YAMM Twenty OneL'article en français
YAMM Twenty One excels in the unclassifiable alien genre. The dominant of his universe is electronic, with the widest possible spectrum. Each of his releases is an opportunity to immerse oneself in a new mix of sounds, like a new auditory adventure. Old-school by some of his influences, but resolutely modern in the treatment of sounds, Yamm Twenty-One is a nice bridge between generations of inspired electronic artists.
To begin with, who are you?
Hello. My name is Michel and I produce under the name of YAMM Twenty One. I'm French, originally from the south of Paris and currently live in Châteauroux in the Centre. I started making music in the late 80's on "Tracker" type software on the Amiga. It was mostly a fun hobby. I have always been attracted by new technologies, which explains why I have been working in computer engineering for almost 20 years. Today I have completely changed my orientation and am the manager of a Laser Game, unfortunately temporarily closed, for the reasons you know.
How would you define your music?
My music is of the multi-genre Electro type, I like to test different approaches to music. So I'm not attached to any particular style.
What made you decide to embark on this musical adventure one day?
I had taken a big break from music for almost 10 years. I hadn't really stopped completely and was playing on my synth from time to time, but never really creating. Then the 1st confinement of 2020 came along. I needed to get away from it all, so I reinstalled my old version of Ableton (which I quickly upgraded) and started making some loops. I finalized some tracks and played them to some friends. Many of them told me that I should put them online. Which I finally did a few months later.
Your influences ?
In my childhood I listened a lot to Jean-Michel Jarre, Vangelis, Pink Floyd, Michael Jackson, Dire Straits and Supertramp. The bands that really made me want to get into electro are Chemical Brothers, Prodigy and Daft Punk.
If you had to leave on a desert island with 3 records, which ones?
Pink Floyd - Dark side of the Moon, Queen - Live at Wembley'86 and Michael Jackson - Thriller
The perfect track for cooking?
The entrecote ? Bon appétit by Katy Perry
A little technical point: what equipment do you use?
I use Ableton suite 11 on a PC with a Native Instrument Komplete Audio 6 MKII sound card, a Novation Launchpad pro MKIII (which I will soon replace with a Push 2), a Touche SE and a Yamaha MODX8 synth. For listening I use Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro headphones, a Sennheiser HD 25 and Kali LP-6 monitors. As well as many VST synths and effects.
It's not easy to break into the musical jungle, even with talent... what do you think?
With the tools available today, there are more and more people composing and offering sounds. This makes the offer gigantic and therefore it becomes difficult to be listened to. I "follow" some Youtubers who explain how they do to get good results with their music and in most cases it's always the same thing: they invest hundreds or thousands of euros in communication! Ideally to get a sound that "buzzes" to take off but at this level it is the lottery. Now I don't get too worked up about it, I do it to have fun, but if it can put some money in my pocket and especially finance the equipment, I won't complain.
And finally, if you have something to add, here we go!
My music is available for free listening on most of the networks, listening to them, leaving likes, comments and subscribing gives me strength and motivation to continue to propose sounds.