AN INTERVIEW WITH YUNG HEAZY
Jordan Heaney, who produces and releases music under “Yung Heazy,” never anticipated any major reaction when he released a love song last Valentine’s Day dedicated to his girlfriend. And yet, the Vancouver-based singer-songwriter has now found himself gaining hundreds of thousands of listeners, getting added to a Spotify curated playlist alongside similar artists like Clairo and Gus Dapperton, and now touring for the first time across the U.S. In the midst of touring, Melted got in touch with Yung Heazy to talk about his debut album, the music scene in Vancouver, and his thoughts on the lo-fi/bedroom pop genre.
WHAT WAS THE WRITING AND RECORDING PROCESS LIKE FOR YOUR ALBUM, WHENEVER YOU’RE AROUND I HATE EVERYTHING LESS?
I wrote these songs all over the place, “Zugzwang” was a riff I wrote in Montreal, “Cuz You’re My Girl” was written in Australia, I spent most of the lyrical writing in Vancouver though. The recording process was kind of tricky, I normally don’t get turned on creatively by producing so I had to trick myself into getting to work which would sometimes mean pretending to record a song which later would turn into the final product.
YOU RECORD SOLO BUT HAVE A BAND FOR SHOWS. DO YOU THINK YOU’D EVER CONSIDER RECORDING WITH A BAND OR DO YOU LIKE THE CONTRAST IN FULLNESS IN RECORDING VS. LIVE?
For now, I’ve really enjoyed recording by myself because any idea I want to try out I can just do without having to teach anyone the parts first. I find I have a quicker output that way but I’m not opposed to working with a band on future songs, I have a few ideas that would need to be recorded live for various reasons so we’ll see what happens.
HAS THE MUSIC SCENE IN VANCOUVER HAD ANY SIGNIFICANT INFLUENCE ON HOW YOU APPROACH WRITING AND PERFORMING?
Yes, totally. I’ve seen so many excellent shows in Vancouver. It’s inspiring to see a band kill it live, I’ll usually think, ‘hmm that was sick, I liked how they did this and that,’ then I’ll think, ‘how could I write a song that would give out that same energy I love.’ I think I’ve learned a lot about how music works by seeing it happen in Vancouver, we have an excellent scene here.
THERE HAS BEEN A LOT OF DISCUSSION REGARDING THE LO-FI/BEDROOM POP GENRE AS OF LATE, ESPECIALLY WITH MANY ARTISTS WITHIN THIS GENRE BECOMING QUITE POPULAR. DO YOU THINK WITH TIME AND MONEY, YOU MIGHT CHANGE YOUR RECORDING STYLE OR DO YOU THINK YOU’LL ALWAYS HAVE AN AFFINITY TOWARDS THE LO-FI SOUND AND ITS IDEOLOGY OF JUST WORKING WITH WHAT YOU HAVE?
I would like to eventually upgrade my setup into something a bit more professional but I think I’ll always have a hand on the wheel when it comes to the recording/producing side of my music. I don’t really know what the hell I’m doing half the time when I’m putting these songs together, so until I become more educated on production my songs will have that signature lo-fi sound.
YOU’RE ALSO THE FRONTMAN FOR PROGRESSIVE ROCK BAND FROGPILE, WHO ALSO RELEASED AN ALBUM THIS PAST SPRING. HOW DO YOU BALANCE YOUR MUSICAL ENDEAVORS, ESPECIALLY GIVEN THEIR CONTRAST IN SOUND?
I write in a lot of genres, Yung Heazy started as a place for me to put my softer more singer/songwriter material that wasn’t fitting in Frogpile. It’s not too difficult balancing the two, it’s very refreshing to have a few musical outlets to experiment with. Frogpile is where I go nuts with weird musical ideas, it’s also a full collaboration with the other members, which leads to some of my favourite musical moments [that] I’ve been a part of.
ANY CITIES OR PLACES YOU’RE PARTICULARLY EXCITED TO VISIT ON TOUR?
Los Angeles all the way, I want to visit all the places I read about in Scar Tissue.