Evolution Emerging Artist Profiles: Eigengrau
Join us as we journey inside the minds of some of Evolution Emerging Festival’s most promising up and coming artists!
How would you describe your sound to someone to convince them to check you out at the festival?
Once, many years ago, at a friend's birthday party, I inhaled so much helium from a party balloon that I felt really euphoric, tried to climb up the curtain, and ended up concussing myself off the edge of the sideboard. We sound like that.
What are your thoughts on Evo Emerging?
Evo Emerging has been on our to-do list for a good while. It's a benchmark and a badge of honour: if you've played Evo Emerging, you're doing alright. And as a punter, it's always rewarding to potter around between venues and see what you come across. Having events like Evo is one of the things that sets the Newcastle music scene apart from everywhere else.
How important do you think grassroots events such as this are for emerging artists?
Everyone's in a band nowadays. Even we are. Through home recordings and DAWs, social media and streaming services, everyone can get their music heard. Rather than helping bands get noticed, it's led to saturation where you really have to sift through a lot to find music you want to hear. Especially if you don't sound like anyone else.
However, events like Evo Emerging allow non-genre, non-commercial bands like us a chance to be heard by an audience who may not necessarily find their way to us otherwise. Once the ball's in our court, the rest is down to us.
Which artists are you excited to catch at the festival?
One of the best bits of any festival is just wandering around and seeing what you find. It's the best way of finding those scintillating little treasures you never expected to discover.
We'll definitely be wandering towards Snakes Don't Belong In Alaska (cause they must be ace with a name like that), Deep Sleep (cause we're going to start a tabloid-baiting Oasis/Blur-style feud with them for promotional purposes) and very definitely Kkett (cause they're a little ray of nightmare brightening up the sunshine).
Do you have any tips for other up and coming artists who are starting out?
You'll never be satisfied unless you're doing something you love. I've never enjoyed being in a band more than this one because we're making music that I'd listen to and that challenges me, as a musician, a songwriter and a listener. Unless it does it for you, you won't do it for anyone else
That, and be nice. Play fair. Give people a chance. Help others. Be supportive. Respect people who put you on, play with you and support you. If you look out for them, they'll look out for you.
Do you have any developments you're working on that you want to give a shout out to?
We're currently writing our next EP. We've only written individual songs before, but this time we're doing a full concept EP that we'll save up and unleash at the launch. We're hoping to commission some new visuals to accompany it, and are always looking for collaborators, be they poets, artists or musicians. And then more gigs. Gigs is what we do best.