Everyone who loves the world of Drum and Bass knows or has heard about Kosheen.
We had the honor and opportunity to talk to Sian Evan (former Kosheen vocalist) this week and we came to a conclusion: SHE IS INCREDIBLE!
Get to know a little of the group's career and the vocalist who is still active until today with many collaborations and with her current band.
Aaron Mello: As we mentioned before, we followed his career since the mid-2000s, when his voice echoed here in Brazil for the first time with producers Darren Decoder and Markee Substance, with the track "Hide U". Tell us a little more about this first Hit.
Sian Evans: I remember well the day I wrote HideU. The loop that was to become the track was rolling in the studio, the stabs gave it a dramatic feel like a tango or a salsa. it was hypnotic. The Guys were fooling about in the kitchen , they were having a chilli eating competition!! They would tempt me with a chili saying its ok Sian its not too hot only for me to find it was scorching and i wouldnt be able to talk let alone Sing! We were like kids in a toy shop !
I began to sing into the mic just a simple strong idea. My son was small then and I wanted to protect him from the city where we had moved. I could see him changing from the innocent little boy who loved nature into a city kid. Hide you is about that maternal feeling of protection.
How was the process of developing the lyrics, the melody, the composition? Sorry for that more technical question. lol.
I tend to write from a human perspective. The technology within which I write needs that balance. As soon as I hear a voice in a track I am drawn in. It is like the soul connects to the human element. Phrasing is important to me. The spaces to allow the track the vocal and the listener a space to take a breath.
I dont know who said it but it has been said that God exists in the spaces in the silence. It is here the listener may interpret their own meaning to the song and in a way take ownership of the song.
This has happened with HideU so many people have told me what this song means to them in relationships of all kinds lovers friends family but it is the simplicity that makes it iconic.
Aaron Mello: Soon after this BOOOM, from the track “Hide U”. The album "Resist" reached the TOP 10 UK easily and stayed there for a long time! In 2002 we had the honor to welcome you and your group to Skol Beats, one of the biggest Electronic Music events on the planet. What has marked you most in this passage in Brazil and talk a little about the show? (which I still particularly see in my head).
Sian Evans: I also have this show very clearly in my memory. I named it 36 hours in Brazil!
We drove from the hotel to the race track where the festival was being held. We drove through villages of makeshift houses made of wood and steel, children without shoes chasing chickens laughing and waving at us. Music from every window. It was a contrast to the city of São Paulo with its skyscrapers and starbucks!
When we entered the arena we met with other artist and friends who were to perform with us. Goldie was sat on a bean bag so relaxed looking up at 2 birds circling above us…”Look Sian”he said “those birds must be in Love!” It seems the sunshine,the Brazilian hospitality and energy had got to him too!
VIDEO FOOTAGE - SKOL BEATS 2002.
It was a 10 hour flight there and back and just 16 hours on the ground. It was a whirlwind.
The stage was amazing and we were amazed at the love that was shown to us and our music. it seems the Brazilian people connected with us and that felt amazing.
Aaron Mello: Still talking about the album "Resist", some other tracks like "Hungry", "Catch", "Suicide", reach easily the Top Charts all over the world. We would like to know about you Sian, and what were your influences so that this album full of surprises was fulfilled?
Sian Evans: As I mentioned earlier I am influenced by the world around me, and the way that us humans process the chaos. I am an observer and people watcher. I am privileged to have always been a good listener and a compassionate and empathetic friend to a diverse and broad circle of amazing people from all generations and walks of life. I have thrown myself into situations that most people would side step for the experience and the perspective it gives me.
I have lived on the road in a horse drawn waggon and in a tipi on a mountain I have busked on the street and played headline slots all over the world. I never shy from Love and go with the flow wherever it may take me.
I listen to songwriters like Joni Mitchell carol king nick cave annie lennox jeff buckley in fact I listen to all sorts of genre.
I was blown away when i was first exposed to electronic music. We felt like we were starting a revolution with massive free parties in woods fields warehouses and air fields. Acid Music was changing the way we thought about structure and composition. Everyone started making music and designing sounds weird and wonderful.
In the Uk Jack frost Micky Finn early metal heads and Fabio and groovrider were running tings and there were so many more to follow. It felt like finally the inner city youth of all cultures had a common identity in DnB. it was sexy dancable and girls and boys were dancing together.
Bristol became a capital of DnB, trip hop and dub step and the city was buzzing. That is where I met Mark and darren and where kosheen was born.
I found it easy and natural to sing to the tempo and the groove but what we did differently was built the tracks around the song instead of the vocal being an afterthought.
Aaron Mello: One last question about Kosheen - What does this name mean? "And where did you come from?"
Sian Evans: The truth is we made up the word. We were playing with names and this one just stuck. I have always been interested in Native American culture and the name Cochise came up . He was a famous chief. This mutated into Kosheen.
Aaron Mello: Talking about your collaborations with other producers, which are many and all very good, had one in particular that left everyone shocked! In 2011 the track: Louder with the icon of Drum and Bass, Dj Fresh was released and participated in a television commercial. How was this new experience? How did DJ Fresh come to you?
Dan, "DJ FRESH" was aware of me and loved my voice and approached me to collaberate. We worked all night sometimes and produced some beautiful tracks. Louder stood out and i remember when we wrote it just jumping around the studio till our ears bled!! He likes it loud. We are still friends and write together when we can.
DJ FRESH FEAT. SIAN EVANS - LOUDER
Aaron Mello: We know that you also write songs for other artists, such as the track: "Hot Right Now" also produced by DJ Fresh. In this particular case, why did you decide to pass the lyric to Rita Ora instead of recording it?
Sian Evans: I did record the track and we were going to release it as the second single. Dans management was in contact with Rita”s people , I think she had just signed to Rock Nation?? But anyway it was decided that she could take it further than I could . I was gutted but she did a brilliant job and we had a second number 1 record.
Aaron Mello: Do you have any "dream" of singing and writing songs for a Drum and Bass producer? And of another style?
Sian Evans: I love collaborating and I am working with a young guy Danny Wheeler at the moment on a lovely track for release in the summer. Its so fresh and positive. Its what we need !
I am also working with stanton Warriors with a release on the cards UP2U. I have tracks with EZROLLERS i am excited about too.
I would love to work with Shy always been a dream and DJ Marky from your ends! Lets see if we can make it happen then I can come back to Brazil !!!
Aaron Mello: We Always make a "joke" with a “phrase or word”, in which we ask you something and you must response immediately without thinking too much. The result is always interesting, whatever comes to mind!
A song: sing
One place: the moon
A will: peace
A dream: love
A Fear: falling
A wish not yet fulfilled: to fly
A food: chocolate
Aaron Mello: We've got the songs back! Can you tell us what your next work is? And next Tours?
Sian Evans: I am working on compiling an album of collaborations for release this year. First an EP soon. I have a great band and we are performing all over the world covering Kosheen tracks Louder and collaborations with producers from europe
It sounds fresh and strong and people are lovin the experience.
Aaron Mello: Is there any possibility that the band Kosheen come back someday !?
Sian Evans: The guys are doing different things. I will never say never but I am very happy right now with mixing it up.
Aaron Mello: Do you know any Brazilian artists? And another thing, want to return to Brazil ? (Say yes please lololol)...
Sian Evans: As I said a track with Marky would be sweet or maybe a remix from him of one of the tracks I have written would be an honor. i listen to brazilian music and I love to dance . I would love to make some Bossa or Salsa. It is beautiful sexy, timeless music.
Aaron Mello: To finish Sian, leave your message to everyone, feel free!
Sian Evans: Thank you for listening and for dancing! it is Passion which drives me and I would not be able to explore this passion if it weren't for your love and support.. xxx
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