This month, we spoke with Oregon-based producer Evergreen (Makayla Meador) on upcoming shows, her love of field recording, and favorite hangout spots around her hometown. Read the full conversation below.
What inspired you to start writing/producing your own music?
I have been writing songs ever since I was a kid, but I didn’t start producing music in Ableton and DJing until two and a half years ago. I was in college at the time for communications when I attended a show with Paper Diamond that inspired me to begin producing. The day after the show I went to a local bookstore and picked up a Garageband manual. My life hasn’t been the same since.
Do you have a pre-show ritual?
Before every show I find a mirror, whether it’s in the bathroom, greenroom or even my car, and I put my hands above my head. I stare myself dead in the eye, focus on my breath, and repeat to myself “I am the best. I belong here.” This always helps to calm my nerves, and reassure me that I am where I’m meant to be.
What is your favorite piece of gear or plugin currently in your arsenal?
I have a Tascam DR-05 field microphone that I use to collect a lot of my samples. I love having the ability to discover, record, and manipulate sounds I’ve heard within my own life.
When do you feel most creative?
Whenever I’m driving at night I get a strange surge of creative energy. I’ll turn off my radio, and words/melodies will begin coming to me. By the time I get to my destination, I’ll often have a whole verse written. Other than that, mornings are when fresh ideas often come to me.
If you could collaborate with any living artist, who would it be?
I would love to collaborate with Flume. I admire the fearlessness he exhibits in his tracks through his use of intriguing textures, exotic samples, and unconventional song structures. I’m also incredibly inspired by his live set.
What are some of your favorite hangout spots in your hometown?
Café Vero is easily my favorite place to work on music, meet with friends, or even just grab a quick bite to eat. You can also always catch me picking up a burrito at Laughing Planet, or El Super Burrito. The HiFi Music Hall is my favorite venue because of the diversity of acts it brings through its doors. They have also welcomed my artistry with open arms.
If you were a style of eggs, what would you be and why?
Honestly, I think I’d be a poached egg. Poaching an egg is a very delicate process with multiple steps to bring it to perfection. Much like a poached egg, I find that I have a warm, delicate, and sensitive core, with strong, thick skin to protect it. I am simple in my presentation, but intricate in my making.
What have you been listening to recently?
I’ve been listening to a lot of Billie Eilish, Sophie Meiers, Phantogram, Vince Staples, and Sylvan Esso. My favorite track right now is probably Raingurl by Yaeji.
As a woman living in the United States, how do you cope with and/or address a lot of the issues our country is facing today?
I listen to NPR in the mornings to keep up on current events but oftentimes overconsumption can be extremely disheartening. I do my best to not let the information dim my vision of the world, or to negatively affect the way I live my life. As an artist I understand and accept my responsibility to speak for what I believe in, and that is always love. I want my music and shows to be a safe space for everyone, no matter their story, or life circumstances.
Do you have any upcoming shows, releases, or recent projects you can tell us about?
I’m going to be moving to LA in a few months to attend ICON Music Collective so I will be playing a send off party sometime in May. I also just got booked for a festival in my hometown that I’m very excited about, and have a show in Portland in the works. Aside from the shows, I have a remix of “Boys” by Charlie XCX that I’m wrapping up, and a collaboration with my friend Naucy that I hope to have finished in the coming months.