[TMN Resident Artist] YOGI’s Top 5 Songs

We always love seeing what 5 songs artists come up with for their top 5 songs. This month, YOGI has gone quite hip-hop with their selection, which is fine by us. It has been a fun month with these three gentlemen and so we leave you with their top songs to jam out to.

Skrillex ft Chance The Rapper

Beyonce – Partition

Que – OG Bobby Johnson

YG – My N*gga

Schoolboy Q – Man of the Year

’Skrillex Ft. Chance The Rapper – Coast Is Clear’
’Que – OG Bobby Johnson (Remix) Feat. Snoop Dogg, A$AP Ferg & Pusha T’
’YG – My Nigga (feat. Rich Homie Quan & Young Jeezy)’
’ScHoolboy Q – Man Of THe Year’
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[TMN Resident Artist] Drake ft. James Fauntleroy – Girls Love Beyonce (YOGI Refix)

Drake ft James Fauntleroy
Girls Love Beyonce (YOGI Refix)

When I reached out to the YOGI boys for the exclusive content portion of the month, I was over the moon when they sent me their unreleased refix (as they call it) of Drake’s ‘Girls Love Beyonce’. And can I just say, did they make quite the fix to this already pulsating song. In their interview last week, the guys told me that one thing to making a good remix is making it sound nothing like the original and to put an artist’s own sound and feel into the song. Needless to say, that is exactly what they did. Adding their own unique sound and feel, YOGI added a mix of deep electronic beats combined with their own blend of Drake’s vocals to add an addicting element to this song. Not only do girls love Beyonce, but girls and boys will definitely be loving YOGI after listening to this deep, seductive, and creative refix.

Side note, the boys ‘Burial’ featuring Pusha T is now available to buy worldwide and pre-order in the UK.

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[TMN Resident Artist] YOGI discusses music, inspiration, and why their music is a good kind of different

Burial feat. Pusha T

TMN: Today I get to have a wonderful international call with three amazing guys who collaborate to the name of YOGI, guys welcome welcome and thanks for being our Resident Artists this month!

YOGI: Thanks for having us, cheers.

TMN: Well let’s start a little ways back here. Could each of you tell us a little bit about your music background? For example, did any of you grow up in a musical household? Did you play an instrument as a kid, sing in a choir, all of those things? And please let me know who is chatting, I could try and tell your voices apart but I would probably do a crap job ☺

Blake: This is Blake. I came from a musical background from playing the piano to playing a bit of drums and then I got into production.

TMN: Got it so you have a lot of music in your background?

Blake: Yes quite a lot.

Yogi: Yogi here…I came from a DJ background I have been dj-ing since I was 11ish.

TMN: Wow, since you were 11?

Yogi: Yeah well my dad was distributing technics in the UK so I grew up in a household around all of that. My dad used to DJ when he was young as well so I have always been around dj-ing.

I/O: Bryn, this is I/O. I don’t come from any musical background at all. I basically started dj-ing after I saw one of my friends dj-ing and soon after that I quickly decided that I didn’t want to be a DJ, I would rather make all the beats. So a friend of mine gave me fruity-loops which is what I started on and just started making beats from there.

TMN: That is awesome, you all come from different backgrounds with music but obviously it works for you all now.

YOGI: Yeah definitely.

TMN: We all have some musical influences in our lives. Who were some of your favorite artists/musical influences back in the day? And even today, do you have some artists who you look up to and admire? Or any young up and coming artists who you are excited to see make a name for themselves in the music world?

YOGI: The obvious is Michael Jackson. James Brown, Prince as well. Damn, there are so many man but those are the main ones.

Yogi: Marvin Gaye as well. My dad was an avid vinyl collector so I have got a lot of vinyl like original James Brown. His record collection was so big and I drew from there. Today I would say we are all influenced by Dr. Dre, the Neptunes, Timbaland and when newer people like Diplo came in that kind of blew my mind with what he was doing. Skrillex as well, those kind of guys were the first to kind of cross the genre between hip-hop and reggae and dance and house and I think that created a great opportunity for people like us to start making that music in the UK. I mean look, there are loads of influences but when you ask the question it’s hard to think of them all.

TMN: It’s so true and I have to say there is nothing better then listening to old vinyl at the end of a work day.

TMN: You all started off producing music for other artists and then decided to collaborate and start producing your own music which, let’s be honest, was a very good decision on all your parts. What do each of you bring to YOGI?

Blake: I think that my keys playing my percussions which leads to crazy grooves and drum patterns.

I/O: I would say my extensive knowledge of different catalogues, that is how I actually met Yogi in the first place. Mostly programming work and making beats. Basically we clicked because we were using the same system at the time.

Yogi: I don’t know what I bring (laughs) I just feel like I know what sounds good and give that opinion. So maybe just that overall opinion?

TMN: Hey we all need that opinion to say good or not so good in music. Maybe you bring class and charm too?

YOGI: (Laughs) Oh yeah. You know actually we have to take away some class and charm because it just gets too overwhelming. We appreciate that, thank you.

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[TMN Resident Artist for March] YOGI

Burial feat. Pusha T

It’s the beginning of a new month and with that comes great excitement especially because it’s March. And yes some of us are probably a little bit excited for all that basketball playing going on but with each new month comes a new resident of the month, that’s getting a three pointer at the buzzer to win the whole game excitement right there.

This month a group comes to us, well, three artists who decided after producing tons of amazing music for other artists that they best start doing some producing of their own music. And so, YOGI was born, the latest addition to OWSLA, consisting of I/O, Blake, and of course, Yogi. The three London lads started experimenting with mixing different genres of music back in 2009 and because of that closeness these boys already have an undeniably unique and strong sound. After their huge remix of Zedd’s ‘Stay The Night’ last year, the boys leaked their all instrumental track ‘Christian Bale’, a song off their debut EP due out this May. The full tracklist is still hush hush but today the boys premiered the lead single off of the EP ‘Burial’ featuring Pusha T to get their fans even more excited for the music to come.

Let’s just say, Boo-Boo has nothing on these three insanely talented artists and March is going to be another month of madness here at TMN with YOGI.

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Zedd ft. Hayley Williams – Stay The Night (YOGI REMIX) [TMN PREMIERE]

Zedd ft. Hayley Williams
Stay The Night (YOGI REMIX)

Another week, another industry newcomer here on The Music Ninja. You know we love bringing you guys the freshest there is, and today is no different. Hot out of the gates is the youngster YOGI, who’s serving up a remix of Zedd’s monster tune with Hayley Williams.

In this remix, the Big Smoke based producer flipped the progressive nature of “Stay the Night” on its head, dialing it up with deep bass hits, meticulously crafted samples and razor sharp synths. Once uplifting, and suggestive, the tune now takes on a much more aggressive and sexual feel, being propelled by driving drum rythyms and contorted vocals.

The latest signing to Skrillix’s OWSLA label, YOGI is already showing promise with this monster remix. Make sure you keep an eye on him, as he’s rumored to have collaborated with big Hip Hop artists for his debut EP, due out early 2014.

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