Evie Calabasas Talks Music, Beginnings and the Future!

Electro-pop act EVIE CALABASAS have an EP with new music underway! So much is talked about from music, to the start of it all to what the future holds up.

1. Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.

At the moment it’s just me, myself and I, I’ve tried in the past to be part of a band, but it never lasted and ultimately I decided to go solo. I surely miss the dynamic of a band very much, such as the jamming sessions, having different instruments or creating memories as a group, but for the time being, I don’t regret my decision. Now I feel that I’m able to express myself in ways that I couldn’t when I was part of a band.

2. What’s the origin of the band’s name?

Evie Calabasas is my stage name, which is not so different from my birth name, Evita Calabassi, but I wanted to try to make it as simple as possible and easy for anyone to pronounce and remember, so I went for my nickname “Evie” and the surname “Calabasas”, which I think is very fresh and cute. Plus, growing up, I've heard a lot about the city of Calabasas in LA and many books, movies and tv shows I love are set there, therefore it's like a homage to them as well.

3. Where is the band based out of and what is your music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?

At the moment I'm in Italy, between Perugia, where I am studying at the University, and Grosseto, the city where I was born. The music scene in Perugia used to be very lively before Covid, yet Grosseto is kind of flat, but that’s where I met my producer, so in the end, I was very lucky. One good band that I would recommend is called Minerva 40, they mostly play Italian rock and so far they have released two wonderful singles that I listen to quite often. 

4. How would you describe your style?

It kind of fluctuates, it pretty much depends on the mood I’m in and what I think the song should sound like, but it’s mostly electro-pop. I usually write lyrics and melody on my guitar first in my room, but then it comes to life in my producer’s home studio. We have a great synergy and what I love the most is that I don't need to explain too much, because he instantly gets what I think, or even what I am about to say. 

I try to be as honest as I can in my lyrics, talking about typical topics such as heartbreaks and more personal struggles. I draw inspiration from other people’s experiences as well as my own, but sometimes a song can spark just from a sentence or a line that I've read somewhere and couldn't get out of my head.

5. What have you released so far and what can someone expect from your works?

I’ve already released a 3-songs EP called “Stargirl” and the single “Home” in mid-2020, but musically speaking it was a very different project, it was more on the indie-folk side and I like to think that I’ve evolved a little from there.

I’m working with a London-based record label at the moment, I’ve shifted to a different style thanks to new musical influences and to my producer, who introduced me to a whole different world. 

6. Do you have any new music in the works? 

Yes I do! My new single OMG comes out May 21st, but I haven’t stopped working on new music so you can expect more coming soon. In fact, I have at least more two singles ready to go and one in the making. I like to call this phase of my musical career a “new era”, so I would like to convey this common thread that is the backbone of the next releases, so I am trying to curate every little detail within the music and also the visuals.

7. How about playing shows and touring, have anything planned out?

I miss playing live gigs so much! Unfortunately, I haven’t had the chance to plan any shows due to the current situation, as Italy is still in a semi-lockdown. The best I can do for now is try to record a few live acoustic sessions for my upcoming releases and share them with the world. As for online shows, I wanted to wait until I had released new music just so I would have something new to play to my audience.

8. What plans do you have for the future as a band?

As for now, I’m enjoying the process of being a solo artist and I’m working hard on my upcoming projects with the support of my producer and the record label, so I know I have the right team behind me. However, I’m always open to working with different people, but as for now, it feels right for me to continue on this path and see where it takes me. Either way, I can’t wait until I get to play live, meet new musicians and see if some kind of synergy sparks. 

9. Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?

You can listen to my music on pretty much any streaming platform, such as Spotify, Apple Music and Amazon Music. 

10. What is it you’d like a listener to remember the most when hearing your music for the first time?

I generally believe that it’s not what you say, but how you make people feel that helps them remember you, so I try not to focus that much on words themselves but on the feelings they convey when they’re put together with music. 

I would definitely love for my listeners to be able to identify themselves in what I write and to feel understood and relieved that they are not the only ones feeling a certain way.

I’m always happy when someone comes up to me after hearing one of my songs and tells me that they felt something, that is exactly what I strive to achieve.

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