‘Warm, analogue, raw’ | Interview with Yokada

Yokada’s every impossible revolution features blistering fast piano melodies, a super tight rhythm section and a truly refreshing taste of minimalism. Simply outstanding. 

Read our discussion with the Sweden based artist below!

Describe your sound in 3 words

Warm, analogue, raw

Your music is beautifully tense. Where do you find your creative headspace these days?

Ideas usually comes to me during long walks, visiting new places, reading novels, doing yoga and meditating.

What do you consider the biggest challenge in being in a piano trio?

Instrument balance is one challenge: I love when it’s possible to play piano trio acoustic, without any amplification. But it requires a lot of dynamic control from everyone.

Favourite pianist? Also favourite album of the past year?

Ouff, ”pianist” and ”album” – in singular?! So, from the top of my head, I’d want to mention pianist Lowell Davidson, I adore his album on ESP-Disk, which I also think is so extremely underrated. Few of my colleagues had even heard about it! Regarding favorite album of 2021 … it came out so much good stuff, but if I should mention one it’d be ”Hey what” by one of my favorite bands, LOW.

Jazz music as a genre has been accused as music for snobs. Is jazz music elitist?

I suggest trying to listen to all kinds of music with as open ears as possible.

Should music as a form of art always challenge the listener?

Depends on of one defines challenge, I guess. I think all of us have our comfort music as well, even if it can be harsh noise. Regarding listening modes, me personally I’m fond of both deep listening and shallow listening, I think both ways can provide different but rewarding experiences.

If every impossible revolution was a film, which film would that be?

One of the audio engineers at the session said, after the take: ”It was like entering a concert in the midst of it, when then band has already built up energy”, and I kind of agree. So, the film would be one without much build-up, more with a intensity from the start that just keeps on going, frenetically… the first one I come to think of is ”Irreversible”, but for sure every impossible revolution doesn’t go backwards…
The song title is actually taken from a Margurite Duras-film, whose name I can’t recall right now. Anyway, ”every impossible revolution” was Duras’ answer on the question of what she believed in, if I remember it correctly.

Do we need a revolution? And what could cause one?

I recently read an interview with the Swedish, fantastic poet Johan Jönsson, and speaking about politics and hope, he said that what’s needed is perhaps not so much about hope, but to keep the political fantasy/visions alive. Even though most revolutions so far has ended in not so good places, I do think it’s crucial that we continue to believe in change, and keep the dream alive about a society free from capitalism, egocentrism, mass consumerism, and all sorts of destructive and violent behavior …

Thank you!

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