Drawing from rock, bluegrass, fusion, and funk, Columbus trio Yosemight take the Cleveland Clothing Company Stage at Loren Naji Gallery at 6 p.m. We talk to the band about their eclectic influences and some of their most memorable shows. View the entire Brite Winter line-up and schedule here.
Select interviews will be printed in the Premium Guide Book along with CD samplers of Brite artists given as a reward to Kickstarter backers. // Interview by Nikki Delamotte
“My favorite material to play live is anything that makes you move.. We all share an interest in improvisational music,which pretty much originally stemmed from jazz.” — Luke
What’s been one or some of your most memorable gigs?
My most memorable show we’ve had the opportunity to play was Sullivan Hall in New York City. The show wasn’t packed or anything, it was just our first real road trip as a band and such a great time, I’ll never forget it.
What’s your favorite material to play live?
My favorite material to play live is anything that makes you move. I love all aspects of music, however, I think the upbeat, energetic kind is what we tend to go for as a band. Our sound is very malleable and appealing to anyone.
If you could play one place – your dream gig — where would it be?
My dream gig would be to play Red Rocks Amplitheatre in Colorado.
Whenever the band gets together, what do you listen to that always makes its way back into rotation?
We all have similar interests as far as what we listen to; very open to everything. We all share an interest in improvisational music,which pretty much originally stemmed from jazz. But we’re more bluesy, rock, Latin, funk, Americana, than anything.
Can you tell us more about your songwriting process?
The songwriting process is interesting. I’ve written songs on my own, same with our bassist. We don’t really have any form we stick to, but we’ve been getting together a lot lately and collaborating. After we get a general song structure we show it to our drummer. It’s hard to just get together with the whole band and say, “Hey, lets write a song.” You never want to force any ideas, songwriting requires patience.
What’s your dream collaboration?
My dream collaboration would be to have a huge horn section like Revolution Brass Band for a show. Those guys are great.
Brite takes place every winter. What’s your favorite thing about winter?
My favorite thing about winter is that we’re playing Brite Winter!
What’s your favorite thing about Cleveland?
I love Cleveland. I love playing shows here because I get to see all my buddies. We have a ton of friends in Columbus because our bassist is from there, but Cleveland is the greatest city in the U.S. hands down, even he will attest. Plus, we have Lake Erie.