RGM Introducing – Our Special interview with Yellow Majesty
Hiya folks thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.
What made you decide to start to become a soloist?
I had the proper artistic tools and musical experience for doing everything by myself according to my own creativity, ideas, pace, and vision. The choice was thus easy: I’ll do the stuff I like doing and I’ll do it my way without any compromise.
Introduce us all to you and your musical history?
My musical background goes back to the early days of being a teenager during the late 90’s where I discovered my fascination for rock and electronic music. From there on I picked up the guitar and spend an enormous amount of time mastering the instrument, playing with others in a cascade of bands, and learning how to write and perform my own songs. I was never into the ‘cover business’, I felt it like a waste of my time and energy to play stuff that others have written and played. After playing and singing in several bands, I decided to do my own stuff as Yellow Majesty and it was perhaps one of the best decisions I have done so far as an artist and musician.
How did you hear about RGM all the way from Gothenburg, Sweden?
By luck and accident, I guess.
Whats the unsigned music scene like in Gothenburg, Sweden?
There are plenty of talents, plenty of creative souls, and plenty of musicians that want to become successful through their art. Unfortunately, there are not that many artists that write their own songs, and if they do, they are not feasible in how the business side works. I can’t blame them, who likes doing business when you can make art? But if you learn how to master both on a reasonable level, you can reach out to larger arenas and avenues that go beyond the local scene.
What support is out there for new artists in Gothenburg, Sweden?
None, unless you are supporting the assembly line of producing other music!
Who is inspiring you at the minute on theGothenburg, Swedenunsigned scene?
I am not inspired by any musicians from my hometown, but I am however inspired by people who make art, they are many here and all of them are very talented.
What useless party trick /talent do you have/?
Not staring in my smartphone for longer than 10 minutes. I think it’s rather rare these days so I advocate people to start using it as a party trick…
What was the most fun you have had on stage?
It was so fun that I can’t even remember it
What was the worst experience on stage?
It was probably the same as the most fun moment I had on stage, that’s why I don’t remember anymore
Tell us something about each member that you think people would be surprised about?
I’m the only member in this project. Surprise!
Name a four piece band made up of legends – who would be in it? (drummer, bass, lead singer etc)
There is already one four piece band that is awesome and don’t need any modification to their line-up : Tool
If you could play any music festival which would it be?
Probably Woodstock in the 70’s
What advice would you give someone going into the music industry?
Don’t quit your day job…
Whats your biggest achievement as a band/Artist?
To be able to do whatever I want to without compromisingwith the artistic freedom and integrity I have to my disposal
What makes you stand out as a band/Artist?
That is a question for the observer/listener to decide.
Right now, whats pissing you of the most? (Cant say the virus )
This interview? No, I am just joking. It’s probably banality and the tendency of a spoon-feeding society
Tell us about a time when you had a proper reyt laugh while you were all together?
As I said, this is a one man show, I laugh all the time, especially when I think about it
Whats your favourite song to play live and why?
To be continued (Yellow Majesty has not performed live yet)
We recently reviewed your last single. How did you feel the review went?
It went pretty well, I guess. Thank you!
I hear you have a new single brewing, what can you tell us about it?
It’s a dreamy and atmospheric song that conveys a sense of hope in seemingly hopeless times
Talk me through the thought process of the single/?
The single represents a message to people, a message that brings a dose of naivety and innocence to the idea of being vulnerable in times where vulnerability is too often perceived as a trait of weakness. On the contrary, being vulnerable enables space for being creative, a space for turning inwards instead of relying our judgement on external voices. Listen to the inner child inside you and don’t neglect it in times when it needs to be heard and reconciled with.
What was the recording process like?
I wrote and recorded pretty much everything here in Sweden, whereas Alli recorded her stuff in LA and then I mixed/mastered everything here. It was fun, smooth, and Iam happy that Alli and I collaborated on this piece.
What was the biggest learning curve in writing the single?
That it is possible to collaborate with someone you have never met during wicked circumstances (the pandemic) and doing it well without being anxious about creative constraints.
Would you change anything now its finished?
What are your plans for the year ahead
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?
To finish recording a full-length album on my own. As regarding to sharing something with the world:stay nice and kind to each other!
Thanks for doing us today folks, all the best and keep in touch.