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Like a cool, ocean mist floating around the Space Needle, Seattle sensation DJ Eva has been present and rising on the international DJ scene for the past seven years. James Lavelle proclaimed her "the best undiscovered DJ" in DJ magazine's Top 100 DJs in 2003 and invited her to play Fabric and snatched her up to collaborate with Medway of Unkle's 'Invasion' (feat 3D) for her first ever remix created exclusively for James Lavelle Global Underground #026 Romania, available now on CD and triple-vinyl. We had the chance to capture a few answers to the usual questions via email, read on as Eva is undiscovered no more!

How did you get started in music?

I come from a musical family. My father was a bass player, and my step-father a guitarist. Both are pioneers of the Northwest music scene. My grandmother sang with many of the jazz greats… music is innate for me.

What were some of your earliest musical influences?

My step-father practicing guitar for endless hours every day taught me self-discipline. I also played both the flute and clarinet. I was exposed to all styles of music; funk, soul, rock, latin, electro… you name it. I was going to clubs at around 14. Many of my friends were also aspiring musicians, like Stone Gossard from Pearl Jam. Concerts, TV shows like Club MTV and 180 minutes were huge influences too.

How did you decide to start DJing, and how did you learn?

For me DJing has been instinctual. I've always loved to dance and share music with others. In high school I was involved in a commercial free dance music station, C-89-Fm. I was always trying to suggest new artists to put into rotation, and I became known for having a good ear. At 15, I started going to a notorious Seattle club called the Monastery. It was black, white, straight, gay - all walks of life dancing together under one groove. That's were I first heard New Order "Blue Monday". The Monastery fueled my passion for dance music. After high school, I worked at Tower Records and was asked to help start a club called the Underground. Concurrently, I was going to Graceland in Vancouver where acid house was just beginning to blow up. Then I started working in the film industry, and didn't' start DJing professionally until much later. My friend DJ Roman got me back into it, and Derrick Carter became a huge influence. I left the film industry to pursue DJing. I taught myself to mix and never looked back. I scored my first proper residency at a place called the Power Plant, playing house in one room, and intelligent drum & bass in the other.

What was the 1st record you ever bought and how did you pick it?

I think it was the soundtrack to "Saturday Night Fever". I was in love with everything about that movie. It was all about John Travolta and the infectious energy of those songs!

You've spun with everyone from Oakenfold and Pete Tong to Fatboy Slim and Basement Jaxx. What were some of your most memorable moments from those gigs?

Playing with Oakenfold at the Crystal Ballroom in Portland a few years ago was amazing. It was a sold out show, I remember dropping "Drums For Better Days" and the place erupted. In the middle of my set I threw one of my records into the crowd. At the end of the night the guy who got it had me sign it. The vibe and energy of that night was so unifying, I can't even put it into words. Oakie also gave me some Perfecto acetates, and I was asked to sign a ton of autographs. The first time I met Pete Tong I was actually still playing drum & bass, but crossing back over to house. That night he played upstairs at the Last Supper Club in Seattle, and I had spun down stairs. At the end of the night some of us were hanging out after-hours. I was throwing some records on for background music. I put on one of my favorite records, and I remembered Pete liked it. So the next day he was on his way into a Groovetech interview, and I went next door to Platinum Records and found the only other copy and surprised him with it. The record was Chocolate Puma, "I Wanna Be U". Pete took it back to the UK and championed it on his Radio1 show. It became a huge anthem in the UK, and was signed to Cream. We've been great friends ever since.

Where are some of the biggest/wildest/your favorite places that you've DJ'd and why?

Memorial Day weekend on Fire Island with Fatboy Slim rates as the wildest. It was a huge gig, his whole team of people were there, publicist, agent etc. I warmed up for him earlier in the night, but was asked to go on again because Miss Honey Dijon hadn't turned up yet. I had just taken a certain recreational substance and I'm thinking, "If I'm going to do this, it needs to happen now". I'm just waiting to see what crazy record he's going to leave me with. It was "Stuck in the Middle with you". I came out of it with a record that was double-time and I remember Norman being floored..."is she really gonna mix out of that?!" Centro-Fly, Fabric, and Embassy in Jakarta have been some of my favorite places to play.

Many DJs & Producers are big in the UK and Europe, but relatively unknown in the US or their hometown. Is it like that for you?

I've always had an underground mentality, and never cared about notoriety. I've never paid much attention to the business side of things, until recently. I've always been focused on finding artists and records no one knows about and breaking THEM. I've never focused on promoting myself. I'm known in the UK mostly by industry people, and I get a lot of love in Seattle. I'm always shocked when I go to a new place and people know who I am. In Jakarta I was amazed… I was like wow, how do all these people know?! Having a track licensed to an esteemed label like Global Underground has brought about more global recognition as well.

What's the club scene like now where you live?

Seattle has been on the verge of blowing up for a while now. Seattle has a lot to offer, and we've had some great shows come through recently, We also have some great venues such as Neumos, The Showbox, and Chop Suey. Seattle is extremely cliquish and critical though. I've seen world renowned DJ's/producers who have moved here to break into the Seattle scene, but have found it next to impossible. If you can make it here you can make it anywhere!

How have you seen it change over the years?

I've seen it go through many stages of evolution. New promoters, new DJ's, shifts in musical preferences. I remember when it was all about the Wicked Crew here... everyone wanted that dubby, psychedelic San Francisco sound. Everyone wanted to be Jeno. I was involved in drum & bass scene when it was first emerging stateside. The 360 BPM crew, Tasty Shows and myself were responsible for putting drum and bass on the map here. We brought pioneers like Grooverider, Doc Scott, Goldie, as well as Dieselboy and Ed Rush and Optical. Seattle still boasts one of the best Drum and Bass scenes in the country. My night "Definition" with DJ BPM (Groovetech founder) has also always tried to push the city into new musical directions. We've brought a variety of guests, many of them who were only just breaking, and would have been considered too risky by most promoters. I've always believed in being involved in many scenes, rather than being immersed in just one. Groovetech.com was innovative and provided a great platform globally for many DJ's, only now that it's gone do people realize how special it was.

How long have you lived in Seattle? Have you lived anywhere else?

I've lived in Seattle my entire life, but traveling has allowed me to experience other cities and cultures.

Why do you choose to live there?

Seattle is a beautiful city with an incredible musical history. I've met amazing people here, which has made it possible to be involved in lot of amazing things. I've been to plenty of places that are great to visit, but I wouldn't necessarily want to live there. I don't plan on staying in Seattle forever though.

How would you describe the type of music you play when you DJ?

My style is versatile and edgy. I prefer to play long sets, because then I can really play across the board. The majority of what I play depends on when, where and who I'm playing with. Or whether I'm headlining or playing by myself. I wouldn't play the same type of music opening for Oakie, as I would for Felix Da Housecat or James Lavelle. I feed off the crowd's energy and let the music take control. I love dropping records that make you stand up and take notice, records that make you go what the F**K is that?!

Where do you find/buy your records?

I buy a lot of records online, as well as from labels direct... obscure labels and legal downloads. I also get a lot of music given to me by DJ s and friends who are producers. I try to support the dance music industry by purchasing music. I even bought "Invasion" on vinyl, although I probably could have gotten a promo copy through the label.

Your remix of UNKLE feat 3D "Invasion (Medway Vs Eva Coast to Coast mix)" is getting all sorts of critical praise and was on a Global Underground release. Was that your first remix?

Yes, it was my first remix. After playing Fabric last year (July), I was inspired by songs I heard from the new U.N.K.L.E album. I called James from New York and asked him if I could do a remix. Sasha's mix of "In A State" had been released, which was brilliant. I didn't think there would be an opportunity anytime soon. I received a text from James in November (4 months later) asking if Medway and I could do a mix with in 2 weeks for his GU album. We turned the mix around in one week. The same day the mix was finished James played it at Fabric, and said it sounded amazing! I'm very glad James is happy with it. Medway is brilliant, and it's satisfying to see it supported by DJs across the board.

What kind of role do you play in the remix process? (Technical? Creative?)

On the U.N.K.L.E remix for example, Medway came up with that great b-line, and I wanted to turn the mix on it's head a bit by having it go from a 4/4 to a breakbeat, We did everything over the phone and internet due to him being in Orlando and me in Seattle. I had a lot of creative input and ideas, and Medway worked his magic doing all the arranging and technical aspects.

How did you come to work with Medway?

I've always liked Medway's production work. I brought him to play Definition in Seattle, and we got on really well. I sent him a recording of his set and we just kept in touch. James is a big fan of Medway so when he heard we were friends he instantly wanted us to collaborate for the GU mix.

Will you be doing more remixes? What about your own tracks?

I have some tricks up my sleeve, but I'm keeping them under my hat for now :)

How has your creativity and style changed over the years?

It's constantly evolving. I played House first before I played drum & bass. House music has had a profound impact on my sound. Even when I was playing drum & bass my style had a house/techno/electro influence. I will always gravitate toward new sounds, or even old sounds that sound new… I'm a sucker for synths and Moroder-esque basslines.

What are a few of your current and all-time favorite records and artists?

Kraftwerk, Giorgio Moroder, Madonna, Prince, Depeche Mode, New Order and Arthur Baker are some of my all time favorites. I love bands like U.N.K.L.E, Audio Bulleys, The Streets, and Radiohead. Felix Da Housecat, Laurent Garnier and Lee Burridge are amazing. Miss Kittin is a wicked DJ and all around superstar. Gwen Stefani is an artist I have a lot of respect for. Greg Vickers and Nic Fancuilli (Skylark) are really going places. As far as favorite albums there are just way to many!

Can people hear any of your music or mixes online?

The U.N.K.L.E remix on James Lavelle's GU Romania CD/ vinyl can be found at all fine record shops and online. There will be mixes added to my site soon. www.dj-eva.com

What is your current goal as a DJ... and as a producer?

As a DJ, I'm constantly trying to push things to new levels. I'd love to play the UK and Asia more, as well as Ibiza and South America. As a producer I'm focused on learning more on the engineering side. I want to keep a fresh perspective, and most importantly to keep evolving. I've been interested in A&R for a while, and I'm beginning to slowly add it to my repertoire, alongside everything else.

What would you be doing right now if you never bought that 1st record and became a DJ?

I'd probably be a film director or a forensic scientist.

Thank you!

-- written by Claire Maxwell



A driving force in the dance - music community and always on the cutting - edge, EVA is known as a pioneer of underground sounds. Her musical style is consistently fresh, diverse and defies categorization. She mixes up house in all its forms to techno, electro, breakbeat, progressive and beyond like no one else. Eva is renowned for her energy and enthusiasm, her natural ability to connect with her audience and her passion for championing virtually unknown records into massive anthems.

Highly regarded by her fans and greatly respected amongst her peers, Eva's popularity is associated with achingly memorable sets alongside Oakenfold, Hernan Cattaneo, Pete Tong, Fatboy Slim, Basement Jaxx, Christopher Lawrence, Josh Wink, Felix Da Housecat, Layo & Bushwacka!, Darren Emerson. Meat Katie, James Lavelle, and Uberzone to name but a few. She's played some of the worlds most respected clubs; Release @ 1015 Folsom and End-Up in San Francisco, Ice Palace on Fire Island, NYC's Centro - Fly, and in the UK at London's prestigious Fabric. Industry greats continue to recognize Eva's forward thinking instincts, open-mindedness and relentless passion for music. James Lavelle invited her to the UK to play FabricLive, (the only female, as well as being American) for the release of UNKLE's 'Never, Never, Land'. He also noted her as the best undiscovered DJ, in DJ magazine's Top 100 DJs 2003.

Eva's exclusive Friday night residency, Definition, with partner BPM (co-founder of Groovetech) is a hot spot for touring DJs, and a platform for showcasing brilliant new talent, as well as international superstars. Special guests include Darren Emerson, Bill Hamel, Medway, Nosmo of Grayarea, Tyler Stadius, Sean Cusick, Chris Domingo, Greg Vickers and Hybrid. Her collaboration with Medway of Unkle's 'Invasion' (feat 3D), is a special mix created exclusively for James Lavelle Global Underground #026 Romania, released in early March 2004.







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