YUC'e - macaron moon

discussions.003// Redefining a Genre With YUC’e

If you had the opportunity to visit Anime Central’s headline event ‘Synergy’ earlier this month, you definitely witnessed the awe-inspiring performance put on by Tokyo-based producer and vocalist YUC’e. She’s quite possibly one of the fastest growing independent artists to stem from the underground music scene, and represents a new wave of talent that has been gracing our online feeds for quite some time now. After spending a handful of her teenage years studying abroad, the aspiring artist returned to Japan more ready than ever for the path she was setting herself on.

YUC’e is quite possibly unlike anyone else you’ve listened to in the past. Her vibrant style rings in each and every one of her releases, and I can’t help but feel an unwavering admiration for her ability to get herself out there. Fresh off the release of her sold out ‘macaron moon’ EP, as well as her recent international performance, I had the unique opportunity to sit down and have a brief chat with YUC’e for the third installment into our discussions.// series. So without further ado, let’s get to it:

Before we get too into things, can you introduce the concept of YUC’e to us all?

If I had to explain the concept of YUC’e, it would undeniably be an outlet for myself to express the things I love. It’s the alias in which I took on to share the sounds I have been enjoying. When I started, I was simply doing vocal covers of various pre-existing songs, and eventually started doing vocals for other artists music. This wasn’t enough though, and I knew that I could be doing so much more.

So how was it you went from a cover artist to a producer?

I was constantly inspired by those all around me, and I honestly just wanted to contribute something of my own to the music scene. I would listen to all the music I enjoyed and would spend hours on end teaching myself online how to create those sounds. This was definitely the starting point for me, as I then went on to create my own music. The big turning point for me was the release of my song Future Candy, which ended up bringing me to the attention of a lot of musicians.

What was it about Future Candy that helped you get so recognized? 

When I first released Future Candy, I was totally overwhelmed by the support from artists here in Japan. Some of my idols like Kors K went as far as to share it as well, which was such an incredible feeling. The fact that I made remix stems and my vocals available for other producers too definitely helped a bunch. It’s was my favorite song, at least until ‘macaron moon’ came along.

Where is it that you pull your inspiration from when making music?

I pull a lot of inspiration from the people and friends all around me. I also listen to a lot of music online, and one of my favorite things to do is listen to one genre and think to myself “What would this genre sound good mashed up with?”. That’s how ‘macaron moon’ was made, I thought to myself that Jazz would go really well with glitch hop.

Do you have any hobbies or interests outside of music production?

If I’m not producing, I’m usually sleeping… I like anime and games a bunch, but I don’t really have any time to enjoy them properly. My absolute favorite anime would have to be Cardcaptor Sakura though, and I’m really excited for the new series that is starting next year!

You mentioned that you have lived overseas before, tell us a little bit about that.

I actually went to a boarding school in the United States for three years! It was in the middle of nowhere though, and there really wasn’t anything to do, so I just spent all of that time studying. Before that though I went to a language school in Australia, and then I went to another language school in Washington, D.C.

You’ve recently played at Anime Central earlier this month, how was it?

I had a whole lot of fun! I got to play with a lot of my musical idols, and all of their sets were super amazing. Chicago was super fun — I even got to eat deep dish pizza! The crowds were super friendly and receptive, and I can’t wait to go back to the US in the future!

Finally, what can we expect to see next from you musically? 

I think I want my next release to have a more club-like feel to it, though I want it to be very melody driven at the same time. I want to see people jump and get excited on the dance floor while they’re listening to my music.

Thank you so much for your time.

Thank you!

Following her progress every step of the way, we’re extremely excited to see what YUC’e managed to pull off next! If you’re interested in keeping up with YUC’e, you can find her on both SoundCloud and Twitter

 

Lachlan Johnston

Editor in Chief at OTAQUEST. Doing everything I can to help promote the things I enjoy the most here in Japan. Currently living in Tokyo.