Singer-songwriter Lydia Evangeline, a musician with years of experience creating and performing with other creatives, returned to the music world with the release of her latest EP, Twenty Four, on Friday, July 12 via Bespoke Records. The EP is a beautiful collection of five tracks that range from intimate to summery to anthemic, and in the midst of the release chaos, Lydia answered a few questions from Indientry about the EP and her musical history – including playing with Elton John – and confessed a love for cucumber and Nutella. Check out the interview below.
Indientry: Hi, Lydia! How are you?
Lydia Evangeline: Ah I’m great, I’m getting ready for a little holiday in Ibiza as we speak so I really can’t complain!
What albums or singles are you listening to most right now?
I’m always listening to Brandi Carlile’s album ‘By The Way, I Forgive You’, always. urggh it’s so good.
What originally drew you to a career in music?
It’s just been in me forever really, I’ve always sung and performed and written little poems and songs.
Your latest EP, Twenty Four, is really beautiful – your vocals are gorgeous. Can you tell me a little bit about the inspiration behind it?
Oh, that’s so kind, thank you! You don’t often get much feedback in interviews, so I really appreciate that. So, as the title suggests, it’s a collection of songs I wrote whilst being 24. Ironically I’m releasing it a week after my 25th birthday.. but maybe that represents growth and leaving those feelings behind! (Very deep.)
What did that recording and production process look like?
Everything I’ve released thus far as a solo artist has been with my genius producer friend Willie Weeks, he’s also co-written on all but 2 of my songs. I honestly don’t know what my music would be without him! We tend to write in his home studio, from scratch and then begin the recording/producing process together that same day.
How has the response been to the EP?
It’s always hard to tell, isn’t it, but people have been so kind and I’m pleased with it!
How has your previous musical experience, like your work with Wayward Daughter and performing on tour with artists like Elton John, impacted your solo music career?
Wayward Daughter was a huge part of my journey in terms of growing as a songwriter and learning how to handle the business side of being an artist. I also toured for a while as a session musician for Jake Isaac, who was asked to support Elton John (crazy, right, ha!), and doing those big tours with him was such helpful insight into the music industry and what it really means to be a touring musician. It’s tough, man, it did make me question at times whether that life is really what I wanted for myself, but it’s so worth it! It’s a complete and utter honor to be able to tour and meet people and release music and write songs for a living, I don’t take it for granted.
What’s next for you?
I’ve got a few little festivals this summer (catch me at The Big Feastival stuffing myself full of delicious goodness). I’ve got a music video on the way, and planning a small Autumn UK tour. Keep an eye out on my socials (@lydiaevangeline) for all the goings on.
What else about you or your music do you want readers to know?
Hmmm, honestly? That I still very, very, very much need your support, so sharing my music with your friends, popping it on your playlists, singing it to ya nan at her 90th birthday bbq is so appreciated! I just love making music so much, I’d love to be able to do it for as long as I possibly can!
I’d also like them to know that cucumber dipped in Nutella is a really delicious snack.
Check out Lydia Evangeline’s latest EP, Twenty Four, below.