Interview with, ‘Escapism’

Interview with, 'Escapism'

Interview with, ‘Escapism’

Colorado-based, experimental solo artist, often uses natural and technical blends, creating vivid, nontraditional, scene changes, that evoke imagination and exploration into deep thought.

Escapism, (Evan Montoya) creates melodic tracks & complex beats complimenting an exciting rhythm. For a solo performer, his set is as robustly dynamic as if he performed with a full band. As a multi-instrumentalist, each instrument resonates to unveil a new layer as he navigates the intricacies of his music. Mindful pulses, intelligent dance music and psy-bient waves crash hard and create multidimensional doors, waiting for you to open them.

Where are you from?


How long have you been making music?

10 years

How many songs /albums have you released to date?

1 album
1 on the way…set to be released summer of 2020

Can you tell us about your latest release and the background and inspirations behind it?

my music is based off of dreams that I have or soundscapes that take me away from this dimension of being

How have you ended up in the music industry?

I wouldn’t say I am in the music industry, I just know a lot of independent artists that are passionate about what they create.

What do you think of the music industry in 2020?

I think that with the digital age of marketing and the DIY scene, as well as the aesthetic of lo-fi and vintage, bedroom pop, the patriarchy of the traditional music scene as we knew it in the early 2000’s is gone. If you have minimal access to technology, you have the tools to accomplish a lot.

Who do you think the most influential artist?

The most influential artist of all time ? Or an influential artist for me?

I love producers that are behind the scenes, making the magic happen and creating the popular grooves that we idolize that support vocals.

Who have you collaborated with so far in your career?

I had the honor of Collaborating with one of my favorite bands of all time, Minus the Bear, I had a lot of my last tracks get edited and mastered by them, even had a few features from the members.
This was an amazing accomplishment for me.
I also had Tennyson member Luke, work on a song with me that is soon to be released this summer 2020.

How do you think you differ from other artists?

I think that, I take an absurd amount of time to perfect a certain sound, and make sure that it strikes the listener the right way. I have spent my time, energy and efforts into ensuring that the sound is designed exactly the way I want it before it is released. I take time, hours, months, to finish a song and I am proud when the track, sometimes containing up to 50 instruments, gets completed.

Dead or alive, who would be your dream collaboration?

Four Tet, Aphex Twin, Flying Lotus
Working with Minus the Bear and Tennyson, I accomplished a dream.

What was the first album you bought?

First album I remember buying was Outkast’s – Aquemini…still such an amazing album. That album touched me at age 8 and still does at age 28.

What’s your favourite song at the moment?

Favorite song, at the moment, It’s Nice To Be Alive by Megyn

If you had to sell your music collection tomorrow, what album would you leave in your draw?

John Mayer, Heavier Things

What is your favourite saying?

What other hobbies or interests do you have?

Social Work, in the day time, producer at night, also long distance bicycling and lifting heavy weights and hurting my lower back lol

Do you have any tattoos or piercings?

piercings yes, tattoos nope

Tell us more about your upcoming project or this new project?

Can’t wait to release my new album although with the COVID-19 pandemic I have been forced to stop an upcoming tour, which was going to be my first. Also, during this time I feel like it’s best to just release some singles instead of an entire album. It’s a lot to digest and process and I will release it at a better time.

What’s in the pipeline after this project?

Tour! Shows! Friends! Art! More Collabs! More recording ! More fun! More creativity! More dancing!

Thank you for your time and may you carry on making great, fresh music.

Thank you to anyone who takes the time to listen and understand the strange arrangements and I hope that a piece of my heart and soul can be appreciated on a deep level. From my soul, to yours.
Sincerely and respectfully.