Eva “Diva” Andersen has performed twice in the current season of Amateur Night at the Apollo. She recently competed in the online segment of the show, the Remix Round, and won a chance to compete again in the Show Off round of competition. She returns for redemption tonight, June 12, and took a moment to chat about her musical life with Digital Correspondent Kersten Stevens:
Kersten: The last two times you’ve stepped onto the Apollo Theater stage you’ve worn an amazing gold glitter dress… what will you wear tonight?
Eva: OMG! I actually went online and found an amazing, floor length red dress, covered in sparkles. It has a slit up the leg, too! I just thought - I’ve performed at the Apollo twice, I’ve won my way back onto the stage - its time to go big or go home, you know? And honestly, there’s a 5 year old girl inside of me who's excited that I have a reason to wear a dress like this!
Kersten: Nuff said! I absolutely understand! Is the dress part of your strategy going into tonight’s performance or is it just for fun?
Eva: Actually, I was chatting with my friend about the same thing. I asked her, “If I wear this dress, what would be your impression of me as a performer?” She answered, “I would think you were either really really good or really really bad.” We laughed about that, but in all reality, that means that when I walk on stage tonight, I have to kill it… or I have to kill it!! Those are my only two options.
Kersten: It is certainly an accomplishment to have won a chance for redemption in Amateur Night. What was your strategy for winning the Remix Round?
Eva: At first, I was really down in my spirits about not placing in the Show Off round. Two days after the show, I was talking to my dad when I was like, wait a minute… Why the heck couldn’t I just squeeze out one more week of energy, just one more week of intensity and see where I end up?
Kersten: Intensity to prepare for your performance… and intensity to compete in the remix round?
Eva: Yes, absolutely. I put a lot of energy into preparing for my first Amateur Night performance, and the Remix Round was a lot of work as well. I am lucky to have a really great online fanbase. I spent at least an hour on it every day, sending emails, Facebook messages and tweets. It was quite a job.
Kersten: Did you do anything unique to get the word out?
Eva: Actually, I called the radio station where I used to intern back in Iowa, wz122.9 kzia.com, and they announced my Remix Round campaign over the air! It was really great for them to do that for me. I learned that the people you love are happy for you, and are happy to help you out and share their love. And as a result.. I won the Remix Round!
Kersten: It certainly takes a village! What do you do when you aren’t wearing glittery dresses and playing your sax?
Eva: Well, just last week, I premiered My Sax Life is All Focked Up, a sketch comedy about my musical life living in a nunnery.
Kersten: Pause… You live in a nunnery?
Eva: (Laughs out loud). Yes! l live in a nunnery. The rent is great, I don’t have to see the nuns and I don’t have to be overly religious. I pay my rent by being musical… and...in fact... I’m in the practice room right now, and someone wants to say hello! (She begins playing a few notes from her saxophone, and it makes us both laugh). I just love being a character on stage and I love the saxophone.
Kersten: Your efforts have certainly earned you a spot on the stage tonight, and we wish you all the best!
Eva: Aww, thanks so much! I am so excited!