• Jordan Millar

" We need to encourage potential." - The Eves Interview

So excited to share this weeks interview with the amazing Caroline and Marissa aka The Eves! They have just released their new single 'Brand New Day' an upbeat and feel good track that I am absolutely loving! We chatted all things songwriting, the groups origins and what artists they are excited about right now!

Let's jump right into it...

Thanks so much for taking the time to chat with me! I am loving your new single ‘Brand New Day’! It is such a feel good track and definitely one that will be on my summer playlist! Could you tell me a bit about the inspiration behind the song and how it came to be?

Marissa: Thanks for having us and your kind comments about the track! The inspiration came from two sources really. Caroline originally came up with the piano melody hook on guitar. It came from nowhere after a long rehearsal day at home, and suddenly our ears pricked up when we heard it.

Caroline: Marissa then went on to create the song around that - the lyrics were inspired by a friend of ours who had had a tough time leaving a toxic relationship. The premise of the song is a message for anyone who feels trapped, stuck in a rut, or feeling put down by others – to know that you can take back control, move forward, and embrace the future.

I know that you have been on the local scene since 2018 and was wondering about the origins of the group and you came together?

Caroline: We’d known about each other for years on the local music scene in Edinburgh, despite never having had the opportunity to actually meet! It was a bit ‘sliding doors’ really. I was previously a solo artist, and Marissa had been in various band set-ups (including solo) over the years.

Marissa: I contacted Caroline early in 2016 to ask if she’d be interested in writing together. She initially turned me down ha ha! She was a bit too busy with her own EP release at the time, but fast forward to a couple of months later and we finally met up for a coffee.

Caroline: We really hit it off and it felt like we had known each other for years. We started working on a song which then developed into several songs and the energy was really flowing. We knew we were onto something. Now we’re stuck with each other!

I would love to hear about your songwriting process, do you always have a set way of going about writing?

Marissa: It can vary from day to day. Sometimes one of us will have a melodic idea that we then work together to expand on. At other times, one of us will have lyrics and we then work with them to form the structure and tell the story. We also help each other to finish off lyrics we’re having a little trouble with.

Caroline: Often Marissa will be quietly working on something and then send me a message with the home recording. I’ll then listen back a few times and we’ll get together to edit and refine. For me, I generally get my inspiration when I’m in the shower! No joke – that’s when my best ideas come to me for some reason – maybe it’s when I’m most relaxed! As soon as I come out I have to record my idea as a voice memo before I forget! We’ll then take it forward and work on it together from there.

Is there a way that you think that as a society and a community that we can work towards creating a more equal and diverse environment within the Scottish music industries?

Both: We need schools, promoters, grass roots venues and music industry influencers to help nourish Scottish talent – and to remove any bias or discrimination towards any demographic. We need to encourage potential. For unsigned acts It shouldn’t be about how many streams/followers the act currently has. There is a raft of talent in Scotland and we need our major Scottish radio stations to embrace this and get the music out to the general public. The demise of the Scottish Chart last year was a real blow and just makes it harder for Scottish acts to breakthrough.

Is there a moment within your career so far that you would say was your most rewarding experience or something that you are significantly proud of out of all your achievements?

Both: We opened for The Shires in 2019 at Old Fruitmarket in Glasgow and it was incredible! The venue was packed and the audience were ready from the second we took to the stage. Normally the crowd is noisy when the opening act is on, so we were a little bit terrified at the silent anticipation looking up at us! We couldn’t have asked for a better response and we gained a lot of new followers following that gig. It was an amazing night for us.

Who are some of your past and present influences?

Marissa: I love the classics like Carole King, Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder. And more currently Jade Bird, Lianne La Havas and Joseph.

Caroline: Oooh I love all sorts to be honest. I’m a huge 80s fan so love acts like A-Ha, Duran Duran, Depeche Mode etc. I’m also an Alanis Morissette fan – her lyrics are so raw and full of emotion. Currently I adore Lucia and the Best Boys, Agnes Obel, and like Marissa, also adore Joseph.

Lastly, I was wondering what female or non-binary Scottish artists are you most excited about right now?

Both: We are most excited about Tamzene! We’ve been huge fans of her since she started out and she has such an incredible voice. Her songwriting and playing is also outstanding – she is a rare, one-off talent.

Thanks so much to Marissa and Caroline for taking the time to answer all of my questions! Make sure to go and show them some love!

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