Tell us about yourself and your music
I’ve been involved professionally since 1967 playing Resident at the major clubs in Auckland NZ plus major clubs in Sydney and Melbourne…playing Motown & Soul.
I’m also a session singer doing main vocal for many many TV & Radio jingles here, the likes of KFC
McDonalds AMP Toyota too many to mention.
I’ve recorded a number of albums, my 96 album was Aint No Two Ways About It …Live album Gotta Get Up..then Out Of The Shadows and my recent album Chance & Time.
Talk to us more about your latest release
Chance & Time features two great musicians, Piano player Stephen Small & Jazz guitarist Lance Su’a, with a few others like harmonica and bass. I wrote new songs with different flavours and wanted to keep the album simple and stripped back to allow the melodies to speak. There are some great songs like Matter Of Time with a 6/8 feel and L-O-V-E which is acoustic and soulful.
It is a great piano & vocal track and Never Just One is melodic, a little dark with a hooking chorus.
What inspired you to write this release?
It was the first song that I wrote on piano as Im not a piano player however I found these chords and the song evolved very quickly.
It’s a love song where one person is not quite sure how strong the other persons love is for them.
Lyrics : Part of me’s pretending-That this love your sending-Is coming to me with your sweet sweet desire.
Any plans to release a video?
There is a Live TV Video on Youtube
Any plans to hit the road?
I’m still playing Live in NZ and looking at writing a follow up to my self published book Under The Afro which is about my life from childhood – teens – and through my music years.
Plus I’m writing new songs for an 8 song EP.
As an indie artist, how do you brand yourself and your music to stand out from the rest of the artists out there?
Good quality…always write well record well and work with seasoned players.
Produce a good product and keep your standards high.
The word travels.
Who have you been listening to lately?
Frank McComb Steely Dan Stevie Wonder a variety of people.
Tell us about your passions
My wife Carol ..and life. I’m been involved with a lot of people over the last 40 plus years so I have a lot of connections and work with a lot of people.
My grand-kids get me up also.
What else is happening next in your world?
I’m working on my new book and songs for an EP plus organizing Live gigs so Ive got plenty happening here.
Thanks for an awesome interview, Evan!