5 Minutes with Evelyn Feroza

You were born with a natural gift, helping your school win various national and state music contests as a student. How does it feel now looking back at your early start in music?

 It felt good to be able to do something I loved from a very young age. Yeah, my parents were very supportive  since day 1.

 Do you remember the first time you performed at NBT? What was it like?

It was nerve wrecking cause it was back in 2014. It was a half an hour slot along with other musicians. I have since been invited to do my own shows. 

What is a typical day/week like for you?

I’m really not a going-out kind of girl. And I’m not studying at the moment. So, it’s fun actually because I get to experience different things. I wouldn’t do it any other way. I feel like the most important thing is gaining experience, then I get to choose and pick what I like and study when I am ready. You never stop learning anyway, age is not a limit.

Did you study vocals formally? 

No, I never attended vocal lessons. I used to be in the school choir during my primary years but that was about it. 

What personal advice would you give to someone wanting to pursue this career?

When I first started singing, everyone had their own opinions about the way I sang, how I dressed, what songs to choose etc. I’ve learnt over the years to take only the good advice. You can never actually find ‘yourself’, or your own music if you just want to please and make everyone else happy. Like everyone else in their 20s, I’m on the verge of finding myself, and in order to do that I have to keep the negativity out. Be humble and be kind. A lot of people have lots of opinions and if their opinion is not going to help you, brush it off.

How do you get people to take you seriously as a musician? How do you build connections in the music scene?

Through my experience, I got to  learn so much from people around me. I got to know people’s character and to learn to deal with them, organizers, for example. It’s good sometimes to go out of your way to know an event before you take it on. Stand your ground when you need something, even as simple as needing a note stand. Basically, give yourself self respect and eventually people will respect you.

What’s next for you? Any tours coming up? Studio recording?

I do have a single coming up and it’s going to be with Q Sound. It’s coming soon and I’m very excited about it. Let’s see what happens next!

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