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Coyote Eyes is the dark pop alter-ego of Jo Eubanks, a multi-disciplinary artist out of New York City. Her haunting vocals, jarring lyrics, and cinematic soundscapes are, like her, equally tragic and seductive.
To what do you accredit your sense of style?
I remember watching Baz Lurhman’s Romeo + Juliet as a young kid and being fascinated with the intersection of classical and contemporary. I was a total Shakespeare nerd and also a classical singer by age 11. By the time I saw Requiem for a Dream as a teenager, I was like, that – that is the kind of music I’m going to create one day. Classical and electronic and haunting all at once.
What are your greatest challenges as an artist, and what is your greatest attribute when it comes to your work ethic in the studio?
I think the greatest challenge as an independent artist is resources, for sure. It takes a lot to not only create a great piece of art but to get it out there. Label support is extremely helpful in that regard.
In regards to the studio, I tend to surprise people sometimes. I’m very sweet and come across as such. But when I’m in the studio, it’s all business, no-nonsense. I’m not the kind of artist you’ll find partying or messing around – when you’re in a room with me, we’re working.
What musical influences did you listen to growing up that helped to mold you into the artist you are today?
90s grunge and alternative were huge for me — Garbage, The Cranberries, Alanis, Nirvana, Sneaker Pimps. I was also a big fan of Clint Mansell, Nellee Hooper, Atticus Ross, and other film composers.
Today’s music seems to be about collaborations with the “hottest” artist out. Who would you want to work with on a project? And why?
Featuring on another artist’s track has definitely launched some incredible careers, and it’s one of my personal goals for 2020. You know, I’d obviously love to work FINNEAS, The Chainsmokers, and Lost Kings. This will come as a surprise but I’d also love to work with Machine Gun Kelly.
I also think who’s behind the music is just as important and who’s on the track. I’m dying to write with Justin Parker or Joel Little. They’re behind some of the greatest songs out there and I think it’s every artist’s dream to be in a room with them.
What image do you think your music conveys and why did you choose this type of image for your music?
Authenticity, vulnerability, power, and grace. Do you remember those optical illusion posters they used to have? Where it just looks like a geometric print, but if you soft focus you can see a hidden image? I think my music is a lot like that: it’s universal but has a very specific message that not everyone will – or needs – to see.
One of my songs, Monster, is about sexual assault, but I’m not sure the listener would pick up on that unless they a survivor themselves. A few weeks ago, a woman came up to me after a show and thanked me for telling her story. It was honestly one of the greatest moments of my career. All that said, I hope my music portrays something real – I want my fans to own what makes them unique and stay true to themselves.
What suggestions do you have for other artists like yourself?
The day you stop trying to mold yourself to the industry is the day you come into alignment with your true path. Keep writing. Every little idea counts. Even if it’s two words or two chords, keep it. They’ve come to you for a reason. Don’t be afraid to start over. And most importantly, *ask for what you want*.
What is your ultimate goal at the end of your career?
I have big, big dreams. I don’t pretend to. I want the kind of success that will give me the ability to help other artists. I’d love to be able to mentor and open doors for young female artists one day.
Is there anyone you would like to thank?
Yes! No one ever asks this and I’m so glad you did. My vocal coach, Tessa Lang, has been such an important part of my journey. I’ve been with her for 10 years. And of course, my family is so important to me.
How can potential fans find you?
Instagram is the best way to keep up with me. I’m @iamcoyoteeyes
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