At the end of last year, I completed a round-up review and playlist of songs based around holiday/Christmas music. One of the artists I featured was Evran, with his track, Christmas Day, sounding gorgeous for the time of year. I managed to pin him down for an interview, which you can read below.
By Jane Howkins
At the end of last year, you released a new track titled Christmas Day. What can you tell us about the track and where can it be purchased?
It is a Christmas song that I wrote many years ago, that I never got round to producing. The inspiration behind the song came from walking around my home city on a dark December night. The great contrast between the winter darkness and the Christmas lights really made it feel magical. It’s a digital release, so you can find it wherever you stream/download music.
Would you ever consider doing more Christmas/holiday songs in the future? How do you celebrate the holidays?
I don’t think I’m going to do it intentionally. I might be writing/producing something that gets this wintery/Christmas vibe by accident. The fun thing about music is that you never know what you’re going to end up with in the end. I celebrate with my fiancé and my daughter, and every other year we are either at her parents or mine.
Have you got any plans to release a full length album or an EP anytime soon?
I’ve been working on an EP for some time that recently turned into an album with the addition of two songs that sort of arrived overnight. Hopefully I will get it out during 2022.
What is the writing and recording process like for you?
It varies a lot, depending on my mood and inspiration level. I recently came out of a musical writers block by tuning my guitar differently. Suddenly, I had 5 new song ideas from just a 3 hour session. At other times I can sit with a song for weeks and not make any progress.
Do you plan to release any singles at any point in the near future?
Hopefully very soon. I have a track that just needs some finishing touches before it’s ready for the world.
You’re originally from Norway. What is the music scene like in your part of the world at the moment?
It’s good. Where I’m from is a very musical town with a lot of musical layers and scenes. Everything from your international stars to the underground scene. Coronavirus took a toll on a lot of venues, but as things are opening up again, it’s starting to look good.
What/who influences you most as an artist? What have you been listening to recently?
Ever since I started to write and produce music, it’s been about building a world via sound. Painting landscapes with music. I usually write the music first and then I try to find the words that compliment the soundscape. The band that sort of got me hooked on music was U2, their music will always have a deep connection with me. Coldplay kinda refined that, and opened me up to experimenting with their Viva La Vida album. Lately I’ve been doing a deep dive into Radiohead, Christine and the Queens, Phoebe Bridges, Jordan Rakei and Kyan.
Has the pandemic hindered your work much?
Well it hindered my live plans. The lockdowns started just as I was getting a band together and starting to prepare for some live shows. I got to do some later that year, and I’m making preparations for some more this year.
Do you have any tour dates lined up? What can people expect from one of your shows and why should people come and see you perform live?
No plans at the moment. I try to communicate my sonic worlds to my audience, so if you like getting lost in music with a very enthusiastic Norwegian, then I’m your guy!
Any last words for the fans?
Thank you for listening and supporting me! It means a lot to me that what I make in my tiny bedroom studio resonates with someone – almost like having a conversation with someone you’ve never met!