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INTERVIEW: Yam Haus

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Thank you! We’re glad to be here. We have been doing well- thank you. Trying to make the most of the last month of summer here.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “West Coast”?

West Coast is a personal song, attempting to address what we do with pain or disappointment, both within ourselves and towards other people. It’s a song that came out of a period in my (Lars) life where I needed to get to a warmer place emotionally. I was hurt and could feel myself getting bitter about it and that song is me fighting my own bitterness.

Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?

Yes, an especially painful breakup.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

We did everything on our own, with the equipment and resources at our fingertips. We were headed to LA for our first photo shoot and storyboarded the idea together on he plane, and then once we landed and arrived at our Airbnb we just started experimenting. We finished it back home in a town called Hudson, WI for all those snowy shots. That was very cold and miserable for about 20 minutes. The idea, direction, production, execution, and editing we did all within our team (4 band members plus our live in ops manager Droney P). Our publicist Krista handled getting some sweet local press for it as well. It was overall a very great experience. We love making videos when we can.

The single comes off your new album Stargazer – what’s the story behind the title?

Our producer mark has a daughter who he thinks of as a stargazer- she literally studies astrophysics and loves the stars. He had this idea for a chorus inspired by her, and stargazer was one of the first songs we co-wrote together. I (Lars) drew a lot of parallels between a father loving his young daughter who’s off to college and myself loving a girl I knew I couldn’t have anymore. Letting them go, and being in awe of them as their life is playing out before your eyes. The whole album addresses this period in my life of letting someone go and grieving/healing through that process, and celebrating the life we get to live.

Why naming the album after this track in particular?

I think because I see a lot of continuity with the word stargazer throughout this album and period in my life. I was looking at my future, sizing up my place in the world, realizing my small place in it. It just seemed like a good word to describe where I was at in life, attempting to start a music career.

How was the recording and writing process?

Phenomenal. We had a great studio in our hometown (sevens gate studio) we did almost everything in, minus some strings and a few sent in guitar stems. We had a lot of time to do it, no rush, and could step away and come back as much as we wanted.

What role does Minneapolis play in your writing?

On this album I don’t particularly address Minneapolis physically so much, but I do talk about home. Minneapolis will always feel like home to me. My mom and her family all grew up in Minneapolis, and I’ve always lived in this area. Growing up and my childhood will always influence my writing, and Minneapolis is woven into both of those things for me.

How One Republic and Walk The Moon has influence your writing?

I definitely have enjoyed those to bands as they’ve become mega successful, but I wasn’t a true die hard from their beginnings. As a band we definitely look at those guys as reference points and inspiration for what we’re trying to do musically.

What aspect of pain did you get to explore on this record?

Grief, and healing.

Any plans to hit the road?

Absolutely. We just purchased a van and trailer and we want to tour as much as possible.

What else is happening next in Yam Haus’ world?

Touring/promoting our debut and we’re also in the early stages of a fresh wave of music. We have A LOT of music we’ve been writing since our debut, and will always keep that a priority as we travel and work.

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About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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