Music Interview: Evie Calabasas

Today is the penultimate day of my Music Interview Marathon, which welcomes Italian electro-pop artist Evie Calabasas. She tells us about her love of creating and performing music and her dream to have a headline tour.

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Artist’s Name: Evie Calabasas
Genre: Pop, electro-pop, bedroom-pop
Founded: 2019
Originated From: Grosseto, Italy
Discography: Home (Single, 2020), Stargirl (EP, 2020), OMG (Single, 2021)
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How would you describe your music?

I usually try to describe my music genre as a mix of electro-pop and bedroom-pop. I’d say I write music that I like listening to, I try to make my lyrics as relatable as possible whilst trying to express my feelings the best I can.

What is your musical creative process like?

It really depends on the mood I’m in, which obviously shapes the lyrics and the chord progression as well as the melody. I normally start off by writing some lyrics and then try something on my guitar to see if it works, if it does then it gets easier and I finish the song immediately most of the times.

As for the lyrics, I normally find inspiration in my own experiences, or those that my friends go through. It usually comes much more easily for me to write something that’s not based on how I feel because it takes much longer and it’s definitely harder to put feelings into words.

Who influenced you within the music industry?

The artists that have influenced me are definitely Taylor Swift, above all, Maisie Peters and many more, such as Ed Sheeran, Harry Styles or Alessia Cara. They’re all artists I look up to both lyrically and musically speaking.

I listen to many other independent artists as well, as I think they can also help me improve. My favourites would have to be Gion and Mathilda Mann, they inspire me so much in terms of music and aesthetics.

Have you performed live much and what was your favourite gig to play at?

Yes, I have performed live many times and have always enjoyed it! I love the feeling I get when I hop onstage and see that there are people there who just came to listen to my music, it makes me feel warm inside.

I don’t think I have a favourite show, I believe that every show has something to remember, whether it is good or bad. The show I keep closest to my heart is definitely when I performed at a stadium as an opening act, it really felt special as it was also the first time I played one of my original songs live.

What is the best thing about being a musician?

It’s definitely the fact I get to express myself differently and also try to create something relatable that can speak to others who have been through the same things. It’s very hard at times but it’s definitely one of my favourite things.

What’s the biggest problem you’ve had to overcome so far as a musician(s)?

Hate and negativity for sure. There’s always someone who feels the need to hate on what you’re doing, to tell you, “you just suck” without giving you any constructive criticism and that’s something that really makes me sad at times, because it really does make you question anything you’re doing.

What plans have you got coming up this year?

I’m working on new music so I’m planning on releasing at least three more singles, these are definitely part of the plans. I really can’t wait to put new music out, that makes me kind of nervous, but I’ve been working so hard on it.

I would also love to be able to play live shows once that we are allowed to do so, perhaps being able to play as an opening act, I haven’t stepped onstage in a while and I really miss that.

Besides, I’m still in university so getting my degree is also a very important plan for me.

What is your ultimate dream as a musician?

I’d definitely say a headline tour. That’s one of my biggest dreams, I’d love to tour around Europe and the rest of the world. Besides, as cheesy as it may sound, I’d love for one of my singles to chart on billboard. Hopefully one day!

To find out more about Evie Calabasas and her music, follow her on Facebook, Instagram, SoundCloud, Spotify and YouTube.

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