Orange Fish | Interview with YASHA

  • Describe your sound in three words

Intimate, introspective, naked

  • Was ‘Orange fish’ a bad dream??

Yes and no. The first part where I was swimming with the orange fish underwater was definitely a beautiful part of the dream. I could breathe underwater and I felt loved, but then after she disappeared everything around me started to get colder and it became harder to breathe. The dream then started to take a much darker turn.

  • What is the worst nightmare you have ever had?

Once I had a dream that I lived in a country being ruled by Fascist teddy bears and I was in charge of a resistance group fighting against them. But in this dream, we lost and they sent us to concentration camps. That was pretty hardcore hahaha.

  • What is the difference between the Czech Republic and Germany in relation to their music scenes?

Germany definitely has a much bigger alternative scene compared to the Czech Republic. For example, Berlin is a very musical city full of amazingly talented musicians but sometimes it can be a little bit demotivating because the competition is huge. On the other hand, the Czech Republic, mainly Prague, has an amazing scene as well. It’s very small but that’s what I like about it because you know everyone there. They are friends and they help each other.

  • How was your collaboration with Amelie Siba? What would be your dream collaboration?

Amazing! Amelie, for me, is one of the best singer-songwriters in the Czech Republic right now and as soon as I had the demo, I knew she would be perfect for it. I sent her the song and told her about the dream and said that I wanted her to sing from the point of view of the Orange Fish. She said she loved the idea and that she was interested in portraying the Orange Fish as a girl who’s experiencing a lot of pressure in a relationship. She mentioned that in her past relationships it was always her that ended up breaking it off because the other side never realised how much pressure they put her under.
After that, a good friend, Nero Scartch, who also co-produced the song, and I recorded Amelie’s part at Gaw studios in Prague. The whole session was amazing and we had a great time there. I would definitely love to collaborate more with her in the future.
Dream collaboration would be Michal Tučný, that’s for sure. He’s like a Czech Mac DeMarco / Paul Simon. (RIP).

  • What is your favorite album of the past year?

Definitely Ghosteen by Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds.
I remember when it came out I was like, “ok I expected more.” But then I gave it a second chance and it was worth it! The whole album is just beautiful and every time I listen to it I feel inspired, I feel alive and it gives me a sense of hope.

  • If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?

More mainstream trap music and subliminal ads. No just kidding.
I would love to change the notion that everything is about money and success. I feel as though the the mainstream music industry is trying to sell me the idea that if I work hard, get paid and buy stuff then I would be happy. But in reality, when I take look around, it’s not like that. Almost everyone around me is depressed and they feel like they don’t know what to do with their lives. I would love to change this. I believe that life is not a race and it’s ok not to know exactly what direction you want to take in life. It’s ok not to be perfect. If you don’t look like an Instagram model it doesn’t mean that you are not perfect. In my opinion, our imperfections make us perfect and that’s what I would love to see more in the industry.

  • What was the best film you have watched during the quarantine?

Oh, that’s soooo hard! I have seen so many good movies, for example, Victoria or The Truman Show. But if I have to pick one it would be Fight Club. I love that movie so much.

  • One last thing we should know about you?

I am looking for a sick drummer if you know about anyone in Berlin just hit me up and also don’t forget to check my latest single Orange Fish feat Amelie Siba.

  • Thank you!

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