Duncan Evans – Interview
Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
DE: I usually call it darl folk / post-punk melancholy music. If you like Nick Cave, The Sisters of Mercy, Current 93 and the darker end of folky singer-songwriter music then you probably understand where I’m coming from and what I’m trying to do.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
DE: I was born. I got into music a a young age. I was in A Forest of Stars for a few years. I released my first solo record on Prophecy Productions in 2013. My most recent album – Prayers for an Absentee – came out in 2018. I played with Empyrium in Berlin and Dornenreich in London and I guested with Crowhurst on a short tour last year. I’m now working with a full and expanded band and have a lot of plans for recording and touring.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
DE: Richard Thompson, Cormac McCarthy, John Berryman, Gillian Welch, KatieJane Garside, Josh T Pearson, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, David Lynch. To name but a few.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
DE: The dream and the goal are the same. To make as much of the music I want to make as I can and to perform as often as possible with my band in as many locations as possible. I live for it.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
DE: I write everything. They are sometimes about pain, loss and suffering, but they are also about hope, love, salvation and redemption. I tend to use “darker” themes but thr intention is to transmute negativity, conflict and ternsion into something universally positive, cathartic and joyful.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
DE: I have learn to use and learned to enjoy using social media. I am very active on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. I also often promote shows and I work as journalist so I use all thr available tools and contacts at my disposal to get the word out there. Working with like-minded people who understand my vision and are supportive of it helps vastly.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
DE: I think it’s reality and it’s not going anywhere. I like physical records but it’s also very positive that people can access so much different music so quickly and easily. I like to think that our collective taste in music has in general become more diverse because of this. We just need to keep working on ways for artists to still be financially recompensed enough so that they we can continue to do what we need to do with freedom and security.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
DE: The BBC News theme. The royalties on that are enough to set you up for life.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
DE: I try not to have them. I don’t think they’re that useful. But I do sometimes become “difficult” when people have a basic lack of understanding of a situation they’re supposed to be in control of and are also trying to tell me how to work within the situation which they are incapabale of handling. It’s always best to work with people rather than against them wherever possible.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
DE: I don’t let myself become too proud as I don’t think it’s useful to rest on laurels. But I played to 1000 people at Leeds University supporting Ferocious Dog last year, and that was certainly a milestone of sorts.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
DE: I’ve got five albums on the go with different projects and at different stages. The next release will probably be my collaboration with Jay Gambit from Crowhurst. Next after that will be my split / collaoration akbum with Wilderness Hymnal, with my new noise / ambient / spoken word record (under a different name and currently secret) probably co-inciding with that. Then there’s my post-industrial project and then Duncan Evans “proper” album number three with the full band.
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
DE: I have two albums (one on CD, one on CD and vinyl, both also in deluxe box set format), and a vinyl single all available via Prophecy Productions. You can get my music via all the usual major physical and digital platforms. Some links are below: –
Thanks for taking the time to interview me!