Conscious Creators 004: Explore the unusual and exciting side of bass music with Yheti
The world of electronic dance music is vast and diverse. From the commercial realm to the underground, electronic music is always moving at hyperspeed. But how can fans sift through all the noise to seek out the more substantive, meaningful, consciously-attuned musicians? Introducing: Conscious Creators, a focused writing series dedicated to highlighting artists who devote themselves to CE’s mission. These are the industry tastemakers committed to bypassing the surface-level gimmicks in favor of something more substantial. Their art encourages alignment with the self, affirmational living, shadow and light work, self-healing and self-love, living authentically, practicing intention. These are the creatives dedicated to leading their audience into a conscious awakening.
Yheti, full name Tyler Holler, has been a staple on the scene for years and has rightfully earned respect from fans, producers, and the like throughout the music community. A CE favorite, he was featured last year on our Spiritually-Attuned Artists shortlist after consistently displaying values we stand by— namely, gratitude, love, and collaboration. His signature sound, which was ahead of its time years ago and remains ahead of its time now, perfectly characterizes the spirituality and creativity necessary to make truly unique experimental bass. He’s never been afraid to step outside of the box and play with unusual vocals or odd rhythms, citing his desire to craft honest and true-to-self music as his muse.
As an intuitive master of the downtempo arts, his live sets often turn into ethereal and dreamlike experiences that take the audience into an altered state of reality. This is especially true on the days he teams up with fellow wonky bass legends Toadface and Mt. Analogue to form The Trifinity, a somewhat satirical yet heartfelt and genuine group that centers conscious, thought-provoking journeys within its music. Their 2019 project, The Grand Awakening, made waves among listeners with its unusual vocal samples, playful storyline, and deeper themes of inner thought. The three are all incredibly talented producers in their own right, and take themselves seriously while also being sure to have fun with their sound and audience. Regularly pictured in Illuminati-esque robes and with an emphasis on triangles (which is, interestingly, also the strongest shape known to humans), their theme of unity and connection pervades throughout everything they do.
Holler is now in his early thirties, and his taste for experimentation has only grown. He has multiple sets under his belt from prominent festivals such as Okeechobee, Sonic Bloom, Wakaan, Camp Bisco, Backwoods, and many more, along with a host of successful tours and club shows. It’s not unusual to catch him performing a headlining set at a prominent bass stage before moving into a late night/early morning show for the most die-hard of bass fans. Refusing to be limited to one genre, he moves deftly through a range of sounds and styles including dubstep, space bass, and trap, as well as some that simply can’t be described in words. Whether it’s by dipping his toes into 80’s synth tones or earth-shattering wubs, he has something for everyone to enjoy.
“I try to pull from as many genres of music that I can,” Holler wrote in one interview. “Every time I listen to music, regardless of the genre, I try to find something about it that appeals to me and take that inspiration and work it into my music. I listen to country music radio, pop music, classical music, and follow bass music labels from all over the world. I try to take what I appreciate from every genre and pull that into mine.”
Yheti’s most recent project, the full length LP The Party Has Changed, is almost a full year old and is only aging with grace. As the era of experimental bass continues not only to hold steady, but to grow exponentially, he’s perfectly poised to continue taking the music industry by storm and dive back into live performances once it is safe to do so. In the meantime, he can regularly be found streaming on his Twitch channel and is in the midst of a 12-part series dedicated to his favorite music over the years. His humility, passion, and drive cemented him as this month’s Conscious Creator, and we’re excited to see just what he does next.
Yheti – The Party Has Changed
H/T: Marquee Magazine
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