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INTERVIEW: Indie Rock Artist Eddy Yang

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Eddy Yang Promo 1Los Angeles-based indie rock artist Eddy Yang is starting to be known for “his unique and exciting rock sound consisting of energetic guitar riffs over electronic beats.” Yang primarily creates within the genre of rock music but his production style incorporates a modern pop music sound. Recently, Eddy spoke to SoCalMusicToday about how he became a singer/songwriter and how the Black Lives Matter movement opened up the possibilities for someone being of Asian-American descent to make it in the music industry, writing songs and the inspiration for them, who he would open for on tour and much more.

When did you become a singer/songwriter and how/when did you know you wanted to do that?

When I was young, I always loved music and would try to record my favorite songs from the radio onto cassette tapes so that I could make my own mixtapes. In middle school, I got my first guitar and started learning how to play songs using online tabs. In college, I started writing my own songs, never expecting anything to come from it. As an Asian American, I didn’t think I would have much of a chance of making it in the music industry. However, in late 2014, the Black Lives Matter movement started to pick up steam due to the Ferguson protests; I had a sudden realization that sometimes you have to go after what you believe in, even if it seems like success is unlikely. At that moment, I started writing more seriously and started learning how to record my own music.

Do you come from a musical family?

Not necessarily. My parents aren’t very musical, but my sisters played clarinet and cello. I played saxophone from elementary school through high school while playing guitar at home.

You write all of your own music; where do you draw inspiration from when you write songs and what’s your favorite part about the process?

I’m inspired by the world around me and music in general. I try to capture certain feelings and moments in time. I would say that most of my music has a sort of impressionistic quality. My favorite part of the writing process is when things click and come together. For example, I love when a certain melody, chord progression, or lyric suddenly hits me out of nowhere. It’s like those “lightning in a bottle” moments. I think songwriters live for that moment.

You’ve released one single. Do you plan on releasing an EP or album anytime soon?

Yes, I plan on releasing more songs and eventually, an EP. I would like to release the EP on a label and I am currently in the process of reaching out.

For our readers who have never heard your music, explain your sound in five words.

Impressionistic, energetic, youthful, guitar and naive.

If you could go open up for any artist on tour right now who would it be?

Probably Chvrches or Haim. I’ve followed both bands since late 2012 and it’s been great to see their careers take off. Haim has been dropping some great tracks lately and will have an album out in July. Chvrches are currently in the studio recording and may release an album this fall. Both bands are incredible live. If my EP drops in the fall, it would be amazing if I could tour with both acts.

What’s your motto or the advice you live by?

Keep moving forward.

Ten years from now you will be….?

Thirty-Five, and hopefully still creating.

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