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DFM:Where are you from?
YEO:Melbourne Australia, via Brisbane & Geelong

DFM:What made you decide to get into the music industry?
YEO:Hearing my own song on national radio for the first time when I was 19 years old. It gave me the confidence to pursue art.

DFM:Who are your musical influences?
YEO:These change all the time. Recently I have been listening to Jono McCleery, Mr Carmack, Talk Talk, Ainslie Wills, and Johnny Jewel’s mix tapes.

DFM:How would you define your music?
YEO:My music is a thick sandwich, made of cinematic slow bangers and emotive party anthems, spiced with heartland values. Each layer is full of detail. Every bite is bathed, like the American sandwich eater’s practice, in an edge-driven production dipping sauce.

DFM:What inspires you when you’re creating music?
YEO:The foremost inspiration for me is hardship and the effect it has on the human condition. All these feelings, positive or negative, are various, numerous, and still so distinct. Distilling them is fun and cathartic, whether the story belongs to you, a friend, or someone you’ve read about in the newspaper. This, and plain old-fashioned nostalgia.

DFM:What do you think your listeners will get out of your music?
YEO:When they finish eating the sandwich described above, I would hope the patron understands that the sole purpose of all the described elements is to deliver a song that they can sympathise with. Alternatively, I’d be equally happy if they don’t think about it too much and just have a good time.

DFM:How do you separate yourself from other artists of your genre?
YEO:I guess the fact that I rarely stick to a single genre. I like to make what I enjoy, and I enjoy a diverse cross-section of genres and artistry. I focus on the song before anything else. Put me on stage for 45 minutes with an acoustic guitar and I will sing you folk songs. Give me a drum-machine instead and I’ll do my best to make you dance.

DFM:What would be your dream collaboration with any artist or producer? And Why?
YEO:I’d love Blake Mills to produce an album of my songs. Not only is he a musical gun, his studio work is the perfect balance of raw and polish. And he has taste beyond my wildest dreams. My biggest challenge is not crowding my work with my own indulgence. He seems to do it effortlessly, and I could learn so much from that.

DFM:What is the most difficult thing you had to endure in the music industry?
YEO:I’m still dealing with it now – the realisation that it is an industry, so it’s driven by money.

DFM:So, what are your thoughts on the current state of the music industry?
YEO:People who have power don’t care enough about art to make the right decisions, which is why I do my utmost to ignore the entire industry.

DFM:What do you hope to accomplish throughout your career?
YEO:Make good art and enjoy the shit out of it; the process and the rewards.

DFM:What projects are you currently working on?
YEO:At work, I’m currently producing voiceovers in Chinese, Arabic, Korean and Vietnamese for an informative video about domestic violence. Other than that, I’m wrapping up my time in my two other projects, one called Coach Bombay and another called Big Smoke. These guys are my best friends, and it’s sad to say adieu, but that won’t be forever. Other than that, we’re preparing for our trip to Canada and the US, in addition to the consequent Australian tour after.

Find Out More About This Artist Here: www.yeo-yeo.com
Twitter: @SnacksWithYeo
InstaGram: @SnackswithYeo
Facebook: Facebook.com/yeoyeoyeoyeo

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