Every Monday we will be bringing you interviews with unsigned UK or Ireland artists for Independent Music Monday. Recently we caught up with unsigned Edinburgh based duo The Eves to find out more…
Who is in the duo, how did you meet, where are you from and how did you come up with the name?
The Eves are Caroline Gilmour and Marissa Keltie. They had known about each other on the local Edinburgh music scene for quite a few years before they actually met. Marissa sent Caroline a Facebook message in early 2016 to ask if she'd be interested in collaborating and writing together. They met for a coffee, really hit it off and ended up writing around 10 songs in the space of a month! Caroline is from a small village called Newtongrange, and Marissa is from Coatbridge. Both have lived in Edinburgh for many years now. They came up with The Eves as a name as they wanted something feminine sounding. Eve seemed to fit the bill!
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
For Caroline, she was influenced by Alanis Morissette, Sheryl Crow, 80s pop and even some 90s dance/trance! Marissa loves the old songwriting greats such as Carole King, Paul McCartney and James Taylor. Both also loved Fleetwood Mac. Their joint influences now are Lissie, Jade Bird, The Pierces, First Aid Kit, HAIM, Coldplay and Jack Savoretti.
How would you describe your sound?
Very much a pop singer-songwriter vibe with anthemic melodies and vocal harmonies - think of acts like The Pierces, First Aid Kit, Florence & The Machine and Coldplay.
What is your latest release called and what was the influence behind it?
Our latest single is called 'City of Stars'. The influence behind it is spiritual energy, love and connection. The stars in the sky, to us, represent souls hence the lyric 'souls light up in a thousand skies'.
What’s your local music scene like?
Edinburgh and Glasgow both have a great music scene and of course a legendary pop music contribution to the music industry as a whole. Being based in Edinburgh, a lot of bands have come from the Edinburgh College of Art, and there is a strong acoustic scene too. Edinburgh is becoming even more diverse with electronic, funk and jazz breaking through. We're keen to make our contribution to the Pop genre!
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
We have lots of exciting things going on over the next while. We're playing at the TRNSMT festival in Glasgow Green on 14th July, headlining King Tuts Summer Nights festival on 25th August, and opening for The Shires at the Old Fruitmarket in Glasgow on 22nd September. We're currently working with some amazing musicians who have formed our backing band so that we can get out and gig more, and we're also lined up to record a few more songs in the recording studio with producer Mark Morrow who we've been working with for the past year. Lots going on!
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
For songwriting, we'd love to work with Gary Barlow, Cathy Dennis and Linda Perry. We're a big fan of their songwriting styles. To collaborate with another act, it would have to be Jack Savoretti, Lissie and Jade Bird.
Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
It's all run pretty smoothly so far but I'm sure there will be many fun times ahead!
What is the one thing that you want readers to know about you?
That we're down to earth, Scottish lassies who have a lot more pop music up our sleeves! Our main aim is to have people singing along to our songs and to just enjoy the music.