This Is Evestus
Evestus might be the best example why artists such as Marilyn Manson and Trent Reznor should be locked up. An example of what happens to children when you don’t pay attention to what kind of cartoons they are watching or computer games they play. For all these mediums have helped keep this mind outside of society and building his own for years now. The scary thing is.. his world might be starting to invade yours soon.
Where did it all start..
So, let’s go back to the year 1998 and see what we got. There’s this kid who’s only being held in high school because he plays drums in a school band bringing home trophies from competitions across the country. But as the kid shows less and less interest in actual schoolwork, he eventually gets the boot. You’d think he’s a little depressed but no. He finds that a perfect opportunity to flee the little prejudiced town on an isolated island and hit the capital in order to get in to music high school. Not the first and last time in his life where noone is willing to bet a dime on his success, but he makes it. He’s in. “Free at last, free at last, thank God Almighty I am free at last!” Living in the basement of a dorm house with his drumset, because he can’t afford an actual room, miles away from anyone he knew, he can’t really imagine life getting better at the age of 15.
- Solwaig -
In between of playing drums to the songs of The Prodigy, Cypress Hill, Korn and Slipknot, Solitude tends to lead to thinking and not before long Evestus felt the need to express his thoughts in more than beats. Along came Solwaig : “I’ve never sang in my life, but I’ll do anything to sing in your band!”. And he did. In fact, he did enough to get people to either love him or hate him with passion. Solwaig was a nu-metal band and nu-metal was a dirty word to begin with. Evestus made it even worse with his extreme stage outfits and make-up. In the age of 18 everyone who listened to metal in Estonia has a very strong opinion towards Solwaig’s frontman Evestus. Sure, bottles and ashtrays flew towards the stage, but that only showed him he was doing the right thing.
The local success of Solwaig deepened the gap between Evestus’s own and the real world and soon he was expelled from the music school, he sold his drums and started writing music on a computer. Solwaig gave him a chance to speak his mind, but only by words. A chance to express himself musically came in a form of a science project by Estonian programmers (who later created KaZaa and Skype) by the name of “Sound Club” a tiny and extremely basic DAW that allowed Evestus to put samples in line and on top of each other in an effort to create a sort of music…
His first album was just a collection of songs that were basically just piles of loops and samples from movies and cartoons such as “Fight Club”, “Airheads”, “The Nightmare Before Christmas”, “The Maxx”, “Invader Zim” and others.
2004 - Going solo
The year was 2004 and the album was titled “Destiny in Life” to symbolize his calling. His destiny. As if he needed more proof, the album, which only had 200 copies made, somehow found its way to Canadas D-trash records who decided to release it under their label to a wider audience. Basically, Evestus got signed. It came as a huge surprise to everyone, for no one took this album for more than a cute way of preserving ones collection of digital rantings. But Evestus knew this was it. That he was given a clear sign of his path.
2005 – Post Apocalypse Pop
The second album was a very solid work inspired by a box office hit PC game “Fallout 2″. “Wastelands“, a diary of a vault dweller, was a concept album with a very distinct sound and style. A “post-apocalypse pop music” as some referred to it, featured hints of raw industrial soundscapes mixed with classical instruments and even a bit of dixieland jazz. D-trash records went all out on promoting this album and it received very good reviews all over the world. Evestus became an established name in the industrial underground and started to receive a lot of requests for live shows. The problem was, he had never thought about performing his music live. But at this day of age, if you want to make it as an artist, this is something you can’t ignore. This was a tough break for Evestus. Around that time, Solwaig had it’s last shows and broke up. After a brief period as a percussionist in Forgotten Sunrise, Evestus realized that he had to take his solo project to the next level, because he could never settle with being a cog in someone else’s machine.
2006 – It’s getting darker..
Evestus reformed his little “studio” that until now had been nothing more than an old pc with a soundblaster pro sound card and desktop speakers, and started writing new songs with a live band in mind.
You see, Evestus was very theatrical when it came to Solwaig live shows and he had always believed that when you go see a live show, you go to see a show foremost. He had little respect towards bands who play on a stage in the same manner they play in their bedrooms. That is why he could not bear the idea of performing his previous material live through a laptop as so many similar artists did. It was simply not enough of a show for him.
While 2006 and 2007 were spent researching music production techniques and live solutions, Evestus actually worked at several studios during that time in order to gain insight and experience on audio production, fooling the managers into thinking that he had any knowledge on the field, while all he was after was a chance to spend time in a real studio.
Some of the vocals on “This is Dramacore” were recorded in these studios as well of some of the “Sacrifice” video footage. Evestus spent many nights alone in these studios, drinking and recording. When the owners became aware, he was fired. But he had gotten what he was after.
The title “This is Dramacore” popped up many times during the years and the release date got pushed further and further until the Demo EP turned into LP and “autumn 2006″ turned into “spring 2010″. The new material was a little too “rock n roll” for D-trash records so they decided to pass this one. Evestus almost made a deal with Estonia’s Legendaarne Records, which released the “Sacrifice” single in May 2008, but a deal was never signed for Evestus was still not ready to release the album. The single got enough attention though, to land Evestus a gig at MTV Estonia’s birthday party, supporting Kerli. That show defined Evestus as a live band. Evestus got one week notice to put together a live band for the opportunity. The result was Georg “DzDz” Gurjev (Horricane) on keyboards, Ricardo Guerilha on 1st guitar, Jan Talts (former Solwaig) on 2nd guitar, Tanya M61 Vulcan on percussions and from Estonian National Symphonic Orchestra – 4 cellists (also known as C-Jam Cello Quartet) on – wait for it – 4 cellos!
2008 – MTV
Once again Evestus had succeeded and delivered exactly what he had aimed for. Shock and awe.So 2008 was when things started really happening. The “Sacrifice” single released through Legendaarne Records along with a video by Grete “Stitch” Laus, made it to the MTV Baltic’s Top 20. The single was followed by a lot of local press and at the end of the year another single was released, “You’re Not Good Enough To Be My Enemy” that landed #4 at MTV Baltics Top 20 leading to a lot of live shows and media fuzz. The only thing missing was an album…
2009 – almost famous
was spent finalizing “This is Dramacore“. Aside from a slight distraction in the form of NOKIA Music Gala, which once again showed Evestus live at it’s greatest. But with a solid live band to back him up, Evestus got a chance to re-record and replace virtual instruments with real ones and truly bring his musical concept to life. A track called “Conveniently Confused” was released on a UK-s Terrorizer Magazine covermount cd in their 2009 October issue.
2010 – This Is Dramacore
February saw the finishing touches of the album mixing and Evestus started focusing on a live set-up to support the new release on stage. On april 29, 2010, “This Is Dramacore” was released and one week later Evestus was supporting Estonias biggest industrial band NO-BIG-SILENCE for two shows in a row! The new album took off great and received a lot of very positive feedback. There was only one more thorn in the spine of Evestus… and that was putting Tanya, who had been playing only floor toms, behind a full drumset. In the beginning of June, first two gigs were given with
Tanya on a full drumset and by Hard Rock Laager festival in July, Evestus was ready to hit the stage with 50 minutes of pure Dramacore!
Later that year, Evestus joined forces with Finnish industrial-rockers Apples of Idun and Estonian deathbeat act Forgotten Sunrise to visit Riga and Vilnius and spread the northern industrial wave in the Baltics!
2011 – the downward spiral
Even though “This is Dramacore” was very well received by the critics everywhere, the success was not enough to keep a 9-piece band together in Estonia. Even as a 5 piece, touring the Baltic states and Finland used up every bit of financial resource the band had, between upgrading the bands technical set and the European economic collapse resulting in empty venues all contributed to a stress within the band that after a series of costly shows, Evestus decided to take a break and evaluate the situation. Ofcourse, giving up the music was never an option. Most of 2011 went into writing material for a follow up and strategic planning – with the music industry going through nearly revolutionary changes every month, this could be the best time to be an artist. Or the worst. The year ended with a live show at Semifinal, a small club in Helsinki, Finland on the 6th of December. Sharing the stage with Evestus was Cold Cold Ground and V for Violence. Even though Evestus played several brand new songs that night, such as "Heartbeat", "Sleep Forever", "My Stuff" and "Voices", nothing was announced officially.
2012 – a new hope
2012 started quietly. There was nothing heard from Evestus for months.. in spring, Evestus deleted his personal Facebook account as well as the band page. The summer went by with no news until August, when the Facebook accounts were re-opened and Evestus started hinting at new material. In October a new video was released - a very dark and personal "Sleep Forever".