INTERVIEW: Yacht Money

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

We are healthy and alive during these crazy times. Thanks for asking.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Fire Love”?

Yes! We wrote this whisky-kissin’ banger about the Firey Love you have with your lover with a sound track of a Tarantino Film in the background.

Any plans to release any sort of video for the track?

We have a lyric video in the making. We definitely want to go to Utah and film something, cause the song has that Old West feel to it.

How was the recording and writing process?

Both of us wrote the song with two friends. One is a DJ named Johnny Grande and the other is a new artist by the name of Gabrielle Mooney who also features on the song. We kind of had a rough track going, and we kept saying that we wanted it to feel like an old Johnny Cash or Dolly Parton record but with some 808s and dusty rawhide guitars. We wrote in a few hours, and then we sang some demo vocals. We came back in a few months later and re-sang the verses. We lived with that version for a while, then decided to add some vocoders and a Spanish guitar on Lauren’s verse.

What was it like to work with Gabrielle Mooney and how did that relationship develop?

We met Gabby through a friend we were producing for, and he said there is this crazy girl he met at a coffee shop. He said the three of us all acted the same, and we were cut from the same cloth. We thought okay, she sounds cool – let’s meet her. Gabby walked in, and instantly we all clicked. She has a great voice, can sing and spit bars, is a former choreographer, writes her little ass off, and she talks all twangy and is funny as hell. So, we loved her and still are in love with her.

How much did she get to influence the song?

Gabby definitely gave us the courage to pursue the “country” aspect of the song. We knew we wanted something different, but she allowed us to dust off our boots, put on our 10gallon hats and saddle up.

With the major reception your music has gotten – do you feel any pressure when writing new material or rather the opposite?

YM are always wanting to push ourselves. We approach songs and artists with this: what have we not heard before or what have we not heard in a while? What happens if we shake this genre up with this one or get this singer to sing something out of their comfort zone? Anytime we have played it safe when writing and producing songs, they always fall flat. So we like to go the exact opposite way and cook it up with extra sauce so it will taste good to our ears.

You’ve also gotten to collaborate and work with other artists – do you guys tend to take a different approach when collaborating with someone else rather than working on your own?

Yes, every week we work with someone different and they come from Pop, Hip-hop, country, or the EDM scene. Each person is unique. We are finishing a futuristic banger track up for Swae Lee but then we also have our first country cut by Troy Cartwright coming out on radio this month. It keeps everything interesting for us, because we don’t care about genres – we care about songs. We like making something new, fresh, and wild if it’s for us or any artist we work with.

What role does Nashville play in your music?

It’s a great place to live and there is a great pop and electronic scene coming from this town. “Fire Love” is definitely the most Nashville influenced song YM has put out. You are a product of your surroundings, so the Nashville vibes have seeped into our former Atlanta roots.

Does the new single mean we can expect new music – how’s that coming along?

“Fire Love” has gotten great feedback in all our camps, so we are cooking up more songs in that fantasy/ badass/ West World vibe. We have a song called “Rainmaker” that is just as epic as :Fire Love.” Very cinematic sounding.

What else is happening next in Yacht Money’s world?

We are cooking cornbread for all our artists when they come over and they all think we should start selling it cause they think it’s that tasty. Maybe “Yacht Money CornBread” sounds like a dope food truck name, right?!

Stream “Fire Love”

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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