Growing from Stillwater, Oklahoma, home to one of the most storied music scenes in the region, Evan Michaels‘ new EP shows its Stillwater roots. “Ain’t No Stopping This” was recorded at a Stillwater studio and self-produced by Evan himself, and bandmate Andrew Bair. In this Creator Conversation, Evan talks about his music, challenges he faced, why people should bet on a backroad, and more.
How do you describe yourself and your music?
I’ve always been a quiet person, until I get to perform. I think that’s where I really come into my own, especially singing songs that I wrote and have meaning to me. So my music would be something that is honest to goodness homegrown.
What got you interested in music and sharing it with others?
My mother was an elementary school teacher, so naturally, we were surrounded by the sounds of school musicals. She also had a home piano studio with 8 pianos. I really enjoyed picking up the guitar so that I could get away from playing the piano. You can’t take a piano to a party so I took my guitar, and that’s really where I realized what it was like to share my music with others.
Use only seven words to describe your EP, “Ain’t No Stopping This?”
All or nothing, ain’t no stopping us.
What was the greatest challenge you had when making the album?
Selecting songs that go with the vibe is always a hard part of making a record. I’ve written so many songs over the year most of which are sad heart break songs, which I enjoy writing. So we really tried to keep the mood light and fun for this record.
Who are some of your musical influences?
I grew up listening to oldies am radio. I listened to everything from the Beatles, Hall and Oates, Jim Croce and then eventually loving 90’s country…Garth Brooks and Tracey Lawrence.
How do you stay in a positive direction when negativity surrounds you?
The music business is constant ups and downs with plenty of downs. I really just have to play shows. That’s why I do what I do. Seeing people react to our music really keeps us high.
Why should people bet on a backroad?
There’s so much you can find on a back road. Not just love with your best friend, but adventures that you can’t find anywhere else. I bet you’ll find something you enjoy on a back road.
What are some of your favorite Oklahoma beers and wines?
I haven’t gotten into being an adult enough to drink wine…I’m pretty straight forward with my Coors Light, Lonestar, Jack Daniels and the good Oklahoma beer from Mustang brewery.
What’s some beauty seldom seen in Oklahoma?
I love seeing the wheat fields in western Oklahoma. That’s something you don’t see everyday. The color of the canola fields when they’re at the peak is pretty great too.
Anything else you want to say or let people know?
Thanks for giving us the opportunity to invade your brain and your hearts by way of your ears.