, a Canadian composer for film and television, grew up in Toronto and received her ARCT diploma in classical music. At age 17 Sse was asked to join Rock-a-billy Chicago Blues-type band that her guy friends started. Evelyne soon discovered that there weren't many female keyboard players in performing bands.
Her name as a freelance keyboard player got around, and Datl toured the country playing in many bands and ensembles for several years. "I was invited to play with some award-winning high-profile artists in Canada," she says. "My career as a freelance player took off. It wasn't really something I was planning on doing, it just happened to me… and it was fun, really exciting, and often felt like a whirlwind."
Although she never felt like she was ready to do film music, Evelyne was presented with an opportunity when her friend, who was working on a documentary, suggested she compose the music for it. "This was in the 90s when four-track cassettes came out and that's what I was recording tracks on," she recounts. "By that time, I had an Atari computer, my keyboard, and recorded each track separately." Having had that first taste, Datl realized she enjoyed the process and it relieved her from having to be on the road.