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Evening Hallucinations

Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.


The biggest catalyst for me starting to write music had to just be the desire to tell my own stories through song format. I had been producing music for years and as much as I loved producing instrumentals, I was fascinated with the story you could tell through lyrics. Instrumental music is very abstract and there was something about the direct nature of lyric writing that caught my attention. There is a song titled 'CITY OF THRILLS' by one of my favorite rappers, JVCKJ that inspired me to be vulnerable in my music and start telling my own story.

Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?


When me and my good friend, Katie were filming the video for my song 'Hallucinations', we had one car stop beside us mid-film as we were filming in a tunnel to ask what we were doing. We told them about the music and they showed a lot of interest in the video. Regardless of if they decided to check out the music or not, the fact that we were simply filming a video not thinking much of it and people showed interest is mind-blowing to me. This proved to me even further that just by doing what you love generates a very magnetic energy. The success of 'Hallucinations' as a whole has been very surreal for me as it was my first song to hit over 100 views in under 24 hours.


What has been the high point of your music path?


The high point of my music path so far has easily just been the fact that other people are enjoying the music as much as I am creating it. People sharing the music around and relating to the lyrics is something that puts a huge smile on my face as there are times where I question if what I am feeling truly makes sense or not. It is a comforting feeling and has generated a beautiful sense of purpose and community. There is no feeling like putting emotion into sound regardless of what the emotion is.


So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?


The best approach to songwriting in my opinion is complete honesty. Even if the truth is ugly. I have always been someone who dislikes the idea of having an exact formula for writing music. I seriously just recommend being as honest and vulnerable as you can. I believe this also provides you with the most catharsis as an artist. You do not need any big or fancy words for your music to sound good. Whatever your heart decides to come up with is good enough.


What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be?


The biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today in my opinion is the struggle to be unique and stand out. We've come to live in a time where what used to be out of the normal: Dying your hair rainbow, getting tattoos in strange places, and wearing bizarre clothing is now the new normal. It almost feels like the more artists try to stand out, the more they blend into the crowd. Just by being you as an artist authentically, you will already stand out more than 90% of other artists pursuing music.


If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?


Without a doubt Foster The People. Though I get inspiration from many different artists and sounds, Foster The People is a band that has stuck with me over the years and has influenced my music more than any other artist. Mark Foster is a brilliant lyricist and is someone I look up to heavily as an artist and writer. The band's sound is ever-evolving and their third studio album 'Sacred Hearts Club' is a project I have come back to countless times for inspiration both lyrically and musically. Performing alongside them one day would be an absolute dream come true.


What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?


Though I have not done any live shows yet thus far, one of my biggest goals for this summer is to start performing live. So far, I have done live shows in my basement for my two beautiful cats, Paws and Lucky. My rehearsals consist of me jumping around like a madman singing my heart out as if 40,000 people were in front of me. As I start doing live shows, I hope to make a crowd of 10 people feel like a thousand and a crowd of 30 feel like a million.


Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!


One song that was my greatest challenge to write was easily my most recent song, 'Hallucinations'. Not because I didn't have enough lyrics, but because I had so many. The song at its core is about the concept of finding one's own truth and raises the question of if we believe something because it is what we truly feel deep down, or because we have been pushed to believe it by our peers, family, or society. I ended up writing so many lyrics for the song and found it tough to pack the entire message into just a 4-minute timeframe. However, I sorted out the lyrics I felt were most important to the message and got a final result I am still very proud of to this day.

What's coming up in the future?


There is so much coming up that I am excited about. For starters, we are releasing the official debut merchandise collection for the online store within the next few weeks which is something I am super proud of as I am absolutely in love with how the designs turned out. We are also currently in the process of booking live shows locally for over the summer, and lastly, we are in the works of getting a team together to help manage everything as thus far, it has just been me with the help of a few friends. There is a lot of work being put into the future material and I am excited to see it pay off!


Tell us where fans can access your music?


You can find my music on all streaming platforms including Spotify, Apple Music, and more.


Spotify


Instagram

 

Evening Hallucinations


Calvin Squire (Evening Hallucinations) is a solo alternative singer, songwriter, and producer from the Pittsburgh area of Pennsylvania. His music spans a wide variety, dabbling in genres ranging from pop to ambient to electronic.


Calvin began his musical journey in 2019 when he was inspired to try making beats of his own via FL Studio after being fascinated with the emotions created by his favorite artists through the power of different sounds and samples. He has continued to convert his own emotion and experiences to sound ever since and continues to express his journey both personally and on a musical level.


Learn more about Calvin at https://eveninghallucinations.com

 

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