SBS Covid Relief
Interview with Evan Walton of Once More, Autumn
SBS: Let’s make sure we’ve got everyone on the same page – who are ya? How long have you been doin’ this music thang and what’s the story behind it all? What separates you apart from the rest?
Evan: My name is Evan Walton (aka Once More, Autumn) and I reside in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Music is just kind of in my blood. I grew up in a family of musicians and artists so it was always around as a kid. I think I was honestly born singing along to The Beatles or Herman’s Hermits… something along those lines I’m sure. I picked up on performing very early on in life and was just lucky enough to have supportive parents that helped encourage that creative side.
Back in 2013 was when the Once More, Autumn project really started to take shape. I had just moved to Minnesota and was navigating through a variety of emotions. The songs just kind of poured out of me and it was something completely different than I had ever really been a part of. It gave me a chance to kind of experiment for the first time and now it allows me to open myself up a bit and be more vulnerable through my words and music.
SBS: How has this time in lockdown/quarantine affected you and the music you make? Positives? Negatives? It’s obviously a crazy time for everyone, but certainly musicians throughout the independent scene as well…what have you been doing to make sure the music is still flowing somehow at this time?
Evan: It can be a little difficult at times to draw inspiration when you’re essentially trapped inside. I’ve dealt with a little bit of writer’s block for sure, but at this point, I’m pretty much just settled in and working on writing/recording a new record – hopefully to release later in the year.
SBS: Is there a lesson to be learned in all this Covid-craziness? If so, what do you think it is?
Evan: Honestly, you can make a lesson out of anything if you really dig for it. I think it’s just important to make sure you know who or what you can trust. Find the right people you can lean on and do what you can to take care of yourself.
SBS: What is the most key thing that people can do out there to support musicians during this time?
Evan: If you feel inclined and have the means to do so, try to support the art you love. Throughout all of this, Bandcamp has been doing this cool thing where every now and then, they’ll waive their revenue share of sales in support of artists. There’s so much great music on there to discover. Go explore, get lost in the sound, and make a purchase if you can.
SBS: There are some that say there’s ‘no going back to normal’ and others that still think that’s a possibility after all is said & done and we’re allowed outside again…what do you think? Let’s ballpark it…let’s say it’s…September 2020, that’s not too far away…what does the world look like at that point?
Evan: I think we’ll probably still be under some sort of restrictions at that point. A lot has changed since the start of all the stay-at-home orders, but I don’t know that I see us returning to normal by then unfortunately.
SBS: What do you miss most during this whole lockdown? What’s the first thing you plan on doing if/when things find their way back to normal, and why is that the most important thing to ya?
Evan: Human interaction in general is a big one. Collaborating with others, seeing live music, performing… I definitely plan to drop some cash at my local record store right away when and if things return to some sense of normality. Always need more music and gotta start prepping for that next pandemic.
SBS: Open floor! Anything else you want to say to the people out there?
Evan: I’ve got new music on the way for sure, but until then… stay safe, stay vigilant. Take care of yourself and do your best to support others if you can. xoxo
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