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Jared Evan grew up playing the drums, hoping for the chance to one day become the next Keith Moon. However, with his introduction into the world of Hip Hop during his early teen years he could not help but have his musical aspirations redirected. Jared’s early years were filled with difficult personal issues and Hip Hop provided a fresh outlet as well as a new layer to his musical taste. Jared became heavily influenced by older seminal Hip Hop artists such as the Wu Tang Clan, Mos Def, The Roots, Kool G Rap, Tribe, KRS One, Pete Rock, DJ Premier and others. Jared soon began to fuse his new passion with his old. Taking musical cues from his rock influences such as Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Radiohead, Sublime, The Who and others.
Jared began to produce, sing and rhyme over new genre blending beats while introducing heavily melodic hooks to create classic sounding songs with groundbreaking undertones. Soon, others began to take notice. In 2008 at the age of 19, Jared won the Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival’s Spit 16 competition curated by The Source Magazine. Jared was invited to open the festival and his performance immediately caught the attention of attendees, MC’s and the press. Matt Graham (now his manager) formally of The FADER magazine and now owner of BRND MGMT was one of those attendees. Off of the strength of his performance, Jared was invited to perform several shows including an opening gig for Lupe Fiasco in the fall of 2008.
At that point Jared returned to the studio to begin to hone his sound and complete his mixtape entitled “Radio In My Head”. Upon completion of the first draft of the mixtape, Graham put it in the hands of his friend and Hip Hop superstar director, Rik Cordero. Rik said this about Jared after hearing the mixtape “Jared meshes hip hop lyrics, electronic and post punk influences with classic rock to create a truly unique sound.” Rik and Jared immediately began to create visually stunning music videos to compliment Jared’s provocative sound (one of which entitled "Frozen" can be found below). These videos were then circulated to the top music executives and within weeks Jared had several major label offers.
In June of 2009, Jared decided to sign with Zone 4/Interscope. With the support of industry giants like Jimmy Iovine, Polow Da Don, Rik Cordero, Steve-O, Matt Graham and Jimmy Douglass, it appears that at only 21 years old, Jared Evan will undoubtedly be one of 2010’s most talked about artists.
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