House4DJ recently had the chance to catch up with electro house DJ and producer Eva Shaw, formerly known as Bambi, on her recent rebranding, releases, residencies, and more! Having caught her headlining gig at Marquee New York earlier this year, there was no question that the former model is a force to be reckoned with in the booth! After headlining residencies at some of the world’s biggest nightclubs and playing massive events like Ultra Music Festival for starters, we now get to see Eva Shaw’s first two track releases ever from over the last two months, one signed to Calvin Harris’ Fly Eye Records label and the other to the world-reknown Spinnin’ Records respectively! Read on for our interview with Eva Shaw and find out what’s in store for 2014!
House4DJ: We know you used to model under your real name Eva Shaw, so you used the nickname Bambi for your DJing career. What made you decide to start DJing under your real name?
Eva Shaw: I really just felt like it sounded better. Bambi sort of stuck unintentionally and I kept going with it, but when I started signing my music I felt it was a good time to make the change.
H4DJ: We’ve seen some pretty awesome photo shoots recently with the rebranding. Do you still model, or plan to in conjunction with the DJing?
Shaw: Thank you! I really love fashion and I am planning to continue doing photoshoots and advertisements but it’s just a little different now. I will do shoots I feel represent me and my brand. It’s a lot more fun to do now that it isn’t my job.
H4DJ: Congratulations on your first major release called Charizma on Fly Eye Records and the collaboration with Hard Rock Sofa called Get Down on Spinnin’! How does that feel?! How did that collab come about?
Shaw: It feels incredible! I found it difficult at first to let go of my work and let other people decide if they like it or not. That’s a really important part of doing anything creative for a living. I’m learning how to not get too attached with my work because it is hard to judge your own art. That’s also why it’s fun sometimes to do collabs – because you can bounce ideas off each other. It can be difficult as well because I tend to be more creative in general when I’m alone.
H4DJ: Are there any future collabs or upcoming original mixes you can tell us about?
Shaw: I work on ideas all the time on my laptop. I have been in the studio this week, trying to finish another solo. Thinking about a few collabs too…we will see! I usually have a few things going and then one just sticks out.
H4DJ: We know you have several residencies spread across the US (HQ in Atlantic City, NJ and Hakkasan in Las Vegas, NV). How has it been traveling? And how does the club scene differ across the US?
Shaw: Its nice having a residency because it becomes sort of like a family. Familiar faces are always nice, especially when you’re traveling a lot. Sometimes it gets tricky routing wise but I don’t mind flying. I don’t find a huge difference in cities except maybe Las Vegas. There you have a lot of casual club goers who aren’t necessarily there for the DJ so you never know what you are going to get. I notice that certain songs are huge in California and not so much on the east coast and vice versa. That’s always interesting to see. I think California has more VIP clubs as well so maybe a bit more commercial than somewhere like New York. But it really depends on the venue.
H4DJ: Are there any new residencies coming up in 2014?
Shaw: 2014 you will see me continue my residency at Hakkasan and HQ. Hakkasan I will be doing almost entirely headlining shows which I’m really excited about. I have also set a couple of gigs at Create in LA which is an awesome venue and I can’t wait for that. Other spots, I will keep doing shows at, like Webster Hall in NYC and the Pier shows, etc… also a few new spots I should be starting soon in 2014. I will post everything on my Facebook, Twitter and the Bandsintown app so be sure to follow those if you want updates.
H4DJ: What is one of the biggest challenges you’ve faced this year?
Shaw: This moment in my career I feel has been really important and I’ve found it challenging to make all the right choices. I feel that I’ve made a lot of advances this year and I will continue to take a slow and steady approach to everything I do.
H4DJ: Favorite track of 2013?
Shaw: That’s so difficult! I like a lot of genres of music. One of my favourite tracks to play in my DJ sets has been Slow Down by Showtek. I played it for the first time at Ultra in Miami last March and it really went off. I played it a lot after that. Pop music wise, I just love everything Drake is doing. I could really go on for days and get into a million different genres but I’ll leave it at that.
H4DJ: What else can we expect in 2014?
Shaw: 2014 for me will be just really establishing Eva Shaw and taking it to the next level. I’m going to be experimenting with my music a lot as well as seeing where I can take my career. I’m having such a great time and I can’t wait to see where it can grow.
H4DJ: Anything you’d like to say to fans and future followers?
Shaw: I read everything you guys write to me and take everything to heart. I appreciate every comment, every sign – the part about this whole thing that makes me really happy is watching you have fun at my shows and enjoying what I create. I won’t stop until you guys do … Thank you!
Eva Shaw and Hard Rock Sofa’s Get Down is out on Spinnin’ Records now! Get it here!
Also, check out her recent Fly Eye Mix available as a free download below! Stay tuned for more!
Eva Shaw’s Fly Eye Mix