With a new recording deal, a spanking new release and industry attention on both sides of the globe, Evan Klar is enjoying a cracking start to the new year.
The Melbourne songwriter and producer last Friday released ‘I Do,’ a laid-back electro-pop tune co-written with Tobias Kuhn, co-producer of ‘Blossom’ by German chillout pop act Milky Chance.
Listen to Milky Chance’s ‘Blossom’:
It’s all neatly falling in place for Klar, who’s earning a reputation as a bright spark in the studio, a guy who delivers, doesn’t tire and plays well with others.
An internationalist who was born in Perth, raised in Singapore and spent time in London, Klar has just signed with Grönland Records arm Monchique, launched by Tobias Kuhn (Milky Chance, The Living End, Dean Lewis), Label Manager Lenz Hein and veteran artist and actor Herbert Grönemeyer.
The German label deal is a positive outcome after connecting with Kuhn, who served as curator at APRA AMCOS’ Gold Coast SongHubs camp, which partners emerging and established songwriters with established music-makers, last September.
Evan’s involvement in SongHubs was “rather serendipitous,” notes Milly Petriella, Director Member Relations, APRA AMCOS.
“He was able to join us on the Gold Coast on pretty short notice, and he came into the camp with such enthusiasm and armed with a number of musical ideas.”
Listen to Evan Klar’s ‘I Do’:
The rising producer impressed Kuhn and all his collaborators with his work ethic, she recounts, and delivered some of his “finest work” in a sink-or-swim environment.
While at the camp, Evan paired up with another artist with German heritage, Kate Miller-Heidke, and Los Angeles-based songwriter Hailey Collier for a session.
He delivered, and Klar is now producing and co-writing Miller-Heidke’s next record at Fall Back Studios in Flemington, Melbourne, a studio facility he built with his brother, Daniel Niedermeyer.
Dew Process executive Fergus Jenkins has high hopes for Klar. The Brisbane-based music company and fellow indie Kobalt facilitated a month-long writing trip to L.A. last November, where Klas was invited to show his stuff.
He’s “relentless and tireless,” whose “work ethic is only matched by his talent,” notes Jenkins, Dew Process’ General Manager, Publishing & Sync.
“In every session he creates a new ally, be it at home or around the world. As his publisher it’s incredible to see him flourish in the pressure cooker environments we throw him into,” Jenkins tells TIO. “I’m not sure he sleeps to be honest.”
‘I Do,’ penned last year about a fictional character who breaks free from her past and goes on in search of a better life, is the first official single to be lifted off a new Evan Klar EP, due out later in 2020.
Klar has also co-written and produced for Austen, Essie Holt, Marloe, Elenore and many more.
Watch this space.