We travel once again to visit our friends of the north, this time stopping in Toronto to speak with experimental alternative pop artist Eden Warsaw. This up and coming singer/songwriter has already grabbed attention throughout the world with his unique approach to combining electronic pop sensibilities with the grit of alternative rock, evident by his European pop chart topping 2016 LP, Searching For Someone. Today however, we’re here to discuss a brand new album from Warsaw, a collection titled Calm the Coast, which is due out later this year, and the latest available single from the record, “Somebody Tell Me”. We, of course, asked Eden to tell us more about the project – he said, “It’s definitely a true album from start to finish. It’s honest and simple lyrically, but those types of songs can sometimes translate into a much deeper meaning for anyone listening. It can become their own story. I think that was the main point of this album, to help someone get through the motions of life. Sometimes the waves can hit hard, but the coast can become calm again.” Click to https://www.edenwarsaw.com/
XXQs: Eden Warsaw
PensEyeView.com (PEV): How would you describe your sound and what makes you stand out from others in your genre?
Eden Warsaw (EW): I think this new album is experimental alternative/pop. There is definitely a formula for a lot of the music out there already and I don’t think music as art should be mimicked so I try to do things a little differently. I like to have electronic elements that change the overall vibe or two melodies at once that intertwine into the atmosphere you hear. Vocally I stay pretty natural and don’t soak anything in effects or try to hide it; my voice is my voice.
PEV: What kind of music were you into growing up? Do you remember your first concert?
EW: I definitely come from a good era of music that had albums like OK Computer, Urban Hymns, Morning View and Room On Fire. I loved that artists and bands were focused on creating a full album in those times so I think if I took anything from it, it would be that I love writing albums as stories or concepts. My first concert was actually Deftones in Toronto during their White Pony tour. I was pretty young and got there early so I was front row for one of the best shows I’ve ever experienced. White Pony was a magical album so seeing that show as my first concert set the bar.
PEV: What was it like trying to break into the music scene when you first started? What was your first show like?
EW: I used to play solo acoustic shows and write a little differently. I remember my first show was at a cafe about two towns over from where I was living. I brought an amp and guitar and figured I would play music just like in my bedroom. There was a couple sitting in front of me that was about to leave before I played the first song and I used to close my eyes for every song so when I was done playing my opener I saw they were still there. People ended up moving closer to the stage and I got to have conversations with everyone between songs and one person kinda teared up after one of the songs. It was just a surreal night. I always ended up staying after and just hung out with people after the cafe closed which was cool that they let us do that. With this new stuff, the first show was at a venue called The Drake and I was so surprised that it ended up being packed as we showcased this new stuff we’ve been cooking up!
PEV: What can fans expect from a live Eden Warsaw show?
EW: A ton of energy! That’s for sure. We really push a more alternative style out of the songs when we play live and we have so many songs to play that we can really shape a set list for different vibes.
PEV: What is the first thing that comes to mind when you step on stage to perform?
EW: So thankful that we practice a lot.
PEV: What is the best part about being on stage in front of an audience?
EW: Displaying real emotion for real people going through real situations in their lives and hopefully connecting with them on a different level with these songs.
PEV: What is the underlying inspiration for your music?
EW: Hurt, healing, and independence.
PEV: Thinking back to when you first started out, do you ever look back on your career and think about your earlier days and how you’ve arrived where you are today?
EW: I think there were a lot of times where I wanted to quit, and then within that same day, or week I’d write one of the best songs I’ve ever written and know there is someone out there that needs to hear it. I think with this album I finally realized that it’s only going to keep getting better.
PEV: What’s one thing we’d be surprised to hear about you?
EW: I never wanted to be the front of a band or group, I just wanted to play guitar and write, more like John Frusciante or something.
PEV: What happens when you hit a brick wall when writing? What are your methods to get over it?
EW: I’m lucky enough that I can write songs at the drop of a hat, in a way. I play a lot of different instruments so I always have different options for finding inspiration with sounds. If I only had to write lyrics and sing I would definitely hit a wall – it’s a much longer process to do all of the production but it makes it that much more personal.
PEV: How do you think the industry has changed since you first started out?
EW: The industry is always changing that’s for sure. It’s funny watching the shift from things like MySpace to Spotify, there’s always this weird gravity towards what ‘numbers’ you have versus the quality and that has remained backwards for the last decade I’d say.
PEV: What can fans expect from your upcoming album, Calm the Coast, featuring the single “Somebody Tell Me”? What was the writing process like for this work?
EW: It’s definitely a true album from start to finish. It’s honest and simple lyrically, but those types of songs can sometimes translate into a much deeper meaning for anyone listening. It can become their own story. I think that was the main point of this album, to help someone get through the motions of life. Sometimes the waves can hit hard, but the coast can become calm again.
PEV: With all your traveling, is there one area you wish you could travel around and play that you have not yet?
EW: We haven’t traveled too much yet. We all have our bags packed that’s for sure! I’m excited to play Europe and we all want to go to Asia and showcase this album. There’s so much to see and experience.
PEV: How have all your friends and family reacted to your career?
EW: I don’t really talk about it too much.
PEV: What can we find you doing in your spare time, aside from playing/writing music?
EW: Hanging out with bulldogs or longboarding.
PEV: Name one present and past artist or group that would be your dream collaboration. Why?
EW: I’d love to do a collaboration with Phantogram or The Raveonettes. I love their vibes and vocals and I think it would be an interesting combination. Unfortunately with the timing I would also have loved to do a really cool acoustic duet with Chris Cornell. He had one of the coolest and most unique voices.
PEV: Is there an up and coming band or artist you think we should all be looking out for now?
EW: Eden Warsaw?
PEV: If playing music wasn’t your life (or life’s goal), what would you do for a career?
EW: If music didn’t hook me at such a young age I would have probably become a doctor I think. I’d love to be a psychiatrist or therapist and work out emotions and thoughts with people individually. I’d like to think that in a way music lets me do that…unlicensed.
PEV: So, what is next for Eden Warsaw?
EW: Well we have a few more singles to drop off the new album, and then I would hope a big tour in support of Calm the Coast when it’s out. I really feel like it’s an album for the times we are in and I’m excited for people to hear it and dive in.
For more information, click to https://www.edenwarsaw.com/.
Check out Eden Warsaw’s new video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJr7zBNtoGE&feature=youtu.be