Having rapidly established himself amongst the New York music scene, Brooklyn based multi-instrumentalist, producer and vocalist Ybañez has spent the majority of 2020 crafting and perfecting his sound.
The result is his debut EP, Too Quiet, released via artist run label Radio Silence. The four track release blends hints of multiple genres with atmospheric, cinematic backdrops; making for an immersive and alluring collection of music which signals huge potential.
In celebration of his debut EP, we spoke to Ybañez about his early musical memories, using songwriting as a form of therapy and learning who to trust in the music industry.
Tell us a bit about yourself and how long you’ve been making music for?
Hey, I’m Ybañez - a musician & producer based in Brooklyn, New York. I’ve been making music in different forms for the last 15 years or so.
At what point in your life did you decide to make a career out of your music, and what influenced that decision?
My dad instilled a passion for music in me from a young age. I have a lot of great memories of riding in the car as a kid with him and my brother, listening to his super eclectic mix tapes. I remember loving the drums and imagining myself playing them all the time. My parents put me in piano lessons from a young age and I played drums in school. It kind of became my identity in junior high. That’s around when I realized music was gonna be a lifelong thing.
What is the main source of influence for your songwriting?
Songwriting is a form of therapy for me. It helps me process my emotions, cope with stress, and unveil my inner workings to myself. Any time I’m feeling overwhelmed with emotion (good or bad), I try to dig deeper into it and channel that into the music.
What is something you’ve learned about yourself through making music?
I’ve learned that I work well under pressure, that routine is good for me, that I should always be my authentic self and own it, among SO many other things.
What is something you wish you’d known when you first got into the music industry?
Sheesh. I wish I would’ve known how to play the guitar, haha. I wish I would have started producing earlier. I wish I knew that (unfortunately) many people in the industry are just looking out for themselves, and how to spot those types and dodge ‘em.
Who are some of your favourite upcoming artists from the city you live in, Brooklyn?
Gotta shout out my Radio Silence fam Native Son and Howardson. Also my dudes since way back, SugarSugar & Alwyn Robinson.
If your music was to soundtrack any film or TV show, which would you choose?
I’d have to say Dog the Bounty Hunter, Pawn Stars, Storage Wars, or Catfish would all be sick options.
What’s the bucket list goal for you as an artist?
A billboard in Times Square would be amazing, but also just touring a few months a year with a supportive fan base would be a lot of fun.