California pop singer Eva (pronounced Ee-Vah) first hit the scene in 2011 with her debut single, “Not My Daddy” featuring rapper Gucci Mane. The single went on to be hit in the clubs, helping her land the No. 8 spot on the Billboard Club Play charts.
Since then, she has gone on to perform with the likes of Hip-Hop legend Nas, GRAMMY Award-winning songstress Alicia Keys, and record producer J. R. Rotem (Rihanna, Sean Kingston, Gwen Stefani), among others.
With the help of America’s Next Top Model judge/photographer, Nigel Barker, she is back with a strong new look and a slew of new material to unleash on the world.
Salute Magazine recently caught up with Eva to discuss plans for her upcoming EP, memorable past performances, and to talk about her new single, “Bad For Us.”
SALUTE: How did you first get your start in music?
EVA: I grew up in Northern California. I started when I was in high school, you know just kind of looking around, getting into some small, local studios. Just to kind of test it out and get some practice under my belt and everything.
And once I graduated high school I started traveling back and forth to L.A. pretty often. Recording in some new studios and getting the exposure and networking and meeting people through studios and getting to know people through mutual friends and expanding on relationships that way.
Who are some of the artists that you look up to?
I grew up in the era of Spice Girls and Britney Spears. Spice Girls were my first big concert and I always loved performing and entertaining, but I knew when I saw their concert it was something I wanted to do.
Ever since I was young, I’ve always loved the Spice Girls and I’m still Britney’s number one fan. I’ve been to see her in Vegas multiple times.
Even these days… I absolutely love Lady Gaga. I think she’s super talented. I love her message and I’ve seen her live a bunch of times. She’s great. I’m trying to get tickets to see her live since she just started her new tour.
The list goes on but those are sort of the strong female artists I love and look up to.
Tell me more about your new single, “Bad For Us”
I think it’s kind of a fun, catchy beat. We’ve gotten a ton of great feedback. People tend to really enjoy the song and it can kind of get stuck in your head… which is a good thing.
It’s kind of a fun, upbeat song, but it’s also about a toxic relationship. Something you know is probably not the best idea to stick with, but you can’t help it and you want to anyway, which I think is pretty relatable for most people. I think everyone’s kind of gone through something like that. Whether it be any type of relationship with anyone; a friend, boyfriend, girlfriend, or anything else in life, you know, people that have certain vices.
I think it’s a good song. I performed it a bunch in clubs and stuff and it gravitates towards people well in that sort of atmosphere.
It’s awesome. Anytime you get to work with another artist, it’s really fun and it’s exciting. One of my favorites, I got to open for Alicia Keys years ago in Phoenix, Az. It was super fun. I went to the University of Arizona for a little while so I had a bunch of friends who were able to come and see the show. That was definitely a highlight. But, yeah, I’ve gotten the opportunity to work with some cool people. It’s always exciting.
Snoop is great. That was a few years ago. I remember knocking on the door and it took him forever to open. I think they were trying to air out the smoke because they thought I was just a young little girl walking in.
I take it that he didn’t offer you a smoke after all that?
No. Not at that point. I think they thought I was younger than I was, coming into it. They were kind of trying to steer clear of that. But, now I’d be like, “Hey. What’s up?”
How did it feel to have a song land on the Billboard Dance Charts?
Definitely a highlight. I have my cool Billboard plaque hanging on the wall in my living room.
It’s a very proud moment. Not a whole lot of people can say they’ve had a Billboard Top 10 single. That was really exciting. It was for my song, “Not My Daddy.” That was a super fun song. It got a decent amount of play in Gay clubs and that whole scene.
What was it like to work with Kesha?
It’s funny. I didn’t really work with her much closely. She wrote that song, “Not My Daddy,” and I recorded it. I really only met her once, a while ago, but she was super cool. It was funny too because I am also a blonde, white girl with freckles, and it was interesting seeing a lot the comments pouring in after we released the song. She had her original version of it online also, so then her fans were responding and other new fans were responding. It was just interesting to see people that either hated me because they thought I was trying to be like her or vice versa. I got compared to her for a while after that. I didn’t mind. I think she’s great.
So, what’s next for Eva?
Well, we’ve been in the studio a lot lately, recording some new music. After we did “Bad For Us” we’ve finished up some other songs. I now have quite a few in the arsenal. I think we’re going to look to release an EP in the near future. I’m not sure when yet.
Just getting the music video out there for “Bad For Us.” I’ve been on social media trying to boost awareness through presence on the internet. I think once we start releasing more songs, that’s when I’ll probably start doing some more shows and physically putting my body out there. Probably going to some events. Maybe visit some radio stations and probably doing more interviews, like this. I think this is the first phone interview I’ve done in a little while. It’s nice to be promoting something and getting busy and getting some new stuff out there.
STREAM: “BAD FOR US” BY EVA