Evie Hill and Esk: A Journey of Musical Exploration

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Lake District-born vocalist Evie Hill is set to release her first album, ‘People In Their Simplicity,’ with pianist, producer, and fellow songwriter Ben Lawrence on Friday, September 8th. Their first single, ‘Spirit,’ was released in late July, and the music video, filmed in the Lake District, premieres today.

A Connection to Nature

The music video for ‘Spirit’ showcases the breathtaking landscapes of the Lake District, including underwater scenes filmed in Lake Windermere and mountain ledge sequences on Loughrigg Fell. Hill shares that these locations hold special significance for her, as they surround the area of Ambleside village where she grew up.

Overcoming Fear Through Music

‘Spirit’ explores the theme of fear and the process of overcoming it. For Hill, the song relates to her personal journey of realizing her creative desires and dreams despite self-doubt and societal pressures. The song encourages listeners to follow their guiding signs and let their deepest desires lead their creative practice and life.

The Origins of Esk

The duo’s name, Esk, holds a double meaning for Hill and Lawrence. Eskdale, an area in the west Lakes, represents a sense of peace for the artists, while the name also pays homage to influential musicians such as Moonchild, J Dilla, Bon Iver, and D’Angelo. Esk’s music is inspired by a mix of genres, including Black American Music, alternative folk, and modern jazz.

Songwriting Beginnings

Hill and Lawrence first met while playing in the Durham University Big Band. However, it wasn’t until the pandemic that they began songwriting together. This period allowed them to explore their creative abilities and ultimately led to the creation of their album.

Influences and Inspiration

Esk’s music features a wide palette of sounds, influenced by artists like Robert Glasper, Yebba, and Moonchild. To create their unique soundscape, Hill and Lawrence use field recordings of birds and insects, experimental electronic sounds, and various instruments.

Jazz: A Lifelong Love

Hill’s love for jazz began with her introduction to Amy Winehouse’s music at the age of 12. Over time, her passion for jazz grew as she discovered artists such as Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, and Jazzmeia Horn. Hill will soon attend Guildhall to pursue a Masters in Jazz.

The Joy of Live Performance

While Lawrence leans more towards writing and producing, Hill enjoys live performances. The duo appreciates both aspects of creating music and believes they feed into each other.

Album Launch Gig

Esk will be playing at Jazz@PizzaExpress Holborn on Sunday, September 10th, marking the first time their album will be performed live for an audience. Click here to buy tickets!

About Me

I’m Dr. Miles Beaumont from the charming town of York in the UK. I’ve spent over three decades as a medical doctor, helping people and contributing to important research. I graduated from Oxford University, and ever since, I’ve devoted myself to improving the health and lives of others.

When I’m not practicing medicine, you’ll find me soaking up the world of jazz music. It’s been a passion of mine since I turned 30, and I’ve been an active part of York’s jazz scene ever since. Whether it’s going to local gigs, listening to records at home, or just enjoying the rhythmic and improvisational magic of jazz, it’s a big part of who I am.