It’s hard to ignore singer-songwriter Eva Lazarus with her impressive vocal talents. Known for extensive work with ska favourites Mungo’s Hi-Fi; the iconic Gentleman’s Dub Club; and the underground king that is Zed Bias, with whom she has received much airplay on 1XTRA, Ms Lazarus is a force to be reckoned with. So you can only imagine how privileged we were to welcome the Midlands-born songstress to BIMM Bristol.
Eva – who has previously played at a host of massive festivals like Glastonbury, Boomtown and Outlook – has joined the BIMM Bristol team as a member of the faculty and has already made quite the impression on our students. The singer has also just returned from a tour with her DJ, Chris Munky and crew of backing singers, The Afronauts, which comes hot on the heels of her debut mixtape – Konichi-Wah-Gwarn. Keen to find out more, we recently sat down with Eva to talk music genres, Bristol and her new role. But first we wanted to know all about her Glastonbury performance:
“The crowd was huge; they made me cry! It was my birthday; the energy was high, I loved it,” she told BIMM of her 2016 set at the Silver Hayes stage – footage for which is available here.
On the subject of her favourite musical styles and finding her voice, Eva opened up about coming from a creative background and how that has inspired her work today:
“I come from a family of musicians, painters, sculptors and creatively driven people.” She added: “I don’t really do one thing; I make whatever I want! Hip-hop, Soul, Dancehall, Jungle, Garage, DnB, Reggae, Funk, Neo Soul, Jazz. I have lots of jump off points, and I’m not afraid of combining styles.”
Apart from her incredible voice, we asked about what she can bring to BIMM. Eva – who successfully crowdfunded her debut record – spoke of drawing on her past experiences:
“I know what it’s like building a career from the ground up! I self-manage, self-release, write my own material and tour all over the world on some of the most unbelievable stages. I’m not perfect, I have learned some of my best lessons by making mistakes.”
We’re incredibly excited to have Eva at BIMM Bristol – her love of the city shone through, as she acknowledged: “the diversity of the scene here is amazing”.
We know her outstanding repertoire will inspire and resonate with all of our students, not just our budding singers. Welcome to BIMM, Eva!