Interview with Evan Russell Saffer (voice – Makes My Blood Dance)How are you discovering new music everyday?
We put tremendous effort into booking and curating the support on our upcoming tours, so I am discovering a lot of music that way. Then there are the usual channels: using Spotify and Youtube quite a bit. I also visit a few different music websites that I like and check out tours and discover bands that way.
How are you connecting every day with the fans that are discovering you!
Mostly through Instagram, Facebook and our favorite – in person on the road.
What is the most you have gained out of your career so far?
I was telling John last night on the way to my hockey game that I am just enjoying the process. It’s taken a long time to say that out loud because I was always so concerned with getting somewhere that I rarely recognized where I was at that moment. I love writing and recording with my band, I love producing and making the music videos, working with our support team at B Squared, HIP video and Curtain Call Records is also enjoyable – because they are talented people at what they do and that in itself inspires me. There was a time when all I wanted to do was play shows, which I still think is great, but if that’s the only thing then you miss a lot of other amazing experiences along the way.
What inspired you with your latest project Together Apart?
We go into writing mode and it just flows. Together Apart was written during quarantine so it’s sort of about loneliness and the idea of 2 forces that go together but do not necessarily happen at the same time in the same way. Sort of like a couple that loves each other but the cadence is anything but traditional. There’s beauty and pain in it, that’s everyone I suppose.
What is the overall vibe of your Rag Na Rock Album?
The album has this end of times vibe because that’s what the world feels like. We’re consistently on the brink and there’s a lot of fear there that has to be transcended. I like quoting Bene Gesserit Litany against Fear:
“I must not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past, I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.”
How do you stay inspired throughout the process, especially if it’s a long process?
I talk to my band mates constantly, we join our power and together we are strong. We collaborate, create, discuss, exchange and flourish. The giving keeps the momentum going forward, if there is no creation the process will end.
What is the most tedious part of curating your sound?
Nothing, I enjoy the process.
What are you making more room for to make moves in your music?
Educating ourselves from people who know more than us, surrounding ourselves with experts and good energy that believe in Makes My Blood Dance and the art that we create.
Links to listen:
TIK TOK: https://www.tiktok.com/@mmbdance
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