Australia's Evan Klar Explores Growing Pains

Half-German, half-Australian and raised in Singapore, Evan Klar is a natural globe trotter.

Thanks to his music teacher mother and CD collecting father, Klar was immersed in music from birth. His debut solo album Deepest Creatures, which just came out on Friday, sets the stage to his adventurous upbringing.

“I made ‘Sleep’ as an intro to my album—it very loosely sets the scene to a journey of naive imagination and the adventures of growing up,” he tells BTRtoday.

He also recently released a music video for “Sleep” via Culture Collide. The track has an ominous beat, with influences from African and Australian artists. It starts off with what sounds like a thunderstorm rolling over an ocean before Klar’s eerie vocals begin.

Deepest Creatures took around two years, with Klar mostly locked away on his own with a few friends coming in and out to collaborate.

“The best years of my life so far,” he says about making Deepest Creatures. “I’ve never been one to stand alone so I wanted to make a record that featured other personalities.”

Check out the entire interview with Evan Klar below.

BTRtoday (BTR): Hi Evan, how did you got into music?

Evan Klar(EK): Thanks for having me from the other side of the world, guys. My mum is a kickass music teacher and my Dad collected CDs when I was real young. He also crushes Tears for Fears in the shower. They definitely paved the way—I love them to bits for it.

BTR: What does writing music do for you? Has the meaning of it changed for you at all over the years?

EK: I’ve got terrible concentration for most things but for whatever reason I can make music for crazy hours. Although I like to think I am getting better at it, I still find the process of finishing a song to be very difficult. I think it’ll always be an adventure of highs and lows, which is probably why it’s so addictive.

BTR: What influences your sound?

EK: My friends and family we’re always passing music back and forth. I’ve been listening to a lot of rhythm based music from Africa and a lot of Australian-based writers who I like to think will influence my sound in the future. When writing this album, I drew inspiration from film and video game scores. Oh, and coffee.

BTR: What’s the music scene in Melbourne like?

EK: It’s strong and growing fast. My favorite thing is the attitude I get from other artists and people in the industry here. There’s a refreshingly casual and kind of ironic nature to the scene. We’re also crazy lucky with the selection of venues, record stores, studios and the amount of artists from Australia and beyond.

BTR: Tell me about this song “Sleep,” what inspired it? What do you want your listeners to get out of it?

EK: I made “Sleep” as an intro to my album. It very loosely sets the scene to a journey of naive imagination and the adventures of growing up. It also kind of reminds me of the openings to the spooky shows and books I was into as a kid, like Where The Wild Things Are or Goosebumps. “Sleep” still confuses me a bit, but so do most of my childhood memories.

BTR: What was the creative process in the upcoming album Deepest Creatures like?

EK: The best years of my life so far. I spent two plus years, happily alone, in a small cave wrestling with a laptop and a couple of instruments. Luckily, my friend and bass player, Simon, would save me once in awhile by laying down some seriously tidy bass. I then ended up taking the album to my friend Ash Workman in the UK where we re-recorded most of the parts I had written. I’ve never been one to stand alone so I wanted to make a record that featured other personalities. A lot of good friends from London and in Melbourne are all over it, and that collaborative process was easily the best part about making this record.

BTR: Do you have a favorite song of from the album you like to play the most?

EK: “We make noise,” the last track on my album. Its one of the first songs I finished. I remember it coming together quite easily and when I recorded the album version, emotionally it still hit quite hard. Although it was one of the first, to me, it’s the best thing I’ve written.

BTR: Are any of the songs based off of a true story you could share with me?

EK: I imagine its quite cryptic to others but there are references to true stories throughout the record. In Barefoot I mention the time my primary school teacher tied my loose tooth to our classroom door and slammed it shut.. I was scared.. the tooth went flying. It was fantastic.

BTR: Did you experiment with anything new on this album?

EK: As its my first [full-length] album I guess it all feels like an experiment, but if I had to point out something it would be the time I recorded a friends sneeze and used it as a snare. You’ll never find it, but it’s there.

BTR: What should we keep our eyes peeled for in the future of your music?

EK: Being that my album’s about to come out, I honestly have no idea what moves I’ll make next. But I’ve just finished building a wicked new studio with my brother. So the dream is to keep making and keep writing albums. I’d love to score a video game, a feature film or play a part in writing someone else’s album. I can confidently promise lots more music.