Originally posted on Realtime88
So much of my spare time is spent on the interweb looking for new music and so much of that time is spent looking for music that I’ve already heard but just can’t find anyplace. As is the case with Evy Jane & Jeremiah Klein. Listening to their live music two years in a row at Shambhala and no where else.. Thats too big a gap in between.
Reading “if you don’t already know” on some blog is kind of insulting I’ve always found, but you really should make mental note of these names. Big things. Their music is a bit hard to find atm but here’s a little about them:
Introductions. Who are you, where are you from, where do you reside?
Evy: I’m Evy Jane, I’m 21 and I’m originally from Crescent Valley BC. Jeremiah and I live in East Vancouver.
The first time I heard your music was at Shambhala 2010. How did you come to perform there?
Evy: I used to perform a lot with Erica Dee when I first moved to Vancouver. She booked me for the hip-hop showcase which was such a great opportunity. It was definitely a stretch for me though, because as much as I love hip-hop… the music that comes out of me doesn’t exactly fit into that category. That was also the first show I did with Jeremiah. He was my super hot DJ soundbwoy!
Since Shambhala I’ve been looking for more of your music periodically to no avail. Why’s it so hard to find your music?
Jeremiah: Yeah, we’ve been a bit reserved about releasing tunes so far, but we have an EP coming out on King Deluxe in February so we’ve been mainly focusing on that. We did perform at New Forms Festival in September but then vanished for a couple months to do some writing. We plan on releasing music more regularly from this point on — singles, more EPs, eventually an album, etc…
When did the two of you meet and begin making music together?
Jeremiah: We met a couple years ago, talked music, and found that we had a bunch of similar aesthetic tastes. I then gave Evy some riddims to sing on and it worked. . we’ve been doing it ever since.
Any shared influences?
Jeremiah: We’re both into lo-fi bass-heavy music soaked in lush melodies.
Evy: I like pop.
It is said that two heads are better than one. Do you ever butt heads while recording or on an idea?
Evy: Short answer: yes. I can be a bit of a tyrant diva when I am really stuck on an idea… But of course we work it out!
Where do you find common ground?
Jeremiah: We do small animal sacrifices and consult the tarot to see who wins the round.
Nice. Between vocalist/ lyricist and producer how do you trade ideas back and forth for a track?
Evy: Well, we actually live together. So it’s pretty easy. My studio and Jeremiah’s studio are adjacent to one another. Sometimes I will start a project on Ableton and with my loop pedal and synth, then Jeremiah will finesse it. Or he’ll start it and I’ll write to it.
This one’s for Jeremiah, what are you producing with?
Jeremiah: For software, I’ve been using Ableton more and more cause its so good at editing but it still doesn’t sound as good as Logic. .. so I sometimes end up doing final mixes there. I also use some hardware…a Space Echo, Prophet, a bunch of boutique pedals. . and whatever other shit I’ve got lying around that catches my eye in the moment. Oh and I’ve an ampex 24 track analog tape machine. .. so that’s fun too.
Do you DJ?
Jeremiah: Yea, I’ve DJ’d a lot under the moniker phōwa. As well, my other band Basketball does some DJ gigs under the ‘Hyaenas’ and I’ve DJ’d a bunch at those parties. I’d like to do it more but I never seem to get around to booking myself for it.
I know of Basketball.. Crazy to hear your a part of that.
Evy, do your lyrics derive from personal experience? Whats your approach to writing/is there anything you write more about?
Evy: Some of my lyrics are extremely personal. I have no problem with writing somewhat uncomfortable lyrics. I try to put myself in an honest and sincere place, and then everything just tumbles out very easily. Other times, I feel like certain concepts or ideas are sent to my brain from the cosmos, or maybe hell, or maybe heaven, or maybe the toilet. I don’t know. Inspiration is so hard to define. I’m inspired by everything from Dostoevsky to Nicki Minaj.
Any formal musical schooling in either of your backgrounds?
Evy: I used to be a jazz singer. Total band nerd. I did private vocal training all throughout high school, also piano and guitar. I did musicals too, hahaha.
Jeremiah: I’m self-taught.
Would you guy’s mind recommending a couple good movies?
Evy: We’re watching Andrei Rublev by Tarkovsky right now. It’s beautiful. I also love Valerie and her Week of Wonders. Jodorowsky’s Holy Mountain. Anything with Katherine Hepburn. I can also watch Mean Girls over and over again. It’s just so effing goooood. Clueless is also in that category.
Jeremiah: Death Note, the anime series is fun.
What’s in store for 2012? Can I expect to see you at Shambhala?
Jeremiah: Our first 12” in February, more shows, festivals… yeah, maybe Shambhala too.
Evy: We’re in production for a video for Sayso right now. I’m super excited. There will be many videos… I think it’s so important to have visual accompaniment to music… or maybe I’m just ADD. I get bored otherwise.
Thanks for the interview guys. Great to hear from you.