Atwood Journal joined Evalyn to debate her return to releasing music as a solo artist with ‘I Love You, Preserve Going Pt. 1’ and her psychology research as a grasp’s pupil.
by visitor author Ilena Peng
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Evalyn, a musical artist based mostly in Topanga Canyon, California, virtually didn’t assume she would launch music as a solo artist once more. She defined that in decrease moments along with her psychological well being, she took consolation and located inspiration by collaborating and co-writing with different artists, like Finneas, Icona Pop, and Tate McRae. However a number of open conversations along with her co-writers and producers finally launched the momentum for her four-song EP, I Love You, Preserve Going, Pt. 1. The EP, launched final Friday, is known as after a phrase she has written in her journal for the previous 5 years.
“[The EP has] been virtually two years within the making and has felt so pure and collaborative each step of the way in which,” she mentioned. “It’s superb what occurs once you’re having a tough time and also you begin to let individuals in.”
The EP is fittingly self-aware and reassuring, with heat layered tones and floaty vocals. The primary observe, “All We Have,” was written following conversations with artist Sweater Beats about her anxiousness and panic assaults. Evalyn sings “Nothing lasts without end however I’m going to attempt to be right here, not some place else.” One other line that repeats a number of occasions: “Typically I remind myself that is all now we have.” Her experiences with psychological well being have additionally led her to pursue a grasp’s diploma in medical psychology, with a selected concentrate on learning mindfulness-based stress discount.
Atwood Journal related with Evalyn for a fast chat about how music, psychology, and mindfulness all come collectively in I Love You, Preserve Going, Pt. 1 and Pt. 2, the full-length album coming later this yr.
Pay attention: ‘I Love You, Preserve Going, Pt. 1’ – Evalyn
A CONVERSATION WITH EVALYN
Atwood Journal: Your EP title relies on a phrase you wrote in your journal. Are you able to inform me a bit extra in regards to the phrase?
Evalyn: I really assume I noticed it years in the past tattooed on somebody’s arm and it actually stopped me in my tracks, it felt like an indication. I wrote it down in my cellphone and by some means it discovered its manner into my journal. After I first noticed it I had this overwhelming feeling like somebody particular should’ve mentioned that to the particular person with the tattoo and it was such a easy phrase, however actually such a deeply highly effective one. And once I began writing it in my journal, regardless of how terrible or annoyed I felt venting in there, once I signed off with these phrases it simply felt like every thing was going to work out, every thing can be okay.
Do you continue to journal? How has it influenced your character and your music?
Evalyn: Sure! I’m a very large fan of The Artist’s Method by Julia Cameron and have been doing morning journaling for one thing like 5 years now. Typically I’ll slip up and neglect for a number of days, however it makes such a distinction in my artwork, my psychological well being and my imaginative and prescient for my life. In some way, inside these three pages within the morning, I at all times appear to seek out some readability I wouldn’t discover with all my ideas swirling round in my head all day.
What are a number of the different sources you drew inspiration from to your EP?
Evalyn: I drew numerous inspiration from totally different different and holistic therapies I used to be exploring once I first began writing these songs. I used to be coping with a reasonably troublesome psychological well being expertise and was utilizing sound therapeutic, affirmations, mindfulness, breathwork, and yoga to assist me work by way of it.
I’d hear a tune in yoga or an instrument in a sound tub and convey it into the studio the following day. I’d write down affirmations or phrases that felt constructive and they might discover their manner into songs. I needed to really feel higher so I put each ounce of what was serving to me in my life into the music, and in that manner, writing these songs was actually therapeutic for me.
What was it like engaged on the EP in the course of the pandemic? And what was it like collaborating with different artists in the course of the pandemic?
Evalyn: It took a second to actually transition, however I really actually get pleasure from working from house. Don’t get me flawed, I miss the power of being in a room collectively, however just lately I labored with somebody in Sweden and somebody in Austria in a single week!
Additionally, I believe it’s introduced a number of the artwork again into music-making. There’s one thing so pretty about being in your personal house and lighting the candles and doing 100 vocal takes for the demo after the session since you’re actually feeling it. After I work with writers or producers or artists and everyone seems to be at house with a cup of espresso and their canine of their lap, there’s one thing actually particular about that too.
What impressed you to pursue medical psychology and extra particularly, to check mindfulness and stress discount?
Evalyn: Like so many individuals, I take care of psychological well being points. These previous two years of realizing how I might join psychological well being and therapeutic and music have been like a lightbulb second for me. I’m additionally a little bit of a nerd and skim something I can get my palms on pertaining to psychological well being, remedy, and psychology. I actually needed to do it to extra critically perceive how I can fuse collectively music, mindfulness, and remedy.
Mindfulness is one thing I discovered my method to when on the lookout for choices for myself outdoors of speak remedy and medicine. I’ve benefited immensely from each of these issues, however discovering mindfulness and meditation was equally as essential in my journey to feeling higher.
How does your music affect your psychology research? On the flip facet, how do your research affect your music?
Evalyn: I like this query as a result of I’m pondering and rethinking it on a regular basis. Music influences my psychology research in that I’m deeply within the inventive components of psychology and remedy. Additionally, making music has at all times been a manner of connecting for me so I really feel rather less alone, and this program is instructing a brand new method to join and perceive individuals so we all really feel rather less alone.
And on the flip facet, I believe psychology deeply influences my music primarily in realizing how totally different therapies have an effect on individuals. Even realizing that empathy is so important within the therapeutic setting makes me need to join with extra empathy to listeners. Studying about habit, anxiousness, despair, trauma, all of it informs how I method music as a result of I take into account these songs to be a dialog with listeners.
Watch: “Underneath the Similar Stars” – Evalyn
What do you hope listeners take away from this EP?
Evalyn: I hope that if nothing else, it makes them really feel a way of peace. I like the concept that it is going to be on somebody’s savasana soundtrack, their anti-anxiety playlist, or their journaling combine. And for many who need to dig slightly deeper, I hope they stroll away with the sentiments of gratitude, forgiveness, presence, and hope that I as soon as wanted probably the most so I turned them into songs.
And lastly, is there anything you needed so as to add?
Evalyn: It’s Psychological Well being Consciousness Month! So the very last thing I’d need to add is to verify in in your family members, check-in with your self. There are such a lot of choices on the market for feeling higher and getting assist and typically the bravest factor you are able to do is to achieve out and ask for it.
Ilena Peng is a contract author, who might be discovered on Twitter @ilenapeng and on the internet at ilenapeng.wordpress.com.
Stream: “All We Have” – Evalyn
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