Eva Simons Talks "I Don't Like You," Working with will.i.am, The Identity Festival and More
Tue, 17 Jul 2012 13:49:17
"Renegade" fits Eva Simons quite perfectly.
Not only is it the name of one of her most vibrant bangers, but it's also an a propos moniker for the diva-on-the-rise. She flips the script with sharp dance floor anthems like the explosive "I Don't Like You", which tempers underground club energy and pop bombast seamlessly. Then, there's her new single with will.i.am "This Is Love", which is as massive as they come. Eva Simons is the renegade pop needed…
In this exclusive interview with ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino, Eva Simons discusses "I Don't Like You", working with will.i.am, playing this summer's Identity Festival, and so much more.
What's the story behind "Renegade"?
That song was really natural. I heard the beat, and the word "Renegade" came to me. That's how my partner Mike Hamilton and I write. It's the honest truth. I love it. It's one of my favorite songs. In my head, it felt like I had a megaphone in front of my mouth. That's how writing the whole song felt. We're working on some dope remixes right now, and the response has been crazy. People really get the feeling we had when we were writing it. That energy transfers. People are going to feel what you put into a record so the energy has to be right on the spot every time you sing.
Where did "I Don't Like You" come from?
That song is funny. We were in the studio with Benny Benassi. I had an off day, and I was a bit pissed off at someone. When I hear a beat, I go into the booth and lay down some ideas. Mike saw that I was really pissed [Laughs]. He was like, "Let's go with that". That's the story.
Do you approach the songs with stories in mind?
Yeah, that's mostly how it goes. I feel a certain way, and I start singing it. The energy is in there. You really feel that way. It's not like you're trying to think of a concept. You just feel it.
Was the chemistry between you and will.i.am instantaneous on "This Is Love"?
I arrived in Los Angeles, and will.i.am said, "Yo, come to the studio! I've got this idea". He played me this beat, and he asked me if I liked it and if I wanted to sing over it. I went back to the hotel, loaded it into my logic, and started recording it. He was like, "You're right on the spot! You gave the song life!" I felt that too. It was all about love and positivity that day.
What influences you outside of music?
I'm always dreaming. I work hard, but I can dream very well. I remember a lot. Mike is from England. If I want to say, "This motherfucker is an asshole", he'll go, "No, Eva. Let's not say it like that". [Laughs] We're like yin and yang. We balance each other out very well.
Is there one thread to your forthcoming album?
It's all different, but it's got an attitude. It's very unprocessed. You just go with it. I go with strong beats. There's also a strong message. I'm a new artist, and I want to show people who I am.
What artists shaped you?
There were people like Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson. My parents were both musicians so I had access to a lot of music that other people maybe didn't. All of the music I wanted to hear from Motown to jazz to house music was in the house. There was so much that influenced me. Every day I had a new record in my CD player because I had access to so much music.
If your album were a movie or a combination of movies what would you compare it to?
Oh my gosh, The Neverending Story. It never ends. I have a song, and I know it has to be three or four minutes. I have to stop.
What's next for you?
I'm hyped about the Identity Festival. I'm on tour with LMFAO, and it's so dope. The crowd goes crazy. It's so unfiltered. With the Identity Festival, I'm going to do way more underground stuff and hard beats.
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