You can’t travel right now, so Sally and Erica have been taking you around the world (in an undetermined amount of days).
For the Greek portion of this evening, they were joined by ‘Further Than The Planes Fly’ singer-songwriter Eves Karydas.
Hannah Evyenia Karydas grew up in North Queensland with her big Greek family all around. “I grew up in Cairns with lots of cousins, used to go to the Greek church, got so many presents at Christmas and birthdays, and had a very superstitious yia-yia.”
When she first started making music, Eves went under the name Eves The Behavior – but a couple of years ago she made the call to change up the back half. “Obviously Karydas is my surname. Eves comes from my middle name, it’s actually a Greek family name Evyenia.”
“I just wanted to connect with myself a little more.”
“I think the direction I’ve taken…the music is a lot more confessional and up front, so I didn’t want to hide behind a moniker.” (Fun fact: Karydas in Greek translates to ‘walnut’. Shout out to the Greek walnut cake, Karidopita).
Both Hannah’s grandparents grew up in Greece during WW2 before emigrating to Australia. Her pappou began working as a cane farmer once he came over and that’s where he met her yia-yia.
“He’s the grandfather that I refer to in ‘Complicated’ but he passed away last year,” she explains. “He served in the Greek military and his upbringing and his childhood was just so – – well, complicated, I guess.”
“When he passed away it gave me a bit of a perspective check. I was like, why am I complaining about things? He emigrated across the world by boat when he was my age and was so brave.”
Her extended family are from an island off Greece called Samos. “It’s famous because Pythagoras [of Theorem fame] is from there.”
“It’s so beautiful! My family live right on the beach and their job is to rent beach umbrellas to tourists and sell ice cream.”
If you do find yourself going to Greece some time in the who knows how distant future, Hannah’s top tip is: “Don’t go to Mykonos.”
“Mykonos is great if you want to spend $8 for a bottle of water. Go to another island. Go to Athens. It’s just so much more authentic and there’s no crazy rich people who get in the way. Or go to Samos! Boost the tourism industry!”
Watch Eves share the story behind how her first love inspired ‘Further Than The Planes Fly’: