Photography Tudor Williams
Evan Blum is a songwriter, producer, and singer based out of Los Angeles, California. Working alongside multiple Grammy award-winning producers and writers, his online videos have gained millions of views collectively. Featured on Billboard, EARMILK, Pop Dust, Huffington Post, Refinery29 and Teen Vogue, Blum’s music Is dynamic and eclectic, running the gamut of upbeat and quirky pop gems to mellow and heartfelt acoustic ballads.
Drawing from musical influences like The Beatles, Eminem, Jack Johnson, and Max Martin, Blum’s music makes its way into your ears and buys real estate—his hooks are impossible to forget, and his lyrics stay with you for the long haul.
Tell us about the genesis of your project. How did you get to where you are now?
This is one of the first video projects where I decided to give myself full reign over my creative ideas. I’ve had this song and it’s always been special to me. I’ve always wanted to make a video about the concept of insecurity. I’ve been living with insecurity for years and I’ve always just had to push through it to do the things i’ve wanted to do in my life. It’s always gotten in the way but I’ve just pushed through it. I don’t know many people that preach this method but I found it helpful to me. If we all listened to our insecurities we would be sitting at home everyday doing nothing and being nothing.
What is the favorite song you wrote and why?
Insecure is one of my favorite songs I’ve ever written because it’s really honest and talks really openly about something as vulnerable as insecurity. I also like the whole putting downer lyrics to an upbeat instrumental.
Who are your all time musical icons?
Weezer, The Beatles, Eminem, Jack Johnson, Citizen Cope
What are some things to do to keep your inspiration alive?
Use an infrared Sauna. Run up mountains. Throw a ball for my dog for hours.
Who are you binge listening to these days?
SOUR- Olivia Rodrigo. Over and over and over again.
Tell us about your latest release and how it came about?
Insecure came from a lot of inner turmoil and feeling like I wasn’t enough.
Do you have any peculiar pre or post show rituals?
I generally like to drink some form of caffeine after my show. That’s about it.
What’s the future looking like for you?
As I move forward I am planning to start producing more high quality cinematic movie-like music videos.
Who inspires your style and aesthetics?
Honestly artists like JP Saxe and Lauv who keep it simple. I don’t consider my main appeal to be my style or my aesthetic. I consider my main appeal to be my honesty and realness.
What is the achievement or moment in your career you are the most proud of and why?
I honestly don’t really know. It’s actually something I’m working on with my therapist is how to be more proud of myself. I’ve never quite got that feeling down.
What do you think is the best way to make it as an artist nowadays?
I think the best way to be an artist is not to compare yourself right and left. Do your thing. Yourself vs yourself forever until something happens. Going crazy is extremely easy. But then again some good songs come out of going crazy so maybe that’s not such a bad thing. Honesetly my advice is: fuck everyone’s advice. Because everyone’s path is completely different in the art world. I remember when my Dad was first learning about the musician world he was flabbergasted how incredibly flimsy the structural integrity of it was. There is no school to go to and then you get your degree and then you start making money. It’s not like being a lawyer or a doctor. It’s so subjective. It’s based largely on luck, circumstance, nepotism, talent, networking ability. So just try to enjoy yourself as much as possible.
What would you change in the music and entertainment industry especially after this past year?
If I had my way I would make people pay more for music. It is insanely expensive to make. Thousands can be spent on a single song, yet people are only willing to pay a fraction of a penny to hear it. Isn’t that backwards? In every other industry you spend fractions of a penny to make some item and then sell it for 10X over that margin to make your money back. So music is crazy like that.