Check out the new song from Yevtushenko – I Don’t Mind
Tell us about where you are from and how you got to this position today.
Yevtushenko is based in Seattle, though all of us are from elsewhere. Amber was born in Sendai Japan and raised in L.A., Bazz is from Vermont, and Johnson was born and raised in Alaska. And the longer we know one another the more it feels like we were eventually going to bump into each others timeline. It’s a strong source of creative energy.
Tell us more about the current song you are promoting to everyone.
We try to stay away from the idea of the single (we’ll leave that to the fans and industry folks). Yevtushenko prefers to live within broader works. We love the concept of carefully crafting a synergistic EP and we’re very excited to be building our first full-length album this fall.
Tell us about one of the hardest challenges you had to face in the industry?
Lack of funding, we’re still working on that. It’s a daily challenge.
What was one of the biggest set backs in your career and how did you bounce back?
We all met at a venue that we use to manage. We worked together for about seven months before the venue had to close it’s doors do to investor pull-out. It was a brief “Empire Records” kind of thing, totally brutal, absolutely exhausting and completely defining. We learned how to work together, how to problem solve together, and when the venue closed we learned how to mourn together. Being broke, destitute, and hungry is a certain kind of motivation. We learned how to lean on each other when our world crumbled and our music and the band was really born from that place. We’re extremely motivated because of it.
What are some things artists need to be careful of?
Genre classification and pigeon-holing. Make the music that resonates naturally within you. Fill your songs with intent, purpose, and continuity and when you release it, define it as done.
What suggestions do you have for other artists like yourself?
Eat as well as you can and always find time to share a meal with your band. Sit down at a table, pass the bread around and talk.
What is one of your favorite ways to promote yourself and your music?
We really enjoy standing atop large buildings and yelling at the world, we also enjoy honking and waiving at random people (it feels like the neighborly thing to do) and we stalk the hell out of our fans via the internet.
Where can people visit you?
Our EP release will be in Seattle at The Rendezvous Theater in Belltown on March 28th, 2013 and we’ll be on tour along the U.S. west coast in April 2013.
A few dates (that our manger will probably yell at us for leaking):
4/5 Olympia, WA
4/13 Oakland, CA
4/18 Los Angeles, CA
4/25 Portland, OR