As a child growing up in Japan, YATABE became a disciplined musician, quickly becoming a proficient pianist and singer while using her craft as an emotional outlet. Now living in London, she brings forth a mix of Japanese and western culture in her music. Together as a DJ, producer and vocalist, she displays her artistic capabilities through her music and her fashion sense. YATABE’s musical influences span far and wide, blending a mix of Electronic, Pop, UKG and Hip-Hop in her productions. Now with a fresh catalogue of new releases up her sleeve, the Japanese multi-hyphenate is ready to share these tracks with listeners this year.
What inspired you to begin your career in Music?
Both of my parents have been interested in different genres of music and from an early age, I played the piano to an advanced level. So music has always been in my blood and it just made sense to want to share my musical views and talents with the rest of the world. I don’t consider what I’m doing a career, I consider it a passion.
What differs you and your sound from other upcoming artists in the music industry?
The current singles have been released, I feel I have a unique hook and leave a deep impression from the emotion that it creates because the lyrics are written from real experiences. However, future releases you will hear will have influences from my Japanese heritage and will include Japanese instruments such as the Koto, Shamisen, Taiko Etc….
Your latest release ‘Pretty Truth’ is out now. Please describe the creative process and inspiration behind the new single?
Pretty truth was written by myself and Amber Van Day, who has also cowritten for Lost Frequencies, Tujamo, Alok and French DJ Hugel. The inspiration came about previous relationships and it was about taking back
Everyone experiences good days and bad days. As an artist, when you have a bad day, what motivates you to keep moving and look ahead to the future?
Yes I agree. Everyone does have their good days and bad days but as an artist, what personally motivates me is reminding myself of how far I’ve come, what I’ve achieved, and how fortunate I am to be where I am. I think it’s important for everyone to remember the good times and not necessarily the bad times.
In your own opinion, what is the most meaningful song you wrote?What makes you say that one?
There are a couple of my favourite songs that I’ve written, but yet to be released so stay tuned.
Throughout your musical career, have you experienced any “WOW” moments? Those moments that you stop to reflect and can’t believe are where you are?
Currently the wow moments for me are the amazing positive messages that I’ve received on my social media platforms. I guess my other wow moments were releasing my first and second singles along with the music videos and how well they have been received.
What personal advise would you give to someone wanting to pursue this career?
First of all, I think you have to be prepared to take criticism as they will always be knock backs along the journey but personally what has worked for me has been hard work, being humble and keeping my sense of humour.
What does the foreseeable future hold for you as an artist?
The foreseeable future who knows but I would like to do more collaborations, live gigs and song writing once we get out of this strange times in our lives.
Anything else you would like to add?
One more thing, I would like to give a shout out to my dog @mokomofluffy.
‘Pretty Truth’ is available now via all major platforms.
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