A Q&A with George Eve
Laptops and guitars from London town…
What’s the title of your latest release, and what does it mean to you?
‘Gates’ – it’s a very honest/personal song. I was feeling low and confused at the time and I wrote ‘Gates’ as a kind of list of reasons to be cheerful! It’s basically a happy prayer!
What was the hardest part about putting this release together, and why?
Probably creating everything on my own. I used to be in a band and its very different… When you create everything on your own you become very hard on yourself. I guess I was striving for perfection and giving myself no quarter in that process. All that pushing and pushing against yourself starts to seep into other parts of your life and it gets quite easy quite quick to not be kind on yourself about anything!
Who produced the release – what did they bring to it?
I produced ‘Gates’, but I was mentored by Sam Duckworth (Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly.) and he produced bits on the other songs on the EP to come. He was great and taught me so much. In the end he said: ‘You gotta figure this out on your own. I’ll be there if you need me, but I can see you gotta go through this one on your own – at least one time’. He said that, but he was there next to me from start to finish, he was super supportive and has so much experience. I think having Sam there to see and support what I was doing was an amazing gift, I was very lucky to have him… What do I like the most..? Ummm: it’s always really fun when an idea fits! When you’re producing something yourself you try hundreds of ideas that don’t work, so when something does its amazing. When it clicks – that’s the best bit!
What do you want the listener to take away from listening to your music?
I want the listener to feel happy, emotionally stirred and satisfied. I love listening to bands and hearing every instrument come in and feeling/seeing how that effects your emotions and keeps the song building and moving forward. I hope that people can do that with my music and get a sense of satisfaction and purpose.
How does a track normally come together? Can you tell us something about the process?
Usually a melody will either enter my head or come out off my fingers onto the guitar. I then try and extrapolate whatever vibe/emotion I’ve captured in that moment. That’s the beginning of the process: writing and structuring the song from that glimpse of emotion. Then comes the production part of the job… which is very different and much less immediate when you’re working on your own. That involves hours of painstaking trial and error in-front of the computer. Trying to find the melodies, textures and rhythms that feel right and honest to match the piece of music that started as a lil doodle.
What band/artists have influenced you the most since you started this project, and why?
The Black Keys – because they are so sexy and simple. Avicii – because he can make you cry with his melodies. Benny Blanco – because his sounds are so modern and perfect.
What countries would you like to tour? Are there any standout venues you’d like to play in?
I would love to play Brixton Academy because I saw my first gig ever there. Or Glastonbury Festival because it is the best place in the world ever and I have been going since I was a kid. I would love to tour America, I love America and it would be so fun to drive across the whole country just listening to local radio!
If you could pick one track for our readers to listen to in order to get a taste of your music, what would you pick, and why?
‘Gates’ – it’s the newest song I have and for that reason I think its the best! It’s got everything I want to bring together in it: Trap hi-hats, live drums, acoustic and electric guitars, synthesisers, 808s, Hofner bass, trumpets! Its a melting pot of modern and retro sounds and I can’t wait for people to hear it and see it live!
What ambitions do you have for the band/your career?
I would love to keep making music and put out an album and tour that album as much as I can.
Finally, as you leave the stage, what are your parting words?
Thank you, tonight we believed !
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