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EDEN: "I'm Always writing and I'm very excited about the future"

We took singer-songwriter EDEN around central London to catch up and discuss everything “ICYMI” and his recent tour.

“The pandemic was terrible but gave me time to grow personally” he mentioned.

He got interested in music at the age of 6 and the rest his history. Multiple albums, world tours and a lot of inspiration.

Despite Eden's success he continues to operate own his own, producing, writing, and recording his music all independently.

“I’m always writing and I feel very excited about the future” he told us.

Photo by Gianmarco Rizzo

Two years ago, in 2021, you did the "End Credits Anniversary Tour", why the choice of including new songs of your upcoming album?

It had been over a year of pandemic at that time, and I was making music, I don't know how to describe it but it felt like the music I was making was similar to "End Credits", it felt right and it made a lot of sense. I knew the anniversary of the tour was that year, we were just coming out of restrictions, people were starting to attend events so it was the perfect moment to play unreleased music. That tour was crazy. I really wanted to play these tiny, intimate and shows full of energy. There were people on each other's shoulders the whole time, they were all singing along. It was special to live those moments again but also give the audience new songs too.

"ICYMI" is your new album, what was the writing process?

It took a lot of starting again, let's say. When the pandemic happened in 2020, I told myself "Okay, I'm going to work my ass off". After "No Future" the initial idea was to release my third album in 2020. Then I realise that the pandemic wasn't going away - it was just a lot!

I had a schedule, I had a plan, but sometimes I would get stuck. I would push and then push more and I would be really grinding out on the production on some of the sessions we did. And then we got to a point where I really felt like trying something new. And it happened two or three times where I took all the music I was working on and I had and just parked it.

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You mentioned a few times that this album is different from the other ones you made? Is it because of the production? Is it the the approach that you had?

I think, because of the pandemic, it allowed me to have more time and space that I wouldn't give myself otherwise. When I was working on the music and the world shut down, I would stop for like three or four weeks and just hang out with my friends and do shit. Whereas in normal life, I would never do that. And this led to reevaluate and think "okay, maybe let's parkour this music and I'll start something completely new and see how that feels". And that's how it evolved. There were two or three versions of the album dock, I would be finishing them but we'd scrap them in the end. And there are songs from each of those that made it to the end.

Was there ever a moment during the pandemic where you thought we'd never come out of it?

I don't think I've ever thought about that. Personally I found a lot of growth in the pandemic, and because of all the time spent at home, it was actually a really helpful thing for me within the music to keep the momentum and the fan base - it was also terrible because I lost a lot of money on the tour that got cancelled, but again, on the personal side, it was a moment for me to think about my life.

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Now that the album is out and the tour is finished. How do you feel?

I think it's something that's just improving with time, actually. And honestly, when it first came out, I was surprised because I thought it was gonna be difficult to grasp maybe. The album is very experimental in places, there are moments where it's really noisy and I thought that some people would have a hard time appreciating that maybe - if they like more pop music, or because of my fan base is so broad, and so many people listen to so many genres. But even from the start, I thought their assumption was definitely better than I thought it was going to be. And now, after the shows, I have nice conversations with people about it. I'm very excited for the future, because I feel like it's a very nice platform. I was making stuff on tour, and just the energy from the shows was just so nice. So the response has been quite positive.

I think also, the live shows actually help people, some people who are maybe a little bit on the fence before coming to the shows. It's an interesting concept.

You mentioned that ICYMI is a collection of songs ..

When I was saying it, I wanted to say that, there are projects that I made specifically, front to back, "End Credits" is a story front to back, I Think You Think Too Much Of Me", same thing. "Vertigo" is a very continuous experience as well. With "No Future" I kind of took a step out of that, and maybe yes, with ICYMI I am one foot in and one foot out. I guess it's not as linear as my previous projects.

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You've traveled the world with your music. Do you think the crowds experience your set differently based on where you're playing?

Yeah, it's very different. Everyone enjoys things in their own way. When I played in Berlin, it was so quiet, in between the songs, people will cheer or shout and then as soon as you start, you could hear a pin drop.

Other places were really rowdy, people were dancing or jumping up and down. It definitely changes a lot from place to place.

Everybody's different and I Iove that. I think maybe it's also because of the culture.

What are you listening to at the moment? Do you ever listen to your own music?

Yeah, I do listen to my own music but mostly when I'm working on it. Once it's released I don't really go back to it very often.

Let me check right now, I've been listening to a lot of Alex G recently but also 454.

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Do you feel like this music inspires you?

Definitely. I kind of listen to a lot of music. When I was on tour, I wasn't really listening to other people's music that much because I was making little ideas on days off which I listened to a lot.

You can follow EDEN's journey and updates here.

Article By Sal Fasone - Photography By Gianmarco Rizzo

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