Evan Einstein

The young muso talks about his debut album

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I’ve been likened to The Flaming Lips, circa Transmissions from the Satellite Heart, which is great; I’ve also been told that my tracks resemble The Moldy Peaches as well. I draw from quite a mix of influences, and my music is not too heavy, but not too light. Some would call it ‘alternative’, but I feel it’s more ‘genre-less’. My songs have also been described as ‘out of control’ because they don’t always have a standard verse-chorus-verse structure. They cover subjects such as beginnings, torture, male ego and life. And blueberries.

I grew up in London, England, listening to awesome British rock bands and living in a rock culture. And when I moved to Dubai, I was amazed at how intimate the music scene was – I had to be a part of it!

My album is called Overtimed Epitome – what that means is up to you. I recorded the whole thing in my home studio and it was then professionally mixed and mastered afterwards. The financing came from the support of myself, my family and my friends. Let’s be clear though: if you want to write music, don’t let the dirham get in your way. I like all the tracks on it, of course, but I would suggest that people give ‘This Torture’ a listen. It was my first song – it’s my baby.

I want to be a music-writing doctor. Right now I’m applying for college. If you thought performing at a gig was nerve-wracking…

Don’t get me wrong: music will never leave my side. Music isn’t just a career or hobby; it’s a passion. You don’t play or write music because you want the cash, you do it because you can’t help tapping out a beat on your thigh or humming a riff that’s stuck in your head. That’s what I love about it. It doesn’t have to be about the money (but please, feel free to buy the album!), it can just be about the amazing sensations of sound.

I think I lost some of my hearing because of how loud I played the first album I received through my headphones. It was by Stereophonics. I tried to pick out every line of the guitar or drum track; I just loved dissecting the music. There were other times where I’d just sit back and feel the music – no need for thinking. That album lit the fire; music isn’t just about the guitar solo, it’s about the feeling you get when you hear that solo, or play it.

My all-time favourite band are Arctic Monkeys and they shine through in my music. They have many riffs that inspire my own writing. The lyrics are so poetic as well. But for me, it’s not about the specific stories. It’s about the conversations and the experiences that help to shape a person’s life. Deep, eh? I’m still trying to figure that one out myself…

People find my music catchy. I thought I was just humming the tunes because I made them, but I’ve heard that some people are singing one of the tracks, ‘Blueberry’, in the shower. It seems to really stick to people. You have been warned…
Overtimed Epitome is available online; CDs will be available soon. Hear more at www.myspace.com/evaneinstein.

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