Get to know Ethan, a young singer songwriter from Brisbane who’s just dropped his latest single ‘Tough Boy’.
As Ethan tells us, the track “is about opening up and being vulnerable in the often contentious world of gay dating, and it is also in part of a bit of a pride anthem in its usage of male pronouns.”
So let’s dig a little deeper and get to know Ethan a little more in our latest feature.
01. Name : ETHAN.
02. Where are you based? Brisbane.
03. How did you get your start in music? I always played instruments as a kid – piano, cello, guitar, flute, whatever I could get my hands on, and was classically taught. Singing was always the biggest passion though.
I loved watching top 40 and figuring out the songs on my piano. I have been writing music since high school but only really got serious about putting it out as an artist in these last two years.
04. Give us five words to best describe you as an artist. Moody, uninhibited, energetic, passionate, soulful.
05. Tell us a little bit about your sound and how it developed. I’ve always been super into R&B and soul singing. It’s been one of my biggest influences. At the same time, I’m a huge sucker for pop and dance music and that is where I tend to find the happy medium in my sound.
I love infectious rhythms and catchy hooks but am a sucker for soulful harmonies and aching melodies. So I centre my sound within a little melting pot of these components. I write everything acoustically on the piano first, and then layers evolve from there.
06. What’s your earliest musical memory? Definitely my parents buying me my keyboard or me dying to sing in all the primary school shows.
07. Who have been your musical influences? Truly too many to name. I’m a huge fan of solid vocal production. Artists like Christina Aguilera, Beyonce, Mariah Carey, JoJo, Jazmine Sullivan, Lauryn Hill, Brandy and Jessie J inspire me vocally.
Their style all somewhat stems from the soul of the ’60s and ’70s which evolved into ’90s and 2000s contemporary R&B/pop though, so that would be the root of where my influences come from.
I’m a sucker for modern R&B/hip hop artists too like Rihanna, Tinashe, Sevyn Streeter, Chris Brown, DVSN, Tory Lanez and such but also pop divas like Lady GaGa, Britney Spears and Robyn. It’s a huge eclectic mix.
08. What are your favourite songs of all time? The album that means the most to me is ‘Stripped’ by Christina Aguilera.
09. Where’s your favourite place to listen to music? At home in my bed in the dark!
10. Who are your go-to artists when you’re feeling :
Happy? When I’m happy I’ll pop on fierce R&B or pop bangers like Ariana or Beyoncé.
Sad? When I’m sad I love to listen to emotional synth/trappy R&B stuff like JOY. Or Jhene Aiko.
Exhausted? If I’m tired I chill out to SZA or SG Lewis.
Introspective? And if I’m introspective I tend to just go and write myself.
11. What was the first album you ever bought? The first album I bought with my own money I event was probably Beyoncé’s self titled album.
12. What would your chosen career be if music wasn’t an option? Food critic. Or travel critic. Haha.
13. What’s the best advice you’ve been given in your career? To remember why you’re doing it in the first place. It should always start out of love.
14. If you could trade places with any artist in the world right now, who would it be? I’d want to be someone like Max Martin who produces and writes for the biggest pop stars in the world.
15. Tell us about your latest release. My latest single is called ‘Tough Boy’. It’s a little bit of a self-directed introspective letter about not always shutting myself off from being vulnerable, especially in romantic situations. It’s also inspired by an experience I had with somebody who was exactly like that – a bit bruised from their past and unable to allow themselves to heal.
16. What do your future plans involve? Making more music, pushing my boundaries and comfort zones. Writing and collaborating with more people, people who challenge me especially. Performing, doing shows, getting my stuff out there to more audiences.
17. Where can our audience catch you live? I have a really exciting show coming up in Brisbane on August 17 at Bloodhound Bar. It’s my headline show with two fellow local artists I’ve worked with and am close friends with – Marley and Peri Crawford. It’s going to be a night of super soulful, intimate vibes not to be missed!