MidWest Coast is a music duo made up of Emily Frances and Dan B. Evans. Two people who, first found Nashville, then found each other. Emily left Kenosha, WI in search of getting back to her musical roots.
She found her home in Nashville and country music. Dan, while growing up in Bellingham, WA and studying music in Vancouver, BC (yes, he is half Canadian) traveled down to Nashville in search of combining his life long love of blues music with his new found passion for country. Through mutual acquaintances they started writing together and not long after, formed MidWest Coast.
Recently, They have relocated from Nashville and now reside in Milwaukee, WI.
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What Musical Genre Do You Feel Best Describes Your Music And How Would You Describe Your Sound?
We are an Americana band! Our sound is a playful nostalgia. We combine bluesy guitar licks, bright country vocals while layered instrumentals on our tracks bring the songs to life. MidWest Coast songs fit the soundtrack for life and adventure.
How Did You Get Your Name? Is There A Story?
Emily is from the Midwest, South Eastern Wisconsin. Dan is from the Pacific Northwest Coast, Washington The two met in Nashville, Tennessee in 2014 and started to bring their words and melodies together making the name MidWest Coast. Dan is the member who put the pieces together to give us our name.
What Are or Have Been Your Musical Influences?
Migrating to Nashville from our respective home towns has given new life to our sound and driven by the energy of Music City. Dan's primary musical influences come from a blues background, artists such as Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Clapton, John Mayer and Kenny Wayne Shepard. Emily's musical influences come from classic rock like The Eagles, country like Waylon Jennings, Eric Church and female influences from Loretta Lynn to Miranda Lambert.
What Are You Working On Now? Any Future Collaborations We Can Look Forward To?
We are finishing our first studio EP, "The Carolina Sessions", the album was inspired by a small town we found in North Carolina. Bryson City. Nestled in between the Great Smoky Mountains and heart of Applachia, the songs we wrote are reminscent and playful. We each have solo proejects that involve us working with other musicians and releases.
What Is Your Ultimate Goal In The Music Industry? What Is Your Plan Of Action?
Ultimate goal is to have music be our full time job. If we can write to have fun and play music for a livingWhat Is Your Favorite Track To Perform Live and Why?:Dear Abby. It has a fun groovy rhythm and the lyrics tell a great story.
What Has Been The Biggest Challenge In Your Career Thus Far?
ExposureWhat’s Your Typical Songwriting Process?:Each song comes together in a completely different fashion. Some days you sit down and have pen and paper and a plan. The best songs we write come organically, sitting in the living room, jamming on a guitar, humming along with the song of the strings and mumbling a couple words then one of us shouting at the other to "hey write that down" or saying "ooh thats good!". When you're a songwriter you never stop cultivating ideas.
How Has Social Media Influenced Your Career As An Artist?
Its hard these days to not let social media be an influence however, it is our goal to have our own sound and own image, not replicate another artist who has worked hard to craft their image and song style.
What Are Some Tracks and Artists Currently On Your Playlist?
Ray Wylie Hubbard, Snake Farm, Larkin Poe, Blue Ridge Mountains, Eric Church, Country Music Jesus, Miranda Lambert, Covered Wagon, Willie Nelson, Roll Me Up, The Band, The Weight, Kenny Wayne Shepard, Woman Like You, Kacey Musgraves, Blowin' Smoke
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What Did You Do Before You Started Making Music?
Both of us have been making music our whole lives, Dan went to college for music, Emily went to college for nursing.
Any Advice For Young People (Men or Women) That Want To Succeed In The Music World?
Be a fountain, not a drain. Give and you'll get back. Do the work. Doing the work means putting all of your energy towards the goal, late nights, lost sleep, but moving forward. Doing the work makes magic happen. And Be persistent.
What Would You Change In The Music Industry If You Were A Top Music Executive?
I would like to see the platform in which artists get paid for streams to change.
How Do You Feel About Originality?
I think the songs you hear from an artist, original or cover, will give much more insight on the person than words they would say about themselves. Some people want to blend in, some want to stand out. "You're gonna get more attention by burning down the barn than taking out the trash".