‘Whole hearted hymns’ | Interview with Adam Yas

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Mosquito and The Iron Bull is poetic, original and really passionate. It is part of the album Gender Of The Holy Spirit by Adam Yas. Read our interview with the artist below!

Describe your sound in 3 words

Whole hearted hymns.

Tell us a few things about Gender Of The Holy Spirit. What is the main idea behind it?

There’s a German word, hintergedanken – which is a thought or a truth we’ve buried in the back of our consciousness. Sometimes we don’t even realize it’s there. That was the idea behind the title and generally what I think the songs explore – our identity beneath the rubble. First we’re appalled by what we find, and then we celebrate it. The album was recorded during the pandemic and produced by Kayhan Golkar.

Mosquito and The Iron Bull is about self discovery. What is the purpose of self discovery? Self perfection?

No, more like self imperfection. Acknowledging and welcoming all the shoddy bits. I think understanding who we are under the avatar helps us better understand everyone else. With less judgment and more empathy. So it just makes us cooler to be around.

Which is the best Indie symphonic folk rock album ever written?

For me it’s either Sea Change by Beck or Return Of The Frog Queen by Jeremy Enigk. In terms of individual songs, “A Man Needs A Maid” by Neil Young would be the indie symphonic folk anthem.

How do you relate to the music scene of San Francisco?

I think the music scene has always been so diverse in the Bay Area – so in that regard I feel right at home. I’ve also worked with some incredible musicians here who have inspired me greatly. Many of them are on my record.

Adding to our previous question, what do you love/hate in San Francisco?

If you’re living in the Bay Area, you’re generally surrounded by relatively open minded people, which is comforting for me. People who believe in science and promote diversity, and new ideas.

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

It’d be nice if the brilliant people creating the music were compensated appropriately.

What isn’t a crime but should be?

Eating veal. And watching “Dance Moms”. One of which would make me a criminal.

Thank you!

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