With answers as brief as my source material, Youan points out that it’s not a yearning to remain faceless, more of a longing for his music to do all the talking.
Spindle: Sourcing information about yourself has been both exhausting and fruitless.
Why do you refer to remain almost anonymous?
Youan: I just don’t see the need to put out an image or front. If the music works,
it works. It’s not about being anonymous; it’s about not being David Guetta.
Spindle: Although, I have read that you’re a dab hand on FIFA; who are your default
team and how good are you online?
Youan: Haha it’s got to be Shrewsbury Town 4-1-2-1-2. They have some hidden
Spindle: How did you first get into producing?
Youan: I first got started on a copy of Reason I got from a friend. I spent hours
trying to re-create sounds I’d heard on my favourite records at the time. I
then progressed to other programs and got involved in the ‘electro’ scene in
around 06/07, where I started ghost producing for DJs.
Spindle: Which DJs/producers have influenced you?
Youan: Switch, Flying Lotus, Max Martin, Chris Jack – I’ve always got time for producers who do things I would never even think of.
Spindle: Are there any exciting projects on the horizon for you during the latter
half of 2012?
Youan: I’m currently working on a single with a vocalist who I will keep under
wraps for now! It’s a natural step for me. Although I love working with samples, and the way they can be moulded, I also like the freedom a vocalist can bring.
Words: Gavin Bevan