As a hip-hop musician from Chicago, Erik Evy has an appealing sense of optimism and a wide range of lyrical content. Evy captures the full range of human experience. A place for believers and do-ers.
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What is your real name?
My real name is Erik Evans. Pretty close to the music name
What’s your official Showbiz name?
How did you get into music?
I loved the charisma hip-hop artists carried about them. My idols built a community around them and I figured it was time I started the same
What field or genre are you into and how would you describe it?
I would say it is mostly hip hop, with an alternative influence and some spoken word style as well. I grew up with a variety of music, and I want my music to reflect that.
What was your first project and the people you worked with and which year?
My first project was “Periscopes” that released in 2021. That was such a fun introduction. The more you work, you realize the more work that needs to be done. I am blessed to have Juss Law and Shaina Jones on that track as two features.
They brought an energy I could not match. There were multiple producers on the project who are on youtube and then Dolapo Inc mixed all my work. That man is so clutch.
Who or what inspires you or motivates you? And why?
I am inspired by the discovery of my creative ability! Writing and recording are my favourite parts of the whole music process. The competitive side of me is motivated to make this a full-time job. Some day!
Any models you look up to? With reason(s) why?
Yeah of course. Saba, Chance and Kanye being in Chicago, I look up to some of the other artists I have discovered along the way! I look up to them because I see the ways they are challenging our current sounds/trends. Also, the vision is that I will work with all of these artists. Creating is a special, special process.
What do you look out for in this line of business?
My biggest concern is keeping the fans that I have earned. My biggest mistake has been neglecting the day 1 fan and instead I have focused on earning new fans. I need to come up with more content that is meant for just them, but I will find the balance. Everything else will work out from there!
What are some of the challenges you face in your career path?
The challenge has been keeping my head on this. I think I took advantage of the shock factor when I first started creating music, but now people have adjusted and as a result, I feel like I need to discover new ways to get their interest back. Not everyone will like my music and that’s ok. There are billions of people in the world. My fans are out there!
How do you feel the Internet has impacted the music business?
There will always be new tools that come into play. Generally, the more we can lean into these tools early, the better we will be. I think the internet has been a beautiful way to level the playing field.
Everyone can make music in their homes and upload it to the world, and with tik tok for example, big-time artists can see the work we are posting to the world!
Do you have any advice for aspiring songwriters?
Have a studio at home, so when you do get that random inspiration for an idea, you can capitalize on it. Also, plan ahead!! When you plan, you are proactive and there is no rush to create.
What is your current project about?
My current project will be about the process of growing up and becoming an independent adult. It will be a beautiful arrangement of music. No more info tho! I will share later haha
What are your hobbies?
I love to exercise. When I am outdoors, I like to golf and attend baseball games. And then with friends hitting the bars is always a good time. I have learned that you need to live life in order to be great at music. The best music relates to life.
What do you do aside from this profession?
I have a day job where I sell marketing tools to salons and barbers. I get to speak with a lot of interesting people.
What is one message you would give to your fans?
Thank you for believing in me! Everything is planned, now it is time to execute!