EXCLUSIVE: INTERVIEW WITH EVAN TAYLOR JONES // SHOW AT KEEGAN ALES AUG 26.

BY PHILIPPE TRINH // WWW.KINGSTONWEEKENDER.COM

When and what age did you start playing?
I started playing music at the age of 19.

What genre do you consider your work to be? 
Soul-rock or rock ‘n roll with a whole heap of soul. My major influences are and have always been Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Richie Havens, Jimi Hendrix, Prince and Lenny Kravitz. 

Who are your other band members?   
Tyler Hood plays lead guitar, Chris Faustian plays bass,Mikey Guzman and Matt Gutkin plays keys, Lydia Jorge is one of my background vocalists along with Akira Sledge, and Matt Wassum is our new young talented drummer.   

Where have you performed? Do you have any upcoming shows? 
I have performed all over the state of Florida and the Southeast from here to Tennessee and Alabama. My favorite venue is the House of Blues in Orlando which we will be playing at on July 30th to start off the tour. I have a lot of upcoming shows since we’ll be on tour. I am most looking forward to the NY dates, especially Keagan Ales which is happening on August 26th. I have heard great things about the venue and the sounds in there. It is big deal for me playing in New York, I’ve been told that it’s hard to get a show there. 

Who writes your songs and what are your main topics for your songs? 
I write all of my songs and the main topic behind most of them is love and happiness. I do not see the topic changing over time because I know that the ears in this world, the young and old will always need the two.

Which songs do you perform most frequently and why? 
The songs that I perform most frequently are Over Your Shoulder and Alike, they are my favorite originals and are the most requested. 

How do you balance your music into your life?
Luckily for me, music is my only job. I play a gig almost every night and receive my earnings at the end. It is a hustle. I do not have children but I do have a lovely lady in my life who is the most understanding and supportive person on the planet, hands down. She makes it easy to do what I do and continue moving forward with my passion, all the while knowing that I am only going to get busier until money creates more time for her and I. I say that in the least shallow way. 

What do you like to do outside of music that contributes to your musicality?
I like to sit in my garage and play a loop of guitar, bass and drums and improvise over it with lead guitar riffs. I have found that just playing in an improvisational setting can increase work ethic and skill level, greatly. 

What are you working on right now?
I am working on this interview ha ha. Most importantly, I am working on this tour and getting everything ready for us to leave and be comfortable on the road.

How can fans-to-be gain access to your music? 
Visit my Facebook and go to www.soundcloud.com/evantaylorjonesmusic

Last words?
Thank you for having me. It is my pleasure and I hope you all can make it to the show in Kingston. Much love, happiness and freedom.