About to Pop: Evan Taubenfeld

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Evan Taubenfeld
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Who: Evan Taubenfeld
Album: 'Welcome to the Blacklist Club'
Video: 'Boy Meets Girl'
Hails From: Baltimore
For Fans of: Avril Lavigne and Butch Walker
Why He's About to Pop: Evan Taubenfeld declined an offer to study at Berklee College of Music, joined Avril Lavigne as lead guitarist on her road to success and is now set to find stardom on his own. The singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist recently visited the PopEater office to introduce himself, play a few tunes and show why his gregarious personality and catchy pop songs are already a hit with his crew of devoted fans, whom he considers to be family. "It's so hard to sing this early in the morning," Taubenfeld joked as he joined the staff around two o'clock in the afternoon. "Subtract six hours for musicians."
Taubenfeld, who's prepping to release his debut solo album, performed an acoustic version of his first single, 'Boy Meets Girl.' The song marries the line between straight-up love song and classic pop-rock anthem. Initially written in California, with pal and co-songwriter Bleu, Taubenfeld wanted to really personalize the lyrics to make it his own, and broke down the song for PopEater, as he compared his current version to the original. "I kind of called Bleu, and said, 'Hey bro, it's mine now!' I just made that song exponentially better."
Later, Taubenfeld got more personal, playing a stripped down 'Story of Me and You.' "It's kind of a love song," Taubenfeld said. "I broke up with my girlfriend. It's a good breakup song." Heartbreak aside, Taubenfeld's energy showed that he is more than thrilled, if a little nervous, about his solo project. Luckily, he'll get a little help from his friends along the way. Talking about his ties with Lavigne, Taubenfeld revealed that one of her songs actually made its way into the track, 'Evan Way.' The line "it's so beautiful it makes you want to cry," from Lavigne's song 'Innocence,' is also in his song, and is sung by Lavigne on his record.
Will Taubenfeld and Lavigne reunite on the road again as his career takes off? "It's something we've tried to do -- it's there when both of us can make it work," Taubenfeld said, adding that they both have very busy schedules, and that she's not quite up for touring to the extent that he is at the moment. "That's my job now. Passing the torch." While Taubenfeld's not on tour yet, you can check out the songs 'Boy Meets Girl' and 'Cheater of the Year' off of the album 'Wecome to the Blacklist Club,' due this summer.
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Six Questions With Evan Taubenfeld:
What was the first time you heard your song on the radio like?
I'd love to say I acted all cool and relaxed, but the truth is I flipped out. I was sitting in the car with the radio promotions rep from Reprise, and I just started yelling. It's funny -- I had been waiting for the moment my entire life, but it was better than anything I've ever experienced.
You seem to stay very connected with your fans. What's the craziest thing a fan has ever done?
I actually don't like the concept of fans; to me they're all friends and family. Some of the most supportive and devoted family members we've got have definitely taken things pretty far. Nothing insane, but I played a small show at a club in Baltimore without promoting it, and a bunch of people came from Japan, Korea, France and Hong Kong. That was kinda intense. I wanted to pay them back for their flights.
What is one of your favorite memories from all the time you spent working with Avril Lavigne?
It's so hard to choose "favorite" memories from that time period in my life. The whole thing was such an amazing experience and almost every day was a surreal dream come true. That being said, 'Metallica Icon' -- where we covered 'Fuel' in front of Metallica-- was pretty awesome. Also, playing 'Iris' on stage with Johnny Rzeznik (Goo Goo Dolls) was awesome. I had sat in my parents' basement playing that song along with the records, and to be on stage with him playing only a few years later was insane.
You said you became obsessed with a well-written pop song at a young age. What would you say are some of the best pop songs of all time?
'Let It Be' (the Beatles), 'Don't Stand So Close to Me' (the Police), 'The Sign' (Ace of Base), 'Cry Me a River' (Justin Timberlake), 'Motownphilly' (Boyz II Men), 'Since You've Been Gone' (Kelly Clarkson), 'Toxic' (Britney Spears), 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' (Nirvana).
Is your songwriting inspired by real-life events, and do you ever find it hard to play certain songs that are particularly close to you?
Anything I'm writing and performing as an artist is definitely going to be inspired by my life or things around me. It's never hard for me to perform songs that are really personal, but talking about them can be tough.
Are you nervous about what kind of reception your solo album will receive?
I'm scared out of my mind, but I feel really good about it. So, I'm nervously excited.
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Evan Taubenfeld Visits PopEater

    Evan Taubenfeld visits our New York office on April 21, 2009.

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    Evan Taubenfeld visits our New York office on April 21, 2009.

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    Evan Taubenfeld visits our New York office on April 21, 2009.

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    Evan Taubenfeld visits our New York office on April 21, 2009.

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    Evan Taubenfeld visits our New York office on April 21, 2009.

    Fredy Perojo, AOL Music

    Evan Taubenfeld visits our New York office on April 21, 2009.

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    Evan Taubenfeld visits our New York office on April 21, 2009.

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