Florida is known for a lot of different artists and sounds, but Yah Wav is offering something extremely special. We caught up with him and had an amazing conversation about what he’s up to and what he has in store.

So where is Yah Wav from? 

I’m from Florida.

Florida has been a hotbed for music and interesting parts of life in general, what was life like growing up there for you? Tell me a little bit about that. 

I grew up in a small town by Jacksonville. I started playing guitar around age 10, but I was always into art and video games and stuff like that. I started playing with Photoshop around the same time.

You were a creative growing up that’s for sure, you started playing guitar at 10 but what kinds of music did you listen to growing up? What influenced you to pick up a guitar? 

I got a really bad guitar as a birthday present, but I listened to a lot of different music. I was really in to Green Day, blink-182, Guns N’ Roses, and stuff like that, but also 50 Cent, and Kanye West. Just whatever CDs I had like Alice Deejay and stuff.

The 2000s were such a great time for music those are all such good choices. So eventually you kept creating in all sorts of ways but at what point did you decide to make your own music in some sort of legitimacy? 

In 2010 I started playing with GarageBand and then just being on twitter and stuff I saw people like Odd Future, Lil B and Black Kray just putting out music for fun so I started dropping beat tapes.

That’s where you’re producing comes in, did you keep producing at that point to get better? How did you network early on after putting out instrumental projects? 

Honestly just found artists I liked and got their email somehow and sent them a ton of beats. Also started making songs with vocals on them and they turned out okay so I kept doing both.

Who were some of your favorite artists you ended up working with early on? You mentioned eventually vocals came into play, at what point did you release your first vocal track? 

I was most excited to produce for Black Kray and Yung Gleesh. I think it was like 2012 I bought a mic and recorded some guitar and put a beat on it and then recorded vocals.

Those placements early on in your career is something others don’t know about I think that’s amazing. So eventually when you recorded your first song did you know you wanted to take it seriously? What made you keep going? 

I don’t know if it was about taking it seriously, but I just had a lot to give and to say and I felt like with every song I was closer to saying what needed to be said so I kept going. That feeling has stayed the same. I always feel closer to telling people who I am and maybe in turn they can figure out something about themselves.

Such a beautiful thing when music can become an outlet like that and eventually others gravitate as well. As 2012 passed and did you just keep pushing along with music? How were you feeling with yourself and music at that point? 

Yeah, I just kept making music all the time. It’s just my way of speaking to the world. I’ve always felt like pursuing it in that way because I have something unique to offer.

Back then you had a very serene and relaxing vibe with catchy lyrics. But one thing I want to touch on is a project that you put out in 2018 called “midnight, eleven after” That album stood out to me so much because I felt like it evolved you, looking back on it what are your thoughts on it? 

It feels like a turning point now towards creating what I want and talking about what I want. Trying not to have filler in my songs, just myself.

I had a feeling that was a huge stepping stone for you and at that point you were known as “Little Triste” and not much longer after that decided to make a name change. Tell me a little bit about your new change and what the name “Yah Wav” means. 

Little Triste was almost like a side project incorporating guitar more. but before that I was making music as Yah Wav.  It’s a reference to the name of god some people think is Yah Weh but at this point it feels Yah Wav has become something else itself.

People gotta know that honestly that’s extremely rare. So push forward to now you recently dropped your project “material fantasies”. What was that like for you? That project was such a futuristic push for your sound and it surprised a lot of people. 

It was my return to the Yah Wav sound and how that evolved because of what I did in the meantime. It’s like an evolution of the sound I started with “Dirty Blood” in a sense.

“Dirty Blood” was such a good song and literally a rare gem the people most definitely need to hear that. So what’s next for Yah Wav? What are you current plans for the upcoming spring and 2020?

New music and getting some visuals together.

Visuals are gonna be so hype for you I know everyone is gonna be so excited for that. What’s your musical process like these days? How long does it typically take you to make a song? 

It’s always different but I’ve been taking my time lately I want my new music to stand out and it just takes time to really communicate.

Can’t rush anything like this and it’s been working for you so well everything just flows. Who would you like to work with in the future? Any artists big or small? 

I’m hoping to work with Ecco2K, Belis, Balam Acab, Arca, Future, Young Thug, and all my friends in music.

Every single one of those would go so hard, That’s most definitely going to happen with any of them. Music aside for a moment, what keeps you sane and going when you aren’t creating? What are you doing if you aren’t creating? 

When I’m not making music, I’m designing and right now I’m learning how to use Blender. Kinda switching from Maya to Blender. but when I’m not creating at all I like cooking I been on my healthy shit lately cooking and exercising. Drinking water and all that.

Health is wealth! That’s so amazing you just go right back to creating, your design skills are something not many talk about so it’s great you keep it up. One of the last questions I have for you is, who are your top artists of all time? 

Clams Casino, Deadmau5, Future, Arca, Gud.

That’s quite the list there honestly all straight talent to be honest. This was an amazing conversation, but before we sign off do you have any last words or shout-outs? The floor is yours my friend. 

Thank you, just a huge shout-out to my sister, Ethel Cain. For everyone else, I love you.