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“I like to go with the flow of life and try to enjoy each and every part of the process”

Perhaps one of the most tender and soft-spoken souls in the underground music industry, YokoO consistently strives to create a vibe that encompasses the true essence of what it means to emanate “peace, love, unity and respect”. We caught up with him just before his performance at Electric Island this coming Canadian May long weekend, to chat about all things music.

EG: Thank you so much for taking the time to chat with us. I think it’s safe to say that everyone at some point realizes the energy and healing power of music. When would you say were some incisive moments that led you to pursue a career in music?

YokoO: Hey team, nice to be with you again! Making music became a desire of mine 13 years ago, when I was the age of 20, still living on the French/Swiss/German border. I was already playing about on a set of turntables and had fallen in love with the energy of the dance floor, going out clubbing on a regular basis. I attended many events but will never forget the night I saw Laurent Garnier navigate the decks like a true captain, mashing up musical genres in a flawless manner for 7 hours. Such an experience triggered an undeniable longing to develop my skills to a more professional level. It was a pivotal moment in my life. Despite studying business, I felt a strong calling to DJ. I moved to Australia and was offered money to play at my University, whilst completing my Business degree. That’s when I realized that there was potential to make a career doing what I loved the most. I finished my degree, and the rest was history.

EG: With great popularity, comes to an even greater responsibility to continuously create new. That being said, does this reality ever get overwhelming for you?

YokoO: I do feel challenged, as I always want to improve and get better at what I do. But I don’t like to put too much pressure on myself, nor force my output. I like to go with the flow of life and try to enjoy each and every part of the process, even when a block appears. Feeling fulfilled by what I write is what matters the most. Music from the heart will always have more of an organic & genuine reach than music that was written in forceful, rushed manner or simply with the wrong intention. Whilst I appreciate this perspective, I try not let any perceived success get to me, and strive to stay humble and simply focused on enjoying my passion.

EG: When there’s more music than one can possibly take in, it is becoming increasingly hard to know what constitutes an original and a remake anymore. What’s your opinion on the importance of roots, traditions, respecting originals and sources?

YokoO: In a business where sampling has become part of the norm, I do believe these concepts have to be taken into consideration. What may sound nice to one could be offensive to another. I remember for example at a party in Tunisia, authorities shut down a nightclub after a DJ played a track featuring the Islamic call to prayer. The DJ in question obviously had no intention to offend anyone, yet this one track made a statement on division, politics, religion and defiance. And the next second, an entire club was shut down. Music transcends so many barriers, and is powerful beyond measure. There is a gravity to what, where and how we play, that can have serious consequences if we are not respectful.

I also believe that original artists should be properly credited when used in an original composition. I have just experienced this case myself whilst working on my debut LP, where I sampled a moving piano melody. Contacting the musician who played it, to request their approval, supports the network of developing artists and also opened doors to new opportunities. Not only I was able to blend genres and horizons by a simple sonic union, but also paved the way for future collaborations. Such a wonderful way to support the wave and share in the love!

EG: I have been fortunate enough to see you perform at All Day I Dream Toronto and at WooMooN in Tulum a couple of years ago, which was absolutely mindblowing! How has becoming part of those events contributed to your evolution as an artist? What close connections have you made with other artists and fans in the music industry because of these gatherings?

YokoO: Both ADID and Woomoon have become leading events in our scene. I am proud to have been part of them from the early days and ever grateful for providing me with platforms to express some of my musical tastes. Both brands have helped my profile reach a much stronger international following as well as develop some solid friendships all across the globe.

ADID has been my home for a few years now. Matthew Dekay who initially brought me on board and Lee Burridge, have both been good friends since the beginning. Having such a busy schedule makes it nearly impossible to have any downtime. As a result, I barely ever get to hang out with DJs outside of events. All the ADID artists live in different cities, yet Powel, Oona, Gorje & Izhevski, Zone+, Viken Arman have become all dear mates.

Woomoon has provided me with some unforgettable experiences also. The first year residency was a fantastic doorway into the Ibiza scene. The sunrises in Tulum over the last couple of years were legendary. I am truly looking forward to making more guest appearances with them in the future.

“Music transcends so many barriers, and is powerful beyond measure”

EG: Healing Sound frequencies of 432Hz and 528Hz are known to match the sounds found in nature, in knowing this, are there certain tools artists use to set their music at these frequencies or is this still a relatively new concept for most artists?

YokoO: This is still a new concept for many artists, and most probably unknown to the mainstream. If mastered and applied properly, I believe this merger of science and spirituality could be used to influence experiences on the dance floor (and beyond) in utterly positive and powerful ways.

EG: I read somewhere that you would like to work on being able to master teleportation and stop time, that being said, if you could travel back in time, what era would you like to visit and what artists would you want to collaborate with?

YokoO: I’d love to experience the 80’s fully, again, as an adult this time. Michael Jackson, Prince, Phil Colins, The Cure, Queen, Eurythmics, Cyndi Lauper, Depeche Mode, Tracy Chapman, etc… were on such a different level!

Seriously, listening to the music on the radio nowadays, I wonder what happened . . .

EG: The life of a DJ, can be very grueling and laced with so many temptations that can throw you off balance if you’re not careful. How do you offset the dark aspects of being an artist in the underground and life in general?

YokoO: I have been attending parties for long enough to know my balance. It’s easy to get caught up in the “fun party” vortex. The reality is that when you travel this much, your body can only take so much of it. Over time, you realize your body can’t really take it at all. It’s just not sustainable. Then you come to the understanding that not only it is not sustainable for your body, but neither is it for your mind. It has a negative impact on the energy that radiates out of you. You’re tired, you look terrible, and this, of course, reflects on what you give out. It’s important to pick your battles.

I enjoy being alone and try to spend as much time nurturing my energy levels by being healthy, eating well, practicing yoga as regularly as possible, consciously breathing, and simply being.

EG: Collaboration and cooperation go hand in hand, in knowing this, who would you say is/are the artist(s) who have really helped you evolve as DJ/Producer as a person?

YokoO: Matthew Dekay, he pushes me to walk that extra step, as well as challenges me on a conversational level. We always seem to have profound, inspiring and everlasting discussions about life and its abstract concepts.

My partner, she’s an artist of her own, my muse and my main source of inspiration in life. I look up to her ways of being.

“I enjoy being alone and try to spend as much time nurturing my energy levels by being healthy, eating well, practicing yoga as regularly as possible, consciously breathing, and simply being”

EG: Can you give us a little glimpse of what the rest of your year looks like for you?

YokoO: Looks like I am going to spend a large part of my time at airports and in airplanes. I am now in North America for a couple of weeks then I will be floating around my Berlin home until Burning Man. The summer over in Europe will be busy with shows already confirmed in Russia, Switzerland, Lebanon, Spain, Turkey, Iceland, Greece, Romania, Belgium and Germany. Straight after Burning Man in September, my schedule involves many All Day I Dream shows around North America and Europe. I will attempt to take it easy at home in October and spend some time working in the studio. Halloween will be in Dubai, and I’ll be heading to India for the first time early November for 3 cities in one weekend tour. It then will be South-East Asia followed by Australia, and the USA again in December. I can’t quite believe another year will have flown by. And so the wheel keeps on turning.

EG: Please finish these phrases for us.

YokoO: I feel most at home when.…her head is laying on my chest.
Something I am constantly working on is….being a better person.
I love it when….she giggles.
If I couldn’t produce music anymore I would… disappear for a while and figure what it is, besides music, that truly raises my vibration and helps me bring more light to this world.
My vice is….Nutella!
My favorite track of all time is…. something you shouldn’t have asked me.
I couldn’t live without… NUTELLA!
The best quality in a human is…. kindness.
The thing that irritates me the most is….when someone asks me to pick a favorite. :p
I am… happy.

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Published On 11/10/2017 | By Steve Rickinson | Interviews
The collaborative efforts between YokoORetza, and All Day I Dream have produced a slew of well received singles.

As individuals, YokoO is no stranger to house music in all its deepest forms. With releases on highly regarded labels such as All Day I Dream, Musik Gewinnt Freunde, Kindisch, Get Physical, Moodmusic and Plastic City, he has marked out a spot for himself in the global house music scene with talent being sought after from every corner of the world. Retza has had the underground heads listening, talking and following for the past couple of years. With original and remix releases also on Watergate Records and Lo-Fi 45, 2017 has turned into something of a breakout for the Melbourne artist.

With their new collaborative EP “Euneirophrenia” available now via All Day I Dream, and with the label’s upcoming ADE 2017 showcase imminent (alongside Eelke Kleijn‘s DAYS LIKE NIGHTS showcase), we spoke with YokoO and Retza on their personal collaboration, their label home, and much more.


I see All Day I Dream as having its own sound and movement within the dance music scene.”


What was the starting point of Euneirophrenia? How (if) did it evolve from this place?
Planning a follow up EP for All Day I Dream, I sent a basic idea of the track to Julien with the idea of a collaboration. As said by Julien, he mostly arranged and refined the existing elements which was much needed turning out for an excellent result!

Can each of you describe what is it about the other’s approach to music and creation (art) that complements your own? Perhaps the story is known in “inner circles” but how did you guys first come across each other and decide that collaborations were the way to go?
Julien had heard/played a track I had written with the talented duo Thankyou City. We then met when he played in Melbourne and after exchanging contacts began sending each other music. Naturally we thought to collaborate as we had similar visions and the results turned out great. I find we complement each other very well, as our work together is always a smooth process. I love to come up with ideas and grooves in creative flashes but it can prove to be quite chaotic and unorganised at times. I find some of the necessary steps in creating music quite tedious sometimes. Julien has much more patience than me and is excellent at the finer more intricate side of things.

What about All Day I Dream as an imprint? Now that you are closely associated with ADID for some time, where do you see its place amongst the more ethereal side of the dance music spectrum? How do you feel the creative atmosphere there still allows you both to grow as artists?
I see All Day I Dream as having its own sound and movement within the dance music scene. The atmosphere and ethos they have created is forever inspiring. From the vibe of the parties, the artists and the music that is released on the label. It is an honour to be involved in any capacity. I feel it has encouraged my continuing growth as an artist under the ADID umbrella and outside of that.

Finally, what are some things you personally are looking forward to through the rest of 2017? Any places you will visit that you haven’t been before or…?
I look forward to making more music! Working on solo stuff and continuing the collaborative efforts with master YokoO. I look forward to more opportunities internationally from a musical stand point and exploring the world outside of that. Onwards and upwards!


What was the starting point of Euneirophrenia? How (if) did it evolve from this place?
The initial idea stemmed from a conscious desire of releasing another EP on ADID. Life then worked its magic as it usually does. Retza sent me a blunt sketch of the track, which I truly fell in love with. All I did was using most of the elements that were presented to me, cutting them up, adding some layers, and finally arranging them in a coherent way to create what the piece has become.

Can each of you describe what is it about the other’s approach to music and creation (art) that complements your own? Perhaps the story is known in “inner circles” but how did you guys first come across each other and decide that collaborations were the way to go?
We both are very capable as individual artists but whilst Retza has ease generating grooves, he’s much slower at creating variations and overall arrangement. I, on the other hand, love delving into the layers, organising, and adding finishing touches.

I came across his music whilst hanging out with producer friends in Melbourne a couple of days before playing our first ADID event there with Matt and Lee, early 2015. The newly produced track I was given moved me and I decided to play it at the gig. My memory is quite blurry but I am pretty sure Retza was in the crowd that day and heard me play it. From there, we connected and I asked him to send me some more of his creations. I instantly was blown away by both his humility and potential. He is very talented, and a true gentleman. We started swapping project ideas and it all went flowing from then on.

What about ADID as an imprint? Now that you are closely associated with ADID for some time, where do you see its place amongst the more ethereal side of the dance music spectrum? How do you feel the creative atmosphere there still allows you both to grow as artists?
I see ADID as the core of a movement. Whilst ethereal music has been around forever, ADID has been pushing it as a genre of its own, within the electronic music scene. Being labeled as such doesn’t necessarily mean that we are constricted as artists. Music with soul is what the label aims at putting out there, whether it’s for the dancefloor or not. And at the end of the day, we are free to create as we feel without any limitations. If for some reason the music we produce does not fit in with ADID, I have no doubt it will fit in elsewhere.

How were your experiences at Burning Man this year? I’m sure tracks off the package played prominently…did you notice (care) about the reaction on site?
I am afraid I did not attend, as I needed to take some time away from the masses. Instead, I visited Tulum and enjoyed some down time with myself. I fasted and focused on practicing both yoga and meditation daily. I also spent time drafting ideas for the third chapter of my podcast series.

You (YokoO) will be on site in Amsterdam for ADID @ ADE. First off, how was the summer’s ADID @ Woodstock Wonders experience for you? How do you see this year’s ADID @ ADE shaping up?
It was brilliant – a very blissfully uplifting experience for me. I recall leaving the party overly light hearted. I am quite in love with Holland and its people in general, due to the bright and optimistic energy they carry. The vibe was next to none and facing the sea at sunset is a hard setting to beat…

I did not get to experience ADID @ ADE last year. I’ll avoid expectations here and let myself be surprised. But secretly, I trust it will be yet another exceptional [sold out] event. When does ADID ever disappoint?!

Finally, what are some things you personally are looking forward to through the rest of 2017? Any places you will visit that you haven’t been before or…?
Developing countless friendships all across the globe has been a highlight of adopting such a nomadic lifestyle. The ability to nurture all these relationships whilst doing what I love is a blessing and something I truly look forward to. Moreover, I am thrilled to visit Brazil with ADID in November as it will be my very first time. From there, I am supposed to go to Chile, which I heard is absolutely stunning. I love North, South and Central America and already know the end of the year over there is going to be full of surprises!

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Liquid Youth Interview – October 2017

Having contributed original material and high-caliber remixes on well-regarded labels such as All Day I Dream, Get Physical Music, Watergate Records and L’enfant Terrible, YokoO should be no stranger to anyone.

YokoO and Retza make their return to Lee Burridge’s All Day I Dream imprint with four wonderful tracks – furthering their emotional reach on the musical universe. Listening to the release, it strikes us with an well-balanced mixture of delicate strings, emotive melodies and perfectly shaped bass lines. His groove-driven and dreamy productions leave behind a certain connectivity, which is best experienced live on the dance floor.

In honour of his recently released ‘Euneirophrenia’ EP on All Day I Dream, we had a little chat with YokoO about his summer, Burning Man, the thoughts behind his collaboration EP with Retza, and the upcoming All Day I Dream of Winter Sun event during this year’s Amsterdam Dance Event, which you can attend here.

First things first, what have you been up to recently and how are you?

Life of late has been a constant journey on the road. I have been keeping busy with gigs as well as working on the third chapter of my podcast series. I am great at this exact moment. I experienced a small burnout. My system was running on hyper drive. I took Burning Man’s week off to go to Tulum by myself and pressed the rest button then. I feel much better, and have a lot of energy to share again since.

We’ve heard you’ve had a busy summer! Any highlights?

It was quite busy indeed. I played about 50 shows between the beginning of June and the end of September. It’s difficult to pin point the highlights, as all shows proved to be special and memorable in their own ways. Piknic Electronik in Montreal was certainly the stand out due to its size. Playing to an almost 10k people crowd for the first time, without losing this sense of connection, is not something I’ll forget any time soon.

You’ve played burning man for a few years in a row now. What the craziest experience you’ve had so far?

Only twice really… 2015 and 2016 are the only two years I ever attended and spun at BM.

Being caught up in what felt like a never-ending dust storm in the deep playa, incapable of finding our way back to the Esplanade, was certainly one of the most challenging things I went through at Burning Man. Something extremely strange happened out there. I remember my lover and I walking straight for so long and returning to the same point twice, like we had been walking around in circles, as if the universe was playing tricks on us. It was a truly mystical experience!

How is playing burning man compared to the rest of the world? Obviously every place should be treated as its own, but Burning Man is such an insane place. Does this change the way you play?

The place is not insane. It is pure magic. The lack of connection inspires people to embrace the present moment for what it is, taking everything in as it comes and being fully with it. Attendees are much more receptive to the energy that surrounds them. The vibe resulting from this is next to none. Having such a large variety of places to play at with the most open minded crowd definitely leads to more room for experimentation.

Where you an attendee before you played the festival?

I was not. The first year I went was to play and share my musical vision with my fellow burners.

How about during ADE. Will we see an experimental side during the All Day I Dream event?

I tend to associate “experimental” with abstract music, which usually is not designed for the dance floor. I imagine people would freak out if I played abstract electronica. ADID’s brand name has grown following a particular vibe that somehow makes the level of experimentation restrictive. That said, I seem to always peel some layers and mess with the sounds as I go, depending on my mood. It keeps things interesting for me also.

If you really want to get weird and experimental with me, it’s best to catch me outside of the ADID events, and most probably outside of the club environment also, where I am playing for an extended period of time.

Speaking of All Day I Dream, you’ll be releasing an EP called ‘Euneirophrenia’ on the label soon, the title being a subtle jab back at the label. Care to elaborate?

The track is quite dream-like to me, coherent in its incoherence and vice versa. It’s a trip deep down to la la land, with percussive drum grooves leading the ride, filtered orchestral strings lifting the soul, and a blend of random melodic lead elements, subtle pads, elephants crossing imaginary roads, cars honking . . . all supporting a mysterious-for the dance floor-atmosphere. An atmosphere ADID is notorious for.

What was the main inspiration for the EP?

Not one in particular, but all my personal experiences and the emotions resulting from them.

Can you let us in on your production process for the EP, what was your setup like?

Besides Euneirophrenia’s core idea, which was conceived in Retza’s Melbourne studio, all was made in my Berlin home. I finished Euneirophrenia by myself. Retza and I started the three other tracks together upon his Berlin visit in summer 2016. I finalised all arrangements and added the finishing touches as he left.

The set up is pretty basic on my end and involves Ableton Live, various virtual instruments, some midi controllers, the Maschine Studio, a TR-8 and a Prophet 08.

Is your setup constantly changing, or have you found a setup your comfortable with?

My set up at home is usually the same, unless I borrow toys from friends. I don’t normally travel with any gear unless I go for extended periods of time. Then, I take my production laptop and use whatever other piece of equipment I come across that I connect with.

If you had to give credit to one external item or factor for the EP, what would it be?

The woman I love. She has been the angel who facilitated my awakening in the remembrance of my purpose.

What else inspires you, outside of music?

Life in general and absolutely everything it involves. The source is infinite.

Buy YokoO’s Euneirophrenia HERE.
Photo credit YokoO: Valya Karchevska

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