Evan Doan Jenkins

Tell us about yourself.

I grew up in Northern Virginia just outside of Washington D.C. I was very involved with music at a young age taking piano and vocal lessons, Saxophone lessons as well as touring D.C with various choir groups. I graduated from high school in 2012 to go onto the Berklee College of Music to major in Songwriting. Outside of music I enjoy life by always finding a reason to laugh and enjoy. Film and comedy play a role of motivation for me to relax and in turn write music freely.

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Tell us about yourself as an artist.

I have been obsessed with Funk, Jazz, Classic Rock and Soul since I was a boy. Being inspired by the Beatles, Steely Dan, James Brown, Otis Redding, etc. I’ve been able to absorb so many sounds as well as current artists who are changing the game inspire me.

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Tell us about the genre of your music.

My genre is very eclectic, over time it’s been a huge concoction. I started as mainly a blues, funk keyboard/vocalist. But throughout learning new music and hearing others inspire me. It has changed and I have grown to appreciate and be a part of all music! It’s general as a songwriter. As an artist though I still stick to my roots.

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Tell us about the story behind your song.

My good friend Connor Edmunds and I have known each other for years now. We both attended the Berklee College of Music and eventually found ourselves in Nashville. We met up and wanted to do something in the pop/electronic game so we did. We both are advanced instrumentalists. Connor is an excellent engineer and producer and with my musicianship and melodies we came up with this song entitled, “Closer”.

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Tell us about the problems you are facing as a musician.

Currently the main struggle is finance and needing management. I know who I am as a musician and as an artist. I have an ever flowing creative mind though it is halted through projects and missions I have because I don’t have enough money to do the projects in a timely fashion. I work on things in moderation and have to work a day job (that is not music) to pay rent and live. The goal is to eventually make enough money through my music to have that as my sole source of income… and will bring infinite happiness.

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Tell us about the recording and production of the song.

We met up and wanted to do something in the pop/electronic game so we did. We both are advanced instrumentalists. Connor is an excellent engineer and producer and with my musicianship and melodies we came up with this song entitled, “Closer”.

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Tell us more about your music career, experience and future goals.

My career started I would say when I graduated from school. Obviously my music started when I was a young boy. Though my career started with graduating and leaving school with a band that I started 3-4 years ago called “Jive McFly”. I wrote the music for the band and was the lead singer/vocalist. We gigged all around the Boston and New York area until we moved to Nashville in the summer of 2016. We shortly found ourselves with different goals and expectations and as much as I wanted it to keep going it was better to move on as a solo artist. Since then I’ve put out an album and have been playing gigs all around the Nashville area with a project I put together with constantly putting out music under me as an artist as well as through co-writes like this song that we’ve submitted to you.

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Brief us what inspires you to write, compose and sing.

What inspires me to write are two things. One being the pure joy that I get out of playing and singing everyday. The melodies and sounds open my mind to being creative and reaching internally. The second being influenced by others. Knowing so many talented musicians around the US and seeing what they’re doing push me to try harder, try new things, and set new goals for myself. Making sure to not be stagnant.

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Brief us the top-secret behind making a hit song.

If your goal is to have a hit song there are tools always that every artist uses. First the Chorus or “hook” must be catchy. That is the first thing to work on I’d say. Something that the audience members and non-musicians can relate to lyrically and can sing. Second I would say is to have great instrumentalists play on your music (if you are not one-you probably should be able to tell), as well as having certain tricks that most hits have. Analyze what is on the radio and try to emulate it but at the same time stay original.

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Tell the kind of advice you will give to an upcoming artist.

Though the simplest advice would be to do what you love, practice it, never think you’ve learned everything and be original. People like being reminded of their favorite prior artists because that’s how they can know what they like in you as an artist. Though you must still be original, otherwise it’s you copying something that was already more successful than you will ever be.

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Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio.

I write my music most of the time first. Then I write lyrics, sometimes it’s the opposite though usually music first, the vibe. Singing/melodies come to me very naturally though sewing these things together is the challenge. Recording kind of is subjective to the project. Sometimes I’ll record everything live at once in a studio, sometimes in a bedroom I’ll record with others part by part.

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Name the artists you are willing to collaborate with.

Honestly anyone. I’m at a point in my career that I don’t want to be picky. I’d work with anyone that would be willing to collaborate our sounds and can work professionally.

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State the links to your social networks and stores for purchase of your songs.

Evandjenkins.com is a main source to find my music currently. As well as being on Spotify, iTunes, SoundCloud and other platforms under my name “Evan Doan Jenkins”.

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

I have moments not days as I believe most people do. Though getting into school and finding myself as a musician have been the happiest moments I can recall. Sad/disappointing moments have to do with death or the end of a relationship with certain people and friends.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

I would first take care of college debt and buy my parents a house in any country they’d want. As well as get great management and lawyers for my brand and music. Then I’d start my own studio and have artists under my label.

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Tell us about your song.

“Closer” is about a love interest not explored yet between two friends that have had a relationship for years. Now that the main character has come back to her since leaving the friendship at an early age to attain their goals, they realize after coming back home that they’ve never looked at each other in this way. They are interested now in what the potential of their friendship and love could turn into.

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Tell us how you manage other activities with your music career.

Managing life is a struggle at times with becoming an adult at 24.  Outside of music, I work a day job; I exercise by boxing and running. Appreciating other art forms and seeing other musicians live. Having different groups of friends to be inspired by as well as mentally freeing myself so I can feel like a regular person.

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Tell us five artists you can regard as legends.

The Beatles, Beethoven, Ray Charles, Quincy Jones, Steely Dan, and many more obviously. It’s hard to not be bias to my idols but also touch every genera.

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Tell us your future plans pertaining music.

I plan on first being able to eventually live financially solely on my music. Then tour as an artist around the world. Selling songs or licensing songs are another avenue as well!

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Tell us what you think about creativity and originality in music.

It is everything. The market is overly saturated by this point and the only things to set you apart now are creativity and originality.

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Tell us the major reason you are into music.

It is the one thing I’ve enjoyed since I found it; that hasn’t seemed like a chore or an obligation. I know what love feels like and I know music runs deep in my soul and is always there for me. It is something I will do for the rest of my life that isn’t dependent on anyone else. Life is meant to be enjoyed I believe and making money doing what I love seems to be the way I will enjoy my life whole heartily.

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Tell us your view on old school music and new school music in terms of preference.

My preference is definitely old school. Adapting to new school is more of my challenge. It’s hard in this market because it is so saturated that people just digest what they’re given, which is more of the business than the music. Though there is an upswing now of old school funk/rock blending with new school technology and strategy that I believe I can catch that wave.

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Tell us what you would do for the people if you found yourself in a position of power.

If I had that kind of power I’d give it to someone much wiser than I. Making sure that everyone no matter where they came from or what they looked like had a voice and were treated fairly.

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State the official date of release.

January 26th, 2018.

 

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