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Wednesday, 24 December, 2008 1:13 AM
SPOTLIGHT: Evan Gerish, slam poetry artist from Northville, Mich.
Photo courtesy of Evan Gerish's facebook
From left to right: professional poet Jon Good, slam poetry artist Evan Gerish and former slam poetry champion Angelo Geter.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Though a freshman at Winthrop University, 19-year-old Evan Gerish is already making a name for himself in the world of slam poetry. "Lots of people can relate to it," he said, "because it's very, very real and people said I write about things that everybody thinks and feels but nobody is able to put into words."
On a track scholarship at the Division One Winthrop, Evan won its slam poetry contest back in October, which makes him eligible for the regional, which will be in mid-February 2009; location is unknown. He has been published by the Johnsonian Newspaper in South Carolina and Michigan's very own Northville Record.
Influenced by Lupe Fiasco, Eminem and Jason Mraz, Evan is now branching into hip-hop which, according to him, is similar to slam poetry. "The way I can deliver my poetry," he commented, "is already very hip-hop/rap style and it sounds good. So, I thought, 'Why not branch out?' It's almost like I'm already rapping. It has its own beat. So, if you put music like that, you can find a beat."
The Northville-born young man criticized on how the hip-hop genre is now about gangs, drugs and degrading women rather than of having social and political commentaries on the words. "Hip-hop has become all about your money, your cars, your women," he commented. "It's very rare now all days to find lyricists that's all about the word and the message they're getting across. I want to bring back beats; intense, poetic lyricism. I want to see to go back to realism, back to expression. It's much more rare to find someone who has the words. Music has become a disaster."
Evan is in the process of making his first album of his own with the proposed title called "E" and plans to release it next fall. So far, he has written dozens of songs, but the album will possibly have nine to 10 tracks. Just matter of time of finding the time to do it and have the right music on it, he responded. Once the album is complete, he's going to promote it in the Charlotte area, then in southeast Michigan, and record companies across the United States.
"My style is not just hip-hop," Evan goes on, "I want to start my own genre called acoustic hip-hop. It would be an acoustic guitar. It'd be much easier to listen to."
In his free time, Evan's interests include catching up with his friends, going to the movies and spending time with his family. He even plans to teach English poetry at a high school level (Evan majors in English and minors in creative writing at Winthrop) yet still continuing to do music.
"If I can catch a break," he stated, "that's great. If not, then I'm going to write and I'm going to perform [still]."
You may contact Evan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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