Feeling funky? Yasumo are Simon and Yanni, an Australian duo accounted for making some sweet disco music which tantalize the senses. With new releases coming out on the Vicious Recordings label, make sure to look out for them in the future!
FS: Hey there all! Today we have an interview with Australian duo, Yasumo! So, how exactly did you two get into the wonderful world of music?
Y: Family is where it starts, they are the ones that have inspired us and from a very young age, encouraged us to pick up instruments and express ourselves musically in every way possible. They exposed us to a diverse selection of genres like funk, jazz, fusion and the blues.
FS: Fantastic! Are there certain people you take inspirations from?
Y: There isn’t one specific genre, band or artist that we take inspirations from, although our heart definitely lies in the 70s. Everything about that era of recording really resonates with us.
FS: So, who are your favourite musicians then?
Y: Do you have all day? This could be one long winded answer, but without taking up too much time, some musicians and bands that have inspired us are Weather Report, Chick Korea Electric Band, Sly & The Family Stone, Earth Wind & Fire, Chic, Chromeo, Carol Kaye, John Mayer and everything in-between.
FS: I love some of the choices there! I particularly like your remix of Kanye West’s “Touch The Sky” too. Would you remix any other songs by him?
Y: We loved working with the song because it heavily revolved around the sample from Curtis Mayfield’s “Move On Up“. We enjoyed stripping it apart and replaying as much as we could, then putting it back together in our own way.
FS: Ah the joys of sampling eh? Have you played any live sets? If so, what was it like?
Y: We have and we love it! Live instruments. and the implementation of live instruments is something we are extremely passionate about as we grew up with bands and play instruments. Our live setup is Drums, Bass, Guitar and vocals.
FS: Out of both of you, who is the most famous person each of you have met?
Y: We have had the pleasure of working with some extremely talented artists, musicians and performers, so to isolate one particular individual or scenario would be a difficult task. What we can say is that we are extremely fortunate and humbled to do what we do and to share our music with the world.
FS: Now the most important question. What’s on the horizon for Yasumo for the rest of the year then? Any new tracks? Remixes?
Y: In the very near future look out for our new single coming out via our label, Vicious as well as a remix we are putting the final touches on for our good mates, Airwolf & Stahsi. The latter half of this year holds big things for our brand, a heap of originals, remixes and free downloads are on the way.
FS: Good to hear this! Lastly, a nuclear bomb has fallen over earth and the planet has turned into an apocalyptic wasteland. Which one of you would survive the longest and why?
Y: Would killing the most zombies on Call of Duty count? Then Yanni.
FS: Well that’s one way of looking at it! Thank you to Yasumo for taking the time to talk to us, check out their links below: