Interview – Richard Yot

Richard Yot is a diverse musician doing something very different to the norm, as latest release Mirrors shows. I wanted to learn more about this fascinating artist – read on below, you won’t be disappointed!

By Jane Howkins

You recently released a track titled Mirrors, which we reviewed. What can you tell us about the song and where can it be purchased?

Mirrors is a blend of shoegaze and post-rock, and is a guitar-driven song with catchy vocal melodies. The song is about alcoholism, specifically the self-deception that alcoholics often fall victim to, and was inspired by the story of a well-known musician who refused help with their addiction.

The track is available on all the major streaming platforms, and is also available to purchase on Amazon and other retailers. 

Has the pandemic hindered your work much?

Fortunately no, I do all my writing and recording at home so the pandemic had no impact on my music.

What is the writing and recording process like for you?

I write very consistently, with a steady output of around 15 songs per year, from which I then choose the better ones to form an album. I record at home, using cheap equipment (an iPad, a guitar, and a microphone), because the technology has reached a point where you can now create productions at home that would have only been possible in the studio twenty years ago. 

In the past you would have needed a multitrack mixing desk and a lot of outboard effects (compressors, EQs, reverbs etc) to create a polished production. Now of course all of these things have software equivalents so the need for very expensive hardware has disappeared, and this makes home productions possible, at a level of quality that previously was only available to big-budget ones.

Do you plan to release any more singles in the near future?

Yes, although my next release will be an album, my fifth one to date.

Have you started writing for an EP or an album?

Yes, I aim to release an album every year and the current one is close to completion.

What/who influences you most as an artist? What have you been listening to recently?

I listen to a lot of different genres, from funk to hard rock, but my main love is shoegaze and dream pop. Galaxie 500, My Bloody Valentine, and Slowdive (especially their more recent work) have been big influences on my sound. I’ve also lately tried to incorporate some of the excitement and dynamics of instrumental post-rock into my writing.

Where are you based? What is the music scene like in your part of the world? Are you influenced by your surroundings?

I live in Kent, on the south coast of England, right by the sea. The music scene here is dominated by blues cover bands, which are great fun to watch but obviously not close to me musically.

Do you have any tour dates lined up?

No tour dates are currently planned, as a solo musician touring is not viable due to the need to hire a band.

Any last words for the fans?

Nothing but gratitude.