you up to date with gigs etc.
Finally, What does the future hold for you as an artist?
I’m planning on investing in some new music software which will help me broaden my sound out to include layering of harmonies and atmospheric soundscapes etc. as part of my live sound which will
be cool. I want to keep getting some great support gigs to just keep growing my fan base in various cities, especially Birmingham and London, with a view to releasing another single maybe next year.