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Art & Life with Yandi

Today we’d like to introduce you to Yandi .

Yandi, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I was born in Houston, TX, and moved around a bit when I was younger. From Texas, we went to Oklahoma, then from there, it was San Jose, CA. I moved to Carlsbad from San Jose when I was seven. Music has always been in my family since I can remember. My dad has ever played guitar and writes songs, my mom can sing and play the flute, and my brothers played the saxophone. I played the drums in middle school and then joined the choir at CHS, and that’s where I think I started to fall in love with music. I started writing some parody songs, and then around sixteen is when I began writing some rap with my friend, Jason. I’ve always had for love rap and hip-hop. It was just a style I always felt like spoke to me the most. I was 18 when I went to Chico State for college and received my BA in Music Industry. Through college is when I truly began developing my musicianship and passion for music. It became if I wasn’t performing or running a show on the weekend, then I was at a concert or making music in my basement. I grew obsessed with it. After I graduated college, I moved back down to Carlsbad and began performing around San Diego at places like the County Fair and House of Blues. Being back home felt fantastic.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
My art is exactly who I am. It’s this medium of self-expression that I’ve just fallen in love with. I always put my heart into everything I write and perform. I love the process of creating music. It’s this rabbit hole that just continues to go deeper and deeper. It’s so amazing to me. I learn a lot about who I am when I write songs. When I perform, I want people to see someone who is enjoying his life. I want them to laugh and have fun. I want them to dance. I want them to feel inspired and connected. There’s this energy we can all connect to in some way, and I think music is mine. It’s how I connect to the world around me. Hip-hop and EDM are where I get to tell my story. The bass just hits different.

Any advice for aspiring or new artists?
You make music for you. Trust yourself more than other people. Learn as much as you can. Be kind to those who don’t make art. Not everyone cares, and that’s fine. Haters will always exist, but that’s everywhere in life. Practice and then practice more. It takes time to reach your goals, and you control how much you invest. It feels good to be paid for art, but money should never come first. Take every opportunity you can. You can learn just about anything yourself and through YouTube. Create every day. Don’t forget to live and enjoy life.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
People can hear my music on all major streaming platforms and through my website. I just released a new LP in March called “My Name is Yandi,” so make sure you add it to your playlist. If you’d like to support my work, you can buy it on iTunes. Follow me on my social media channels to keep up with where I’ll be next.

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Oscar Aquino, Gustavo Ornelas

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