FEATURED ARTIST – YASIR
Interview by Ethan Barnedo
How would you describe yourself as an artist?
YASIR: I’m kind of a y2K pop and r&b fever dream. I love to make sad music you can dance to, because people love to loathe. I hope when people hear me they feel an intense sense of nostalgia.
What made you want to become an artist?
YASIR: Music is kind the only thing I’m good at. I’m adequate at a lot of things, but music is the only thing I feel like I do well. When someone would ask me “what do you want to be when you grow up”, it was always a singer and that’s never changed.
How did you get the name Yasir?
YASIR: Thank my mom and dad, it’s my actual name! It means “comforts of wealth” in Arabic.
Who/what influenced your type of sound?
YASIR: I find inspiration in almost anything. Obviously music, but also movies and television shows. I grew up in the 90’s so tv raised me, I’ll watch an episode of King Of The Hill and it’ll make me want to write a song.
What kind of mindset do you put yourself into when writing?
YASIR: I force myself to write everyday. Sometimes it’s a full song, sometimes it’s just me logging about my day, sometimes it’s just loose words that make me feel things. Looking at what my brain regurgitates helps me stay sharp, I think.
Who are your inspirations(Musically and/or Non-musically)
YASIR: Brandy, Justin Timberlake, Kelis, Pharrell, Fiona Apple, Rihanna, Jonny Craig, Craig David, Timbaland, Britney Spears, James Fauntleroy, the list goes on and on.
Is there any artist you would like to work with?
YASIR: Justine Skye, Joyce Wrice, Brakence, Asian Doll, there’s so many honestly. Collaborations make music exciting, it’s one of my favorite parts of the music making process. I’d love to make an album of just collaborations one day.
Favorite song you’ve made so far and why?
YASIR: Definitely my next single “Vampire” featuring Popstar Baby. I caught a 4 hour flight and fell asleep listening to it on repeat and I’m still not tired of it.
What can we expect from your next project?
YASIR: I think it’s going to be a lot of fun, which is different for me. Fresh, sexy, slinky, and tons of nostalgia of course.
Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?
YASIR: Still making music, still being a mess. A successful mess, but a mess nonetheless!
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