With a debut album released in September, an upcoming 2019 summer tour, and a current support slot with British rock trio The Wombats, Cairns-born Eves Karydas is definitely making her mark on the music world. She actually made her musical debut at 15, releasing her first EP under the name “Eves the Behavior”. Her new album summerskin features contributions from some impressive names, including Sam Dixon (Sia and Adele) and Warpaint drummer Stella Mozgawa, and producer Chris Zane (Passion Pit, Friendly Fires).
With her upcoming support performance this Friday in Brisbane, we were lucky enough to catch this lovely lady and have her share some musical wisdom for our latest Savvy Seven.
1) Who was your first musical inspiration? Why? Who inspires you now?
When I was 12 I discovered Joni Mitchell and I’d say she was my first major inspiration. She still inspires me today, all these years later. Some other people that inspire me now are Taylor Swift, Adele and Kylie Minogue.
2) What advice do you have for someone who is about to set off on their first tour?
I’d say it doesn’t matter how many people you are performing to, it could be 5 or it could be 500 – make sure those people walk away remembering you and feeling appreciated for turning up.
3) What has been one of the most defining moments in your career?
Finishing my first album. It was a long journey getting to that point and felt like a real achievement. I’m very proud of what I’ve made.
4) How has your music practice changed over time?
I’d say I’m still the same writer I was when I was 12. But I’ve become a lot more savvy and have developed an understanding for the business side of things which I think is imperative to success. You have to understand what you’re getting into!
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5) My top business tip for new artists is…
Like I said in my above answer – learn the ins and outs. Be hands on. Don’t just leave those jobs to your manager or team. It’s very empowering knowing how things work from a business sense.
6) My biggest career mistake has been… What would you do differently now?
I think it’s important to establish your brand and aesthetic from the get go, which is something I didn’t do as well as I would have liked. It’s such a useful tool knowing what you’re about and what you stand for straight away. That way your vision can’t get blurred by outside influence.
7) In my opinion, the most important issue facing the music industry is… What do you think can change that?
The persistent closure of live music venues is one of the largest issues I see facing the Australian music industry. Buy tickets, go to shows, bring your friends to shows, buy merch, tell a band if you like their music, encourage more artists to tour. Touring is so expensive and largely not affordable for emerging artists, so supporting new artists in any way I think would in turn make a small difference in the grand scheme of venue closures.
Eves Karydas summerskin National Tour 2019
+ Special Guests TBA
Tickets On Sale Now via eveskarydas.com
Thu Feb 14 – Jack Rabbit Slims, Perth, WA
Fri Feb 15 – Rocket Bar, Adelaide, SA
Sat Feb 16 – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Thu Feb 21 – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW
Fri Feb 22 – Woolly Mammoth, Brisbane, QLD
Sat Feb 23 – Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns, QLD
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