Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Hope Music”?
“Hope Music” is my attempt at writing a life-affirming, dancy pop tune.
Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
I was struggling to see anything in a positive light and it made my life very complicated, so I became obsessed with the idea of self-transformation, started to teach myself to „think positively“, as it’s called, got really into sports, healthy living, meditation, quit alcohol, all sorts of things. “Hope Music“ was written in that obsessive phase, very blissful but also quite delusive. Did I manage to keep it all up? I’m not telling.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
Yes, me and a friend filmed some trashy scenes on a stay in Costa Rica which I’ve now compiled into something you might call a music video.
Why naming the album after this track in particular?
It says in the hookline of the track: “Hope Music is gonna save my soul” and maybe that’s what I’m hoping for with this EP, that all these songs will open up new possibilities and give a new direction to things, save the day so to speak.
How was the recording and writing process?
Most of it was self-recorded over the past two years, during that time I moved from London to Berlin to Zurich and back to Berlin so there was a lot of bedroom recording and working in odd spaces, studios of friends here and there, except for the vocals which were recorded in a proper studio. That’s what it sounds like to me; songs made from sonic fragments of memory from all that journeying. Nerdy stuff, very imperfect but polished to make an impression.
How your upbringing has influence your writing?
My mother was a jazz singer and she always supported my ambition to become a musician. This support meant I never thought twice and just went for it.
What role does Zurich play in your music?
It’s paradox; I needed to leave Zurich far behind me to see what I love it for. Now it’s coming back into my life and I’m spending more time there, because it’s where some of my favourite musicians are living, who are good friends. There is a vibrant jazz scene and some very exceptional talent in that place and these days there is a good vibe around.
Domi Chansorn, Disco Doom, Gamut Kollektiv, Dimlite, Trio Heinz Herbert to only name a few.
What aspect of hope did you get to explore on this record?
I went from thinking “Hope” can transform anything and make wishes come true to realizing that some things just are what they are and “Hope” is merely a way of having a positive attitude no matter the downfalls. But I’m done with the concept of “Hope” for now, kind of drifted into eastern philosophy which is more about acceptance rather than passing judgement all the time or wishing things were this or that way.
Any plans to hit the road?
I always have plans! I expect to be touring for the rest of the year, starting with a few festival shows in the summer.
What else is happening next in Evelinn Trouble’s world?
I’m looking for a house cos I’m tired of that sofa living and I’m contemplating dying my hair to a kind of tangerine tone. Also I’ll start work on my next EP soon, working title NO HOPE MUSIC. You gotta have some balance, right?