A postman-turned-pop star said he had lived “a year of dreams” after a viral sea-singing video set him on the path to a new career as a singer.
Athan Evans has grown steadily since posting his version of Wellerman on TikTok on December 27 of last year, releasing several singles and performing at festivals across Europe.
He performed with Ant and Dec, won a Brit Award nomination, and the song became the top-selling single of the year in Germany, beating Ed Sheeran in second place.
Evans told the PA News Agency, “This whole year has been just a year of dreams, literally. It has been incredible.
“I’ve been to Germany, I’ve been to Austria, Switzerland, and I’ve never been to any of these places before.
“We’ve been to festivals and in these countries we’ve been to festivals in Scotland, festivals in England – and playing songs in front of people and they singing to you is just a dream come true. It’s just amazing.
“So everything that happened this year was just milestone after milestone that I never expected to achieve.”
Much of the success stems from his video Wellerman, in which he layers multiple audio tracks to sing all the harmonies of the song.
He already had tens of thousands of followers on TikTok for his videos, including a few sailors’ songs, which he produced after completing his mail delivery tour.
When he put Wellerman’s video on his page, he knew he had “a few followers who would appreciate it,” but he had no idea what was going to happen.
“It was maybe three or four days later when I realized it was growing really, very quickly, the views were just getting mental,” he said.
I really can’t believe I’m nominated for a BRIT!?!? .. earlier in 2021 I played the @BRIT and it was an absolute honor to be there, now being nominated is just a dream come true i can’t believe it! pic.twitter.com/HnsaL9PMwi
– Nathan Evans (@NathanEvanss) December 18, 2021
“And I was like, okay, something’s going on here.”
Soon after, the song was everywhere, with Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber layering his own instrumentation over Evans’s voice in his own TikTok video, and the stars of the ’90s boy group Gary Barlow and Ronan Keating producing their own version. .
In less than two weeks a remix had been made and was playing on national radio, and with managers and record companies in touch, Evans quit his job.
He said: “It could have easily gone two ways – it could have worked really well for me and put me here where I am now, with touring and writing tons of songs, and music is now my job. full-time. .
“But it could’ve easily gone, like, Wellerman and that’s it, it’s over, it’s over.”
“So I just wanted to make sure that I was always going to get the most out of it. “
His most recent release was a trio of festive covers, including Driving Home For Christmas and Auld Lang Syne, while he also released a single he wrote himself, Told You So.
And there should be more in 2022.
“I have a few singles in the works, waiting to be released early next year,” he said.
“And then, you never know, maybe an album by the end of next year.
“So that’s exciting. It’s super exciting.