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?
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
Brown Paper Bag
Official Website – http://yoshiflower.me
Stream Yoshi Flower // “Dirty Water” – https://open.spotify.com/track/5jQLThKnh8dbFaHnF5qgRJ?si=Lw0G1tO6QWKUWQmIpX35ZA