Nestled 15 minutes outside of Atlanta is the city of Marietta, Georgia and the current residence of Evan Joseph.  The passion for music that Joseph embodies comes from the early days of him attempting to play the piano and playing the trombone in middle school. Coming from a musically inclined family with a professional drummer father, among various other family members who either write music or play instruments, Evan Joseph, or EYPJ, was genetically destined to become a musician. In November 2016, EYPJ released his sophomore EP, When Summer Ends, a four song project with production by names such as Juggman Rico, Iossa, C.a., and Stuss X Florian.

 

Stay tuned for the life and growing career of Evan Young Prodigy Joseph.

 

Q: Thanks for wanting to be a part of Freelancer Magazine, we really appreciate it. So, for those who may not know you, how would you address yourself to the audience?

A: I’d like to introduce myself as Evan or EYPJ; I usually let people decide. Some just say EY for short.

 

Q: What is the meaning behind your stage name EYPJ?

A: So the truth is, and some may know this story already, but in 7th grade I changed my Facebook name to “Evan Young Prodigy Joseph”. I just thought it was a super dope name, but I kept it lowkey because I didn’t want people to think it was corny. I remember one day in PE I was getting on a friend of mine and he came out of nowhere making fun of the name and turning it into an acronym. I think it stuck on well, if I must say.

 

Q: How long has music been a part of your life?

A: Well it’s always been around my family, so really since I was born. My Dad is a professional drummer and we have a bunch of family members that play instruments and have written songs or melodies like Plas Johnson or Papa John Joseph. They’re the legends in my family. I hope to get Wikipedia pages like them eventually, haha.

 

Q: Did you know that you always wanted to do music?

A: There’s a bunch of videos of me attempting to play the piano with sunglasses on as kid deep in my family archives. I’ve always felt like music kind of apart of me and something that I had to embark on. I played trombone in middle school, but the instrument thing wasn’t for me because I couldn’t create my own melodies. I had to play what was on the page. So in a way I feel like the music I make now is my way of using my musical ear in a different way than most of my family.

 

Q: Where do you currently reside?

A: I currently stay about 15 minutes out of Atlanta in a wonderful place named Marietta Ga. East side of Cobb County. The best side, haha. I’m originally from New Orleans, La… We moved after the storm. Still taking over for the ’99 and the 2000.

 

Q: What are some of your best accomplishments from 2016 and how do you plan to make 2017 better?

A: Probably my biggest accomplishment was getting some recognition from 107.9 or honestly performing at a pep rally in my school, as lame as that might sound. In 2017 I was just want to continue to evolve and focus more on promotion, just to get as many ears as possible.

 

Q: What background can you give us on your latest release, Apple Cider?

A: Kodak Black dropped ‘There He Go’ right after he got out, and when I heard the beat I just messed around with some flows. I wanted to do something festive with it, and my family always drinks cider around the holidays so I just tried to keep it consistent.

 

 

Q:  What’s the message behind Apple Cider?

A: Not a lot of people notice there is some anti-alcohol undertones in Apple Cider, but I tried throwing some in. I think in today’s day in age people rely on drinking to have fun, a little bit too much. You can still have fun drinking non-alcoholic Apple Cider, haha. I actually do walk in to parties wearing shorts and wallabees though. It’s the only way.

 

Q: Two months ago you released When Summer Ends?  What can you tell us about this project?

A: The summer to fall switch up is probably my favorite season change, and I also think there is a change in the pace that people listen to. It may not be for everyone, but when the weather gets colder I tend to listen to slower music. I can still get jiggy with some Playboi Carti or Uzi during the fall, but I’d probably vibe to some Tiller or Cole. So I just attempted to switch up the pace, and provide different sounds.

 

Q: What was the process in the creation of this EP?

A: I really just listened to beats for a couple weeks straight and just wrote a lot. And wrote some more.

 

Q: What was your favorite part about creating this project?

A: Experimenting. Finding out what I can blend my voice with and what I can’t. Just really exploring the realms of all the different sounds out there.

 

Q: What is your favorite track off of When Summer Ends?

A: All Dressed Up would probably take that award. Guitar used in different ways is dope to me. Plus I wanted to give listeners a heads up that the EP would sound different with that intro.

 

Q: How long did it take you to develop this project?

A: A month probably. Lots of gas was wasted on driving around hearing beats.

 

Q: Is this a self-produced EP or did you have some help?

A: Hart2Hart, Josh & Jared Hart: who are two brothers that are really good friends with me, helped with the sound engineering and stuff. I wanted to use my raw voice without a lot of crazy editing to keep it simple and they helped me achieve that. Without them, I’d still be recording through Audacity on my Toshiba, haha. Yes, I said Audacity. Fight me.

 

Q: Is When Summer Ends your first release?

A: I actually released my first 10 song tape in the summer titled ‘Calypso”. It was up on my page for a while, but I didn’t think it represented my best work so it’s currently on private except for the intro. I might re-master it and rerelease it. 

 

Q: How would you describe the music that you make?

A: I’d describe it as a good mix of old school and new school, as cliché as that might sound. I like melody a lot. Different notes and switching up flows has always intrigued me, so I try to express that.

 

Q: What goals do you hope to achieve in 2017? What are some things you want to accomplish/do in 2017?

A: I have a list of about 10 goals on my bathroom mirror. One of them was write a song that hits 10K in a week, and I actually just accomplished that with a song titled ‘Pasadena’ that I did with my dawg iLoveUPeter, who also produced ‘Shoot out the Roof’ for Lil Yachty and also the intro Ugly God’s new tape that we are all awaiting. I want to hit 100K plays on Soundcloud, I’m at about 85K. I remember tripping over 500 plays in July, so it’s been cool seeing it grow. I also like to the test out the YouTube waters out. I just want to stay prayed up, have fun, and keep making music. If I do that, those other 9 goals in my bathroom will come.

 

Q: Will you be dropping any mixtapes/albums in 2017?

A: I got some ideas planned. For right now I just wanna keep putting out singles and working with my bro iLoveUPeter; we got some stuff on the way. Surprises are fun.

 

Q: If you could describe the future of your music in one word, how would you describe it?

A: Well I hope it’s prosperous. That’s fun word to say. Prosperous.

 

Q: Is there anything you would like your supporters to know?

A: I want them to know that without them listening on Fridays, sharing my stuff with their friends, and giving feedback, I wouldn’t be getting interviewed right now. If it wasn’t for my bro’s Jose, Khayr and Mason –who I played my first ever song to– I wouldn’t have kept pushing. S/o to them. I appreciate all of my supporters, and you know who you are. S/o to EC, my school, my family, my IG live crew a.k.a. The Marker Gang, and everyone who listens. Y’all rock and I won’t let you guys down.

S/o to Freelancer magazine. 2 times!

 

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