Elsa Buet caught up with Él Yoshida to talk about how he met our friend Kkidss, love, The Beach Boys and Facebook.
3rd: Él Yoshida, what a name! Could you introduce yourself to the Third Outing readers?
Él Yoshida: I'm a songwriter from the beaches of Victoria, BC. I love flowers, wine, and motorcycles; and when I have free time, I like to spend it dreaming about the one I love.
3rd: Could you describe Él Yoshida's sound in one sentence?
3rd: You told us you know Christopher Edwards (Kkidss), how you know each other?
EY: Chris comes in to my store everyday to buy tea and an apple; I work at a confectionery that's about the size of an average bathroom, filled with flowers and chocolate bars. Then out of nowhere he started leaving tapes on my counter of Jonathan Richman and his friends and so on. That's where our relationship sits so far.
3rd: Clayton, you're also in a band called Girlfriend. Why this new solo project? What triggered it?
EY: Sometimes you just wanna get a little more personal; you know? I want to have a project where every instrument and line has a meaning to me, and where I can express myself without having to conform to any particular sound or band.
So one night Jakob, of Girlfrend, asked me if I had any solo material I wanted to record, and I told him let's start with a single; so that's what we did. Jakob's the producer for Girlfrend, Él Yoshida, and has his own project called Naked Chillen. Mega chiller.
"I just sing my songs a million times before I record them, so that my voice finds the song and becomes a part of it"
3rd: If She Were has a beach-y feel to it. It sounds dreamy and romantic...
EY: Yes. If She Were's music was pretty inspired by Don't Worry Baby by The Beach Boys. It's a break-up ballad familiar to anybody who has been in and out of love.
3rd: Same goes for Sweet Marie. Are both songs going to feature on Salina's Moonrise? And who's Marie?
EY: I wrote Sweet Marie directly after listening to the Jon Varley tape for the first time. I'm a big fan of that boy's work. Neither of the songs will be on Salina's Moonrise; it's going to be 6 hot new tracks. Marie is a girl I met in Montreal a few years ago. She's real sweet.
3rd: Like many before you, your music sounds like a tribute to love and girls. Is it a everlasting inspiration for songs?
EY: I think that most writers write about the first thing that comes to mind, or what has been eating them up inside; and people usually write when they have free time, and what comes to mind when you have some free time? If you have food and shelter, love is next in line.
3rd: What's the best thing about love?
EY: What's the best thing about love? I guess changing the relationship status on Facebook?
3rd: Clayton, I've been listening to both songs all night. There is a sensitiveness in your voice, it's almost feverish, febrile. It also suits your music well. Do you put a lot of effort on how you sing?
EY: I just sing my songs a million times before I record them, so that my voice finds the song and becomes a part of it. I also think about the lyrical subject matter a lot while I sing, so generally quite a bit of emotion comes up front.