Eve Casino – Dan Cherry
We were fortunate enough to catch up with Marco from the superb band Eve Casino, following the release of their must-hear album ‘Here’s The Thing’. Read our full, in-depth interview below.
Hey, how did you get together as a band?
I first joined the band in mid-2021. Eve Casino’s original guitar player, Joe, left the band to pursue his education. I’ve met him and hung out with him, and I couldn’t say enough nice things about him. I’ve had the pleasure of both watching him play and performing with him. I am grateful to have such a welcoming group of band members, both past and present.
Who influenced your awesome latest release, ‘Here’s The Thing’?
We all draw inspiration from a wide variety of music. I think one artist in particular that I was listening to a lot during the writing/recording process was a gentleman named Plini. He’s got a gentle touch but an aggressive attack to his playing and has some of the most inspirational phrasings out of anything that I’ve heard in recent years. He’s an influence mainly because he gives me the inspiration to be exactly the musician that I need to be in Eve Casino.
Who would you most like to collaborate with?
We’re big fans of a lot of music that was created well before our time, and if I wasn’t being selfish, I’d say it would be an honour to play with Paul McCartney. A piece of literal rock and roll history. I could only imagine the energy in the room and the things that would be played.
What’s your dream venue to play?
Every venue is a dream venue when you’re with the boys. That’s really the most important thing. If I had to name a real place, though, I’d say probably Wembley Stadium, but if I was getting real over the top, an entire Eve Casino cruise. Complete with a casino and an Eve of some sort. Perhaps a New Year’s Eve.
Other than music, what are you passionate about?
Most of my time is spent surrounded by or involved in music in some way; however, when I’m away from music, I enjoy a lot of outdoor activities. I love fishing and spending a day by the water. Lakes, oceans, whatever. I enjoy that atmosphere and find a real sense of relaxation, unlike a hotel in the middle of a city or something else that’s busy and overwhelming.
What’s the music scene like in Chicago post covid?
Absolutely blooming. It’s 2023, and we’re climbing out of such an obscure atmosphere. It’s easy to dwell on the negatives and think that music isn’t going anywhere anymore, but I just disagree. I think we’re all in such an indulgent society that there’s more music being spread now more than ever. I’m really glad and glad to be a part of it.
What changes would you like to see in the music business?
Just an overall uplifted atmosphere. Like I was saying before, it’s almost like musicians and other artists alike are slowly giving up due to the introduction of things like computer technology and AI. As much as it is and will be challenging, machines are programmed to be perfect, and we’re always striving to be, so there’s this grey area in between where we as artists tend to fall, and there’s a beauty in that. Sometimes our hearts skip beats; we’re not perfect, and we never will be, but we’re always going to try.
How do you feel about how the internet plays a role in today’s music business?
I think it’s a great tool. It’s important in today’s era of music, and it keeps the industry evolving faster than it’s learning sometimes.
What would it be if you could choose one thing for fans to take away from your music?
I’d like mainly for people to listen and be evoked into feeling an emotion that maybe they haven’t felt before or have felt before but aren’t quite able to identify it. If we could be something that people can go back to relive an experience or even get a glimpse of something they once felt, I’d be satisfied.
What is your favourite song to play live?
I love to play Fifty Buck Billy, the second single off of “Here’s The Thing”. It’s got such a smooth groove; I love exploring the platform every time and really trying to pull some inner blues from myself, a bit more so than on other songs.
Have you started working on your next release?
We’re always writing and creating at rehearsals. It’s a constant flow of challenges and successes. We write what we play, and we learn more about ourselves as musicians and the band each time. I’m still pretty fresh, I feel like, so we have so much more to go. We’re just getting started. You’ll be hearing much more about us in 2023.
FVMusicBlog January 2023