Evanturetime is the musical alias of Singaporean producer, Evan Low. The multi-instrumentalist wunderkind makes music and draws inspiration from encountered items - be it an instrument or something more unusual like a tree branch. His talent lies in being able to mash all these sounds into one gooey satisfying pile of auditory narratives that converges and collapses together through analysis, mimicry and tough love.
A Berklee College of Music graduate who majored in electronic production and design, Evanturetime has accomplished leaps and bounds in his young career; having produced and performed with artists such as iNCH, Linying and The Sam Willows, to composing for brands such as Adidas, Toyota and Lego, as well as audio engineering for international artists such as David Foster and Nathan East, to name a few.
“Sober” is the next infectious dancefloor single from the Singapore-based electronic producer and its just been added to our 24/7 radio stream (available via our free APP or listen here at asianpopradio.com). Joining him this time is a powercast of artists and songwriters: Nathan Hartono (Sing! China finalist), Benjamin Kheng and Jonathan Chua aka JX (both from The Sam Willows). Released by Sony Music Entertainment the track is out now on regular popular platforms.
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Landing on a fresh sound in the mosaic world of pop is no easy task, but Evanturetime’s proclivity towards collaborating with other artists keeps bearing fruit. From last summer’s sleeper hit “Vultures” (with Linying and Charlie Lim) to his own take on The Weeknd’s “Starboy” with Jasmine Sokko, listeners have invariably -positively- responded to the producer’s ability to make music that moves people.
On “Sober”, this approach has not changed - only the end product. Combining the pop sensibilities from all three songwriters, the result is an outrageously catchy pop piece that still bears Evanturetime’s signature restraint in production. “I wanted to marry Ben (Benjamin Kheng) and JX’s pop songwriting approach with Nathan’s jazz crooner tendencies. I thought it might be fun to get them together and blend all that pop songwriting goodness with some quirky sounds and beat choices that they wouldn’t normally try in their typical pop setting,” Evan notes.
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With Benjamin Kheng and JX coming off the back of The Sam Willows’ recent hits (“Save Myself,” “Keep Me Jealous”), and Nathan Hartono’s Sing! China success not far behind in memory (where he was handpicked by mentor Jay Chou, no less), getting the four boys into the same mental environment was not going to be easy; they managed it with the (unexpected) help of a childhood game. “We spent a lot of time playing Street Fighter before I managed to get everyone in the same headspace but it was really fun overall and I think the music definitely reflects that,” Evan said, recalling their brainstorming process.
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Though the song title may recall alcohol-imbibed heady nights, the songwriting was approached with anything but. Each artist brought his own tangent to the lyrics, but all of them found common ground in the idea that reaching for real honesty in love was a difficult endeavour. "Love is inherently a selfish endeavor, and much of it is a do-si-do of taking from your lover. We're not painting a very glossy picture of a modern relationship; sometimes you’ve got to demand pieces of that person, and all this talk is very hard to be done when sober," Benjamin Kheng said.
Critics are singing praises about Evanturetime:"Hailing from Singapore and emerging in the scene with his epic single ‘Vultures’, Evanturetime has that much-envied quality of not sounding like any other producer." Modcreature
"Blossoming multi-instrumentalist Evan Low may keep a lower profile than his more famous contemporaries, but make no mistake, he's actually the secret weapon for some Singapore's biggest musical figures. Under his alias of Evanturetime, the Berklee College of Music graduate has become one of the most in-demand producers in Singapore today."
- Hidzir Junaini, Bandwagon
"...as a producer, composer, songwriter and audio wizard, the 28-year-old...has put his stamp on a wide range of projects in the last few years...from American hitmaker David Foster to some of the home-grown indie scene's most prominent names, such as singer-songwriter Inch Chua."
- Anjali Raguraman, The Straits Times
"the charming tune’s electronic elements and vintage synths make for a soothing, chill ride home" Coconuts Singapore (on Vultures)
“Sober” will be available for digital ordering on 24 November 2017 at the following links:
Supplied by: SONY Music Singapore.