I was singing before I could talk. I’d grown up around music. My mom was a music teacher and my whole family loved sitting around and singing, so it’s in my blood. I knew I was going to sing seriously when I was around five years old. I noticed that I could belt some of the higher notes while singing along with my favorite Celine Dion cassette tape. I was very passionate about it even then, and there was never another career path I’d consider.
Describe your sound for any potential new fans.
My sound bleeds into a few genres. Some moments are pop, some alternative, some rock, and sometimes it’s even somewhat theatrical sounding. I’m a blend of those genres. RIVALS, PVRIS, and Paramore are similar flavors to my sound.
What is your creative process like when starting a new song?
With some of my songs, the lyrics and melody come all at the same time. Usually it comes just as I’m waking up, or sometimes when I’m working the song in the shower. Other songs happen mostly in the studio. I come in with a vibe I’m feeling, my producers/writers (Wes Lauterbach and Zane Frye in my last two singles) and I start building out the instrumental based on that. Then I take that back home and play it on repeat and hum out my melodies and get down any lyrics that start coming out. Next we’ll have another day or two of fine tuning the melodies and lyrics and then the song’s done.
Tell us about your single, “Bones”.
Bones started in the studio. You’re gonna laugh, but I wanted a song with a similar vibe to the Framing Hanley cover of “Lollipop” because it just has such a strong vibe. My producer guys had a good laugh when I told them the vibe I wanted, but then the instrumental to “Bones” started coming to life and we knew we had something special.
With the lyrics, I had been going through some really tough years and that energy ended up manifesting. I’m a pretty bubbly, generally happy person, but after going through a divorce young, and navigating some hard experiences following, it became suffocating not to be able to talk about what had happened to me. I wanted to sing about the reasons people don’t talk about their darker experiences, and what it feels like to not be able to talk about things that are that consuming and heavy.
What advice do you have for anyone else going through trauma?
I think everyone experiences degrees of trauma at some points in life. In my unprofessional experience, it’s important to allow yourself to go through any feelings associated with your trauma, and to love yourself through the highs and lows of it. If possible, find someone you can trust to talk through it with you, whether that be a close loved one, or someone with professional experience who is qualified to help you in a healthy, safe way. Finally, I’d say just accept and love yourself. Take a moment to try to see your whole story, from your beginning, through good times, through your trauma, and all the way to the most redemptive part of your story where you are strong, and healed. You are not your trauma. You have infinite greatness and power from everything you are, –light parts, and dark.
What’s next for you?
I have some exciting new releases coming in 2022. I have more studio dates coming up, and also shooting the music video for “Bones.” I’m booking shows and performances for Fall, and ramping up for lots of performances in Summer 2023. So hang out with us and come say hi!
“BONES” SINGLE REVIEW
by Emily Mills
North Carolina based artist, EV3NTS, their new single “Bones” on February 22. EV3NTS is led by Eve Naylor, who is looking to leave her stamp by blending 2000s era emo with electronic pop and creating something new. This single is about Naylor learning to process her trauma by sharing her story with the world.
“Bones” opens slowly with a somber guitar that quickly crescendos when Naylor starts singing. Her powerful vocals have a unique quality, while also paying homage to the old school emo queens such as Hayley Williams and Lacey Sturm. She travels through different levels of tempo and dynamics to effectively communicate the emotional roller coaster, and her lyrics are deeply personal. As she tells her story, the listener can feel her raw emotions wash over them.
The mournful lead guitar hits the emo feeling on the head, while the backing beats highlight Naylor’s pop influences for an interesting blend of texture. Overall, the vocals and backing instruments create a haunting feel to support her introspective lyrics.
Naylor says that the song helps her convey the darkness trauma can trap someone in, but she hopes that the hypnotizing and evocative style will help listeners understand her message. “Bones” is ultimately a fun and passionate song that will have you belting out the lyrics any time you hear it.