Behind the Song
Calvin Squire (Evening Hallucinations) is a solo alternative singer, songwriter, and producer from the Pittsburgh area of Pennsylvania. His music spans a wide variety, dabbling in genres ranging from pop to ambient to electronic. Calvin began his musical journey in 2019 when he was inspired to try making beats of his own via FL Studio after being fascinated with the emotions created by his favorite artists through the power of different sounds and samples. He has continued to convert his own emotion and experiences to sound ever since and continues to express his journey both personally and on a musical level.
For fans who have never heard your music, can you pick three words to describe it?! If three words just aren't enough..then tell us more!!
Emotional Cyber Pop is the term I made up to coin the type of music I produce. However, I still struggle to phrase the sound because each song is so different. Some songs incorporate more trap production than others, some more acoustic, it all depends. Others have told me my music gives off a more nocturnal sound. I would say it's a blend of everything but more focused on the pop and electronic side.
What is your favorite part about being an artist? Is it songwriting, performing, recording, something else? Tell us why:
My favorite part about being an artist is easily just being able to produce and mix full songs by myself. There is no feeling more rewarding than being able to create a song that is exactly how you hear it in your head. Not only that, but being able to replicate a feeling that may go beyond just words. I am very fortunate to have access to so much great equipment and sounds to help me paint my musical canvas.
Can you tell us what being in the recording studio is like for you?
Whenever I am in my home basement studio recording music, the energy is very unique and is what I can best describe as therapeutic. It is like you completely forget about everything going on in your life at that current moment. I am not exaggerating when I say it literally just becomes you and the music. I can best compare it to daydreaming almost- You are just letting your imagination run free with whatever it wants to express.
Okay, this a fun question. When you are not doing music, what else do you enjoy doing?
It is strange looking into this question because it makes me realize that the majority of my life really is centered around music. However, whenever I am not focused on anything related to my music, my time is often spent with the people whom I love and who I consider to be my closest friends. I have so many people in my life to be grateful for as they all help keep me aligned with who I really am. I couldn't be happier to have such a beautiful and supportive circle of people in my life. I also have a severe addiction to hiking and love to journal throughout the day whenever I can.
Who do you admire most in the music scene today and why?
The one thing I admire most in the music scene today is that now more than ever, genres are starting to become less and less of a thing and musical experimentation is at its peak. Most songs you hear today I find are a fusion of multiple genres, whether it be combinations of pop, hip-hop, RnB, rock, or other. Artists are pushing outside the box now more than ever and there are absolutely no limits to what can be created.
Can you tell us what song you've written that is the most emotional and describe the meaning behind it?
The most emotional song I've ever written was easily my first single 'I'. Simply because I can so vividly remember all the emotions I was feeling from writing the song all the way up until the release date. It was like chains breaking loose. I had conquered so much just by writing one simple song; I got over the fear of being the voice on my own songs, I realized what I was capable of musically, and most importantly I found I was capable of speaking my own truth. It was so joyful that it nearly brought me to tears because it felt like the end to a long cycle that was holding me back both musically and personally. The song is a commitment letter to myself and a reminder to never let the past ground you in your current state; A vow to never stop pursuing what you truly feel is right and to keep stepping into the dark. It is like when you start a fire, you don't just burn one little stick and call it a day. You throw even more flammables in that fire until it gets to where you want it.
Are you working on any new material right now or what's in the works for the upcoming year?
I am working on a lot of new material right now. However, there is no prediction as to which project is coming out next. I have a lot of scattered ideas, though, the best ones I find will come to the surface whenever the time calls for it. I have poked around at the idea of releasing a full-length project that will contain multiple songs. However, it would be wrong of me to give out a specific date as I don't even know when that would come out. All I can say is it is something I have been planning for a while.
Tell us where fans can access your music
You can find my music on all streaming platforms including Spotify, YouTube, Apple Music, and more.
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