We had the good fortune of connecting with Barshay Yestrdy – Clay and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Barshay, how do you think about risk?
As a young black man with a vision every time I leave the house its a risk, I just happened to learn how to take that and apply it to my craft. Risk is that feeling in our stomach we get before we go into something that we know can be life changing, New ideas whether its music that only I may like or clothing only I would wear I take a risk. We all take a risk when being vulnerable with the world.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m a artist/songwriter and event coordinator. I think the thing that sets me apart is the lending of a helping hand. Pre pandemic I would throw day parties in Hollywood Ca. and book artist to show them they could actually make money, have a great set and not have to worry about the janky promoters that we’ve all dealt with. I’m proud to have great friends that support my business decisions. To get here I had to put the work in honestly it was countless overnight sessions with August 08 and Channel in different studios but I think we all learned a lot from that stretch of time. I’ve met a lot of great people and I pride myself on being able to do what I can to help when they call. I’m still overcoming challenges right now I think the biggest challenges we face are the ones we make up in our minds. Getting passed self doubt and remembering who you are and who you want to be is the toughest obstacle I’ve had to deal with.
I’ve learned if you believe in something don’t ask about opinions just jump in with it, it’s always better to learning from your mistakes rather than be upset with someone else’s.
The world should know that I put it all on the table for myself, my family, and the people around me, with my music I’m giving you apart of me and the things I’ve seen firsthand. If I could leave a quote it would probably be ” You just gotta believe man”.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I would definitely hit up a Tendergreens or Coffee bean in the morning before the Culver City stairs to get the day going or one of LA’s museums like the Getty for sure, Mr. Fries after is a must if we gonna be out and about so we get great food and don’t waste time, I’m not the best skater at all but for sure would have to slide to World on Wheels, and grab a bottle of Dusse or Casamigos it all depends on the temperature of the city and wrap that night up in the studio maybe somewhere like Glenwood or paramount if I had things my way, (I don’t know what it is but I’ve never been a fan of going to the club so that’s out) To me that’s a good day of showing them around the city but if they asked what I wanted to do it would be Gym, eat, back home to work on music or design some type of clothing
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Before anything I have to shout out the Big Guy upstairs all moves are made thru him. I have to thank my Mom for teaching me how to hustle everyday without giving up, my aunt pamper teaching me kindness and Todd for being my Big Brother. team for always standing behind me no matter the crazy idea I have they always try their best to help me bring it to life so with that the whole “No Locals” brand. from Meeko, Ashley, Watr, Stooch, Quran, Lotus, Beanz and many more if I forget anyone I’m Truly sorry.
To my music Progression a another major shout out would go to De-Capo, Soda, Tiara Monet, Todd Mushaw, Channel Tres, August 08, and Jerry. for putting me in those rooms to take risk and express myself every single day and literally helping craft myself.
This is starting to sound like a outdo to a 90’s rap album
Rest in Peace to Dust.
KayDot Franswan “Stoochie” Cox Tiffany Gomez