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Life & Work with Evan Alderton

Today we’d like to introduce you to Evan Alderton. 

Evan, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
I grew up in a really small town in northern Michigan where there weren’t any opportunities to pursue music as a serious career. As a teenager, I taught myself how to play guitar and started writing my own music. 

In 2017, I recorded my first EP at Studio Anatomy in Traverse City, MI. I didn’t even have a band yet, so I recorded all the parts myself. I released it later that year, but I still had a lot to learn about marketing and growing an audience. 

In 2020, my wife and I moved to Bay City, MI, where there were more opportunities for us to pursue our creative careers, but for obvious reasons, things were put on hold a bit throughout that year. 

By the summer of 2021, however, I was able to form my current band, and we started playing small shows throughout Michigan. We released our first full-length album, Sterile, in September of 2021. 

As anyone who has ever tried pursuing a career in the music industry knows, it takes a lot of hard work and persistence to book shows and grow an audience. We’ve been gradually building our following and playing more shows, which has been really exciting. We’re also currently working on recording our upcoming album, which we can’t wait to get out to our audience. 

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
Definitely not a smooth road! It’s extremely challenging to make it in this industry, and there have been so many times I’ve honestly felt like giving up because it feels like all the hard work, we put in never gets us anywhere. COVID was definitely a challenge, since playing live shows was not really an option. Even when things are more normal, booking shows is still a challenge. What I’ve found is that you just have to keep putting yourself out there and trying if it’s something you want badly enough. 

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I’m a songwriter and musician. My music falls into the genre of alternative rock, with elements of grunge, folk, and shoegaze. The overall vibe of my music is kind of dark and haunting. I’m a huge fan of heavy reverb, and the lyrics are often a bit cryptic, so it’s really about bringing people into a deep emotional state when they listen. As a band, we half-jokingly describe ourselves as those anxious, depressed, socially awkward kids, so we hope we can relate to people who are weird like us in that way. We really are in this because we want to connect with people through our music and who we are, so we always try to be as real as possible. 

We’d love to hear about what you think about risk-taking?
I guess I’m kind of balanced when it comes to taking risks. I will absolutely risk being turned down a hundred times in order to finally get an opportunity I really want. I’m definitely not afraid to put my work out there, regardless of what people might think of it or whether it will be “successful.” I do try to be level-headed and thoroughly think things through before making major decisions. 


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