Six Questions With Evening Darling
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Next in the hot seat is New York City-based indie rock-Americana band Evening Darling. We have not yet had the privilege to cover Evening Darling here on the pages of Indie Minded, so it is great to get to know them. If you’re not familiar with them, sit back and enjoy! This is what is great about this series – the discovery of new music.
For those who may not be familiar, please tell us about your music: the type of music you play, where you are from, and how you got started?
We play some kind of sparkly, jangly, guitar driven indie rock. We’ve been called everything from an aggressive Fleetwood Mac to the love child of Pretenders and ABBA. We’re a six piece, from all over, as is the usual with NYC bands. I (Erica) hail from Wilmington, NC, Nick is a NYC native, Dave is Lake Bluff/Chicago, IL, Brett, is from somewhere cold, Minnesota, Rusty is your standard Northeast CT blend, and Dan is a purebred Long Islander, more specifically, Islip.
Dan found me through a Craigslist ad I put up when I moved to NYC and was looking to find new bandmates. He brought in Dave and through playing in other projects and with other bands we ended with this group of folks who really clicked on a musical and personal level. So in 2015 we started writing a bunch of songs and playing shows under the name Evening Darling and that’s that.
As an artist, how do you define success?
For me, I think success would be to have control over what I’m making and my ability to continue to produce my work. As I continue to make music, and explore the work of others, I’ve found nothing disappoints me more than seeing people stop. So in my mind, as long as I never stop making music, I’ll never fail as an artist. It would be great to make a living off of my work, but even if music is only ever my nights and weekends, it’s my work, and I made it, I’ll get to share it with some people and that’s more than a lot of folks can say. Don’t get me wrong though, I have to remind myself of that all the time when I’m fighting the beast of “go viral and get rich, or die.”
What do you find to be your greatest struggle when it comes to the music business?
Hahaha, oh man. I’ve edited my answer six times now. I guess that it’s a business at all is weird. It’s great that some artists can support themselves with their work, and I wish more of them could. But for music to sell, it has to appeal to a lot of people, and sometimes you catch yourself cranking out something that will sell as opposed to creating something you feel good about, and then nothing sells and you’re in a hamster wheel. Does that make sense? I think I’m trying to say (as cliche as it sounds) is that it’s hard to be yourself, and it’s harder to not care what people think.
If you could only play ONE of your songs for the rest of your career, which one would it be?
Let me get back to on that because I’m still writing it… I guess (selfishly, without letting the rest of the band decide) “Live Where You Lay” can be a placeholder.
Who do you consider your greatest influences?
I love Neko Case’s lyrics, how she uses her voice, her arrangements, ugh, all of it. I feel like I should let some of the guys have input on this one since we tend to write a lot as a group…sorry boys. I grew up hearing a lot of Heart, Eagles, Petty, Fleetwood, Pretenders, ELO, so even when those aren’t present in my mind they definitely contributed to the foundation. In high school, I began to really listen to lyrics when I got into to Cat Power, Ryan Adams, and Conor Oberst. And I always envy the pure energy in Delta Spirit and Arcade Fire. But if you want to see what we’re listening to, we’d be happy to share one of our band playlists. We make a lot of those on Spotify, especially on the road. It helps us see where our heads are at and what we are hearing when we’re writing new stuff.
Outside of music, what do you like to do that you feel contributes to the creativity that you tap into for your music?
I love movies. I really, really love them. I’m not the person to ask about underlying themes, and all, but I love images and watching people and feeling with them. Trying to communicate a feeling is really hard, but you can use imagery in lyrics to connect the dots. A lot of my favorite songwriters use images to put you right into the moment they’re singing about.
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