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PREMIERE: EVES KARYDAS

The Aussie pop newcomer on making miss-your-crush tunes.

Eves Karydas
Eves Karydas

Camberwell-based Eves Karydas is a long way from home. After making the move from Queensland, Australia to settle in Peckham three years ago, she’s been navigating the ins and outs of London ever since. Not to say that the 22-year-old is out of her depth. Confidently repping her punchy indie-pop sound, she’s supported Courtney Barnett, Sky Ferreira, written with Warpaint and toured with Dua Lipa in Oz.

Last year’s banger “There For You” firmly cemented her position as one of the most exciting emerging artists to keep an eye on. Now she’s back with her new single, “Couch”, and if anything, it’s confirmed this status.

We chatted to the rising pop star about travelling to the other side of the world and capturing that “sad-happy feeling” in her music…

Hi Eves! Where are you from and how has this influenced your sound?
I’m from the state of Queensland, Australia. I grew up in a coastal town called Cairns and moved to Brisbane when I was 15. I think Australian music has a pretty unique way of revolving around two pillars: electronic music and folk music. I’ve been influenced by both and sit somewhere in the middle.
 
Who did you grow up listening to?
Bruce Springsteen, Carole King, Crowded House, R.E.M.
 
What made you want to start making music?
I’ve always sung, but around the time I was 11, I started to get bored of singing other people’s songs. I was precocious to say the least! That’s when I started writing music.
 
How would you describe your sound?
Off-kilter, bouncy pop.
 
Where do you get inspiration for your music?
My life, my friend’s lives, the ups and downs of love. Certain moods inspire me. Jack Antonoff (Bleachers, Fun) talks often about capturing that sad-happy feeling, which I’m very into. I call it miss-your-crush music. It’s addictive.

Pop singer Eves Karydas
Pop singer Eves Karydas

So you moved from Queensland to Camberwell 3 years ago – what’s been the biggest difference?
It’s so much larger in London and there’s a sense of vastness that can be a bit overwhelming. But I decided to move because I wanted to challenge myself, and I’ve grown so much because of it.
 
What is your new track “Couch” about?
It’s about those small understated moments you have with someone that speak volumes.
 
How would you describe your style and who are your style icons?
I’d describe my style as 90s boyfriend-preppy. My style icons are Chloë Sevigny and Cate Blanchett.
 
You’ve collaborated with a lot of amazing people – who else would you like to work with?
Flume, Jack Antonoff, Stromae, Dev Hynes, Caribou.
 
What’s next for you this year?
I’m doing my first headline tour of Australia in August! And then I’ll be releasing a load more songs.

Aussie singer Eves Karydas
Aussie singer Eves Karydas
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Maybelle Morgan
PREMIERE: EVES KARYDAS

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