Birmingham born, Midlands raised Eva Lazarus is making her mark on the music scene. We caught up with her to chat musical inspo, her close family ties and what’s on the agenda for 2017.
What does a day in the life of Eva Lazarus look like?
There is no typical day in the life of, it’s rare I have a day off. Sometimes I’m up early af travelling from Bristol to LDN/MCR/airport to studio sessions or shows OR I get out of bed whenever I feel like it and do all my emails/calls/writing from home.
If I get a day off though, I don’t wanna go anywhere or see anyone. I stay in bed, watch Kung Fu films, Archer, Rick & Morty, eat in bed, get crumbs everywhere, paint my nails, wallow in the mess and enjoy every second.
How would you describe your aesthetic and how does it inspire your music?
I never feel restricted in music or fashion – I wear what I like, I make whatever sort of music I like.
It’s nice to live like this! I can’t imagine a life where I only styled myself one way and only made one genre of music.
Who’s the coolest person you’ve met so far?
I’m not a fan girl very often but I met Erykah Badu in NYC a year ago. It was after a DJ show she was playing and I felt kinda nervous and shy – she is probably the coolest person on the face of the earth.
What’s the best gig you have ever played?
Lions Den stage at Boomtown 2016 with Mungo’s Hi Fi, Jman, Charlie P and YT.
Boomtown is one of my favourite festivals – the sun was out, thousands of people were there, vibes!
Who would you like to collaborate with and why?
The list is LONG but I’d love to collab with Nai Palm, Shy FX, Jordan Rakei, Anderson. Paak…. I’d actually really love to collab with my brother Zak and my aunty Charmaine on something – I have a talented family, I’m sure we will make something happen at some point!
Why do you think the relationship between fashion and music is so strong?
They are both forms of expression! They have a symbiotic relationship in that; scenes of music lovers regularly adopt a particular fashion sense.
Music feeds fashion and vice versa, I also feel that changes in both music and fashion happen around politics. It’s a fascinating eco system that produced the mini skirt and for that I am grateful! haha!
What’s your favourite music video?
Missy Elliot – Work it.
That woman is incredible.
Who did you listen to growing up?
I grew up listening to my mum’s music! Fugees, Lauryn Hill, Erykah Badu, Aretha Franklin, Omar, LOTS of Jungle and D&B. My mum has amazing taste in music so I was happy to listen to the same things she was into. I went through a Rock/Metal fan phase too, I think that confused my mum haha! Like…”I have no daughter” I love a mosh pit though haha!
Who’s your biggest musical inspiration?
I don’t know if there is a number one because people inspire me for different reasons but Sia is an impressive woman in terms of what she has done across her career! Her writing credits are insane and her videos and aesthetic are quirky and interesting!
Solange too, I love her writing style!
What’s your guilty pleasure, most played track?
I’m STILL rinsing ‘Wine & Kotch’ – Charly Blacks & J Capri!
Last album you listened to all the way through?
Bon Iver – 22, A Million
What track gives you goose bumps?
What item of clothing can’t you live without?
Black Denim Dungarees
What items do you make sure you pack on your travels?
Eyeliner, note pad, moonstone and a tiny toy laser gun… I collect lasers, I don’t know why but I’m childish af and I love them! Pew! Pew! haha!
Who is your style icon and why?
I don’t really have one…is that boring? probably! I’m okay with it though!
Where do you look for fashion inspiration?
Lookbook or IG if I’m planning a shoot but in general I love happening upon one random item that I like and building a look around it!
What best describes your style?
My style is Eclectic.
You know that “get you a chick who can do both” thing…. I’m either in jeans, t-shirt and trainers or covered in sequins, wearing heels, a dress and a full face of make up.
What’s your favourite fashion trend this season and why?
Leather, fringing and studs because I have a secret wish to be a biker…. one day…. one day!
If you could steal anyone’s wardrobe who’s would it be?
Beyonce’s, not because I want her clothes, I just need a bigger wardrobe. I have too much sh*t and I need more space.
You can only wear one outfit for the rest of the year, what is it?
Black denim dungarees, black cold shoulder turtle neck and gold reeboks.
What’s your spirit animal?
What emoji best describes you?
The Geek 🙂
Who are you currently stalking on Instagram?
Cardi B… not for the music but she is so funny – love her!
Who’s your celebrity wannabe wife?
What was the first thing you did thing morning?
Drank tea, ate Weetabix and answered emails.
Who are you listening to at the moment?
Nextmen (ft Nu:Logic & Kiko Bun) – The Corner
What’s your song to get you ready for a party?
Jus Now – Dun D Place
What has been your favourite place you’ve travelled to?
NYC!! Oh my gosssssssh! The music, the fashion, the food!
I could move there and die a very happy, well dressed, fluffy lady.
Chicken and Waffles every day till I pop!
If you were a Spice Girl which one would you be?
Mel B! obvs! Erm…but, calling the one black spice girl ‘scary spice’ though….. good one, Virgin Records 1990! *facepalm*
What do you love about Missguided?
I love that Missguided aren’t scared of pushing the new thing. I saw PVC and mesh on this site well before anyone else – Missguided are ahead of the curve; it gives us all the chance to experiment with our style with well-made, affordable clothes! I’m a big fan!
Where can we see you perform next?
29th April-Hy Brasil, Bristol
27th May-Hoxton Bar & Grill,London
3rd June-Hull City Of Culture Festival, Hull
9th June – YAAM, Berlin
10th June-Eden Festival, Scotland
29th July-Reasons Festival, Jersey
10th August-Boomtown Festival, UK
19th August-Lost Disco, Croatia
6th Sept-Outlook Festival, Croatia
What’s on the agenda for 2017?
I have a release out with Mungo’s Hi Fi this summer; we have written a collaborative EP called ‘Amsterdam’ which I can’t wait for people to hear!
I am doing lots of writing for my first ever solo EP so I’m cooking that up at the moment – shout out to anyone who put into my crowdfunder; this is happening because of you guys!
And finally, heaps of travelling on the way. I’m lucky enough to have a good amount of overseas shows this year! Roll on Outlook Festival!
Wanna know more? Follow Eva on Insta @evalazarus and Twitter @evalazarus
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