YEEK Interview #17
Could you introduce yourself?
My name is Sebastian, but when I create stuff people call me YEEK.
What’s the story behind the name YEEK?
When I was younger I did graffiti & that was the name I used to write around town. The cops in my hometown hated me so I kept the name just to piss them off hahaha… Just kidding. The name is very personal to me. As I got older, more mature & blah blah blah, YEEK became the name that represented anything I ever did creatively. I evolved & so did the meaning of the name.
What attracted you to music as your medium of choice, how did it all start?
Hmm, good question. Well when you grow up in a family like mine, you are exposed to an amazingly large variety of music. My dad listened to a lot of Earth, Wind & Fire, Steely Dan, The Bee Gees & this band called VST & Co. (which was basically the Filipino version of the Bee Gees haha). My eldest brother listened to everything from The Smiths to ummm… Liz Phair; he also got me into a lot of Hip-Hop & Punk. With all of this music being exposed to me at such a young age, I naturally started picking up a few instruments & making my own songs. In High School, I used to drum in a few Hardcore/Punk bands but also got into making beats at the same time. How I started making the type of music I make now is a mystery to me.
My friends: Kyeii, Foreign Features, Kid Zordon, Soft Glas, Dothamvth, SOLBOI, and the list goes on. My friends that make music have the biggest influence on me. Oh! Nat King Cole & Frank Sinatra too.
How have you grown since you started making music?
My songs used to be really simple. Not that simple is a bad thing, it’s just that I feel like I’ve gotten a lot better at adding more detail to my work.
Is there any genres you’d like to experiment with in the future?
I’m always experimenting with genres so who knows? Anything can happen!
Who are some of your favorite Soundcloud artists?
As of late, artists such as Side C, UV boi & SALES have been really catching my ear lately. Cant say that I’ve found as many good rappers as I have with producers & bands though.. Sorry, rappers.
How would you explain your style?
Hmmm… A little bit of this, a little bit of that. I guess if I were to explain it in one word: Animated
How important is image to you?
To me, image plays a semi-big role in representing who I am as a person. So on a scale of 1-10, I’d say 7.5.
Could you give us a hint on what direction you plan to go with your music in 2014, any projects you have up and coming?
Not even I have a clue. I usually do things on impulse to be completely honest. It kinda scares me. Maybe you’ll hear a disco album from me this year.
What makes you happy?
Drinking water & bike rides under the trees during sunset hours. My favorite.
Any closing comments?
Thank you to every single person who has listened, supported & showed love to YEEK. Thank you so much ……………………….Shouts to Khaena.
Interviewed by POI