If there was a cocktail recipe for a Friday night in with the girls, it would consist of grenadine, lime, vodka and a generous splash of Eves Karydas.
Sure to get all parties either grooving, or spontaneously combusting in heart-to-hearts (both encounters equally as stimulating), her sweet, flirty and personal lyrics conjure up a hybrid of female empowerment and the kind of sass you cop from your little sister.
Somehow, she artfully manages to capture the ups and downs of growing up, falling in and out of love and taking on the world. Oh! Did I forget to mention, she’s only 21. One might say, more like Kary-AAAASSSS! (couldn’t help myself).
Starting out in Brisbane and emerging onto the scene a few years back under the name Eves The Behavior, Karydas was being labelled as “the next big thing” by just about everyone.
While things appeared to be heading up, she decided to shift away from the spotlight to focus on some personal endeavours she yearned to pursue. During time away from the music scene, Eves packed her bags and boldly moved to London. It was here that she took some time for herself to travel, meet new people and eventually start writing her record summerskin.
“There were a lot of things that happened before I moved [to London] that contributed to the process. I took a couple of trips to LA, Seattle and Sweden and those were all crucial to me developing skills.
“One thing I really wanted to accomplish with this album was being a part of the production process because that was something I never really got to do.”
Not allowing the excitement of her adventures take away from her main goal, Karydas was as driven as ever as she pieced together her new skills, fresh experiences and passion for music.
“Although, the ambition changed being over there,” she muses.
“I rediscovered my love of pop music and I felt a lot more confident than I’d ever felt before. I wasn’t making choices based on a scene, or what other people were doing. I wanted to make a record that made me feel good.”
Although re-emerging during a time of positive growth and energy within the music industry, some could find it hard to set themselves apart from so many others. I asked Karydas what she feels makes her that little bit different from other artists on the rise.
“I’m just trying to be myself and I’m having a really good time. Something I have learnt about myself over the past few years is that I’m a really positive person and I like being playful. I think that’s what sets me apart because I feel that shines through.”
Karydas’ distinctive hybrid of confident synthy pop, Haim-esque charm and nostalgic teenage moods make it a synch to relate to her music no matter your age. Writing from personal experiences, the music she produces projects both light and shade in some of the hidden corners of her flourishing life.
“Moving to London – feeling like a nobody – forced me to be positive. Also, falling in love was probably the most prominent influencer of the whole record for me because it just happened at the right time.
“There’s kind of two sides to the album: one is the end of a relationship, and the other is the start of another. I’m just so happy to have the album to document it all.”
When asked about writing from fiction or genuine experiences, Karydas highlighted with ease that she is as real as they come.
“It always have to come from a real place otherwise I struggle to like it. I spend a lot of time thinking about lyrics and concepts, but it always has to come back to something I have experienced.”
Looking ahead now, Eves Karydas has announced an Australian summer (skin) tour, which will see her bring herself and her band to play to audiences all over the country, including a very special homecoming gig in her home state of Queensland.
“It’s been a long time coming. I played my first ever shows in Cairns when I was 13 and 14. I used to play singer-songwriter nights.
“Emma Louise, who is from Cairns as well, I used to go and watch her play and we became friends. She’d give me advice and we’d go to the same singer-songwriter nights. I haven’t really been back since, but it’s going to be so much fun.”
When asked about what to expect from her live shows, she gave two distinct answers: “A lot of fun and good vibes. I dance a lot.”
If that’s not enough to reel you in for a show, then be sure to check out Eves Karydas’ stunning latest album summerskin. I can assure you that when you’re through with that, attending one of her live shows will be a must in your summer schedule.
Eves Karydas summerskin National Tour 2019
+ Special Guests TBA
Thu Feb 14 – Jack Rabbit Slims, Perth, WA
Fri Feb 15 – Rocket Bar, Adelaide, SA
Sat Feb 16 – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Thu Feb 21 – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW
Fri Feb 22 – Woolly Mammoth, Brisbane, QLD
Sat Feb 23 – Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns, QLD