First off, who are you and what genre of music do you make?
This is Evan from Diarrhea Planet and I play rock and roll.
If you had to describe your music with a color, what would it be?
I’ve never thought about it, but I suppose I could see it being some lighter shade blue.
What’s the biggest struggle you have when it comes to creating?
I think the biggest struggle I face creatively is being sure of myself and committing when it comes to writing and recording. I have always been more focused on the live performance side of being in a band because I love that playing for an audience and sharing that with them is such an intense but temporary experience. I guess I’ve always felt some comfort in the ‘temporary’ side, so when it comes to the recorded stuff I feel more pressure because I know it will last much longer. I’m getting better though, I hope!
If you could play any show in the world, what would it be?
I would love to play at an Opening Ceremony for the Olympics, but I’m not sure if that really counts as a show… I guess whatever the present day equivalent of that Pantera show in Moscow in 1991 is or like a Muse Live In Rome type of situation would be pretty incredible.
What do you consider your biggest musical success?
I’ve been fortunate enough to meet a handful of people who have told me that my band has changed their lives for the better. People have said we’ve inspired them to pick up an instrument, start their own band, or maybe a song or album helped them through a tough time in his or her life. At the risk of getting too sentimental, I’ve had those moments with bands and music too (I still do!) and that’s a huge part of why I picked up a guitar in the first place. Knowing that I now have a platform to impact somebody in a meaningful way through music is why I continue to make music. I consider being able to make those kind of connections my biggest musical success.
What inspired you to start making music?
Both my parents are huge music lovers, and there are a lot of musicians in my family, so I was always surrounded by it as a child. Hearing and seeing live music was always really exciting for me, and it sparked an interest and curiosity that kind of snowballed into an obsession. Once I started really playing, I found it was a way for me to have this incredible unique experience with people and share something really fun. I wasn’t always the best at expressing myself or communicating when I was younger, so maybe that had something to do with me pursuing something expressive like guitar.
If you could hear any person living or dead sing to you, who would it be?
Who, aside from any band or musician, is your biggest influence?
My biggest non-musical influence is probably Marshawn Lynch. He plays by nobody’s rules but his own, doesn’t tread on anybody, constantly gives back through charities and nonprofits, he’s unbelievably humble for how talented he is, and is entertaining to watch. I’m trying to be the guitar version of that, but I have a long way to go.
What’s your favorite book?
My favorite book is The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
What do you like to do other than music?
I recently moved in with somebody who has pretty much every kind of streaming account linked up on a Roku, so I’ve kind of been sucked into a Netflix & Chill black hole. We’re typically on the road so much that when I get home I like to visit with friends and then do as little as possible, so that combined with the recent addition of the Roku has turned me into a bit of a hermit. I do like to read whenever I can though.
Who is your favorite musical artist?
Three-way tie for favorite musical artist: The Hives, Muse, and Dawes.
What’s one piece of advice you have for young musicians?
One piece of advice I give young musicians is to practice and be willing to work hard. A lot of bands get really lucky and blow up and make a ton of money, but that position is really hard to sustain. If you want to make a living doing this you have to build out before you build up, and you have to try to do it for the love of the game as best you can. Being in the right place at the right time is great, but hard work always speaks for itself.
Lastly, what’s your lucky number?
I don’t have a lucky number, but I feel like the number 3 comes up a lot in my life.
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