RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW LINCOLNSHIRE ARTIST FOX EVADES
What made you decide to become a solo artist?
I just love locking myself away in my own little world and coming up with new ideas and playing around with new sounds. I’m a little anti-social to be honest. I have my own bedroom studio which I’ve been building up over the years and I guess making music is one of the only things that makes me feel good about being a human.
Introduce us to your musical history?
I had one guitar lesson at school and I didn’t have any more after that. The teacher really irritated me as he wouldn’t give me proper songs to learn. The lads were all learning cool stuff like Wonderwall and Smoke on the Water and he gave me the Friends theme tune to learn! Like, what the hell is that about?! I felt that because I am female he didn’t really take me seriously so I thought screw this I’ll do it myself. My mum bought me a CD-ROM which was what I used to teach myself Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana and I was hooked ever since then really. I studied music technology for a year at college but the bulk of my musical learning has been via YouTube and googling everything myself, true DIY musician style! It was lockdown that gave me the shove to actually start taking my song writing seriously and share it with the world.
What’s one question you’re sick of being asked when interviewed?
“Do you really make all this music yourself? Obviously it’s you singing but are the guitars really all you?” I thought it was common knowledge that women are the ultimate champions of multitasking… and yes, we can play guitar too.
Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories?
I think the royal family bumped off Diana but let’s not get too controversial.
What useless party trick do you have?
I can touch my nose with my tongue
What was the most fun you have had on stage?
When I was still at school, I played When the Sun Goes Down by Arctic Monkeys at the Christmas concert. My teacher told me not to sing the swear word but I had drank a few mulled wines and it slipped out. The look on their faces was priceless.
What was the worst experience on stage?
I once supported Morrissey’s guitarist, Boz Boorer at the Star and Garter in Manchester and aside from a few technical issues with my equipment not working, I put the capo on the wrong fret when doing a cover of Hand in Glove and began to play in a completely different key to my backing track so I had to start again. I was mortified.
Tell us something about you that you think people would be surprised about?
I used to play football for the Manchester City women’s team and I’m petrified of spiders and moths.
If you had to describe your music to an alien how would you describe it?
My music sounds like if you travelled to Earth for the first time, saw how shit it was and decided to go back to space again.
What makes you stand out as an artist?
I’m a solo queer female musician, songwriter and producer and other than girl in red, I can’t think of anyone else right now who does everything themselves. I’m like a one woman band. People have compared me to Dolores O’Riordan of The Cranberries because I have an 80s vibe to my music, although I’m not Irish so I don’t think my voice sounds much like hers! A lot of people have said that my voice is haunting which I guess is pretty cool as I love combining darkness and dreaminess in my music.
Right now, what’s pissing you off the most?
The impacts of Brexit and the numb skulls who voted for it.
What’s your favourite song to play live and why?
I had a rib injury which has affected my singing and ability to lug all of my shit around so I haven’t played any Fox Evades material yet but when I do, I’m really excited to play The Heart that Drowned because it goes so hard and I love the guitars in it.
I hear you have a new single, what can you tell us about it?
It’s called Strange Forever and it’s about when I first met my girlfriend when we were in college. I was having a complete breakdown because I’d lost a brand new pouch of tobacco and she came over and rolled me a cigarette and has been my saviour ever since. The song is really about when you find that person you feels like the other half of you straight away, like you’ve known them your whole life and just not wanting to let go of them. The moment you finally find that person who you can be your complete weird self around is just the most magical moment a person can experience.
Talk me through the thought process of the single?
I usually write the music before the lyrics. I like the music to tell a story of its own and add the lyrics later once I know the vibe of the song. The music tells me what the song should be about and I knew that this song should be a catchy, uplifting love song.
What was the recording process like?
One morning I woke up during lockdown and the intro riff just came out of nowhere as soon as I picked up the guitar. I hadn’t even had chance to brush my hair but I recorded it straight away and new it could definitely be a song. I actually forgot about it for a while and the riff demo randomly came on my shuffle while I was driving and I fell in love with it all over again so made it my mission to work on it.
What was the biggest learning curve in writing the single?
To write more positive and uplifting songs instead of all doom and gloom. I wouldn’t like to be branded as another ‘Pope of Mope’ like Morrissey. I want to make songs that people can dance to and have a great time as well as getting across some of the negativity of life in my lyrics.
Would you change anything now it’s finished?
Every songwriter and musician will tell you that it’s the hardest thing in the world to actually decide when a song is finished. I’m a bit of a perfectionist so I always have little niggles once the song is released. I think I’d perhaps make the drums a little louder but in fairness this is my least favourite part of recording a song as it’s all MIDI based and the least natural element of my music. I’d love to learn drums and get a kit at some point but I think I’d get bored. Guitars are my thing.
What are your plans for the year ahead?
My debut EP is coming out soon which I’m so excited about. It’s been a long time coming and it will be a huge weight from my shoulders to finally release it. Although I don’t know what I’ll do with myself when it’s finally out in the world because it’s been occupying my brain for so long. I’m also really excited to finally get gigging and finally take my little songs out of the bedroom studio.
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?
My EP will be coming out soon so make sure you follow me on social media and keep your eyes peeled for more updates! Also, nolites te bastardes carborundorum! (Don’t let the bastards grind you down).