"Jared Evan grew up listening to The Beatles and Led Zeppelin." – Interview

Jared Evan is a musical talent whose influences range across the board from Led Zeppelin to James Brown, from the Beatles to the Wu Tang Clan. Evan grew up a drummer with aspirations of becoming the next Keith Moon, but went on to learn several instruments and began experimenting with them. Recently I got the chance to catch up with Jared Evan.

Q - How would you describe your music?

A - I would describe my music as Jared Evan. I guess the best way to break that down for somebody would be a mixture of cross-over rock, soul, hip hop and pop.

Q - When you go to write a song, what is your process?

A - There really is no process. There is never a plan, I'll just hear a certain sound or composition and it will effect what I do musically. Every song I make usually starts out as a freestyle of melodies and words.

Q - Do you have to be inspired to write, or can you hammer something out whenever?

A - I guess I can hammer something out whenever, but being inspired makes it feel real and soulful, which is usually how I prefer to work. I don't think I have ever made a great song that I forced.

Q - What was the first concert you attended?

A - The first concert I ever attended was George Clinton and The Parliament Funkadelic when I was 11 years old. It was so dope!

Q - What can fans expect from your live shows?

A - There are certainly a bunch of surprises, but for the most part fans can expect my live band, high energy and most importantly they will feel like I am connecting with all of them.

Q - Has there been a show that has stood out for you?

A - I feel like every show I’ve done has stood out for me, they're always such a real experience for me, but I think the show I did at John Varvatos in New York is definitely up there.

Q - Who are some of your early musical influences?

A - Too many to list but The Beatles, the Wu Tang Clan, Led Zeppelin, Mos Def, A Tribe Called Quest, James Brown, Bradley Nowell, The Who.

Q - What are you listening to right now?

A - I've currently been listening to a lot of Kanye West, Talking Heads, Mogwai and Dr. Dre.

Q - Are there any stand out career moments at this point in your career?

A - I just feel so blessed for everything that has happened with me and my career thus far. I would definitely say that having my song "In Love With You" playing at the end credits of “Entourage” was pretty stand out though!

Q - Thanks for taking the time. Is there anything else you'd like to add?

A - I'd just like to say thank you for taking the time to get to know more about me and keep in touch for new music and updates on JaredEvan.com and @JaredEvan.


Bob Zerull is the Managing Editor of Zoiks! Online. He writes pop culture commentary, does interviews with bands, and reviews music and stand-up concerts. He also administers Zoiks! Online's Facebook page. Follow Bob on twitter at bzerull. Email Bob at bob@zoiksonline.com.
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