We had the good fortune of connecting with Young Viridii and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Young, why did you pursue a creative career?
I chose to be a music artist because I fell in love with the creative process. Being in the studio, and finally finding that hook after hours of listening to an instrumental on repeat is what I live for every single day. I am the happiest when I’m in a creative environment. Throughout my entire life, I’ve been involved in music, whether it was singing at a talent show at age 4 to “Follow Me” by Uncle Cracker, or performing as Elvis in musicals in high school. Music is the fabric that weaves my life together. It allows me to understand my own thoughts and feelings better, and I love the fact that what I write and produce resonates with the people who hear it.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My music sits in the electronic pop realm, and I believe I set myself apart from others with my obsession to create strong hooks and melodies within each section of the song. I practice songwriting nearly every day, and by telling a story that is honest and relatable, I can reach people in a way that not many artists are able to do. I also am proud to say that I produce, do vocals, mix, and master my own tracks. I love having creative control, and a major artist that does this and is wildly successful is Charlie Puth. Learning music production on my own at 18 during college was definitely not the easiest task. It was so difficult to manage my time effectively because I was trying to finish my degree in Internetworking and Telecommunications while also producing 5 polished tracks by myself for my first EP. It just took a lot of time, YouTube videos, articles, and I had to make sacrifices. I think I went to one college party the entire time I was on campus for 4 years. I definitely don’t regret it though. I learned that if you want to make it in the music industry, you have to show people why you belong here and be consistent with it. I struggled with finding my content for the longest time until I started songwriting and duetting people on Tiktok. It helped me get better, and I finally started to grow a following and connecting with a ton of talented people. The most important thing I want people to take away from my story is to search for and discover that thing that excites you and pursue it with everything you have.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Alright, so we wake up, and we go to my favorite breakfast place in Kansas City, The Big Biscuit. They have so many good dishes, but I think my favorite thing I’ve had there were these Cinnamon Roll Pancakes. Oh man, just thinking about it is making me hungry. After that, we go to the coolest escape room in KC called The Basement: A Live Escape Room Experience where we have to escape from a killer who has taken us captive. We only have 45 minutes to get out, and we have to find clues and solve a bunch of puzzles to escape! I think my friends and I got out of their most difficult room with two minutes to spare. We finish off the day with the multiple award-winning Joe’s BBQ, and you can’t really go wrong with anything here. Just enjoy. There is a ton more to do though, so the rest of the week would be filled with indoor skydiving at iFly, Worlds of Fun Amusement Park, go shopping at Crown Center, drink beer and miss the ball at Top Golf, and go ride go-karts! There is definitely a lot more, but those are some of my favorite things to do here in Kansas City.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I definitely want to recognize the impact that my music teacher Johnny Matlock had in shaping the path for my future. He taught me from 6th to 12th grade, and I definitely would not be the person I am today without the guidance, support, and encouragement that he gave me through all those years. I also want to thank my parents because they have always been right there to support me in whatever I do. I couldn’t ask for anything more. As for my initial inspiration to fully pursue music by learning production, and not being afraid to be “unrealistic”, I want to thank Jon Bellion. His music but more so his passion for music lit a fire in me that won’t go out until I die.