Music Bugle Exclusive – Q & A – Eva Tolkin

Photo courtesy of Eva Tolkin Facebook page.

By Nicholas Jason Lopez

Eva Tolkin’s career began to shift upwards once she got to work with Solange and then tour the world with Charli XCX, Robyn, Blood Orange and more.

Her 2017 debut EP ‘Evergreen’ received high praise for her “highly coveted vocals” from various outlets like The New York Times and Vogue, among others. Tolkin then decided to take a break to focus on her recording skills and production.

The hiatus has rejuvenated her to the point of a new record due out in Spring 2021. The first single “Weak As Water” showcased a newer, more intimate look, also accompanied by a music video where she collaborated with Canadian designer Kathryn Bowen. The followup single “Is It Love” has also begun to gain traction from music critics and fans alike.

The Music Bugle had the chance to speak with the Toronto/New York City-based singer-songwriter about what she’s been up to lately and more.

Music Bugle – What makes you the most proud about where you come from?

Eva Tolkin – Universal health care! 

Music Bugle – What has been your proudest accomplishment?

Eva Tolkin – Actually, this EP. A year ago, I set out to learn guitar and produce and write an EP on my own. It was really difficult and I almost gave up numerous times. I’m proud that I was able to see it through.

Music Bugle – What was your goal for “Weak As Water”?

Eva Tolkin – I wanted it to feel intimate and honest.

Music Bugle – What creative advantages do you feel come with being a singer-songwriter?

Eva Tolkin – I love that I can write and sing anywhere and anytime. I write most of my songs when I’m walking or driving around.

Music Bugle – Which of your songs were the hardest to write?

Eva Tolkin – “Only January” was difficult to write because it’s a song about climate change. It’s a heavy topic and I didn’t want the song to be utterly depressing.

Music Bugle – How would you compare your newer music to your earliest?

Eva Tolkin – My new music is much more personal and has a more minimal and immediate sound.

Music Bugle – What has been your biggest memory while on tour?

Eva Tolkin – Performing with Robyn at Madison Square Garden is one of my top memories. I was hired two days before the show and had to cram in so much material, I taped lyrics to the stage floor. The audience sang every single word the entire show and were much better backup singers than I was.

Music Bugle – How have you been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic?

Eva Tolkin – Before Covid, I was on tour pretty much non-stop. It was a huge adjustment being back home and having to find something else to occupy my time. I miss being on the road, but have really enjoyed working on my own music and getting more sleep!

Music Bugle – Where do you go when you need a break?

Eva Tolkin – When I need a break from the chaos of NYC, I drive seven hours north to my cabin in rural Ontario.

Music Bugle – Who are you listening to right now, music-wise? 

Eva Tolkin – Lately, I have been completely obsessed with the Canadian musician Mary Margaret O’Hara. She is also Catherine O’Hara’s sister. 

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