Music industry has made it a competition, it’s no longer about the art, says Evan Gaskill the American experimentalcore artist

Today, we are together with a promising composer, drummer, vocalist, and producer Evan Gaskill, from Richmond, Virginia, who told about his personal life, solo music project, influences, future plans, and the music industry. As some of our readers might recognize, Evan Gaskill –I Pray That You Get Away was released on 6 April 2022, and I have reviewed the single here on Metalhead Community.

https://youtu.be/95goNJzxrVc

I Pray That You Get Away by Evan Gaskill

Q1 – How would you describe a regular day for Evan Gaskill? What is the percentage of making music in your daily life?

A1 – I work full time so I don’t have much time to actually focus on making music sadly. Procrastinating and focusing is also a daily struggle but at same time I don’t feel that music should be rushed anyways.

Q2 – What can you tell us about the story behind your single, I Pray That You Get Away? What were the main influences, inputs in this song?

A2 – As cliché as it sounds, my heart was broken and that was honestly the start of my music in the beginning. The song I Pray That You Get Away, is essentially a warning or message to the next guy who ends up with the person who crushed me.

Q3 – Where did you record your recent music? Who produces it? What was the most challenging thing in the process?

A3 – I’m sure my answer to this question will get a few laughs. My music is recorded in my bedroom, my vocals are recorded in my car. It works out nicely because the car almost mimics a studio with being a closed space. The most challenging part is the editing and mixing. Making sure everything is leveled properly.

Q4 – How is the feedback so far since the release?

A4 – So far I’ve heard only positivity, there’s been a few people that have been harsh. But everyone has there own taste. This may sound bad but I make the music for me ultimately. As long as I like the way it sounds no one else’s opinion should matter.

Q5 – How would you rate I Pray That You Get Away single sound in terms of sound/production quality between 1 to 10? And why?

A5 – My rating for this song as far as quality would be 5/10
I don’t think I (someone with absolutely no mixing/production experience) did a terrible job.

Music industry has made it a competition, it’s no longer about the art, says Evan Gaskill the American experimentalcore artist
Evan Gaskill - Artist Photo

Evan Gaskill – Artist Photo

Q6 – What was the image of yourself in the future when you first started your professional music career? In a special collective of individuals, a full band where everybody’s contributing, or a solo project with session musicians?

A6 – A few years ago I tried being in a band, but everyone has there own perspective on how they want the song to sound. And I felt as though my creativity and ability could have gone unseen having to agree with the group on sound, beats, tempo….etc. Being a solo artist I have the freedom to make the song sound how I want it to. It takes a bit more time to create since it’s just me, but the end result is so worth it.

Q7 – What is the ultimate objective of Evan Gaskill as an artist? Where would you like to see yourself in the end?

A7 – I originally started music to vent my feelings because I was hurt. But after getting invested with it I now just want to be heard. I also want my music to help others push through life like music has always done for me.

Q8 – What can you tell us about your 2022 plans? Are we going to see Evan Gaskill performing live?

A8 – This question is something I’ve actually been asking myself since I started. I have extreme stage fright and not sure if I’m quite ready yet. Eventually I will push myself.

Q9 – Why do you think indie artists and bands usually don’t get their investments back? Is it impossible?

A9 – After making music for not even 6 months now, I’ve learned how grueling it can be. There’s been a few times I’ve actually wanted to give up. And since I’m not signed with anyone, self promoting is very difficult, expensive and sadly not very rewarding. I never realized how cut throat the music industry was until now. I don’t think it’s impossible for artists to break even or end up getting more back. However, most of the bands I listen to are either no longer together or they’ve taken years in between albums. And most of them were signed so you could imagine the struggles of an indie artist.

Q10 – Do you believe up-and-coming bands have a better chance than before? How do you think the high number of artists and bands out there making releases affects the music industry?

A10 – The problem isn’t with promoting necessarily. It’s the amount of people trying to do music. A lot of bands/artists end up unrecognized or give up. For some reason it seems the music industry has made it a competition to see who will be on top. And it’s no longer about the music, the art at that point.

Music industry has made it a competition, it’s no longer about the art, says Evan Gaskill the American experimentalcore artist

Evan Gaskill - Artist Photo

Evan Gaskill – Artist Photo

Q11 – What makes a band “great”, and what was the first band who taught you something? What did you learn?

A11 – There passion behind the music they make. If artists did what others wanted instead of following their passion, odds are the end result won’t be the best it could be. Art is art when it comes from your heart, not to please someone else.

Q12 – What would be your piece of advice for someone who wants to form up a band and start a career in music?

A12 – My advice would be to NOT GIVE UP!!! if you need a break, step away and focus on something else. There’s been days at a time I haven’t touched a song I started so I could let my mind process. Making music can be stressful sometimes and if you overthink it you’ll wanna give up. So take a moment when you can (even if you take a few days to yourself) and relax. Plus, if your trying to rush and your panicking, the song may not end up being the best it could’ve been. There shouldn’t be a time stamp on when your next single/ep/album is released.

Q13 – Top 5 albums influenced “Evan Gaskill” music?

A13 –

1. Adelphia – by A Skylit Drive
2. Stand up and Scream – by Asking Alexandria
3. Self titled album by Of Mice & Men
4. Two-Faced Charade by Famous Last Words
5. Reborn – by This Romantic Tragedy

(There’s honestly so many more, I could give a whole list)

Q14 – Lastly, what would you like to say to our readers?

A14 – I wanna thank everyone who has been supportive and also the ones who haven’t been as kind. Everyone has a voice and opinions. The fact that my music is even out there to be listened to, I’m more thankful. Thanks again ❤️

Music industry has made it a competition, it’s no longer about the art, says Evan Gaskill the American experimentalcore artist

Evan Gaskill - I Pray That You Get Away - Album-Front-Cover-Artwork

Music industry has made it a competition, it’s no longer about the art, says Evan Gaskill the American experimentalcore artist