ARTIST NAME: Yaielle Golden
SONG TITLE: Last Night
ALBUM TITLE: Sincerely, Yaielle
RELEASE DATE: January 3, 2019
Tell us what your fans are saying about your music.
My fans are mostly late teens to about the mid or late twenties. I have a lot of comments about how my music has an “oldies” undertone. Something you would hear in the late ’90s. I try to make music for everyone, but I also want my music to reflect my character as a songwriter and a teenager experiencing life. To get feedback like this is reassuring that my music is conveying the correct message.
Tell us the factors you consider in choosing a song as your favorite.
I like music with detail, with things that aren’t necessarily meant to be heard but felt. When I can recognize the amount of effort and energy put into a song, I’m instantly attracted to it.
I also find that when I listen to a song over and over simply for the joy of it, I know it’s a favorite.
Tell us the names of producers you will collaborate with if you have the chance.
I’ve always dreamed of working with Timbaland, Babyface, Terry Lewis, and Jimmy Jam, just to name a few.
Tell us the names of the songwriters you will collaborate with if you have the chance.
I’d say my top three are Jacob Collier, Charlie Puth, and Frank Ocean.
Tell us your favorite TV show and state your reason.
My favorite TV show is a show called Euphoria. I don’t think it really fits the mold of modern television because of its blunt and unfiltered portrayal of the unpredictable lives of teenagers in America. It intentionally pushes the limits, while raising the bar for series that will follow it. It’s the only show I’ve seen where I can fully relate to each character, each situation, and with each episode, there’s more and more anticipation for what will happen next.
Tell us your best mood to create a song.
I feel that my creativity has a kind of its own. When I can sit down and just let my ideas pour out, it doesn’t matter what mood or situation I’m in.
Tell us your interpretation of fame or success.
My interpretation of success is being able to look back on every accomplishment you’ve made and not want to change a thing. I think success is most importantly determined by one’s own standards rather than the expectations of others.
Tell us the names of artists you will collaborate with if you have the chance.
I’d love to collaborate with Ari Lennox, Frank Ocean, Childish Gambino, Masego, Jon Bellion, Kehlani, Harry Styles, also to name a few.
Tell us about your experience performing on stage for the first time or recording in the studio for the first time.
Well, I do believe my first time performing on stage was at 12 years old.
In retrospect, I didn’t know a thing about stage presence or being able to connect with an audience. All I knew was to sing. It almost felt like I was opening myself up and letting out every emotion related to the song I was singing. I feel like that really set a foundation for years after. I learned that in order to be a good performer, I must do that every single time until I can walk out on stage and instantly be familiar with an audience.
Tell us how you approach songwriting.
With every song I write, I try to tell a story. It varies at which or where in the song I start writing. I could write the chorus first, or a verse, or even have ideas for different melodies.
Tell us your opinion on blending genres or experimenting with sound.
I’m always open to experimenting with different genres and sounds. I feel it’s necessary to break from what your audience would expect or what you’re used to from time to time.
Tell us how you deal with rejection.
I’ve learned to take rejection as an opportunity to better myself. With every rejection I encounter, I must evaluate everything that could’ve gone wrong, but I do tend to overthink sometimes.
Elaborate on what compels you to sing.
I’ve always felt that nothing is ever said better than it could be sung. In that, I don’t think I’ve ever been very good at speaking, especially with people I don’t know. So ultimately, when I can’t find the words to say, I feel the urge to sing. I’ve found that in my lyrics, I’m able to hide things in plain sight instead of being forced to say them directly.
Tell us the comparison between digital recording and analog recording.
Analog recording is more concrete and reliable than digital recording. It’s safe to say that technology is not always your friend. There’s been plenty of times I’ve lost files, lyrics, etc because my devices crashed, or anything else.
On the contrary, digital recording can easily be shared across different platforms, unlike analog recording.
Tell us how you record your vocals.
The way I record vocals has changed over time. Before I was able to get a proper microphone, I just used the built-in microphone on my phone to record vocals, instruments, etc. Now, I use a standard condenser microphone, a pop filter, and my laptop.
Tell us the software you used mostly for recording.
I mostly use GarageBand either on my laptop or my iPhone. It varies based on what sound I’m trying to create.
Discuss the selling of CDs and the selling of digital files through digital stores.
I feel that the world is constantly growing and evolving and we’re just trying to keep up. Digital media is probably the best method of sharing we have today.
Elaborate on the song.
“Last Night” is a very personal song to me. In the song, I talk about how the experiences we have, affect us in ways we don’t expect. The most important thing is how we deal with those emotions. We could easily just extricate ourselves without thinking about the consequences or how it will affect others, or we could communicate and find ways to cope with our issues.
Elaborate on your artist’s name and the title of the album.
“Last Night” is from my debut album Sincerely, Yaielle which I released in early 2019. The concept of the album was basically to tell a story as if I was writing a letter to the world.
In each song, I talk about things that eventually I’ve wanted to tell certain people but never had the courage to.
As far as my name, I’ve never been able to come up with a stage name that represented me as accurately as my birth name.