EMQ’s with DUNCAN EVANS
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Leeds,UK based Dark Folk/Post Punk artist, Duncan Evans. Huge thanks to him for taking part.
What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?
I am Duncan Evans. I write and perform dark folk / post-punk melancholy music, often with a full band. I was a member of A Forest of Stars and a few years ago I wanted to do something different. AFOS’s label Prophecy Productions signed me, and I’ve produced two solo albums to date.
How did you come up with your band name?
Well, it’s my birth name so it wasn’t too difficult in this case. However, I am looking to potentially use a band name for future releases. Watch this space.
What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
Leeds, UK. The metal / punk scene is relatively healthy in many ways, but things have changed a lot. There is a big DIY scene blossoming in the wake of the more established small to medium-sized venues having closed down in many cases.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
“Prayers for an Absentee” is my latest album and is out now on Prophecy Productions. You can get it on all major digital platforms as well as in CD and special box set formats.
Who have been your greatest influences?
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds are undeniably a huge influence for me. The way they work as a band and Nick’s approach to songwriting – both greatly literate and intensely personal – have inspired me a lot. I would also list Wovenhand, Josh T Pearson, Gillian Welch, The Stooges, Richard Thompson, Swans, Leonard Cohen, The Sisters of Mercy and Patti Smith. Tomorrow the list will be slightly different.
What first got you into music?
Taking long car journeys in the country with my parents, during which we would listen to Dire Straits and Eric Clapton. I couldn’t get enough of it.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
I am already collaborating with some very talented and inspirational people including Wilderness Hymnal (Netherlands), Jay Gambit of Crowhurst (Philadelphia), Miranda Arieh (Leeds) and CVIVArts theatre company (Leeds). I would love to collaborate in future with more filmmakers. If David Lynch wants to get in touch I’m here! There are a few other things in the works. Let’s see what happens.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Prophecy Fest, run by my label Prophecy Productions, takes place in a cave in Balve, Germany. It’s always a wonderful experience to be part of it and I hope I’ll be on the bill in future.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
Nothing weird really, but I recently received a photo of a handmade cushion cover created by fan from Berlin (thanks Colo and Sascha). It really warms my heart to hear about such things.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Never forget who you are, except when you need to forget who you are.
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
I’m not particularly interested in bringing anyone back from the dead. Let it be.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
I live for the intensely self-expressive “flow” state that I only really achieve when performing – especially to an audience. I try not to hate, but making ends meet financially is always difficult in this industry.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
We need to continue working towards a new system so that artists can more easily be recompensed appropriately for what they do, so that they can carry on creating the art that makes the world go around. At the moment there is too much inequality in that respect. But changes are happening and that will carry on.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
“Mock Tudor” – Richard Thompson.
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
I like vinyl, and I like having a collection of physical records, but I also see the limitations. Whatever works for you is fine as long as you’re listening at a decent-ish sound quality. Phone speakers are just not good enough.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
That depends on your definition of “best”. I played to 1000 people at Leeds University last year supporting Ferocious Dog. That was the biggest audience I’ve played solo to and I enjoyed it a lot.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
The things I already do. Write, create, communicate, appreciate the world and its inhabitants, be an activist, climb mountains.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Five friends. I’m not personally interested in hypothetical gatherings where “celebrities” get asked questions that would probably only annoy them.
What’s next for the band?
The split / collaboration record with Wilderness Hymnal is next. It’s coming together and we’re at the stage of mixing and working on art. It’s a very personal record and I veer into electronic music territory a little bit although the songs still fit dark folk / post-punk melancholy style. Look out for it.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?
It’s clear to me that they are both, and that the false dichotomy of the cake / biscuit question needs to be dismantled.
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
It has been really enjoyable to answer these questions. Thank YOU!Disclaimer: This interview is solely the property of Ever Metal. It is strictly forbidden to copy any part of this interview, unless you have the strict permission of said party. Failure to adhere to this will be treated as plagiarism and will be reported to the relevant authorities