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Interview: Yoshi Flower talks collaborations, life on the road and “AMERICAN RAVER”

Yoshi Flower is a fresh new addition to the Interscope Records family, and it’s definitely a welcome one. With an aura of honesty, he covers topics that are important to him in a way that not many others can do. Nothing he does is for popularity or attention. The love of music and creating is all Yoshi Flower needs.

AMERICAN RAVER is his new mixtape, and it’s something everyone needs to check out.

2018 seems to be the year of Yoshi Flower. From being signed to Interscope Records to releasing your debut mixtape, so many major things have happened in this past few months. Can you share more about yourself and what went into making this year the success it has turned into for you?
I dreamt it all up. Working on new ones now. I spent a lot of time making a lot of music that no one will ever hear. I’m morphing my ambitions now that the universe has been agreeable.

What really fascinates me are the song titles on your mixtape, AMERICAN RAVER. You really paid attention to detail with this release in ways that the majority would overlook, but those who do will appreciate immensely. Is this an idea that was important to include, or was it more of a clever addition once the content was created?
It was important to be different and authentic. I struggled with fitting in, sonically and visually, and I thought back to what made me so self-conscious. The earliest memories were showing up to school, putting my hand on my heart, saying the pledge of allegiance, and then spending the rest of my day learning various molds to fit in to. Some songs were made and then the concept was applied, and then other songs continued to be created.

It’s not hard to see how politically driven AMERICAN RAVER is. What are your thoughts on the interest today’s youth is taking in the current state of America’s government? Have you always been someone who pays attention to current events?
I don’t always pay attention to the current events in the media. I am from Detroit and I drove around the city smoking weed and talking with friends who had parents who worked. I have always been an observer. To each his own in regards to awareness and action. I think what ever the youth deems important then they should go after it swiftly. I am no historian, I am no wiser than any other kid, I just love making music and have enjoyed sharing it with other kids lately.

How do you hope first time listener’s of your music will perceive it?
Natural.

You just wrapped up almost a month on the road. What has life on the road taught you that you wouldn’t otherwise know?
We have a tendency as humans to attribute meaning to anything. I tread lightly with interactions with people, you never know what will mean something to someone.

Mental Health is a major topic of discussion within not only the music industry, but throughout society right now. How do you feel about recent revelations, and what steps do you think should be taken to continue the progress?
I fully support mental health awareness. I am fully against the commodification of mental health. It is a delicate balance. Authentic openness is really important in my opinion. I am never going to drop a single and use my struggle as marketing, fuck that, but I will always respond to my DMs and I will always talk with fans at my shows and I will always tell the truth about my addictions and demons.

Circling back to your music, there are quite a few collaborations within it with artists like Jesse Rutherford, Skywlkr, and more. Is collaborative creating where you thrive?
Those artists you named are my friends, they have had my back before when no one else even believed me that I make music. I think collaboration can be an incredible thing. Again, the youth can tell when the shit is fake…I love Adele, or other powerful artists’ songs because the people involved are pushing to create something that is timeless and something that they have been honing their respective crafts for endless hours to make.

Is there anything I didn’t talk about that you want to mention?
¡Hope is dope! Thanks for hollering.

Find out more at yoshiflower.me and soundcloud.com/yoshiflower.

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Interview: Yoshi Flower talks collaborations, life on the road and “AMERICAN RAVER”

Yoshi Flower is a fresh new addition to the Interscope Records family, and it’s definitely a welcome one. With an aura of honesty, he covers topics that are important to him in a way that not many others can do. Nothing he does is for popularity or attention. The love of music and creating is all Yoshi Flower needs.

AMERICAN RAVER is his new mixtape, and it’s something everyone needs to check out.

2018 seems to be the year of Yoshi Flower. From being signed to Interscope Records to releasing your debut mixtape, so many major things have happened in this past few months. Can you share more about yourself and what went into making this year the success it has turned into for you?
I dreamt it all up. Working on new ones now. I spent a lot of time making a lot of music that no one will ever hear. I’m morphing my ambitions now that the universe has been agreeable.

What really fascinates me are the song titles on your mixtape, AMERICAN RAVER. You really paid attention to detail with this release in ways that the majority would overlook, but those who do will appreciate immensely. Is this an idea that was important to include, or was it more of a clever addition once the content was created?
It was important to be different and authentic. I struggled with fitting in, sonically and visually, and I thought back to what made me so self-conscious. The earliest memories were showing up to school, putting my hand on my heart, saying the pledge of allegiance, and then spending the rest of my day learning various molds to fit in to. Some songs were made and then the concept was applied, and then other songs continued to be created.

It’s not hard to see how politically driven AMERICAN RAVER is. What are your thoughts on the interest today’s youth is taking in the current state of America’s government? Have you always been someone who pays attention to current events?
I don’t always pay attention to the current events in the media. I am from Detroit and I drove around the city smoking weed and talking with friends who had parents who worked. I have always been an observer. To each his own in regards to awareness and action. I think what ever the youth deems important then they should go after it swiftly. I am no historian, I am no wiser than any other kid, I just love making music and have enjoyed sharing it with other kids lately.

How do you hope first time listener’s of your music will perceive it?
Natural.

You just wrapped up almost a month on the road. What has life on the road taught you that you wouldn’t otherwise know?
We have a tendency as humans to attribute meaning to anything. I tread lightly with interactions with people, you never know what will mean something to someone.

Mental Health is a major topic of discussion within not only the music industry, but throughout society right now. How do you feel about recent revelations, and what steps do you think should be taken to continue the progress?
I fully support mental health awareness. I am fully against the commodification of mental health. It is a delicate balance. Authentic openness is really important in my opinion. I am never going to drop a single and use my struggle as marketing, fuck that, but I will always respond to my DMs and I will always talk with fans at my shows and I will always tell the truth about my addictions and demons.

Circling back to your music, there are quite a few collaborations within it with artists like Jesse Rutherford, Skywlkr, and more. Is collaborative creating where you thrive?
Those artists you named are my friends, they have had my back before when no one else even believed me that I make music. I think collaboration can be an incredible thing. Again, the youth can tell when the shit is fake…I love Adele, or other powerful artists’ songs because the people involved are pushing to create something that is timeless and something that they have been honing their respective crafts for endless hours to make.

Is there anything I didn’t talk about that you want to mention?
¡Hope is dope! Thanks for hollering.

Find out more at yoshiflower.me and soundcloud.com/yoshiflower.

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