We first discovered Ever back at Icebreaker Festival, Southsea in January this year and were instantly impressed by her live performance. But fast forward to her most recent release ‘Silence Is Petty, Bitter’s Not Pretty’, we caught up with her to discuss the single, Ventnor Fringe Festival and the future.
Firstly, so that our readers can know a bit more about you, please introduce yourself.
My name is Ever, I’m a singer/songwriter based in Salisbury and my music has been described as Atmospheric Electronica; although personally I never have any idea what exactly to categorise it under! I like to find interesting sounds to incorporate into my music, often surrounded by lots of magical pads, then I throw my thoughts and worries on top of that. I spend a lot of time focusing on the lyrics, I want them to capture every emotion that goes on in the story I’m writing, however I never really feel like any of the genres I describe my music really puts that across…or maybe none of that matters and I’m thinking way too much about it!
Your latest single ‘Silence Is Petty, Bitter’s Not Pretty’ was released recently and we’re really enjoying both tracks. Where did the inspiration behind both tracks come from?
I wrote ‘Silence is Petty, Bitter’s not Pretty’ when I was feeling a bit down about my music, I was working a job that I didn’t really like so when I got home I never felt like writing music. It’s all about the fact that now-a-days we have to work all the time just to live, so it feels like our whole life is dedicated to working, we don’t really live. I just wanted music to be my main job, so I could enjoy it without having to worry about putting it on hold to go to work.
The b-side is a lot less serious! You know that Gwen Stefani song, ‘Sweet Escape’? Well I was watching her sing it on Car Pool Karaoke and she sang the line ‘Cause I’ve been acting like sour milk all on the floor, It’s your fault you didn’t shut the refrigerator’ – I heard ‘sour milk’ and thought “that would be a cool song title” and wrote the song ‘SOUR MILK’. I wanted a quirky, less serious b-side to go along with the track and thought this would be perfect.
What originally sparked your interest in creating music?
Originally when I first started writing music I was a kid, knew about 4 chords, wrote really bad cheesy pop tunes, and dreamt about being super famous. When I started to take songwriting more seriously I was inspired greatly by Laura Marling and Joni Mitchell. I got really into folk music and loved how they told a story, so poetically at times, that’s why the lyrics to a song became a big thing for me.
After spending a year or two writing folk tunes I got a bad case of writers block! I decided to search for new inspiration and discovered Grimes. Ever since then I haven’t looked back, electronic and quirky music has drawn me in ever since. Obviously I still listen to Folk, it’s still a huge inspiration lyrical wise for me, but I love experimenting with different sounds and looking for new instruments, it made songwriting a lot more fun for me.
Where is somewhere you haven’t yet played live, but would love to and why?
Honestly I love performing so much I want to play everywhere and be on tour constantly. I would love to play in Germany though, music always seems to be greatly appreciated over there, and it looks like an amazing place to visit, although all this Brexit business might have put a spanner in the works there…
Finally, have you got anything to share regarding upcoming tour dates and what have you got planned for the remainder of 2016?
I’m playing at the Ventnor Fringe Festival on the 11th and 12th of August, I will be supporting Stealing Sheep on the 11th which I am so excited for! The Stealing Sheep show is at a super secret venue (I don’t even know where it is yet!) and you only find out where it is 24 hours before. The whole festival is about all the different arts, not just music, so if you’re free that week I would highly recommend it! A lot of the festival is free too, most of the shows I’m playing are free entry, as well as other events, and it is run by the loveliest people you could ever meet.
Other than that I’m just working on new music. I should also have a music video out for the ‘Silence is Petty, Bitter’s not Pretty’ soon as well so keep an eye out for that!
You can buy Ever’s latest single ‘Silence Is Petty, Bitter’s Not Pretty’ via Bandcamp by clicking here or you can listen to it below via Soundcloud. You can also find Ever on Twitter and Facebook.