Eva Aine is a soul songstress from Seattle, Washington. Although Eva has been studying and enjoying music for as long as she can remember, 2010 was when she started seriously pursuing her musical career. When we heard her latest tracks we were really keen to interview her for Song Revelation so that we could share her music with you. Read on to find out about Eva Aine’s current career highlights, what she does to relax and what she’s hoping to achieve for the rest of this year.
Q: If you could classify your music in a genre or a number of genres what would it be?
I classify my music as Soul. I create my music crossing over boundaries of different genres of music such as R&B, Rock, Funk, Blues, Classical music, Jazz, Hip Hop, and traditional music. But since I create and perform it from my soul, I would say Soul.
Q: If you could use a tagline of less than 20 words to describe your music and who you are what would it be?
Singer, songwriter and producer raised in Seattle and Japan, having five-octave vocal. My international background makes my music boundless and unique.
Q: What is your musical background?
I’ve always loved singing since my childhood. My family was a rather academic family, and I wasn’t paying serious attention to my love for music and was just enjoying singing and listening to music. I’ve grown up, listening to Michael Jackson, Madonna, Mariah Carey, Whitney Huston, etc. When I was a high school student, a devoted music teacher and opera singer frequently invited me to sing at stages, and I decided to study classical vocal. I joined a Gospel group at University and I also studied Southern Japanese music for 2 years. And, I studied vocal and songwriting at Berklee College of Music. I used to work as a wedding singer for several years. But, one and a half years ago, I suddenly realized that my dream is to be a worldwide artist who can convey love and courage to many people all around the world and I need to create and perform my music, so I’m working on it ever since.
Q: How was 2010 for you?
It was a year of my first big step toward my dream and I achieved some of my middle-term goals last year. I made my debut as Eva Aine, releasing my 1st album called My Way To Happiness. I had many of my songs aired on many radio stations all over the world. When I heard my song from J-WAVE, one of the most famous radio stations in Japan, I thought it definitely was one the milestones I’m going to experience in my life. My songs were also selected to be included the world-famous Empire State Mixtape Vol.3 and 4, which were released in 2011. Also, I met so many amazing musicians to tour with, who are now supporting me as my band members.
Q: Who inspires you musically?
I have been inspired by so many artists. Michael Jackson and Beyonce have influenced me the most. I have learned from them how a professional artist should be, act, train him/herself, etc. They have been always doing their best and make every effort to be better artists and I would like to do the same.
Lena Maria, a Swedish Gospel singer inspired me as well. I had a chance to see her performance at my high school and so moved that I decided to receive classical vocal lessons, which was my first experience to train myself professionally as a singer.
I have been also inspired by Mariah Carey, Whitney Huston, Rimi Natsukawa (Japanese Singer from Southern area called Okinawa), James Brown, Alicia Keys, Chaikovski, Maria Callas and so many other amazing artists.
Q: Which modern day artists do you look up to?
Q: Is there anyone you would like to collaborate or gig with?
I would very much like to collaborate with Kanye West. That’s one of my dreams.
I would also like to collaborate with many talented artists from many different fields, for example, Kabuki actors and tap dancers, ballet dancers and hip hop dancers, painters and poets, etc.
Q: What songs are on your ipod at the moment?
Songs by Beyonce, Alicia Keys, Stevie Wonder, John Legend and Bach.
Q: What is your creative process for creating a track?
It depends on the music I create. Sometimes, it starts from a part of melody I write or whole melody of one song. I would convey my image of a song to my track maker in addition to the melody I write. Sometimes, it starts from a part of a track that my track maker would create and I would write melody inspired by it. And, we would work together to create the sound that we are fully satisfied with.
Q: What’s more important, melody or lyrics?
It depends on the songs or any parts of even one song and both are so important. Lyrics are message and melody is a tool and groove.
Q: Where are you based?
I am based in Tokyo now, performing all over Japan, US and Canada mainly.
Q: What’s it like being where you’re from?
I’m from Seattle, WA and grew up in Seattle and Japan. It’s really nice to be a bicultural artist and to have two home countries because I’m able to see things from two points of view naturally. Also, I am eager to accept and bring in anything that’s good regardless of any cultural differences like a melting pot because that’s how I’ve lived.
Q: What are you currently working on?
I’m currently preparing for my stages in this coming Autumn and Winter. I am also working on my new singles and second album to be released in the near future.
Q: What’s been the highlight of your career to date?
It was an amazing experience to have the chance to perform at the official showcase of the Canadian Music Festival, the biggest music festival in Canada, in March 2011.
Also, being on and performing at Suono Dolce, Nippon Broadcasting, one of the most famous radio stations in Japan, was definitely one of the highlights of my career.
I believe that the biggest highlight is yet to come.
Q: What are you hoping to achieve in 2011?
I hope to release some more singles in 2011. I also hope to perform at one of the biggest venues in Tokyo. I hope to perform in the US again this year. I also hope to perform at TV and radio programs.
Q: Do you have any gigs or shows that you’d like to tell us about?
I have just finished my first tour to Osaka. I met so many new fans and had amazing shows. I will perform at Hibiya Kokado (capacity of 2100 people) on October 29th as a guest artist of Be Choir, a Gospel group in Japan. I am also scheduled to perform in some public and private shows so I hope you check out my website frequently.
Q: What do you do to relax?
In order to relax, I do yoga, read books, listen to classical music or do exercises.
Q: Is there anything else you’d like to let our readers know about?
Thank you all so much for reading this interview. I am so grateful to have this chance to connect with each and every one of you. I hope many of you find my music interesting and find your favorite songs! It would be my honor if my music or I encourage you even a little to be yourself or to be strong or to love others. Thank you so much for your support and love!
Editor’s Note: Eva Aine moulds an impressive vocal range, expression and a commercial edge to create an appealing sound.
If you’d like to learn more about or contact Eva Aine just follow the links below:
twitter link: http://twitter.com/#!/EvaAine
facebook link: http://www.facebook.com/evaaine.fanpage
myspace link: http://www.myspace.com/evaaine
web page link: http://www.evaaine.com
reverbnation link: http://www.reverbnation.com/page_object/page_object_bio/531192#!/aineva