Interview with Israeli rising star DJ & producer Yoni Yarchi ahead of his new EP release

Yoni Yarchi fell in love with music production at the tender age of 13 and hasn’t looked back since. Based in the bustling hub of Tel Aviv, Yoni has already gained recognition from massive artists such as John Acquaviva, Sasha, Stacey Pullen, Danny Tenaglia, YokoO and many more. Yoni is not afraid to experiment with genre, but always maintains his signature sound that listeners love; one that’s dynamic and driven by beautiful melodies, deep rhythms and memorable moments.

Yoni has just released a brand new single, the title-track taken from his upcoming EP, ‘The Subconscious’ slated for release on 30th November via Loot Recordings.

Hey there Yoni! Before we dive in – to those not familiar with you, how would you describe your sound in your own words?

Hello and thanks for having me! My sound has been described as “the sound of love, the feelings of dreams“. I really enjoy making my music out of the studio and incorporate natural sounds that are around us every day. I always have a professional recorder with me and I like to record everything that moves. You can hear natural things in my music, such as the birds in nature, water flowing, or the sound of a passing train. I like to include these organic textures in my own tracks.
In the studio, I use plugins to make the sound very warm and slightly inaccurate so that it sounds human or organic. I do not think sounds should sound accurate or perfect. I guess you could say my sound is deep, organic house – but genres always change. Let’s call it music!

How did it all start for you? Why music?

I have always loved music. When I was a kid, I remember hearing the music of the eighties – bands like Queen or Michael Jackson, I always knew that one day I would work in music. Around the age of 13, I liked to bring friends ‘round and play them new music. I was always a bit weird – that kid into strange music, or obsessed with it. While most kids listened to children’s music, I was listening to Enigma tapes and mix CDs of Global Underground. My first experience making music was at the age of 13, working with some software called impulse tracker.

Which three albums would you say influenced your sound the most?

Ferry Corsten – ‘Live at Innercity’
Paul Oakenfold – ‘Perfecto Presents Ibiza’
Paul Oakenfold – ‘Traveling’ CD
These blew me away back then and made an impact.

Are there any key pieces of equipment that you can’t live without?

Yes. My Zoom H4N Recorder and my headphones – Beterdynamic DT 880 Pro. As well as my other pair of headphones – Aiaiai – TMA 2.

What are some of your key influences in your music? Whether it be sounds created by others, imagery, films, art etc…

It sounds strange, but I listen to so many styles of music. Everything from jazz and Mediterranean music to ambient and chill. When I open a new project, all these ideas are in my mind. I’m not really listening to other things when I am working on music. I think this is important and it helps in developing your own sound.

What is one sub-genre you think doesn’t get the attention it deserves?

When I started out I was making trance music. I think this music has disappeared a bit, changed and turned into more of a commercial sound. I don’t think there are as many people doing “exciting” trance-like the early days with amazing melodies.

Any new or upcoming artists on your radar that the world should know about?

I really like Quatri. He does some amazing music and has a wonderful, deep sound.

You’ve got a brand new EP, ‘The Subconscious’, coming out at the end of this month – congrats! Tell us a bit more about the process of putting the tracks together.

Thank you! I am really proud of this release and am looking forward to releasing it to the world. I wanted a little bit of everything on this particular EP. A mysterious track, one that’s a little more exciting, and another that included lots of melodies. I am really happy with the result. And of course having a huge remix from Death On The Balcony too! Their mix is incredible and I’ve enjoyed their music for quite some time, so having them be a part of this tied it all together.

Can you tell us more about any particular track on the EP that holds a special place in your heart?

‘The Subconscious’. This track was not entirely produced in a studio, which means that most of it was done in front of the Israeli Sea in a place called Appolonia, which is actually an old Crusader fortress that is in a high place. It was an incredible place to work on music. The inspiration is from the sea while I worked on this track.

What single night out has been the most memorable for you? As a performer? As an attendee?

There are so many, but one that stands out is a night I saw John Acquaviva at Haoman 17, one of the most famous clubs in Jerusalem. He played for hours and just took us all on a journey, something I’ll always remember. I then met him and still keep in touch with him to this day. Life is funny like that, it goes in complete circles and you somehow remain connected to people that impact you.

What can we expect from you in the near future? Any upcoming projects or gigs in the pipeline that you would like to tell us about?

Right now there’s a lot of new music on the way and lots of surprises and collaborations. ‘The Subconscious EP’ is coming out November 30th on Loot Recordings, then I have a new release with a really big veteran artist coming in January — but I can’t reveal who that is just yet, we’ll keep it quiet! I am not playing out as much, the focus is on making music – but in the new year, we’ll change that and plan some club dates for 2019.

And before we say goodbye – famous last words?

Do not let anyone take you down. Always believe in yourself and stick to what you love to do.

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