IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What city and state are you from?
YASIN: I was born in Lankenau Hospital just outside of Philadelphia in Pennsylvania. For the first few years of my life, I lived in Ardmore, Pennsylvania. When I was four, I moved to Littleton, Colorado on the border of South Denver. Then, when I was eight, I moved back to the Philadelphia area to Havertown.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is your music background?
YASIN: I have loved music ever since I was little. I played violin when I was really little in addition to my mother always encouraging different genres of music. It ranged from classical to hip-hop and r&b. My mom had always played Outkast, Lauryn Hill, and N.W.A. from the day I was born. Then, when I was eight, I picked up the clarinet, and loved it. I joined the band at school and became more and more involved with music each year. When I was 12, I started playing the bass clarinet in the band as well as the tenor saxophone for the jazz band. In high school, I joined the competition marching band, and the following year I auditioned and made it into the upper band as well as joined my school’s symphonic orchestra. At the same time, hip-hop was becoming an extreme influence in my life and I started producing my own music when I was 13.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Why do you want to record and release your own music?
YASIN: I want to record and release my own music because it’s simply my passion and how I can express myself best. I believe I have a lot to offer and I feel being able to express myself to people can benefit them. Music can be an incredible tool to help people and there’s so much to do with it. Music is what feeds my creativity and drives me through the day. No matter what has happened, music has been there for me. I want to be there for the people that can relate and do right by God in the process. There is no better way to do that than to do something I love and will work tirelessly at.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your songs about?
YASIN: My songs are about everyday life. They are about the experiences I have had and what I have learned from them. My songs are about my virtues, my vices, my coping mechanisms, my pain, my passion, and my fears. Although my songs are about me, my music is about everybody else. My songs are lessons, whether the lesson is a “how to” or a “how not to” it is meant to help others. My songs are not just black and white about right or wrong though, they are about the gray in between and the millions of things we do as humans living in that gray.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who are your musical influences?
YASIN: I have a ton of musical influences. To list some of them there is: N.W.A., Kendrick Lamar, Dr. Dre, Tupac, Ice Cube, Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg, Lauryn HIll, George Clinton, Stevie Wonder, Earth, Wind, and Fire, and The Roots. I love a lot of different types of music so there’s artists from funk, r&b, classical, jazz, and hip-hop. N.W.A. was possibly my biggest influence because they told it how it was. They shared reality and when it wasn’t respected, they kept at it until the truth was acknowledged. Kendrick Lamar is also a really big influence because he was able to tell stories with an extremely deep meaning and teach amazing lessons. He also found a way to fuse hip-hop with jazz and funk really well which is something I love to hear. He uses his voice like it’s an instrument as well as having a well-rounded vocabulary.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How would you describe your music to people?
YASIN: I describe my music as conscious hip-hop and as “real talk”. “Real talk” is a phrase I use frequently because it explains my content compared to other music. My music is just content filled. Every lyric has significant meaning and I don’t let my music hold back. I describe my music as the subconscious of people’s minds. My songs describe all aspects of everyday life, from subconscious thoughts and dreams to conscious and deliberate actions.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What makes you stand out from other artists?
YASIN: What makes me stand out from other artists is that I have way more passion and content. I have commentary and analysis involved in my music. I write every song as if it is my last will and testament. Also, one of my main goals that I want to accomplish is help people who need it, whether it be advice, food, or money. I want to aid the people who can’t help themselves. Another thing that also sets me apart is my family and heritage. I’m mixed, so I’m half Arab and quarter White. I have South American relatives and black family too. I take this and factor it into my music. Other artists can’t say they have a family as diverse as mine, or that all they want to accomplish is good for everyone, or that every single lyric has a purpose. There is meaning behind everything I say and do as an artist and as a person.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Tell us about one of the hardest challenges you had to face in your music career and how did you overcome?
YASIN: One of the hardest challenges I have had to face in my music career has been my depression. When you’re depressed, you feel like nothing is worth it and that life is pointless. The things you love to do become dull and you lose your drive. I didn’t let myself feel like this for long because music is too important to me. No matter how I felt, I would stay up all day and night and complete my music that way I could feel accomplished. The pride I gained from working hard helped me push through my depression and produce more. Also, I used my depression to fuel me. It’s immensely ironic but what was tearing me down was actually helping me build my skill. It allowed me to become more introverted and focus on myself and to get through the day, I engulfed myself in music. This drove me to improve my skills and keep getting better as a person and artist. After I kept improving myself, I got to the point where I stopped feeling my pain. I didn’t have to cope at a certain point because I was driven by straight passion. I knew my payoff would come soon and I knew that by keeping at my music, I would become increasingly happy, and I did.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are some upcoming projects you are currently working on?
YASIN: I am working on a project titled “Yasin Ya Heard.” It’s going to be my introductory EP and it’s going to showcase my skill on the microphone and my ability to pack a ton of meaning into a small amount of time. The album itself is about me personally and how I got to where I am.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
YASIN: My career goals are pretty straight forward. I want to become really influential and use my music along with the money I earn to help as many people as possible. In 10 years, I see myself working charity events and tours. I’ll be doing events with kids and helping young artists. I’ll be in the studio working as hard as ever. I see myself performing for the communities that made me who I am.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How can your fans access your music and contact you?
YASIN: My fans can access my music on Soundcloud and contact me through Instagram. I will continue to put projects out on Soundcloud for everyone and also reach out further with social media. I’m looking to have a solid relationship with my fans and I want to be able to talk to them on a regular basis. My fans drive me and I’m always happy to please them, so if I can give them as much music as possible and connect with them more, I’ll be really happy to. (This featured was sponsored by THE PLUG)
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