Meet newcomer singer-songwriter and artist Yoshi Flower. He is currently opening up for K-Pop Hip-Hop band Epik High on their U.S. tour. I got to chat with him immediately after he took to the stage at The Wiltern. We talked about his creative process, music, books, including The Catcher in Rye. Yoshi Flower has a unique style and artistry of blending multiple genres such as Rock, Trap, R&B, the heavy synths of Electronic music against a backdrop of pop melodies and hard edge guitar. His Friday night opener slot at The Wiltern showcased such, the inner workings of an artist looking to make an impact as well as one with major promise. It was just him and a guitar as he played through a fast paced set of songs, just enough crowd interaction and tons of energy. He ended his set surprising the crowd whom he had clearly won over by throwing his guitar into the air in total rock star fashion. Below you can read my full interview with Yoshi Flower

THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: I always start off with an ice breaker question so are you a Morning Bird or Night Owl?

YOSHI FLOWER: I say I’m a night owl. I’m a Night Owl.

THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: Me too.

THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: It was mentioned that you have a new song “Empty” coming out can you tell us a bit more about it?

YOSHI FLOWER: It’s about no matter how hard you try to fix internal problems with outside things it’s never gonna work. The harder you try to fix the inside with things that you see on the outside is the worst thing you feel inside. I’m just done with that. I don’t give a fuck about anything other than just like passion, inspiration, family, helping other people. And it’s been working for me as far as my happiness. So that’s what it’s about.

THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: As far as the sound, does it kind of sound more like your current single dirty water? Or is it kind of sound different?

YOSHI FLOWER: It sounds like Dirty Water.

THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: That one sounds cool btw.

YOSHI FLOWER: Thank you.

THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: How did you come up with the name YOSHI FLOWER and why that name?

YOSHI FLOWER: Because my name is Joshua Flower, my legal name. And Yoshi is a nickname for Joshua.

THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: Did it have anything to do with the video game character?

YOSHI FLOWER: No. But it was a pleasant coincidence.

THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: Is there a lyric that you’ve written that has the most meaning to you or is your favorite?

YOSHI FLOWER: No. Extremely hard to pick from.

THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: What was your favorite children’s book as a kid?

YOSHI FLOWER: My favorite book as a child was “Where the Wild Things Are“.

THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: Oh, that’s a good one. That one has a lot of symbolism in it too.

THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: If you could turn any book into a song what book would you pick and why?

YOSHI FLOWER: I feel like I would pick like The Catcher in the Rye just because I feel like Holden Caulfield was the original ‘Sad Boy’. It might just be the bubble that I live in. But people are very extroverted with their sadness right now. It’s almost like a form of flexing. And it’s great that people can get their feelings out and validated in that way. But I feel like he was like the OG ‘Sad Boys’.

THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: To be honest, that’s my favorite book ever written. Yeah, I love JD Salinger and everything he’s ever written.

YOSHI FLOWER: He’s just a rock star.

THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: What’s a typical creative and writing process like for you? 

YOSHI FLOWER: I try and write as much as I can. I really respect the craft of songwriting. But typically the stuff that ends of coming out is just like word vomit. It’s rare that I write a melody first, I’m trying to more. I’m trying to write a melody and fill in the words, like a lot of my idols. A lot of people that have made great compelling art, as far as songwriting media have been really focused melodically and then they’ve gone back and filled it in. And, and I haven’t. I’ve only realized that people like my music, like, pretty recently, so I haven’t, like, approached it as any sort of an exercise ever. But now that I have the space, to just be creative, to start stretching myself in those ways. And also, sometimes it’ll just be, I’m driving, someone’s driving me and I’m in the seat. Someone said something and I write it down. And then I’m like, I gotta get home and write about it. So I come from the words world.

THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: What’s your favorite 90s jam? 

YOSHI FLOWER: Nevermind by Nirvana. The entire album.

THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: Are there any current artists that have been “On Repeat” for you lately? What music have you been digging?

YOSHI FLOWER: Bakar and YEEK

And that’s that. I’d like to thank Yoshi Flower for the lovely chat and to Interscope for the invite! You can stream Yoshi Flower latest song “Dirty Water” below and learn more about him.

The Wiltern // Setlist:

I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE

OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

AND TO THE MACHINE

INVISIBLE

Movies

Woke

Dirty Water

Brown Paper Bag

Official Website – http://yoshiflower.me

Stream Yoshi Flower // “Dirty Water” – https://open.spotify.com/track/5jQLThKnh8dbFaHnF5qgRJ?si=Lw0G1tO6QWKUWQmIpX35ZA

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Brittney x
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KIANJA is the latest signing to the Best Laid Plans record label. Her latest single “I Can’t Make You Love Me” is a fantastic second offering, showing major promise from this young talent. The song oozes heartache that is reminiscent of artists older than she. As KIANJA vocals dance about the track with what seems like such an ease, the emotion she evokes is clear and evident. It is a love song but one of heartbreak, of letting go even when you don’t want to making the track bittersweet. KIANJA is a rising talent that’s a must listen, so to learn more about her and to stream her new track “I Can’t Make You Love Me” look no further than below.

Stream KIANJA // “I Can’t Make You Love Me” here: https://awal.lnk.to/ICantMakeYouLoveMe

KIANJA // Socials:

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/kianjamusic

Instagram: https://instagram.com/kianjamusic

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kianjamusic

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/kianjamusic

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Grace May is the New York based and Toronto born R&B, neo-soul singer and artist. Her stunning new single is a must listen. The song “Quiet” is a treat featuring captivating vocals set against a minimalistic backdrop of what appears to be as a few instruments as possible. The production bare as well.

“I wanted the instrumentation to be as raw as the lyrics”.

– Singer Grace May

The lyrical content is all at once honest, raw, and immediately engaging to the listener. Grace May’s dazzling falsetto is what is most notable on this track, only enhancing to what is already a beautiful and highly emotional song.

Stream Grace May // “Quiet” here:

Follow Grace May on Social Media here:

Official: https://www.gracemaymusic.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gracegw/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/gracemaygw

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Janos is a Swedish born singer-songwriter who’s inspired by Anderson Paak, Daft Punk, and Bruno Mars. Spending his time between the streets and pubs of Oslo and London, Janos fuses beautiful pop melodies and soulful singing into his music. His newest track “Zero” is a good example of that. It’s a positive anthem about not letting other people getting you down. The song features a euphoric beat and infectious melodies. It all comes together to create a fun and dreamy dance track. “Zero” is one song you will definitely be pressing the repeat button on.

“It’s not a vindictive song, it’s more like a ‘I do me and you do you’ type of thing”, reveals JANOS, “It’s about maximizing who you are and not listening to haters, fake friends and what society tells you to do”.

Stream Janos “Zero” here:

Follow Janos here:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JanosMusicofficial/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JanosBAndersson

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/janosmusic/

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Brittney x

Singer and Guitarist Gary Clark Jr. is back with a brand new album ‘This Land’. The debut single and title track is already impacting radio. Garnering praise from the likes of Keith Richards, Alicia Keys, and even Former President Barack Obama. Gary is taking no prisoners with this album. His unique ability to seamlessly blend so many genres, Soul, R&B, Blues, Rock, Pop, Funk … really too many to name but it all works well together on ‘This Land’.

We begin the journey on ‘This Land‘ with the title track that is at once a soaring anthem and a super personal track about growing up a Black Man in America. Where getting your own it could still change nothing. It is angsty, driven and is devastatingly beautiful. It’s the perfect opening statement for the record. We segue into tracks ‘What About Us‘ which has a slightly slower tempo but is still riding that same bluesy funk rock feel as the opener. On ‘I Got My On Eyes You’ Gary first slips into his falsetto which is featured heavily on this record. This track with all of its old school soul influences has lots of fuzzy guitar shredding throughout. There are also some notable electronic elements peeking in and out. On the pleading and lovelorn ‘I Walk Alone‘ he maintains the falsetto for most of the song with the guitar matching the vibe and feeling as well, harkening back to 60s RnB with just a bit of the Blues as well. Gary picks up the pace significantly with the next two tracks, ‘Feeling Like A Million Bucks‘ and ‘Gotta Get Into Something‘. Both songs are on the opposite ends of the musical spectrum, with ‘Feeling Like A Million Bucks‘ being a feisty, slinky and reggae-tinged track while ‘Gotta Get Into Something‘ being a harder edge bouncy punk influenced song. Yet, they both fit. The reason for this is the signature guitar sound snaking throughout not only these two songs but each and every track on ‘This Land‘. Tracks like ‘Got to Get Up‘ and ‘Feed the Babies‘ have so much Swagger and 70s Funk influences (love the 70s funktastic horns flittering about both songs).

Photo Credit: Frank Maddocks

His latest release ‘Pearl Cadillac‘ is just beautiful and a sweet ode with the guitar softly shredding along not too much but not too little. One of the highlights on the album that is so full of standouts. It is a shame because my least favorite song on the album is right after ‘Pearl Cadillac‘. ‘When I’m Gone‘ is a bit clunky amongst the rest of tracks on ‘This Land‘. While there truly isn’t too much wrong with the track as a whole it’s a pretty groovy song. It doesn’t quite come together for me with this one. ‘Guitar Man‘ is a fun blues inspired track that sounds most like classic Gary. As the song continues you’ll find it’s quite the foot-stomping number. ‘Low Down Rolling Stone‘ starts off with some heavy fuzzy guitar and drums. The track feels like a new age Rock anthem for the broken and indifferent. The heaviness in the instruments and only adds to the soulfulness and emotionality of the track. It’s another highlight for me. ‘The Governor‘ is just straight up blues and rock and roll, with the use of an acoustic guitar. This is just a fantastic track overall. Gary’s vocals have a gruffness we don’t hear on much of the record. Gary does a complete 360 on ‘Don’t Wait Til Tomorrow‘ and brings in strings, beautiful harmonies, and more modern influences, like 90s RnB. His vocals shine best on this track. The album ends on tracks ‘Highway 71‘ and ‘Dirty Dishes Blues‘. ‘Highway 71‘ is an instrumental track that opens on a cool sultry electro beat with the guitar riffing along the top of the beat. ‘Dirty Dishes Blues‘ is just a good old fashioned honky tonk blues jam about heartbreak, a perfect way to close out the album that is ‘This Land‘. This record encapsulates so many styles of music that is America, but also the heart and soul of Gary Clark Jr.

Stream/Buy ‘This Land‘ out today here: https://WBR.lnk.to/ThisLandTC

Favorite tracks: This Land, Pearl Cadillac, The Govenor, I Got My Eyes On You, Low Down Rolling Stone, and Don’t Wait Til Tomorrow.

Gary Clark Jr. Socials:

Twitter: @garyclarkjr

Instagram: @garyclarkjr

Until then,
Brittney x

Tropic, the soulful Electro-pop duo I very recently introduced you to just dropped a brand new song and it’s a lit one. The band who I just Interviewed here, have released a sexy cover of the “Earth Wind and Fire” classic “September”. Singer Jo-B Sebastian’s glossy vocals glide wondrously along the slick electronic production from Phuse aka Jarel Hill. Giving way to a super groovy electronic reimagination of the 70s Uber classic jam. The subtle addition of vocal chops on the choruses, adds a fresh new vibe to the track as well. The song is updated just enough to have it fit in with the plethora of today’s electronic-based R&B tracks, while still keeping the integrity of that era, song and Earth Wind and Fire.

“Earth, Wind & Fire are one of the many inspirations we both share, and while no one can do it like they can, we felt the need to show our respect and admiration for one of our favorite artists with this heartfelt cover of one of their biggest hits. We definitely put our own Tropic twist on the track, but we hope it still has the familiarity of a song that everyone and their mother knows and loves.” – Tropic

Stream Tropic // September: https://open.spotify.com/album/3SV0ZYuBKZBnDSS5pyca8i

Tropic Socials:

Tropic Official: http://www.tropicofficial.com/

Tropic // Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tropicofficial

Tropic // Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tropicgrams

Until then,

Brittney W. 🙂