By Gaeun Chu on Thursday, June 15th, 2017
Having attended international schools all her life, like most third culture kids, Yuki sometimes feel like she doesn’t fit in her native Japan. But, it is because of her difference that she is where she is now. In 2011, she posted her first mix on Soundcloud purely out of fun. Two and a half years later, Joe Kay of Soulection invited her to join the collective. The very collective that inspired her in the first place, ignited her career as a DJ. With vulnerability as a tool for creation, she produces intimate, sexy and raw sounds that will speak to you and your lover while sparks fly.
HAS MUSIC ALWAYS BEEN SOMETHING YOU WANTED TO PURSUE?
To be honest, I never imagined that I would pursue music as a career. I always felt a lot of pressure from my parents to become a successful global and international human being in the workplace. I feel blessed to be able to do what I love for work and I want to thank my parents for putting me in international schools since that has affected me to become the person I am today. I don’t think this would be possible if I wasn’t raised bilingual.
YOU LEARNT MIXING COMPLETELY ON YOUR OWN. WHAT’S THE ADVANTAGES OF AN INFORMAL EDUCATION?
I didn’t even take the time to look it up online; I just used my senses and trusted my ears. When I started getting recognition and positive feedback, I realized that there are no rules in music. It’s okay to just do what you feel and trust what sounds “right” to you.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO BE VULNERABLE IN YOUR WORK?
I try to be as vulnerable as I can when I make my mixes. I hope to set a good mood for you and your lover. I think, that’s why it has a very intimate vibe to it. It’s important to be vulnerable in my work since it means I am open and honest, fully being my true self. I want my mixes/work to be a reflection of me, my feelings and deep thoughts.
YOUR MUSIC HAS AN OLD-SCHOOL HIP HOP, 90’S R&B INFUSED VIBE TO IT. WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST EXPOSURE TO THE GENRE?
I’ve been listening to R&B since forever. Aaliyah, Janet Jackson, Destiny’s Child, TLC, Alicia Keys & Ashanti are some artists I’ve been listening to since elementary school. I didn’t get into 90’s Hip Hop until I was a high schooler. My boyfriend at the time (and currently) introduced me to artists like A Tribe Called Quest, Common, Biggie, Gang Starr, Slum Village, Jeru the Damaja & Wu-Tang. Shortly after that, I grew interest in Hip Hop instrumentals and producers like J Dilla, Pete Rock, Kan Kick and Madlib.
WHAT DID YOU LIKE ABOUT HIP HOP?
It came natural to me. Hip Hop automatically makes my body move even without thinking too deeply about it.
GIVE US THREE SONGS THAT WILL MAKE US FEEL NOSTALGIC.
Slum Village – Reunion ft. J Dilla
Ashanti – Unfoolish ft. The Notorious B.I.G.
Bobby Valentino – Slow Down
LASTLY, WHO SHOULD WE SPOTLIGHT NEXT AND WHY?
Kronika, my #1 soul sister & label-mate. Her mixes back in 2011 is what inspired me to make my own mixes. Everybody loves Kronika because her soul is so pure and full of love. Plus, she has the most badass music taste ever!