Exclusive Interview with Evelinn Trouble

Based in Berlin, Evelinn Trouble is an alt-pop artist who has been producing music since 2007.

Originally from Zurich, Switzerland, this is a brand new chapter in Evelinn’s music career as she prepares to release her new EP, Hope Music, in May.

I featured Evelinn’s brand new single Monstruous on the New Music Monday show on Nerve Radio this week and had the pleasure of speaking to her to discuss the track, her background and to find out what we can expect to hear from her later on in the year!

First of all, can you tell us a little bit about your background?

I’ve been making music for 10 years now and I’ve experimented a lot with different genres. I used to play psychedelic rock music or industrial influenced music with a drum machine but now I’ve written Monstruous, which I think sounds like pop music I guess! I moved to London at the age of 23 and lived there for three years and then did my own ‘personal Brexit’ and left! Now I’m based Berlin and I love being here.

Who were your musical inspirations growing up?

The Beatles, Janice Joplin and Jimi Hendrix. My mother is a jazz singer, so I listened to a lot of vocal jazz from the 40s and 50s. I think that the stuff you listen to when you are a kid leaves a mark on you.

You released your first album, Arbitrary Act, in 2007. How would you describe your musical evolution between now and then?

Well I managed to sell that album to my school as part of my degree project, so it was my self-produced pop record. With regards to my evolution I think it’s an endless search, I can’t tell you exactly what it is but it’s just a search for something new all the time.

Your new single, Monstruous, came out last Friday (9th March). What has the reaction to it been like so far and how would you describe this track to those who haven’t heard it yet?

A lot of people really like it, which I’m very happy about! I guess it’s more accessible than what I used to do, and it has a proper chorus, I haven’t written a proper chorus in years! I would describe Monstruous as being something made from scraps, like a collage and then it’s been wrapped in shiny plastic and it’s a love song. I recorded the song myself over the last two years and then I mixed it with a producer in Berlin, who polished my scraps into gold.

Your last album, Arrowhead, was heavily guitar-based. What made you break away from that and decide to predominantly use synths in Monstruous?

I started writing with this commercial artist from Switzerland and I just figured that I might as well arrive here in the now for change. This is because it felt like I was only listening to music from the 60s and I was reluctant to use cell phones and stuff and I just thought to myself, ‘ok it’s 2018 now, maybe it’s time to catch up!’

You are releasing a new EP, Hope Music, in May. What can we expect to hear from that and do you have plans to go on tour?

As well as Monstruous there is another track which I would call a pop tune with a chorus! Then the others are tracks which are experimental and there’s some guitar on there too so it’s a good mix! I have a show coming up in Berlin in May where we will get started and then there will be a proper tour in autumn!

If you like what you hear you can stay up to date with Evelinn’s work by liking her page on Facebook!

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