We’ve had yunis on our radar for over a year. In fact, when checking our messages we saw that yunis was going to join us for issue four – that feels like forever ago!! Well, no worries as we’ve finally been able to welcome yunis to the platform, alongside a massive collaboration between him and Holly, titled ‘bang lush’ which you can hear below as you scroll down to read this intimate interview.
Interview curated by Michael of the Phuture Collective team.
Phuture Collective: yunis! Big warm welcome aboard Phuture Collective, it’s so great to get a chance to know you further. Tell the world a bit about yourself – and what you had for breakfast.
yunis: Hi! Thanks for having me, guys! I go by the name yunis and I make beats. I’m located in Berlin, Germany. Moved here a while ago. Oh, and i had toast with egg and cheese for breakfast. Unfortunately no Avocado left.
Phuture Collective: You caught our eyes and ears a little over a year ago with your track ‘Tip Toe Wing’. Since discovering you we were able to see you get releases on labels like SATURATERECORDS, Don’t Die At Work, & Euphoric just to name a few. What factors go into deciding where to place your music?
yunis: Before I moved to Berlin, i lived in Hamburg, which really got me into bass music. And luckily the Saturate! HQ is based there as well! It didn’t take too long that we got in contact, but a few years were needed until I had my first Saturate! Release.
The homies from Don’t Die were actually the first that got in touch with me. So i guess they kinda brought me into the international bass scene!
Phuture Collective: Let’s talk a bit about ‘bang lush’. What was the inspiration behind this track? How did yours and Holly’s style complement one another?
yunis: Holly started the Track and sent it over to me to work on it. I’ve never worked on such an energetic and experimental song like ‘Bang Lush’ before, which challenged me to come up with some different then I usually do and get out of my ‘comfort zone’. I just got this new modular synthesizer thing from ‘Make Noise’ , which was just perfect for the track. Holly is a genius, super forward-thinking and inspires me everyday, which makes me wanna compete, but in a positive way.
Phuture Collective: How many hours a week do you spend producing? Any favorite plugins?
yunis: I try to make music everyday. I used to sit almost 12 hours a day in front of my laptop just to come up with something that I like and to stay in the creative loop. I can’t put that much time into production anymore because of, you know, life, but I try to whenever i can.
Phuture Collective: What was the first album you purchased? What about the most recent?
yunis: The first album I purchased was ‘Samy Deluxe” by Samy Deluxe. That’s 17 years ago! That guy really brought me into Hip Hop. Last one was “Outter Edges Remixes” by Noisia.
Phuture Collective: If you could collaborate with anyone in the world, both alive or living, who would it be and why?
yunis: Oh man, that list is getting longer and longer with the time. There are so many talanted artists out there, but I think my all time favs are Mr. Carmack, G Jones and Tennyson. Like all of them are constantly pushing boundaries.
Phuture Collective: What can we expect from you in the next few months? Any tours, album plans, or releases we can look forward to?
yunis: There are a Lot of collabs in the making for example with Pacific Patterns or the homies um.. . And I’m doin my very first North America Tour in July! Super excited about that one! I’ll post all the dates soon!
Phuture Collective: We’re almost done here – so thank you for your time. Just a couple more questions :). Where do you see yourself musically 3 years from now?
yunis: I don’t know to be honest, but I hope I can live my passion without struggling to make a living. All my goals I’ve set have been achieved so far and I’m constantly trying to get better and find my signature sound, even though i don’t stick to certain genres.
Phuture Collective: Name 3-5 artists who deserve more recognition.
yunis: Dang, there are lots! Mark Instinct, DJ Pound, Skew, Subp Yao and Toadface! I could list up way more though…
Interview with Holly : here