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What I Learned at Bandcamp: Ewian

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Ewian formed in March 2013 as the project of Ewian Christensen and that same month the Germany-based musician released debut EP, We Will Never Grow Old. This month, on Oct. 10 to be exact, Ewian will release Good Old Underground. The album is a collaboration between electronic singer-songwriter Fifi Rong from London, dark-pop producer Clemens Engert from Vienna, post-rock instrumentalist James Hrabak from Chicago and guitarist Benjamin Lachance from Nuremberg.

The 10-track release is currently available to stream on Bandcamp.

Below, read The Spec‘s interview with the band and listen to tracks from Good Old Underground

Tell us a little about yourselves…
I grew up in Germany but was actually born near Riga (Latvia, Eastern Europe). In school (during the ’90s), I met today’s guitarist of Ewian, Benjamin Lachance. With his support I produced Ewian’s debut, We Will Never Grow Old. When I started to produce our first LP, Good Old Underground, a half year later, I thought it wouldn’t do any harm if I collaborate with additional artists to make the album more rich in variety.

Interesting name, where did it come from?
Ewian is an alteration of Evian/Evían, a Nordic name (used in Sweden, Finland, Norway, Iceland).

How long have you been making music?
With Benjamin, I’ve been making music for about 15 years. We started our first band Care[le]ss in 1999, a kind of alternative metal-folk band (pronounced careless caress). We played some gigs, mostly at small events or in some sleazy local clubs in Germany. As it became more obvious that Care[le]ss wasn’t going anywhere (the drummer Maximilian Schenkel is still active in the not unknown band Get Well Soon), I decided to proceed solo. But since I never lost touch with Benjamin, I contacted him in order to get support during the process of composing and recording our debut.

Who/what are your influences?
Chopin, Portishead, Muse, Radiohead, Element of Crime.

What is your favorite song on the new album and why?
My favorite is “The Last Poem” due to the simple fact that this song has the strongest emotional impact on me. Furthermore, it’s the most sad song I’ve made so far. We already produced a video for “The Last Poem” we shot at the North West coast of  France in July. If you watch this video, you’ll know what I mean.

Benjamin and Clemens like “Escape” a lot and Fifi loves “When I Was Dead,” a song about a near-death story (video coming in November). Jim? I don’t know.

Upcoming projects, where do you want to go from here?
Focus lies on performing live now. But I already have many ideas in my head which have to be realized in a second LP. Furthermore, I started to work as a video producer for German bands and as my equipment is getting better and better I’m looking forward to producing high-quality videos for Ewian as well.

Besides that, the remix specialist A Scar In My Mind is working on a remix of the song “My Dear Dead Memory.”

If you could no longer be a musician, what would you be or do for a living?
Writing a book or programming 2D Point and Click Adventures.

What musicians or bands do you look up to?
At the Drive-In, Portishead, David Bowie.

Why do you make music?
Sorry, I can’t answer this question. I gotta struggle with tears now.

Anything else you’d like readers to know that we haven’t asked you about?
Yes: Don’t give up, there’s always hope.

In my last interview I mentioned a number of strong Ewian supporters. Naturally, I forgot some and I promised to fetch that in the next interview. Thus – Thanks to si FM radio, Lattè, IA.shamROCKlounge and Alexandra.

And thanks as well to The Spec for this interview.

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