My name is Jared Evan and I’m a musician, rapper, singer, producer and artist, and I’m from a little town called Great Neck, right outside of New York City.
Many of your songs blend the genres of alternative pop, soul, and hip-hop all into one song. It’s not often that we see an artist blend sounds that are so different, but it really works for you! What influenced you to go in that direction instead of sticking to one sound?
Thank you! Man, it’s crazy! I basically just grew up listening to all different kinds of music. I mean, I bathed in ALL music growing up. I have been touched by everything from The Beatles, to Wu-Tang, to James Brown to Jethro Tull… the list goes on. And I find that, because I have been touched so greatly by all of these different kinds of sounds growing up, I kind of adopted them myself. So, when I create my own music, a bit of each of these sounds come out. It’s nothing I planned out or purposely did, it just comes on its own. What’s funny is that all of these different styles make up my direction. My direction is music in general.
You’ve already collaborated with big names like Pharrell, and have toured with OneRepublic. What other producers and/or artists would you like to work with in the future?
Yeah, being able to do all of that was super dope, I’m very blessed. I would definitely love to work with artists like Action Bronson, Childish Gambino… Drake is super talented, Adele. Those are certainly some current artists that I would be honored to work with in the future.
Can you tell us what pushed you to part with the record label you were previously signed with?
I’d say I wasn’t really pushed away from my label, but just kind of said ‘thank you’ and kept it moving. Interscope is and was a great label for me, but during my time there, a lot of people in the building had different plans and ideas for what I should have been doing. It’s what I like to call ‘too many chefs in the kitchen.’ But it’s all good, I got so much love for Interscope and Jimmy [Iovine] helped me so much to get to where I am now. If it wasn’t for them, I can’t quite say I’d be able to do the things I can do now. I just felt I needed to go back to my foundation and do it my own way, that’s all.
You’re now set to drop your new release, “The 4th Chapter”. Can you tell us what we can expect from that?
Yessir! Man, ‘The 4th Chapter’ is my baby. It’s actually the album that I started to work on when I got signed to Interscope, but it never got a chance to be heard. The past 6 months I have been working on finishing it with Illfactor and Illmind. I call them the ‘ill team.’ I went back to my childhood basement, where I found myself musically in the first place, and just made the most natural music I could possibly make, without any executives or outside influences in the room.
What people can expect from this album, is my biography. The album sums up who I am, what I’m about, things that have gone on during my childhood, things that have happened with friends and family… it just speaks to the everyday human-being on a very introspective level. I can’t wait for everyone to hear it.
Lastly, how will our readers be able to keep up with you and your music? (Whether through social media, upcoming performances/tour dates, etc.)
Everyone could reach me or stay updated with me at my website JaredEvan.com, my Twitter (@JaredEvan) or my Facebook fan page (Facebook.com/JaredEvan). Thank you guys for listening!