Artist Spotlight: Evan Gibb
Evan’s smooth vocals and well crafted lyrics were the first things that caught our attention when we came across his music. We knew right away that we wanted him to be a part of the Songfinch Songwriting Community.
Check the interview below for how Evan got started in music, current music industry thoughts and what he has going on.
Thank you for taking the time to chat with us. Tell us about Evan Gibb, who you are and how you got into music.
My name is Evan Gibb and I am a singer/songwriter originally from the small town of New Hartford, CT. I started playing guitar in high school just as a hobby like most teenagers and before I knew it, nearly all my free time was spent locked in a room with a guitar on my lap. After a few years of playing I finally built up the courage to start singing as well which eventually led to me writing songs for myself and releasing them to the public. At the age of 22, I quit my job in CT working retail at a local music shop and decided to move to Orlando, FL in attempt to fully pursue a career as a musician/artist. Within 2 years of being in Orlando I found myself playing on a nightly basis at local bars and clubs where original music is shunned and hokey cover songs are applauded. Always having desire to create and perform original music, I decided to move to Nashville, TN where I am currently residing and writing every day with other writers and artists.
Describe your sound in 3 words.
Changing every day.
What are you trying to achieve with your music? What do you want people to get or feel after they listen to an Evan Gibb album?
At this point in my career I am primarily focused on writing for other artists and making sure that they have the best songs they possible could available to them. The reason for this is that it allows me to be a chameleon in a sense and work on many different styles/genres of music instead of putting myself in a box for the sake of branding. I found that when I was pursuing a career as an artist I would always run into the same problem…My songs were so diverse that they never felt like they could live together on the same album and still make sense. That being said I am always striving to draw emotions from the listener and make them FEEL things no matter what I’m working on. If it is a sad song, I want to feel like you are there with me getting your heart ripped out, the same way that I want a happy song to make you want to get in your car and roll the windows down.
I watched your video for “Love You Anyway” and there is a great story in that video. When you wrote that song, where did the inspiration come from?
I actually wrote that song when I was living in Orlando, FL in 2012. I had just purchased my first electric guitar and amplifier and was noodling around in my living room one evening when I found the chord progression that wound up being the foundation for that entire song. I had also coincidentally just purchased a new loop pedal because I was playing out quite often at the time and wanted something to enhance my live performances. I remember playing the chord progression into the loop pedal which would in turn play it back to me on repeat so that I could focus entirely on writing melodies and lyrics (A technique I still use all these years later). After about an hour of pacing around my studio apartment listening to the loop and singing absolute nonsense into my iPhone voice memos, I felt like I finally had all the pieces I would need to construct a song. After listing back carefully to the voice memo recording later that evening I was able to sift through all the not-so-great stuff, pull out the gems, and organize them into the song that is now “Love you Anyway.”
When you create a music video for your songs, do you generally have ideas where you want the visuals to go or do you rely heavily on the team you bring on to help you?
Fortunately for every professional video I have ever done, I’ve had an incredible team behind me whom I trust completely. The video for, “Love You Anyway” for example was shot by hometown friends of mine who I had been working with for years at that point. I simply handed over the song with a couple of my own ideas and examples and with that they were able to draft up the entire storyline and concept for the video.
What artists, songwriters or producers do you pull inspiration from to create your sound?
Living in Nashville, TN I’m constantly inspired by the unbelievably talented writers and artists that I’m surrounded by on a daily basis. John Mayer has always been a major influence of mine, especially his early work but I am always on the hunt for new music and art to draw inspiration from.
What is your favorite song you’ve ever made and why?
Right now all my favorite songs are actually sitting in a dropbox folder somewhere collecting dust, waiting for the right time to be released. The curse of the songwriter is that you always favor your newest material. A few titles I’m talking about include, “Whiskey Breath,” “Red Lights,” and “Getaway” which will all hopefully be seeing the light of day soon.
Who are you listening to right now?
Right now I’m very into artists/groups such as Lauv, Phlake, RKCB and Noah Gundersen.
What are you currently working on at the moment and what plans do you have in the future?
At any given moment it is not uncommon for me to have a dozen open ended projects in the works. Right now my main focus though is honing my craft as a songwriter and building my catalog as well as my network of artists and writers. By the end of the year, I am also hoping to release a batch of my own music under a new name so be on the lookout!
What is the toughest part about the current musical landscape in regards to “breaking in” as an indie artist?
I think that right now is an extremely exciting and terrifying time to be an independent artist all at once. Exciting in the sense that with all the free tools available to you like the internet and social media, you can literally build a massive fanbase and career from the comfort of your own living room if you are willing to put in the work and do it right. That being said it is also becoming harder and harder to make money as an indie artist/writer with streaming services being the primary medium for consumers to listen to music. It really is a double edged sword but I think the key to success is to always be willing to adapt to the ever changing industry and constantly try to stay one step ahead of the game.