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INTERVIEW: Ever

Hi Ever, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Hey! I’ve been good thanks, just moved so my house is a mess and I still don’t know where anything is. But other than that, things have been good!

Can you talk to us more about your first ever single “Bodies//”?

I first wrote ‘Bodies’ back when I wrote and performed acoustic folk music; I was having writers block so decided to try out something new. I’d recently just discovered Grimes and wanted to do something like that. However, all I had was an acoustic guitar, electric guitar, and Garage Band so I was pretty limited to what I could create at the time. It was nice to experiment and write something new though, and it really helped with the writers block!

It was about two years after I had written ‘Bodies’ before it was properly recorded at a studio; I originally never had any intention of making anything more of it. When I decided I wanted to take Ever into a new direction, I went to Skinny Mammoth Studio on the Isle of Wight and they helped turn it into what it is today.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

The lyrics were more inspired by the books I was reading at the time, I guess. It was after The Hunger Games came out, so there were a lot of dystopian and supernatural books around at the time which I read a few of – they sort of set the tone for the song.

Your latest EP is titled Bones – what’s the story behind the title?

I wrote the song ‘Bones’ before I first thought of doing another EP. It was originally meant to be a single but then one day I thought about releasing an EP on Halloween, as it’s my favorite time of year, and ended up saving it for the EP. Another main reason behind picking ‘Bones’ as the title was the artwork. Valerie Vargas, who also did the artwork for my single Bodies, posted a picture on instagram of a retro-looking skeleton girl and I instantly knew that would be perfect for the artwork of the EP.

How was the recording and writing process?

The whole EP was written pretty quickly. ‘Bones’ was the song that took the longest amount of time, but that was because we started writing it before the EP was planned. Once we had properly started writing the EP, it only took about a month. ‘Naturally’ was written in a day and finished in a week as it was an “Ahh, I need one more song to finish the EP and the EP is out in a week!” moment. The others were all written in about 3 weeks as I was just switching between them until I knew they were ready to be mixed and mastered.

It was a much quicker turnaround than my first EP ‘Common Daze’ – I spent about 6 months writing that then rushing through the mixing and mastering process. I think this EP was a lot more stressful because we only just finished mastering about an hour or two before release! I definitely think it made us work harder having a shorter time frame, and I know it helped make my lyric writing stronger as it forced me to find new ways to go about writing lyrics.

What was it like to work with Rob Douglas and how did that relationship develop?

We’ve known each other for nearly 8 years now; we met back when we studied music as a GCSE and ended up going to the same college and university together, so it was pretty easy to just ask him for help. He also has a better knowledge of the mixing and mastering process than I do so I knew the songs would sound a lot better if he did all of that compared to me doing it myself.

With the song ‘Bones’ I came to him with a basic structure of what I wanted and the lyrics – he then turned it into a full song. The rest of the EP I had already written the songs; he mixed and mastered them.

How much did he get to influence the album?

I knew how I wanted the EP to sound but I’m open to sharing ideas, so if he thought something would work better he’d just show me and then I’d say yes or no. We work well together – there’s still the odd time we’d argue about something, but the EP wouldn’t be anything like it is without his help.

How did the small venue where this was recorded influence the sound and lyrics on this album?

Obviously there were limitations to recording the EP at home. There’s only so much money we can spend on plugins and microphones, so it was low budget. We could have gotten a better sound if we had access to better stuff obviously, but I was still happy with how it sounded.

The biggest problem we had was recording vocals. We didn’t have a vocal booth, just a duvet hung over the door and the microphone in front of it, so the room didn’t give us the best vocal takes. We were also in the same room as the boiler so any time someone turned on the hot tap/shower/the heating, we’d have to wait to record as the microphone was picking up all the boiler noise. That aside, we still managed to achieve a good professional sound overall. I’m hoping for the next release that I can get the vocals recorded in a studio.

Any plans to hit the road?

I have a London show on the 5th February at The Old Blue Last and I’d love to do a tour over the summer but it’s just finding time to plan it. I need to work on building my fanbase a bit more before I go out on my own but, for now, it would be nice to find someone I could open for on a tour.

What else is happening next in Ever’s world?

Right now? Unpacking my house!

After that, just lots of writing and trying to gig more. I want to bring electric guitar into my next release as I think it would make live shows more interesting as well as bringing something new to my sound.

My next EP won’t be until the end of the year probably but I’ll definitely release a single beforehand!

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Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, play guitar, music geek, movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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