Tell us if your work is 100 percent original or you take little from other artists’ works in a creative way.
I think every artist takes a little bit from other artists they stream or listen to daily. I like to think “Secrets” is the most organic version of me fit into 3 minutes and change.
Tell us if you are into music because of the passion for it or you are a gifted artist.
I’ve always enjoyed challenges and with music learning the piano and guitar by ear are things that still drive me. Songwriting is a passion in itself so with a little bit of talent and a ton of passion, you usually end up on the right path.
Elaborate on how you ensure the quality of your sound.
I’m extremely fortunate to track and cut all of my work on my own with my own gear. I’m the kid who’s on YouTube on Friday night looking up how to EQ acoustic guitars differently or something crazy like that. I’m always trying to learn from people better than me, which ensures growth on my end when it comes to my material over time.
Tell us how you come across ideas to develop your songs.
I think I fall in love with melodies more than ideas for songs. It’s easy for me to sit at a piano and try different chords, patterns and throw a vocal melody on top. Then lyrics to follow. I realized very quickly as a songwriter you only have so many life experiences you can write about. Soon enough you have to be able to write about an experience you’ve never had and make other people believe you did.
Describe your vocal ability.
Well, I believe there are things I’m more comfortable with vocally. I find falsetto stuff to come more naturally maybe than other guys. But I also marvel at a lot of other male vocalists who do things that I wouldn’t attempt (haha).
Tell us the process involved in developing the instrumentation for this song.
For songwriting, I always start on the piano for the most part. Once I have a part figured out I’ll try and write and finish the song stripped with lyrics done. These days it’s so easy to build songs through software, when I write a song that works with just an acoustic guitar or piano, I know I’m probably onto something.
State five songs that you think are hit songs and name the artists.
There’s Nothing Holding Me Back – Shawn Mendes
Ocean’s Away – A R I Z O N A
Unforgettable – Thomas Rhett
Attention – Charlie Pugh
Secrets – Evan Cline 😉
Tell us how you entertain the audience during a live performance.
I use a 3 track looper while playing live. So building songs that way through the point of view of the audience; I always find them entertained even before I sing the first note. It’s a great experience and for someone who enjoys having control of how each performance will go, looping is the perfect solution.
List the name of artists that have similar sounds to yours.
Discuss how you think your music is having an impact on your fans.
I think my music is controlled and designed on purpose to make people feel something. I’m a huge lyric guy, so when I hear strong lyrics like “All Too Well” by Taylor Swift it makes me feel something. I try to incorporate commercial instrumentals with really strong lyrics with hopes that it’ll help me stand out.
Tell us what inspires you to sing.
Again, the mystery in building a song from scratch really inspires me. The chorus I come up with always sounds better once a song is near its end production-wise. Great production to a song really gives me an extra boost when cutting a vocal.
Discuss the recording process of this song.
I wrote SECRETS on the floor of my studio one rainy morning. The acoustic lock is so memorable in my mind. It’s something someone can play and say “wait that’s secrets” I had a notebook filled with “single” type songs already. I cut everything in Philadelphia with a basic beat and instrumental behind it. I went to Nashville to finish the song and it really came alive when Chris Kimmerer (drummer/bandleader for Thomas Rhett) stepped in and expressed his belief in the song. He sat with it a couple of weeks and produced the song in full, the rest was history.
Discuss how you develop your melody.
I do use a couple of formulas for my melodies and I don’t want to reveal too much, but sometimes detaching from the plan and just singing different stuff that just feels right is the way to go for me.
Discuss the standard of your production.
I tend to care about production very much as someone who mixes and masters their own music most of the time. You get what you pay for in this business. I believe in spending the last dollar in my wallet that day if it’s going to take the song to another level.
Tell us how you master your songs after production.
I tend to master while I mix. Sometimes I’ll throw a PSP vintage warmer on my master with an SSL Bus compressor to start getting some levels. I’ll make adjustments from there and then add the rest of my mastering chain once mix levels are feeling really good.
Discuss how you get your songs to digital stores.
Brief us on the source of income through music.
By playing live is a great place to start overselling digitally in my mind.
Tell us your piece of advice to a new artist.
Get on YouTube, start owning your craft. Whether you want to perform, be a session player, or engineer. There is so much information out there. Oh and also, put down the XBOX controller, and pick up a guitar.
State your favorite radio station.
State the links to connect you and your stores.
Apple Music: Evan Cline
Spotify: Evan Cline
Go into details on this song.
This song means a ton to me; it has this sexy, mysterious upbeat feel about it. I’ve probably heard it at least a million times prior to release and every time I pick up an acoustic to play it, I’m still not sick of it. It has a place for the average listener, or the next Jeep commercial, or maybe a reality show down the road. I see it from an outside perspective and aside from it being catchy; I hope it can exist in those spaces mentioned.