We had the good fortune of connecting with Yavin and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Yavin, what do you attribute your success to?
Winging it. I guess I should probably give that a “don’t try this at home” kind of disclosure, but quite honestly I really would recommend it to anybody else in my field. I’m an artist, and an independent one at that who functions with no manager, no outside sources of funding, no team, it’s all me. And although that certainly can be daunting sometimes, a lot of the time it’s what allows me to keep my art (and myself) honest. My creative process is incredibly sacred to me, and in today’s world where creation is becoming more and more homogenized and art is being capitalized on at faster rates than ever, I never want to see myself lose sight of the adventurous nature of creating. The creative process is supposed to be imperfect. It’s supposed to have trial and error. It’s supposed to be unpredictable, surprising. That’s what makes it exciting, and it’s how I make my best work. So if I curate myself too much because I’m at the mercy of algorithms, then everything that makes my art what it is can get lost completely. Don’t get me wrong, I play the game as we all do, but I choose to play the game how I want to play it, because that’s where my magic lies. I recommend you do the same.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m a pop artist, but I like to tackle everything I create with my own levels of camp, vulnerability, and wit. I hear the word “whimsical” thrown around a lot when people discuss my music, which is fitting because I certainly do want everything I write and produce to have a playful edge to it, while still maintaining its emotional integrity. As far as how I’ve made it all work? It certainly hasn’t been easy, but I really just keep myself moving with the thought that it’s only going to get harder as I go along haha. My biggest tip though would be to literally just shoot your shot when the moment presents itself. Just ask. The worst they can say is no. Just don’t be weird about it, and most importantly do it with sincerity.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I really love The Peppermint Club. Obviously being a musician I’d have to take them to see live music, and The Peppermint Club is such a great spot to see amazing artists who are right on the verge of making it big. It has very cool vibes, you can always catch cool people walking through the entrance doors, and they do offer peppermints as promised.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I owe so much of who I am to Old South Union Youth Group in Weymouth, Massachusetts. That organization showed me love, positive reinforcement, encouragement, all of it, but it also taught me how to foster those things within myself – which as a 14 to 18 year-old queer kid, were crucial for me being able to thrive.
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