Since beginning out with the Mystic, Connecticut-based folk-rock band Barefoot Reality, Will Evans has been one among southern New England’s most interesting songwriters. His solo output nonetheless retains a folks singer-songwriter sound, however he integrated parts of reggae, soul, and hip hop into it whereas continuously increasing his inventive imaginative and prescient. He does this with a wide range of devices, together with guitar, metal drums, and even a didgeridoo. Nowadays, Evans is evolving his type with some pop sensibilities and it is evident with a brand new album he is releasing within the spring. Followers may have the prospect to preview a few of his newest music as Evans heads to the United Theater in Westerly tomorrow for a present at 7.30pm.
Earlier than filming, we chatted a few music video he not too long ago launched, his collaboration with numerous producers on the album, having a gifted visitor rapper on one of many tracks, and the way the following present is an interactive expertise.
Rob Duguay: On November 10, you launched the music video for “Bridge With No Identify” which is a part of the upcoming album “After The Burnt Out Solar” due out on March 1. The scenes within the video have you ever surrounded by nature with you strolling by means of woods and fields and hanging out on the seashore by the ocean. The place was the video filmed and who got here up with this concept for this nature-based idea?
Will Evans: The video was filmed totally on Lantern Hill, which is a mountaineering location close to Foxwoods in North Stonington, Connecticut. Then we shot among the seashore scenes close to Misquamicut Seashore, at a spot known as Fenway. I believe the thematic idea was simply born out of my affection for nature and the way impressed I’m each time I immerse myself in it. Sonically it spoke to me of being exterior, bathed in gentle and surrounded by timber, it was such a lovely late summer time day. It was simply me and a videographer occurring a hike to see what we might get and we truly bought misplaced on the hike so two hours become 5 hours we had been so centered on discovering cool scenes that we form of misplaced monitor of the place we had been.
DR: There are quite a lot of cool scenes in it, I actually just like the visuals of the video. Listening to the album, I observed you labored with a number of totally different producers on numerous tracks, together with Dana Nielsen, Trevor Corridor, and Jon Kaplan. What made you need to have this specific strategy with the recording course of by working with three totally different producers reasonably than only one?
WE: We had been looking for producers who complimented this type that we had been making an attempt to realize. “Bridge With No Identify” for instance is an instance of a tune that may be very ethereal whereas having a religious aesthetic. Trevor was a former member of the band and I toured with him for a number of years so I at all times needed to create with him and that is how he bought concerned. Together with the others, we had been searching for producers to work with who’ve clout and repute and Dana actually comes extremely beneficial and he is performed an incredible job. He is form of Rick Rubin’s left arm and we could not get Rick to reply so we ended up getting in contact with Dana, he is an actual one particular person lover.
He understood that we had been a form of humble and impartial staff. We’re not an enormous label or something, however we would like to have the ability to sonically rival something on the market within the pop world with these folk-pop tracks. We thought he would actually succeed for us and it was cool to work with him on that.
DR: I undoubtedly discover that pop high quality when listening to the songs, which is actually cool. You even have Chali 2na from legendary Los Angeles hip-hop group Jurassic 5 as a visitor on the album’s monitor “Previous Soul,” so how did the 2 of you join for the tune?
WE: I have been obsessive about Jurassic 5 since my early faculty years and Chali is actually the voice of that band for me, he simply has this wonderful baritone. His rhyme schemes are so distinctive to him and I at all times had this obsession of making an attempt to jot down a tune that I might function one among my heroes on. It began falling into place after I did the tune and at the very least a demo, a very good pal of mine began managing the Barely Stoopid tour and Chali was their featured visitor on the summer time tour final. We had been sitting round a fireplace one night time and he informed me that Chali was on this tour and he bought his quantity, so I related with him. He was very approachable, I despatched him the tune and he was prepared to do a verse for it and actually it was a dream come true to be sincere. I despatched it to a pal of mine who can also be an enormous Jurassic 5 fan with out telling him and he simply freaked out and I used to be like “Yeah, that is occurring.”
DR: It is form of good that it occurred like that, it is nice. A significant drawback with the music trade lately is that the availability chain for bodily merchandise comparable to vinyl information has been backed up with bands and musicians having to attend practically a 12 months for his or her information arrive by publish. Did that have an effect on the discharge of “After The Burnt Out Solar” or are you nearly anticipating to launch it in March as a result of that is a greater time to tour in help?
WE: I do not know if there is a proper method to launch a file lately. The way in which we strategy it’s that folks have very quick consideration spans lately, so quite a lot of your success depends on capturing an algorithm that enables your music to be form of uncovered to a wider viewers. We stated we’d launch a single and 4 weeks later we’d launch the primary EP of 5 or 6 songs, it was the principle factor for 4 to 5 months simply to convey individuals again whereas giving them an opportunity to digest every of the songs or every of the EPs. There’s a lot music and it was a lot work that it might be actually arduous to get it out and be performed with it. I simply do not feel like individuals have the eye span to dig right into a full case proper now sadly the best way life is for individuals is on the spot gratification so we need to maintain going to convey them again and hopefully give them a little bit of an opportunity to digest a full expertise.
DR: I can see this strategy with the file being fairly helpful reasonably than simply popping it . This upcoming present on the United Theater appears to be like to be fairly interactive with a VIP meet and greet, pre-show acoustic efficiency, a photograph alternative with you, and even a wine tasting. What do you consider this distinctive expertise and the way do you plan to affiliate it with the promotion of the following album?
WE: My complete philosophy is to let the followers know that they’re the rationale I can maintain writing and recording. The ability of the fan makes them a part of an artist’s label, so when you give them these experiences that simply allow them to know the way particular and essential they’re in your life and your profession, I believe that provides them that enables extra to proceed to help you in different methods. Plenty of these individuals come to greater than 10 reveals a 12 months, which is simply wonderful, however I additionally need it to be distinctive every time whereas making them really feel that it is essential to maintain coming as a result of it is actually essential. They’re my fundamental viewers who maintain spreading the phrase, they’re there to assist me promote and transfer the music ahead. Actually, if it was streaming alone, I could not do that. I’ve to play dwell and I’ve to be on the street as a result of it is not viable in any other case.