The West London virtual bear producer releases his new single, ‘Higher’.
Here in Wonderland, we’re fond of a music drop from an up-and-coming artist. However, a soaring mammal is not something we encounter every day. Nonetheless, West London’s own virtual bear producer, Lil Yamaha, is here to bless your Wednesday with a chaotic mix of electronic sensibilities and high-energy beats, all of which promise to blast their way into your hearts.
Talking about their sound, the producer divulged, “I definitely get sounds from music that I love. A good dose of hyper pop and that gritty sound of underground electronic music. I like experimenting with a lot of rhythms and using my voice as an instrument. I have been influenced by artists such as Sophie, Hudson Mohawke, Missy Elliot and Britney Spears. I see it as a combination of hard, colorful with a sweet sweet glaze.
Ahead of the release of upcoming EP, “Honey Pot,” the furry producer sat down with Wonderland to chat about bear life, the vision behind new single “Higher,” and their hopes of dominating the tracks with their sound in the future. Head below to enjoy our interview with Lil Yamaha…
Hey Lil Yamaha! How are you? What does a bear’s life look like today?
I’m doing well, thanks ! Life as a digital bear is awesome, I make tracks. Living virtually has its advantages, you know, especially with the way the analog world is with all its craziness.
Your music has already been used by prestigious companies like Moschino and VOXI. Where would you like your music to be played next?
Yes, I’m moving! You’ve probably heard my music without even realizing it! I would like to reach more humans and people to hear my music at a festival. I love the idea of being able to bring my virtual life into the analog world where humans can really enjoy the full Lil Yamaha experience. I would also like to hear my music on the track, my music has a lot of attitude and confidence. Maybe something iconic like the Victoria’s Secrets Show.
We’re guessing you’re going to take us on a journey through the metaverse with your new EP, “Honey Pot.” What draws you to this futuristic space?
Well, I was born into it and I don’t know anything different, but I hear the analog world can be scary and sometimes these new worlds can be a nice escape. I heard from my developers that you can do some pretty cool things in this futuristic space and I’m still learning about it, to be honest. I can’t wait for you to experience the world I’m creating right now.
Congratulations on “Superior”! We love the underground and hyper-pop electronic influences you’ve infused into this track! On the Lil Yamaha moodboard, are there any other genres/sounds we can expect to hear you borrow?
Oh thank you, yes, I definitely get sounds from the music I love. A good dose of hyper pop and that gritty sound of underground electronic music. I like experimenting with a lot of rhythms and using my voice as an instrument. I have been influenced by artists such as Sophie, Hudson Mohawke, Missy Elliot and Britney Spears. I see it as a combination of hard, colorful with a sweet sweet glaze.
Tell us about your look. Do you have a soft spot for bulky/pointy accessories?
I’m a bit of a sad bear – well, I was kind of emo. Things have changed and I’ve turned it around and empowered myself through music and just being a boss bear, but I still embrace some of that aesthetic. I love my spikes and my piercings and my bee tattoo, I really think it sets me apart from other bears. It’s like my music, a bit harsh but still cute. I am also an advocate for embracing your unique qualities and being comfortable in your own skin. I wanted my message to be that it’s okay not to fit in, being different and unique is real and where it is at.
It’s amazing that you used “Higher” to cultivate space for those who feel helpless. What music helped you when you tried to prove you’re not the average teddy bear in the world?
Honestly, that’s one of the reasons I created this music – to empower myself and give back to others. It’s hard to list all the artists who made me feel powerful, but some I can think of right now would be Aretha Franklin, Kanye, Gwen Stefani, Yaeji and Beyoncé who have really powerful music and messages.
Tell us about the Sad Bears Club. If it was a physical place, where could it be?
Sad Bears Club is a safe space where everyone can express themselves. It’s a society and collective of creative, like-minded thinkers who want to embrace who they are without fear.
It has a very fun main piece to hang, lots of Lil Yamaha decor and lyrics. A grand piano and a studio, as well as a gallery and a reading room to relax. We have message boards, a chat and link place and a shop with sick parts
We have a feeling you’re probably going to be shy about who you are for some time to come. If it was The Masked Singerwhat clues would you give us?
I don’t know what you mean here…we don’t have that show where I’m from. Besides, I will never wear a mask, it’s not my style. I’m one of a kind and lovable to all – non fungible but open source – I’m the real Lil Yamaha.