Gothen Music—An Interview with Evan Jolley

Evan Jolley:

Gothen is more of a Moniker rather than a full band, I do
get a lot of assistance from others but it is mostly my project. you can specify that if you
like. I would also love if you could mention the others who assist me:
Dennis Fuller, Danny Orme, Marina Tijerino, Jaren Jolley, Melanie Harper.
Thanks! + Evan

Kelsey:

How did you start out?

Evan:

The idea of Gothen started out when I was living abroad on a farm in Norway. I
was working with sheep and pigs everyday and because of the Midwinter Darkness I was
inside my room a lot of the time writing songs about the grandeur of that place and the
things I was learning to appreciate and understand about life and myself. Isolation does
that, all of this was all done on a shoddy tape recorder and an old guitar. After I got back
I started converting a lot of the song and poetry I created into something real. Its been a
very interesting path to get to where I am at right now finally able to record these ideas
and build them into substance worth hearing.

Kelsey:

Where are you from?

Evan:

I grew up a bit in Seattle, but for most of my life I’ve lived in the Salt Lake Valley
the Ole Beehive, it’s a gorgeous place and I am really lucky to have the mountains so
close.

Kelsey:

How would you define your music?

Evan:

I’m under the impression that its a sort of a Dark 60’s influenced Orchestral Folk.
But thats maybe just my own perception. I would hope some people think it is beautiful.

Kelsey:

What bands/singers inspired you/do you sound like?

Evan:

Well I’m sure what I listen to reflects my music. If not the sound maybe just the
feel, you know? Van Dyke Parks has got this wit about him he’s like Gottschalk meets
Roger Rabbit. Daniel Rossen has a humble power, Bruno Coulais inspires me. I connect
with the way Robin Pecknold puts things. Simon and Garfunkel, Joanna Newsom. Nick
Drake, Jeff Buckley, Neil Young.

Kelsey:

Where is you next show?

Evan:

Right now I’m recording, and what a process that is! But I’ll be playing shows
hither and thither to see what people think.

Kelsey:

How are you different?

Evan:

Besides my height, I’m just like everyone else.

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