Artist Spotlight: Yishay

In our next band spotlight, we chat to Yishay about his music and inspirations. S] What inspires your sound – think specific people and places? I grew up in the […]

In our next band spotlight, we chat to Yishay about his music and inspirations.

Yishay

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S] What inspires your sound – think specific people and places?

I grew up in the middle of nowhere North Dakota. Our governor once tried to sell an interviewer on my home state by saying it’s a “good place to get lost mentally.” I think that’s a terrible sales pitch but an accurate one. The long winters and isolation really change a person. Now, I live in the most opposite place possible: South Central LA. Noise, graffiti, rampant homelessness, trash, crack, and cockroaches. The grit of my new environment really comes out in the songs of Trinity Tapes II. I think the lyricism reflects my upbringing with the sound representing the present.

S] If you could come up with a Frankenstein’s monster for the sound – the head of The Cure, the arms of Smashing Pumpkins and the balls of The Prodigy, what would it be?

RadioHEAD, the biceps flex of Yeezus, and the balls of Fear Before The March Of Flames.

S] Talk us through ‘Night Games’ and what that track means to you?

Night Games is about how the rules of day don’t apply. It’s a whole different world in which another side of people comes out. Certain truths are clearly seen in the dark.

S] What’s been a career highlight for you? 

I would say my career highlight is my life highlight. Living without compromise, true to myself, doing what I want to do every single day.

S] What are your goals for this year?

I’m trying to play my first show by the end of 2016. I’m working on all the live visuals myself. I have to do the work of 20 people but when it all comes together it’s going to hit hard.

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