Artist Profile: Eve Simpson
The wonderfully ethereal and melodic talent of Eve Simpson has never failed to escape our notice.
Hailing from South Shields, the honest and genuine lyricism of this artist feels grounded and relatable as she takes the listener on journeys of both personal experience and comforting solidarity with like-minded souls.
All the while, the mesmerising vocals are interwoven skillfully with atmospheric acoustic guitars and strings to create an unstoppable storm of emotions that blow their audience away despite their calm nature.
Expressing a newfound "atmosphere of confidence", Eve is keen to express the momentum that the North East's music scene has found itself embracing: "It’s no longer a case of giving up because of the region that we’re from, but a case of demonstrating that the industry is really missing out if they don’t come and have a look at what we can do. I’m privileged to know some wonderful people from the scene who deserve an abundance of success for how hard they work and for how beautiful their music is."
Despite her modest nature and the support she shows her fellow musicians however, it should not be understated how important her own place has become in the increasingly impressive scene she has become a part of.
The debut EP 'Shelter' and latest single 'Gloria, I'm Home' have been met with enthusiasm from both a now well established fanbase and critics alike, who have rightly showered her work with praise, noting the now trademark articulate and hypnotic nature of her craft.
When asked which female musicians inspired her, Eve's answer was: "All of them. Any time I see a female artist getting up to play at a buskers/supporting at a gig/headlining a gig it’s inspiring. It reminds me that I’m not on my own or out of my depth."
Sadly it wasn't always this way, as she notes: "when I was 13 it was difficult to hold my own at a buskers night being the only young lass there, singing my own songs."
But the overall message she portrays is that of hope and that times are changing: "The atmosphere can still be intimidating sometimes; however, the more of us there are to stand up to this problem week in week out, the quicker all of this will become just about the music. I’m very excited to be part of a time that can genuinely help bring the local scene to this stage."
With the release of her latest single already starting 2018 off strong, there appears to be no signs of the artist slowing down.
In addition to playing several shows, Eve Simpson has found time to begin penning what will no doubt be another set of unforgettable tracks: "I’ve been writing a lot and recording a lot of demos; I have some time on my hands now for few months to concentrate solely on music which I’ve never had before. So, I hope 2018 brings a lot of songs that I’m very proud of and that are very honest."
"I also hope 2018 is another big year for the North East scene; it’s an extremely exciting time to be part of a group of people who are really being true to themselves through music and being strong enough to push for what we know we’re capable of achieving."
Track Pick: 'A Woman's Work'
Despite the delicacy and vulnerability that some of her tracks may portray on the surface, there is an unmistakable power and intelligence lying behind the lyricism and themes of Eve Simpson's songs, with 'A Woman's Work' and 'Austerity' being a perfect examples of this.
You can catch Eve Simpson at our gig in Sunderland on the 8th of March, more information can be found here:
Photography: Matt Flynn