Sian Evans has recently been announced as the headline artist for the 2017 L Fest in Loughborough. Sian was the front woman and singer-songwriter of the band Kosheen. She is now performing as a soloist and is currently in the recording studio.
We caught up with her to find out more about what she is doing.
What gives you inspiration when you are writing songs?
I take my inspiration for writing from the situations us humans find ourselves in when we clumsily negotiate our life paths through the rough shod terrain of our relationships with ourselves & each other. I am fortunate to be regarded as a good listener and the way I process my own, and my close friends' experiences is through song.
Within songwriting we are given a loose licence to colour our expression with abstract language, making it easy to digest without too deep analytical judgment.
What does it feel like to perform on a stage, and do prefer LGBT audiences?
I have always loved performing.
Animating my songs in dance & physical expression seems to tell the story to the fullest. I also get to look people in the eyes & see what the songs mean to them. It’s very gratifying.
My LGBT audiences have remained loyal & fiercely supportive through all the years I have been performing. Not only in front of the stage but behind it in all aspects of the industry.
I think the emotive content & my free performance has resonated with such powerful people who celebrate diversity openly & confidently.
I have never really courted celebrity status, not starved myself to fit into the box the industry prepared for me! I have maintained my integrity, my honesty & been true to my self-these are qualities my LGBT FAMILY have shown me & always defended & rejoiced in.
You wrote Hot Right Now for Rita Ora, has anything else topped this experience and why did you not perform it yourself?
Hot Right Now was a record I wrote with Dan (Dj Fresh) I would have loved to have sung it but Rita took it places I couldn't have gone. Pop starlet was never on the cards for me. Now I am more mother hen than hot chick & I'm very comfortable with that.
I write & develop artists, I can vicariously live through them on the vehicle of song writing.. I'm not about to jump up and twerk but it's fun to write songs that make ya wanna!
If you could perform with any other LGBT artist who would it be and why?
I am sure I am not the first or last of us to have wanted to sing & write with George Michael.
I loved him from Wham to the end and had the deepest respect for him as a man and an artist. His charitable work went unrecorded as he had wanted it, unsung - but he supported and shone light into people's lives in so many ways. I was appalled, that the day he died the news reported him as being famed for aspects of his private life and not his contribution to music and humanity.
What does the rest of 2017 hold in store for you?
I hope it will be the year I finish my solo album. I have been working on it for a couple of years and I have hundreds of tracks. It's important to me to get it right and to represent myself honestly.
I am 45 & mid life crisis aside, I have never felt more like me. The music I am writing and performing reflects this person. Still with all the passion, but a confidence in writing I have never really felt before in Kosheen.
I am not leaning on technology & instead let the songs create the landscape. There is an innocence that resonates, when you have done all you can to succeed, provide for your family & when you are alone again with the dogs!
You really don't mind at all what people make of you. Just hope they give it the time to listen.
What one piece of advice would you give a new LBQ artist today?
Be courageous with your composition, brave with your content & fearless with your performance.
How does performing as a solo artist compare to performing as part of a group as you did with Kosheen?
Performing with Kosheen was so high octane that my feet wouldn’t touch the floor. Living with them for months on end left me with a deficit of energy, break down of moral compass and a drink problem! I was the only woman on a 12 man tour and although our long suffering crew members would save me from the endless Nintendo, porn, strip joints & sexist jibes, I would still feel like I could just about make it through a show and crawl to my bunk.
Performing as a solo artist is very different. I am lucky enough to work with some wonderful, dedicated musicians who empathise, respect each other and have a deep love of music. It’s mainly a live show with a nod to the electronic, re imagining some of the Kosheen hits and some recent reflections of life after them
What is your favourite dessert?
My favourite desert is the Sahara! No sorry just the dyslexia creeping in!
Well it has always been and will remain, at least until the album is complete......a cigarette.
Snog, Marry, Avoid: Ruby Rose, Ellen DeGeneres, Kirsten Stewart
Definitely snog Ellen, marry Ruby & avoid Kirsten
Where do you see yourself a year from now?
In a year from now ..... I hope to have finished the album and given up smoking.
Experience Sian now and find out more about her music style
You can see Sian at L Fest in July.
About Sian Evans
Throughout the 2000s, Welsh singer & songwriter Sian Evans was known for being the front woman and singer-songwriter of the band Kosheen, a popular & well respected trip-hop/drum’n’bass group that, during that decade, placed two albums within the Top Ten of the U.K. album chart. Kosheen had released five studio albums.
After having spent almost two decades writing and performing with Kosheen, Sian has performed all over the world including Australia, Russia, Japan and the USA to name only a few, as well as countless UK and European festivals.
In 2011, Sian Evans teamed up with Dj Fresh writing and featuring on the number 1 smash hit 'Louder'. It was released on 3 July 2011 on Ministry of Sound. The song debuted at number 1 in the UK Singles Chart, UK Dance Chart, UK Indie Chart and the Scottish Charts with first week sales in excess of 140,000 copies. ‘Louder‘ is considered an important landmark for dubstep music as it was the first of its' genre to reach number 1 in the UK Singles Chart. Since then the single 'Louder' has won many awards including the Urban Music Award for best dance single and has been a worldwide hit. Sian also penned 'Hot Right Now' for Rita Ora, providing her with her first ever number 1 hit.
She also appears on several tracks on Roger Shah's artist album 'Openminded!?'. A new version of 'Hide U' along with two other original tracks 'In The Light' and 'Shine' all appear on the album. Sian has also collaborated with many artists and producers such as Dino Psaras, Dr. Meaker, Jolyon Petch, Jody Wisternoff, Brains, Martin Eyerer, Chicane, Paul Hazendonk, Lee Dagger, Bent, EZ Rollers and Bench.
Currently Sian is in the studio working on new material with various producers such as the Stanton Warriors, Danny Wheeler, Kid Crème and Jolyon Petch. Sian has also been working closely with Petch on a remix album featuring all of her hits getting a fresh touch for her Live PA shows.