This is a series in which we interview a student musician and talk about their involvement in music writing and performance. Today, we have a profile about Evan Rasch and his involvement in the music scene at Kenyon and beyond. Know a musician you want to see interviewed? Comment below!
Name: Evan Rasch
Class Year: 2017
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
When did you start writing music?
I started writing music around the time I started playing guitar, at 13. I got a guitar for Christmas–I asked for Guitar Hero and my dad just gave me a guitar. So I think from then on I was learning chords, writing little things, and I just kind of built it up from there. I started taking it more seriously in ninth or tenth grade, I was in bands in high school.
Besides your latest EP Anita Daze, what have you recorded?
I recorded an EP the summer after my senior year of high school. The last few weeks of school we had senior projects to spend time on a personal hobby or project and I decided to record an EP with this woman who works in the music industry. She has an independent label and she funded me to record [the EP]. That’s the only other thing I’ve seriously recorded.
What’s your favorite part of music at Kenyon?
This might sound weird, but my A Capella group, the Kokosingers. The relationships I’ve made with those guys are really collaborative. We’re always making and improvising music together and I’ve done a bunch of side projects with those guys. I’d say being with those dudes is the best creative time I’ve had.
How involved were you in the production side of making your EP?
I made it with my older brother who mainly has the production skills. I’ve spent a lot of time in music software, but I’d say it was about 75% him and 25% me. I might have had a lot of ideas but he was the one to actually implement them. We kind of share a brain, in a way, because we’re siblings and we work really well together, so it felt like a 50-50 process but realistically it was mostly him on production and me on a lot of instruments.
Top Five Albums?
Rubber Soul – the Beatles
Revolver – the Beatles
Is This It – The Strokes
Yankee Hotel Foxtrot – Wilco
Helplessness Blues – Fleet Foxes
My fraternity brothers Tim Gruber and Carl Lehman and I have a band. We have a lot of material but we’ve never actually performed, so that’s going to become a thing soon. No formal plans to record more stuff yet, but I have a lot of material. I have a lot of friends who I’m looking to collaborate with at Kenyon. I’m hoping to put a full length album out at least by the end of the year.