Bass music’s man of a thousand faces HERVÉ is ready to tear things up with his upcoming EP, “Zombies.” The four-pack includes the original and two remixes from Franzy Scanner, another member of the CHEAP THRILLSfamily. The fouth cut, “Hot! Drum Attack” is an assult of kuduro-influenced rhythms and squelching electro. In all honesty though, it sounds like another version of the title track from the release. Does it matter? No. Why? It’s simple really – you feel like turning yourself into a sweaty mess and this is just the single to do it.
When word came down that YACHT were on tour, I was pretty excited at the chance that they might come to Winnipeg. It only made sense then that MIKE B from BETTER SWIMMERS and PLANET SHHH was partly responsible for bringing the band to town. A few weeks before the show it was announced that YACHT was touring with a full band, The Straight Gaze. Given the background behind YACHT and the name of touring band I knew this show was one not to miss.
I was right.
Although you can’t really tell from many of the pages on this site, YACHT symbolizes the direction I hope dance music to take. The show was amazing in that it showcased everything that YACHT is – a truly artistic endeavour combining music and performance through space and time. The previous statement sounds pompous and vacant, so bare with me.
Talking to Jona Bechtolt and Claire Evans before the show was an experience. Both of them were bright, conscientious, and generous in what they said. In other words, they had something to offer. The tour is proof of that.
“We consider YACHT to be somewhat of an evolutionary entity,” says Jona, who quantifies himself as one-half of the thing that is YACHT, “and if it doesn’t change every six months very drastically it will die,” explaining the incarnation of The Straight Gaze for this tour.
“We travel so much and we play so many shows that it’s difficult for us to feel 100 per cent as thought what we’re doing is completely authentic if we’re doing it for too long because it ends up feeling repetitive to us,” says Clarie. “We do change things constantly and we do a lot of re-arranging and remixing and changing video and changing the order of things and changing the way we present things and adding songs but there’s only so much you can do before you begin to feel like what you’re doing is no longer 100 per cent vital and fresh and scary because if it doesn’t scare you then it doesn’t feel as though it’s a real experience.”
Since Jona started YACHT he estimates that he’s done over 1000 shows. YACHT has done over 200 shows each year since 2007 so ultimately, that means there’s been a lot of change.
“I can’t even imagine where we’re going to be in two years because what we are now is unrecognizable from where YACHT was two years ago,” says Claire.
“Whatever it changes into will have the same underlying spirit to it but I don’t think it’ll be that similar,” says Jona.
Before the interview I was chatting with Mike B, who told me about some of the strange things on their rider. Among them was a very specific scented candle. Claire mentions that these things are anchors for them – a few things to keep constant when they don’t really have a place to call home.
Being on the road so much Jona admits he likes to find ways to make things easier or what he calls “the hacks of human travel.” Both Claire and Jona have become experts at time management too. They’re able to write and edit songs and video anywhere – on couches, on planes, during sound check, in cold dark corners, and so on. The last album wasn’t written this way however. It was all done in one location in the far west Texas desert over three months. “It was all inspired by, for, to, and about the Marfa Mystery Lights,” says Jona, which is an optical, paranormal, phenomenon that’s been happening every night since the beginning of time as far as people know.
“The thing that appealed to us most about the mystery lights was because it reminded us about before computers and before medicine and before astronomy and science and everything that we take for granted, most things were perceived to be capricious acts of god, or fate or mystery or unknowable. That’s where most of the human artistic tradition comes from,” says Claire. “It’s trying to understand something that’s so profoundly beyond your understanding and we try to focus on that kind of warm human energy.”
Their influences are mostly non musical. They find inspiration in poetry and other writing, but mostly they say that YACHT comes from visual art and even though they admit they take things, theories mostly, apart, and reconstruct them in their own way - don’t call them postmodernists.
“Postmodernism is probably the most profoundly abstract gesture that the human intellect has ever come up with but at the same time it’s made it very difficult to make art,” says Claire. “It’s really hard to overcome that and to be able to make something that’s authentic without being crippled by this postmodern intellectual guilt.”
The band is still on a massive tour. They just finished a stint running across Canada and the US with a major stop for SXSW. If you haven’t seen them, make sure this show gets top priority.
It occurred to me on Friday that THE SHAKE has been running for four years now. I can’t believe LOTEK and I have spent nearly every Friday night together in the KICK FM studio since. We started playing mostly mashups and bootlegs but have run the gamut of dance music’s vast reach. (I’m proud to say though, we still haven’t played any trance! Ha!)
Here are the tunes from this week. The show is always spontaneous and as you’ll see below, the setlist reflects that. In other words, it’s a bit all over the place but for the most part, it’s all music that’s come to Manalogue. It’s also a cheeky way to to a massive post of material…
Joker has defined the colourful synth-led melodic style within dubstep that’s become known as ‘Purple w0w’. ‘Tron’ is his biggest tune yet. No MP3s for our lovely readers, but I suggest boppin’ over to Kapsize to win, and if you don’t win then pony up some cash!
Just a quick one because I am feeling in a dubby mood. NONEWYORKdropped us a few tunes to get your knees wobblin’. If you like these tunes check out their releases on HOT N HEAVY’s BAY AREA BASS VOL.1Listen to the promo mix and bump the RUSKO refix and Dexter inspired original.
Here’s something a bit different because our friends at SONY have something for you.
SADE‘s new record dropped last month but for the collectors out there, “Soldier of Love” will be released on vinyl March 23. We have a copy to give away, so if you want it, let us know how much in an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The winning entry will get a copy shipped right to your door. Make sure to give us your address though.