In the spotlight: Yogishine

Yogishine is a band based in based in Trondheim and Oslo (Norway) founded in 2014. They make music inspired by genres like hip hop, funk, r&b and soul. The band consists of Therese on vocals and synths, Kristian on Guitars and synths and Are on bass and synths. In May 2022 they released their single ‘No Rush’ which is currently in our chart. There is more music on the way in the weeks and months to come.

When did you all become interested in music?

Therese: “When I got a cassette of Michael Jackson and dancing to the music in bed, and watching him do the moonwalk on a VHS.”

Kristian: “I don’t remember exactly, but I got into playing guitar for real when I got a CD of Deep Purple and tried to learn how to play ‘Smoke on the Water’ and ‘Highway Star’.”

What musicians have really been inspiring you as a band since you first started making music? 

“For the music that we make I would say artists such as Prince, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Alicia Keys, Lauryn Hill, Vulfpeck, Jaco Pastorius and many more.”

Sounds like a nice mixtape. Who would be on your mixtape?

“Prince, Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, Steely Dan, Jay-Z, Michael Jackson, The weeknd, Whitney, Bruno Mars, Vulfpeck, Jamie Lidell, Earth Wind and Fire.”

What has brought the band together and how did the band get its name? Is there a meaning behind the band name?

“We struggled to find a band name so we just experimented with putting different words together. When we looked across the room for ideas a beautiful pack of Yogi Tea and a box of shoeshine merged into the word Yogishine. We wanted something unique and were afraid that The Shinebox would piss Joe Pesci off too much.”

When you aren’t working on music, do you guys hang out for fun?

“Yes, we meet up for fun. We go out for lunch or to a cafe or sometimes just hang out, but it’s hard not to talk about Yogishine, or at least mention it when we meet up though. We are creative people and we often share our visions and ideas when we meet up.”

“Therese and Kristian live in Trondheim, while Are lives in Oslo. This makes it a bit more difficult for all 3 of us to hang out on a regular basis.”

How do you go about writing your music? Do you write together or separately? What is the first step in your music making process?

“We make music both separately and together. It often starts with an idea that we share either when we meet up or we send the idea to each other. We all have DAWs which mean we all produce. We don’t buy beats, we make all our music from scratch. If one of us has created a beat we share it and then, the others might supply bass, backup vocals, guitar or synths until we have a finished product that we all like. Sometimes we might get together and have a jam and see if anything interesting comes out of it. Several of our songs had their inception in a jam session.”

If you could headline a music festival, event, etc. which would it be? What would be your dream line-up?

“Coachella or Lollapalooza probably. Or maybe there will be a Cool Top 20 festival someday?”

What’s something about the music scene in Norway that people should know more about?

“What Norway is best known for internationally in terms of music, is probably Black Metal. There are also many very talented jazz musicians, and people doing improvisational music in Norway.”

As an artist nowadays you’re tasked with not only creating music but essentially being content creators across social media and becoming your own brand. How do you manage the demand of social media?

“Initially we didn’t pay attention to the importance of social media, because the fun part of making music is the creative part for us, and not social media so much. It has become more and more apparent that social media is a very big thing, and in some cases maybe even more important than the music itself. We’ve also learned to appreciate the networking aspect more and more over time.”

What one thing do you know now that you had wished you knew when you started your career in music?

“As previously mentioned, the importance of social media. Another thing that we have learned over the years is to follow our own intuition when it comes to production. If you have a vision of how a particular song should sound, go for it. Of course you should listen to suggestions and be humble, but it’s important to communicate your idea clearly to the engineer. They can’t know what you want it to sound like, if you’re not clear about it. Also always come well prepared when you go to a studio session. To avoid wasting everyone’s time, and your own money. Also rehearsing in the morning has been more productive and effective for us, than doing it in the evening.”

Tell us what’s on the radar for the band this summer and beyond.

“We are releasing a couple of new songs this summer and fall. And planning to record an EP soon, we have a lot of unfinished songs waiting for us to decide on what sound and production design we want. Beyond that, we would love to get back to playing live at some point in the not too distant future.”

What’s your favourite song from the Cool Top 20 and why?

“There are so many great songs in this playlist, it’s hard to pick just one, or even two. There were a few that maybe stuck out a bit, such as: Jonathan Jeremiah – ‘Lucky’ and The Jonny Phillips Trio – ‘Admiring the view’.”

As you might know the artist or band in the spotlight can pick a bonus track to the chart. You can pick any song you like as long as it’s indie and available on Spotify. What song would you like to add as a bonus track and why?

“Dizzy Panda – ‘Knitting in the Woods‘. It reminds us a bit of Basement Jaxx especially the drums, but also the “allround” sound of the song. We like how good Dizzy Panda is at setting the mood.”

Photos credits: Are (unknown photographer), Soft Suspension Cover (designed by Are), Kristian and Therese (photo by us), Therese (photo by Therese)

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